Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Submitted to Chicken Soup for the
Teenage Soul by Allison Stevenson
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
My inner thighs and upper abs are SOOO sore! And while walking today, I developed a nickel-sized blister on the back of my right foot, ha! Ya gotta get through the storm to see the rainbow!
For the past week I've been focusing A LOT on staying active.. I try to do SOME kind of exercise every day. I wanted to share with you 2 workout DVDs that I've been doing.. I think you might enjoy trying them out!
Have any of you tried either of these? What did you think?
Monday, July 27, 2009
Hey! Today I wanted to write to you guys about food... UUGGHHH!! ha. Seriously though, food is my best friend/worst enemy. And in the past it's been really hard for me to make healthy choices and especially eat in the right proportions. So, I'm focusing on one thing at a time. Right now: proportions. Eating too much, even of a good thing, can be bad. And I'm excited to tell you that last night I WON one battle in this weight loss war: I skipped having seconds at dinner, and only ate half of the lasagna that was on my plate! :)
Now, I know what you're probably thinking - lasagna :/?? I've decided that I will not refuse myself any food. If my boyfriend cooks lasagna for dinner, I'll have lasagna. No point in nibbling on grapes and making myself miserable! I think the key is not eating so much that I feel overstuffed. I've been trying to eat slower and really focus on how much I'm putting in my mouth and when I'm satisfied (not STUFFED!).
I do try to make healthier choices, however. Like.. I've been eating more salads and fruits and less fast food. And I eat at least 2 hours before bed.. and I don't snack before I go to sleep - 2 things that have been a HUGE problem for me in the past. I'm hoping the small choices and changes I make everyday will help me be successful in the end.
I'll be posting some healthy recipes for us both to try out soon.. Check back!
Thanks for listening,
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I just finished a short at-home work out and it feels pretty good! When I work out earlier in the day I feel like it makes me more inclined to make smarter choices throughout the day, whether it be with meals or activity. One thing that's new for me is the problem I had with my knees during squats.. & they still feel weird! Idk. Hopefully they'll get better as I lose those extra pounds!
Setting goals can be a crucial part to losing weight. I mean, I know most of us are headed for Skinny, but setting specific goals will help keep us motivated! I wanted to let you guys in on what goals I've set for myself. As you can see in my before pictures (you can look at them here), my problem areas are, well everywhere. But my focus areas are my stomach, sides, arms, and face. I'm most uncomfortable with those parts of my body, and I figure everything else will come along with it. Over the next year I'd like to lose 100 pounds, which will put me at about 150 lbs & a BMI (Body Mass Index - you can calculate yours here) of 22.8, which is calculates a healthy weight for my height (5'8"). Right now my BMI is a 37.9 - scary! :/
Setting short term goals is a little more nerve racking for me. I'm scared that I wont reach them and it will cause me to give up or lose hope. But I really want to put my all into losing all this baggage and I'm trying my best to keep my head up! So, by the end of August, I'd like to have lost 15 pounds. You guys & girls gotta keep on me about it!
Well, I guess thats all for today. What are your short & long-term goals?
Saturday, July 25, 2009
The weekend's over for us and my boyfriend and I are relaxing at home :). Tomorrow I'm working out with my little sister I think. I'm ready to burn some of these weekend calories! Haha. Hope everyone is doing well and ready for a productive week! Goodnight!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Hey everyone! Like I said yesterday, today I'm going to post my before pictures and weight. And every Friday I'll update you guys with new pictures and my current weight. I'm actually kind of nervous about this because I've never told anyone my weight. I actually never even weigh myself, but it will be a good way to update and keep myself on track, I hope! Here goes :/!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
So I'm starting this blog as a way to track my progress on my journey to Skinny, and also as a way to stay motivated and hopefully inspire others like me to get healthy. I plan to post as often as possible - I'll try to blog every day. I'd like to introduce healthy recipes, workouts I've discovered, tips, and of course, updates on how I'm doing. First, I'll let you know a little about me:
I'm 19 years old and currently a sophomore in college :). I'm majoring in Business Management - at least for now (I've changed majors 3 times already, haha). I hope to one day own my own business, or line of businesses, actually. There are really a LOT of things I want to do when I "grow up," but I'll get more into that some other time. Ha. My hobbies include: hair, makeup, art of all kinds, crafts, music, dancing, fashion, writing, spending time with my true love, hanging out with my family, etc.
I live with my wonderful boyfriend in Texas. And contrary to popular belief, we aren't all horse-ridin'-cowboys! Truthfully, there's not an animal I dislike more (though I don't really LIKE any animal) than a horse. I have my reasons! Anyway.. I have two younger sisters who live about 10 minutes away with my mom, and a dad who lives about 4 hours away :(. I'm very close to my family; if you follow me I'm sure you'll hear me gripe and brag about them! Lol.
I guess that's about it. I'm really excited to start this new chapter in my life and see where it takes me. I want to change not only my outer appearance and how I see it, but I also look forward to changing inside - emotionally & mentally. Even if no one ever sees this blog, if I can change and overcome what my life has broken into, it's worth all the time put in. Tomorrow I'll post my "before" pictures and let you in on something I didn't even know until yesterday: my WEIGHT! Check back!