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A half of one year. I have been pursuing a path to better health for half a year and can hardly believe that I have now spent the better part of two seasons and entering another pursuing a better me. These past months have had their shares of ups and downs and the month of May brought some of the most amount of stress and busyness than I’ve seen as of late.
Charlie joined baseball which added more to our weekday and Saturday plates. Work picked up and I began to add on more hours. School years came to an end which meant papers to grade, grades to submit, and the stress of transitions. We also spent a significant amount of time trying to figure out where to send Mr. Charlie to kindergarten in the Fall. I also decided to fly to Africa, took on some freelance work, and discovered a bit more about myself.
And in the interest of transparency, I have struggled to make the right amount of time on the treadmill.
Losing weight is HARD. Staying motivated is HARD. Deciding to eat well is HARD. And even six months in, it’s not always easier. In fact, some days, it’s just as hard if not harder. I haven’t been as strict as I was in the beginning, but that’s changing. Back to my green drinks and salad bowls, at least until I feel better about the direction I’m headed. The fallout of training for a major running event left me exhausted and over moving my legs. I ran/walked the Running for Hope 5k for Hope Children’s Hospital and found some of my oomph again.
It’s back to the treadmill and back to the basics!!!
By the Numbers:
Since May 9th: 4 lbs
Since December 9th: 45 lbs
Overall: 65 lbs
I’m back on the wagon. It’s back to the basics.
How do you stay motivated?
Paula @ Frosted Fingers says
Africa?! How have I not heard about this? I have not stayed motivated. It’s so hard with a newborn.
Jessica @ Farm Fresh + Fit says
It’s hard, it’s really really hard, I KNOW! You’ve done SO great thus far though, so so great! My motivation has wavered from great to eat-all-the-things since I started my journey but, I will say, once I could see MAJOR changes in my body I was addicted, I knew what I had done to get it that way and I didn’t want to mess that up. Plus, for me, having set days/times we go to the gym through the week helps me not cancel or not want to go because the kids love playing in the childcare room there too. I’m a gym person though, not everybody is. It’s just so hard, but definitely get back in the swing of things and find something NEW to motivate you – plan a big trip (we’re leaving for Hawaii NEXT WEEK and I bought a BIKINI…that’s motivating, haha), plan to do something you’ve always wanted to do when you lose x-amount of #’s, etc. You’ve got this girl!!!
Gillian Marchenko says
Wow! Great job. So inspiring… I really need to attempt a more healthy life style. Thanks for sharing your journey.
sarah parisi says
You’re amazing. Seriously amazing.
Sara P. (@SensiblySara) says
YOU are AMAZING!!! You are doing SUCH a great job! Tell me more about Africa!!