I Need a “Be My Friend” Card – Like a Business Card but With More Awesome

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Moving has been rough. Once it all sank in and things started to fall into place and the novelty sort of wore out, I began really missing my friends. I have friends scattered all over the United States (a couple in Canada, hello there neighbor!) and despite being surrounded by a lot of nice people, I craved that familiarity. I missed Thursday night game night. Drinking wine and watching Grey’s and lamenting over all the cool people dying and the main character complaining. I have never been one who has been great at making a lot of friends. I tend to stick to a close knit group and I love it. I do not need lots and lots of friends. I just need a select few of creative individuals that I can call over for a marathon of trashy television. Is that so much to ask for?

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I seriously feel like instead of passing out Business Cards, I need to have will you be my friend card. Like hey, you are an awesome person. Lets have coffee sometime! Or a glass of wine. I know it’s before 11AM but you only live once, right? I am not sure what my motto would be yet. Something mystical but full of mystery. Maybe you can even help me come up with one! Wouldn’t that just be AMAZING? I know that is exactly what you are thinking. Who doesn’t want to be a motto-inventor?

So that is currently my state of mind. A feeling of loneliness from a lack of a close connection. My priorities just feel all over the place. My husband and I decided to check out some Meet Up groups in the area. Meet Up is a fancy site, yo. I am hoping we cross paths with some awesome folk. Maybe I will even have a business card all made up. Who has a motto? Bonus points if it includes unicorns.

And go!

Accountability… What’s that?

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I have to say back sliding is one of the hardest things to admit to. Excuses start with “I’m just retaining water,” or “I am a little stressed… it won’t take much to get back to where I was.” And those excuses keep coming until you can really rationalize that you have GAINED weight back. It’s there. It’s hanging on your hips, pulling down on your tummy, and making your belly shake and your butt jiggle. Your MyFitnessPal app still has you at your lowest weight and you feel ashamed to change it. It’s been almost a year since I have seen 185 on the scale. It’s time to face the music.Take the plunge. Start from Square 2 (not 1 at least!) and get back on track. This week, I admitted to myself and MyFitnessPal that I had officially gained 20 pounds in the past year. I can finally mark progress when I lose weight instead of seeing that daunting 185 and wondering when the heck I will ever see that number on the scale again.

onestepcloserLast weekend, I went away for my first business trip ever. It was terrifying at first to be pushed out of my comfort zone and go to a place where I did not truly know everyone. I love my coworkers and boss, but it is an entirely different element to hang out with them for 5 days straight in one of the craziest cities I have been to: Vegas. I would not trade that time for the world. My comfort zones were stretched in places they really needed to be and learn to just let go and live. The classes were inspiring and I walked away with information I could apply to my job but also my life. One of those lessons was about accountability. Finding out what your big picture goal is and then breaking it down by year, by month, by week, and by day. Every single day you should be doing something to achieve your goals. Whether it be a fitness goal, a business goal, a personal goal. Every day you have to dedicate some time to achieving something to improve yourself. If you find yourself thinking you are perfect, you have mostly just become complacent and forgotten how to dream. There is ALWAYS something you can be doing to become a better version of yourself. To help in achieving those goals, you have to become open with them. Tell people. Friends. Family. Someone who can help in achieving them. When you keep your goals bottled up, you never know who can help you and you also have no one keeping you accountable. No one helping you to strive to a better version of yourself.

I admit that in the past year I became complacent. I was just going through the motions. Work, watch TV, see my pony. livelifeinjoyThere wasn’t much in the “bettering me” department. I gained weight and got lazy despite going to the gym, I only did the bare minimum. This business trip was exactly what I needed to light a fire under my ass and find my passion. Find who I want to be inside. My goals for 2015 are starting to shape up! This is what I have so far:

1. Get to 165 pounds by the end of the year. I will be at 195 by the end of April and back to my original weight by the end of May.

2. Work out 3x a week at the gym. Horseback ride Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

3. Get the inside of the house painted by August. Dedicate one room per month.

4. Pay off ONE credit card by the end of December.

5. Go on 15 Hikes (all being 2+ miles long).

Those are my 5 main personal goals this year. I plan on blogging at least once a week to keep you all updated on my progress. Now what I want to know is…

What are your goals? What do you want out of 2015 for yourself? Let me know in the comment below and maybe we can help each other stay accountable.

A Year of A Lot of Change…Help Me Get Back on Track

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2014 became a year of incredible, scary, and exciting change. My husband and I decided fairly quickly to actually pack up our life in Maine and move to the wonderful state of Colorado where most of his family is located. We lucked out and were actually able to buy our first home — which had 19 offers on it and was only on the market for 2 days. Crazy! All in the time span of a month. I felt like this was a pretty clear sign that this move was meant to happen. Doors were opening wide without much more than a tap.

The drive out here was definitely a bonding experience with three cats in the back of our Escape and a trailer filled with just the basics. We lucked out and hardly ran into any traffic. The only part I feared with Gary, IN and Chicago. Any time you enter a state and they tell you how many people have died from traffic accidents in the year… well it does not leave you with happy, pleasant feelings that’s for sure. We also hit this craziness after we had already been driving for over 15 hours. The cats were yowling in the back. People were flying by us. The roads were horribly marked. It’s just an experience I wish to never repeat.

 

After 4 days of driving, we finally arrived. To our home.

I am so in love with this place... slowly but surely we have been making it more homey.

I am so in love with this place… slowly but surely we have been making it more homey.

Life in Colorado has been absolutely amazing! Within just a few weeks, I landed an awesome job working with a Dog Training Company! Unfortunately it is a desk job for the most part, but I really enjoy talking with clients, meeting dogs, and getting our name out there! I have been overwhelmed by the variety of restaurants and things to do. Over the summer, I went hiking and saw some of the most breathtaking places — including this wonderful Blue Lake!

I have never personally seen water that gorgeous before!

I have never personally seen water that gorgeous before!

One thing that took a back seat with all these changes is my health. I have definitely been splurging every chance I get instead of working on moderation. I have been active — even joined a gym and got a personal trainer! The only problem has been my focus. After all is said and done, I gained 20 pounds this year, and I feel every single one of them. My biggest wake up call was after 20 personal training sessions and going to the gym at least 3x a week, I had not lost ANYTHING. It is true what they say. You can not outwork a bad diet. My attitude needed to change.

This was my first week seriously sitting down and evaluating everything. I focused on what I was eating, and not just going with what was easy and what I was craving (which was never anything good!) I know I picked a great time to want to get control of my eating the one time of year people are all about the food (Thanksgiving, Christmas Cookies, Junk Food…) but it was just such a slap in the face to not have any change happen with my work outs. Even though I am definitely stronger… I didn’t even lose inches. Yikes!

Lately, I have been going back to my old roots and looking for inspiration with other weight loss blogs. I love reading about other people’s triumphs and struggles when it comes to battling weight. It was what focused me before and I was hoping this time would be no different. The more I read, though, the more I missed my blog. It was such a nice thing to look forward to every day. Coming up with goals, writing about those goals, and being surrounded by people who appreciated and could share in my joy.

I hope it isn’t too late. You can find it in your hearts to forgive me for being gone for so long. Here’s to ending the year strong and starting 2015 even stronger. Who’s with me?

 

 

I’m Back!

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Hi you beautiful blogging world! I missed you!

I know I said I would try my best to post while on vacation, but I was on the go-go-go so much that by the time I sat down or relaxed, I pretty much just fell asleep. I also still do not have much time to give an entire re-cap of the vacation so that will probably have to wait until tomorrow (sorry! I know you guys are just on the edge of your seats!). But I did want to give you some sort of progress report…

Also, I got quite a bit of new followers while I was gone so… HELLO! I am an overweight girl who just came back from a vacation that for the first time made me feel slightly normal. I could really tell the progress I had made and it made me super happy to continue on this weight  loss journey… I could fit in ALL the rides. Seriously. The Mummy Ride at Universal Studios? Totally would not have been able to go on it if I was just 10 pounds heavier! Just 10 pounds, guys. But I got in and felt awesome. I could fit. I did not break the ride or had to be escorted away, all embarrassed and blushing. It was a happy moment and I went on that roller coaster about 4 times. It was amazing. My weight kept me from going on rides in the past, and I mostly just blamed it on my fear of heights… but now, I really love roller coasters. I am becoming an adrenaline junky. I loved every second of it. Disneyland was everything I dreamed it could plus so much more (it made it even better that I was with my two best friends in the whole entire world), but it was another moment where I realized how far I have come. The first full day we were there? We were walking around for pretty much 12 hours straight. Go-Go-Go! I would have NEVER been able to do that if I hadn’t started to get into shape. I would have been dead just walking up the waiting line for Space Mountain. This vacation was awesome in that it really showed me the progress and how much I can actually do.

The downside was… I did not really follow through on what I said I was going to do. I did not do any running (ok, a little with the kids but nothing to write home about). I hardly did my sit ups and push ups. I ate some bad food and drank a little too much, but you see… when you go to new places and get surrounded by a bunch of germy kids… the possibility of getting sick goes way up…  So guess who got sick? I did. By my third day in Disneyland, I couldn’t swallow. My throat hurt so much. Then I ate some spicy food and it all went into my nose. For a whole week, I was sick. I survived on Dayquil. I was not going to just sit around while visiting the fiance’s family in Colorado. I pushed myself to go out and see the sights, and I don’t regret any of it. Of course, this kept the cold around longer it seems… but I am fine with that.

So here is the moment of truth…

Despite not following my plan, and making a FEW (not a lot, mind you) bad food choices, and drinking a little too much…

I only gained 2 pounds. That’s it. I am so excited! All that walking around and just forgetting about eating really paid off. This was not like any other vacation I have had before. Normally, we are all about the food because that’s all my fiance and I really did… but this time, it was about being active and having fun. There were days, all I ate was 2 meals. They were a little bit on the high calorie side, but at that point, it did not really matter. I am so excited just to see a 2 pound gain because I know once I am rested and feeling better, that weight will come right off. I will start running again and exercising here in no time. I actually missed it! Crazy how much my life has changed in just a few months.

So how is everyone’s progress going? I missed you guys! I will be catching up on blogs this afternoon (and probably all week! SO BEHIND. AHHH).

And I will give more details about my adventure throughout the week! (And pictures!)

 

The Game Plan

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So tomorrow morning, bright and early, I am going to be starting my 12 day vacation! I am so excited. After a year of a lot of downs, where my only travel was going to visit a nursing home and a hospice… well, lets say… this is just what my soul needed! I seriously feel like a little kid right before Christmas. I am super jittery, anxious, happy, excited, worried, ecstatic… you name it, I am probably feeling a little bit of it! Now I have some goals that I want to stick with. Just because I am away from home, does not mean I am away from my body. I still have goals that I want to reach and I really do not want vacation to be my downfall. So this currently my game plan:

1. Do ab work outs and some strength training every morning on days I plan on doing a lot of walking.

2. Run at least 6 miles while on vacation (spread out over days)

3.  If I have one high calorie meal planned for the day, make sure not to eat a lot at other meals and make healthier choices.

4. Limit myself to 2 alcoholic drinks when I do drink. (I may not even need a whole drink… but you never know).

5. Actively seek out tourist areas with a lot of walking. Especially in Colorado. This time, I do not want to be doing sight seeing in a car (as much).

6. Avoid a lot of sweets and desserts. I know I don’t really need them. I know they are going to be tasty in my mouth, but look crappy on my hips.

7. I do not want to gain weight while I am gone. If I stay the same, that is fine. If I lose weight, even better.

 

So that is pretty much my game plan. Lots of water, sharing meals, and having a good time! I will be posting periodically with pictures but I probably won’t be able to catch up on everyone’s blogs until I get back!

Does anyone else have any other suggestions for staying healthy while on vacation?