Wednesday, January 22, 2014


It's been a hell of a month. 

I can't say why it's been a hell of a month because I'm not ready to put myself out there for the entire internet to see all my faults and issues.  As far as being healthy, I was kicking ass and taking names the first 2 weeks after New Years. I realize a lot of people were, and then life got in the way and we all fell back into old habits.

But I saw a dramatic decrease in my size and increase in my energy level. Apparently not drinking, not smoking, eating right and going to the gym day after day made me feel better. Imagine that.

I'm going to get back to the gym today, after a 2 week break, so unfortunately it's a lot like starting over again. I'll keep my fingers crossed that I can just jump back into my old routine before everything was interrupted.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Obligatory New Years post

This feels almost so cliche I considered not even posting.

But I was so damn proud of myself that I chose to celebrate my accomplishments instead of knocking them down and calling it 'cliche'.  So there.

The holidays at home were pretty difficult; and I couldn't use any of my crutches to get through them (parents don't know I smoke and would be horrified if I did, and they barely drink so that means I get the stinkeye if I have more than 3 drinks in a whole evening).  I was there for over a week. Yikes--talk about cold turkey.

The plus side of that is I sort of lost my taste for smoking. Oh, I smoked a bunch the night I got home, but I just didn't want more than 2. And I didn't want much to drink either.  I had a bit to drink on NYE, and I allowed myself to smoke; but I wanted to stop after new years.

And you know what? I'm doing pretty awesome. I haven't had anything to drink since NYE (and work was even cancelled on Friday due to the snowstorm...a 3 day snowed in weekend with no plans used to equal 3 days of a continuous happy buzz. Not this time).  I did finish off my pack of cigarettes from NYE(3 cigarettes) on Saturday, and I feel a bit bad about that, but at least I didn't drink.

So, no drinking and smoking for a week now? Is that all? NOPE!

I've gone back to cooking some really great paleo meals (I have friends who are doing the Whole30 and another friend who is gluten-intolerant, so they passed on some stellar recipes), I'll share some of them in another post.

Plus, I finally got off my ass and got back to the gym. I figured I'd start with a free plan from Runner's World, called 'The Starting Line.' You can get it from their website in the 'Beginners' section. It was created for overweight people like me who haven't worked out in forever, the first few weeks you just walk.

I really thought I'd be in better shape than I actually was (I still think of myself as a runner, although I haven't run a mile in under 12 minutes in 3 years), so I had to remind myself to start slow and accept that I had to walk before I could run.

So, I'm actually pretty proud of myself. I don't want to burn out so I'm not going to try to tackle anything else at the moment, or push myself too hard at the gym, or force myself to cook every night (last night I ate organic peanut butter with apple slices because I didn't feel like cooking something new).

Weight: (up 5 pounds since I weighed myself last month...grr...holidays) 223

I hope ya'll had a great new years!