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Start a New Year as You Mean to Go ON! January 1, 2010

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    This past week I was bad.  Really bad.  We vacationed in Nags Head, NC for several days while the hubby went swan, goose, and duck hunting…..and I ate.  And drank.  And shopped.  And ate some more.  And drank.  And drank.  And drank….you get the picture.

    Now I have to pay the piper.  I will not get on the scale, because I don’t want my self worth to be measured by some stupid number that pops up and crushes my ego.  Who weighs themselves after the week I’ve enjoyed?  Only a sado-masochist would.  I will not even post how many glasses of wine or raspberry cosmos I consumed.   And they were DARN good.

    Suffice it to say that I indulged a bit too much.  But I had fun.   And isn’t that what life is all about?  Finding a balance between having fun (within limits) and a healthful lifestyle.  I know I am not able to eat/drink like this all the time.  But I will not regret a great week, with great friends, at a great place.

   Today we begin a new year….2010.  I reflected on this past year.  What I did well, what I did….not so well.  And the thing I see is that I really didn’t eat or drink horribly ALL the time, but I really could have worked out a bit more by the end of the year.  I DID kind of let my workouts slide due to the job (an excuse).  So today, I pulled out the workout wear, slipped in a power yoga dvd, and got my groove on. 

    Tonight’s dinner is chicken breasts, onions, garlic, herbs, carrots, peppers, and mushrooms, sealed in aluminum foil and baked.  We’ll have a little rice with it, and yeah, even a glass of vino.  But yoga in the morning, and a healthy dinner at night?  Yeah, I can live with that.  Start your year off right, and continue as you mean to go on.  That’s my new mantra.


Back on Track January 14, 2009

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   My New Year’s Resolution is NOT to have a resolution that involves weight or clothing size.  Too many times we pin our hopes on a quick fix, which is the American way.  Need a meal in a hurry?  Go to Mickey D’s.  Need a prescription in a hurry?  Try drive through pharmacies.  Everything in our society is based on what we want, and getting it in a hurry.

    Not this time.  In the past, I have started out New Year’s with telling myself, “I’m going to lose those ten pounds.”  Or “I’m going to fit into a size 2” (not since middle school, friends).  This time, I am going to go about my fitness in a different way. 

    I started my journey into bodybuilding with a little bit of a quick fix mentality.  Take these supplements, cut out these carbs, exercise x amount of times per week with x amount of reps, and voila!  Banging body in no time.  I soon came to realize that, as with anything that is worth it, there is some waiting involved.

    As I neared the holidays in 2008, I was happy to realize that I was down a few pounds.  I really wanted to maintain that loss, but ended up gaining two pounds over the holidays.  In years past, that alone would have sent me into a spiral into hell mood downswing.  But this year, I pulled up my bootstraps, sucked it up in the gym, cut out some crap in my diet that had creeped in, and now I’m happy to say that I have not only lost those two, but also another pound as well.

    I have also found another exercise to love.  YOGA.  There, I said it.  But I am not talking about some ohming in a lotus position.  I am talking about vinyasa power yoga.  That stuff kicks my ass!  And I feel really good afterwards, which is an added bonus.  Somehow, I don’t think I was stretching my muscles enough with my current routine, and boy, does vinyasa stretch those muscle fibers.

    With that being said, I also have tried to figure out a way of eating that is not too extreme….something I can live with that is a way of life, not just a fad to get to some bodybuilding goal.  I still have to watch my carbs, as they are my downfall, but I am finding that searching out new recipes like in my last post is good motivation to try tasty new dishes.

    I am now back on track to reach my  goals this year.  Not a number on a scale.  Not a size on a rack.  I am looking to build a better body by building a better healthy lifestyle, with more fun, more activity, more food (imagine that!), more time with friends, and more time for ME!