Tuesday, April 15, 2014
So here I am, trying to make a goal. Trying to pick a meaningful, realistic goal weight. Trying to pick a meaningful date for 'completion'.
Completion. What a silly word to use. I reckon it's the day where I say, "Look at me!! I did it!!"
What have I done? Am I going to stop? Does that date mean that I won't work out or eat healthy ever again. Of course not. Silly word.
Completion. Just a little date that means nothing. And yet it still means everything.
Goals are tied into dates. It is inevitable. High school reunions. Weddings. Knowing you'll be running into your ex somewhere on a certain day.
I've changed my 'completion' date so many times. I've pushed it back. I've scooted it up. I've removed it. I've added it. I've yelled at it.
And that's okay. Because while that little date means nothing, it means everything.
It's what you hold onto and strive towards. It's a little motivator. A little bit of Shelby-I-Saw-You-Eat-That-Cookie. A little bit of You-Better-Give-Me-Ten-More-Pushups.
I've picked my weight.
160 pounds. Not set in stone, but it's a healthy number in the middle of my BMI range.
And I've picked my date.
Mid-August 2014. The specific date is not yet confirmed, but it'll be the day 'A' and I move in together. That day will be a new beginning. The beginning of us. THE beginning of everything. Clean slates, new house, new rules, new dynamic.
Four Months. Twenty pounds.
Ready. Set. Go.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
This blog really doesn't have anything to do with my journey in weight loss, but a large amount to do with my personal journey. I'm basically bursting at the seams, trying to maintain some sort of composure.
It's not working out that well, and the thing won't be happening for about 6 more months, but still...When something changes, I get all giddy :)
'A' and I will be moving in together (along with his son) when my lease is up at the end of September. It's a huge step and we're both excited to take it. We've already got our eyes on one house (yes, I finally get to move into a house. Bye bye apartment living!!) And we are sharing links daily for other houses, areas and ideas for our lives together. From budgeting to chores, you name it, we're covering it :)
Happy Shelby, signing off.
Friday, March 21, 2014
That's what we all are, you know. If you're reading this, you're trying. You're working your butt off to achieve something great. You have not been defeated.
Face it. We all have those days where all we want to do is sit on the couch and eat whatever delicious garbage we can find. I've done it. More times than I should probably admit to. But hey, I'm human.
I had a strong comeback the other week, losing about four of the pounds I had gained. But, things happen and sometimes convenience outweighs healthy cooking. I've had pizza. I've had ice cream (an entire pint in one sitting). I've had those scrumptious pink and white circus animal cookies (an entire bag in one evening).
Have I been defeated? Absolutely not. I'm still going. I've got my bag packed for a hike tonight. I have only healthy foods in my apartment. You are only defeated when you give up. Am I giving up? Heck to the no! Part of any achievement is knowing we can handle the struggles to get there. It makes the victory that much sweeter and that much more meaningful.
I WILL be triumphant. You WILL see that I have reached my goals. Maybe not anytime soon, but I promise I WILL get there. And hopefully you are around to see it. I can only pray that I am around to see you fulfill all of your fitness and health goals. That's what we're all here for. For ourselves. And for each other.
Corny as it may sound, I consider you to be some of my very best friends. Where else can I go to not be judged for where I'm coming from, but rather where I want to be? This place is tremendous.
Have a wonderful weekend, my Lovelies! Make it count!
Monday, March 10, 2014
Just a quick blog as I noticed I haven't posted in over a month.
This past week, I have been kicking butts and taking names all over South Phoenix. Here is a snap shot of my work:
The result of my back on track-ness is a four pound weight loss last week. Please don't think that's too much for a one week loss. I'm still working on losing my winter re-gain, so the junk I've been putting in my body this winter season is just finding its way back out :)
I am still working toward my final goal, being positive and holding 'A' accountable with me. It's working out great so far and we both feel awesome, albeit a little exhausted :)
Until next time, my Lovelies...
Thursday, January 30, 2014
I want to take this quick blog to let you know about the DVD SparkPeople sent me to try out and review for the SparkNation!! :)
I was so excited when I was chosen to receive this DVD. I adore Coach Nicole and she always makes me feel great about myself, even when I can’t do a workout initially. I never beat myself up when she’s there motivating me.
The DVD is called 28 Day Boot Camp with Coach Nicole. I know, I know. ‘Shelby, a Boot Camp workout, really?? That seems a little intense.’ Don’t worry, I was a little scurred, too. But knowing how Coach Nicole trains, I was up for the challenge.
When Day 1 came around, I was anticipating that workout all day while I was at work. I got home, got changed, sluffed off the makeup and threw in the DVD. Well, not really. I didn’t want it scratched. I gently placed the DVD into the DVD player. You are given the option of creating your own workout or sticking with the 28 Day Plan. I chose the latter. Coach Nicole knows me well enough to know what I need, I trust her. ;-)
HAHAHA. I am completely uncoordinated based on Day 1. I couldn’t get the footwork for some reason. I’m not sure if it was me, or if it was the video. I couldn’t seem to get a good grip on HOW she was making the moves look so fluid, so I sort of improvised and kept my body moving. The visuals weren’t as inspiring as I would have liked, just a basic almost-empty background. The assistants showing altered/simplified moves seemed pleasant, but not overly enthused to be there. I need to be pumped up! I like loud colors and louder music, so Day 1 just wasn’t my cup of tea.
Hoping it gets more poppin’ later on…or maybe I need to be more patient. It was just Day 1 after all...
Due to the passing of my grandfather (I was out of state without the DVD), I was unable to workout to the DVD like I had planned. And with the weather in Phoenix being so gorgeous, I've spent more time outdoors than cooped up in my apartment. I anxiously look forward to getting all 28 days in. I know it will be great!
(FYI – the DVD is available at Walmart and that members will get 250 SparkPoints for buying their DVD at Walmart, and will be entered to win a $500 Walmart gift card for purchasing before Jan. 31, 2014.)
Here is the link to purchase the DVD directly from SparkPeople: www.sparkpeople.com/28daybootcamp
*I received this DVD for free from SparkPeople and did not receive any form of payment for my review.*
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