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A lot has changed since I first started chasing my goals and dreams... it is probably impossible to summarize, and so if you care to, the best way to learn about me would be to read what is below in this "Introduction." Even though it may not accurately represent my current state of being, it is my past, and it is what has shaped me. So it will remain as a journal of my self, and a path to my future.
Also, please always feel free to send me a message; it could be a question, a motivational tip, or just to say "Hi!" I love to meet new people and share stories!
My name is Liz. I'm 24 years old, I live in New England, and I'm a full-time student. I have a loving, supportive BF (going on 5 years now), and I have to say that life is good.
MOST things are in balance... However, what's left to mend is important. I need to take LASTING control of my health and my body, once and for all.
For years, I have struggled with poor body image and low self-esteem, engaging in lots of negative self-talk (i.e. "I hate my [insert body part here].." or "I wish I wasn't so [descriptive adjective here].") I became so conditioned to tearing myself down, that it was natural to look in the mirror and immediately see one big giant ball of flub and flaws.
Unfortunately, this attitude has carried over to the way I've treated my body. Through overeating, lack of exercise, low self-confidence and a myriad of other body shaming issues, I'd convinced myself that the body I have is also not worth spending the energy to take care of. I'd talked myself into feeling like I wasn't worth it. Well, I'm resolving to stop the negativity right now....
No more self-deprecating humor!
No more low self-confidence!
No more poor body image, or slouching to hide my belly!
No looking in the mirror and saying what I don't like about the way I look!
I'm not waiting any longer... I'm getting fit and taking control, right NOW!
2013 is going to be my year of maintenance, and the beginning to the rest of my healthy life...
I'm going back to school for my BSN! Woohoo! I'm taking this as an opportunity to truly organize myself. Since the weeks ahead are going to be busy, I have to make time for homework, eating consistently and making healthful choices in my meals and snacks... and also having some time to relax with my BF. It'll definitely be a challenge, but sometimes I find the more things there are to do, the more motivated I am to get it all done!
I just increased my daily calorie goals to stay around 1300 to 1400/day, as per the SparkPeople fitness tracker recommendation... Let's see what happens!
Starting INSANITY tomorrow.... I'll check off the days here as I complete them and try and do some updates along the way to mark my progress... (DONE--month 1 finished, from 11/11/12- 12/15/13)
I completed the first month of Insanity and started into month two, but realized I'm not really up to the necessary level of physical fitness to keep up with those workouts! I decided to go back to the first month workout plan and do it over again. That will be my strategy, until it feels like it's getting too easy, or I stop seeing results. Otherwise, I'm just finding myself discouraged by the difficulty of the month two workouts.
Well, I survived all of the end of 2012 antics and holidays, making it into the New Year mostly unscathed... however, I'm having a little trouble getting back on track, feeling a little down lately... but I know it's just temporary. I am going to come out of this, get my motivation back ten-fold, and push even harder in 2013 to achieve all of my goals! I can do this! No, I'm GOING to do this! And the sooner I start, the quicker I will have that healthy, toned body I want... and deserve!!
Just updated my "weight-ticker" to reflect where I'm at right now... and that's juggling with THE FINAL 10. I've been staying give-or-take at about 125lbs since December and I'm ready to commit to losing the last 10 lbs. My goal is to get rid of this fluff, tone up and tighten so I have a rockin' beach bod for this summer (around June 2013, I want to look and feel phenomenal for my birthday especially). I've already shed 20lbs, so here's a warning to those last 10... "I'm coming for you!"
Well, the last 10 lbs have turned into the last 15 lbs. But it's okay! I'm done beating myself up over it. Now is the time for action! I have a plan to lose the weight, with specific short term goals leading to my ultimate goal. I think I made a blog about it, but it's also in the sidebar on my main page here under "My Program," where I talk about my schedule for weigh-ins. I've updated my ticker to reflect the countdown to when I want to reach my ultimate goal (Birthday Vacation with the BF!). My weigh-ins will still be weekly, and documented on the side-bar. I'm starting the 30-day Shred in addition to my regular fitness schedule, just to mix things up! I'll be on the look-out for over-training though, and scale back if necessary. I'm so psyched to reach my goal...Here goes!
I realize I have been placing entirely too much emphasis on the end results of my weight loss efforts, to the point where I'm getting anxious about reaching my goal. The anxiety then stresses me out, and I end up eating as a reaction to the stress, gaining more weight, and ending up even farther from my goal. It's a terrible cycle. So now, I need to focus more on the process. I know I have problems with grazing and binge eating, so I don't think giving myself a weight loss deadline is actually effective in this situation. In fact, I think it's counterproductive! I've decided to flip the process a bit. I saw an interesting post by a member of the LBF team that struck me. It's a 3-2-1 plan: 3 meals, 2 snacks, 1 DAY AT A TIME. Seeing that hit a chord, and really resonated. It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. 1 day at a time is something I can do. I can actually have success, on a daily basis! Not waiting, like, 3 months or 1 month to consider myself a success. That is very disheartening, I realize, and a set-up for failure. I'm going to celebrate my triumphs every day! Every day that I don't binge, don't graze and stick to my meal plan is a success. How nice is that?! So I already have 1 successful day under my belt... I'm ready to make today another one!
Well, friends, I've been away for a few months. I strayed from tracking, then from healthful eating, and then most gravely, from exercise. I fell into a bit of a funk, got stuck in the gutter, but I'm slowly and steadily climbing my way back out. Surprisingly, I am happy to report that even though I hadn't weighed in since May 2013, I have managed to maintain my weight at 140lbs. This was a bit of a relief, since I was having a lot of fear about setting foot on the scale. Again, I'm taking things one day at a time. I will be content to see weight loss at a much more gradual pace. I don't need to lose 10 lbs in a month. For myself, I know that a rate like that can never be sustained.
In another progress report, I'm starting up school again in a week. I'm ready to get organized and make time for homework and healthy habits.
Updates! School is dominating my life, once again. Since my last check-in: I was doing good with workouts, not so much with eating... then took like, a 5 week break (and it was 5 weeks of feeling bloated and miserable). My weight remained pretty steady at around 140lbs. Now I'm back on track with my eating. I'm back at the gym, aiming for a minimum of 20 minutes of cardio/day. In the 2 weeks that I've been dedicated, I've lost about 4 lbs (down to 136 as of today!), which is pretty encouraging. Homework is getting the best of me, but I'm not letting it drive me to the mindless snacking as it usually does! My stress level is still up there, mostly because of school and thinking about the future. I have to center myself and put things back in a "1 day at a time" perspective. That always helps. I'm battling a bit of a cold (upper respiratory/sinus infection) and it's making me a bit grumpy. I know I'll feel better soon though. That's about it for now!
The hardest day of my life. I know what I'm made of now... The strength of a human is unbelievable. And unfortunately, tragedy tends to bring us closer together. So thankful for my friends and family.
Starting to get back on track with school. Tracking again, intermittently. And working out again, fairly regularly.
Committed to cleaner eating. I've cut out processed simple carbs - sugar, bread, pasta - and I'm also trying to limit gluten because I just feel terrible after eating it. I've already felt some improvements, with less bloating and GI upset which is great! Still behind in school, so this is where I'm trying to focus now.
**Drink 12+cups water/day**
**Stay between 1200 and 1400 calories per day**
**Do some kind of exercise DAILY**
**Maintain a healthy BMI, on the lower end of the range would be nice!**
**Have a 26" waist!**
**REACH 16% BODY FAT***
**Be able to do a pull-up!**
**Also, a headstand!**
**Learn to rock-climb!**
**Practice Meditation Daily!**
**Get outside every day- revel in the natural world!!**
By June 30, 2014
**Eating a clean, healthy diet- plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, limit processed carbs and focus on whole grains**
**Choose lean proteins, from a variety of sources (plant, dairy, seafood, chicken and occasionally lean beef )**
**WATER, WATER, and more WATER**
**Cardio at least 4x/week for minimum of 45 minutes **
**Strength training 5x/week**
**Practice body lovin' on a daily basis: nix the negativity!**
**Weekly weigh-ins on SUNDAYS**
Body fat: 31%
BMI: 27.5 (OVERWEIGHT)
BMR: 1480 (resting)
Wt: 131 lbs
BMI: 24 (Normal)
BMR: 1403 (resting)
Words to Live By
"Fears... are greatest only in anticipation."
"Sometimes you have to step into the void and have faith that the ground will appear."
"Some wait for the storm to pass, while others learn to dance in the rain."
"When it comes to reaching your goals, remember there's no magic pill; just consistency and the desire to change. It won't happen overnight, but it will eventually happen!"
| current weight: 144.6