Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ok, so I lied

I keep promising to post, and then don't. I'm just going to accept that I'll update sporadically and whenever I feel like it.

I did walk/jog the 5k and felt pretty proud of myself. I've been going to the gym almost every day since then. My workouts are usually only 20ish minutes of cardio + 10ish minutes of weights and abs, but I'm trying to slowly work my way up. I don't think I've lost much weight, but I haven't weighed myself in a bit. I'm trying to focus more on just being healthy and pushing myself without getting discouraged by a number. I'll weigh myself in the next week or two and hopefully take measurements to see my progress.

Anyway, here are my goals for November:

1. Keep going to the gym at least 5 days a week, try to stay for 30 to 40 minutes.
2. Work toward running a mile without stopping
3. Eat healthy and limit carbs and fats more.
4. Save money and only buy produce and dairy...use the dry and frozen stuff I have before buying more.
6. Be 110 pounds by the end of the month.

Friday, October 21, 2011

I'm running a 5k tomorrow

It should be interesting since I'm in terrible shape and only signed up for it on Thursday. It will be fun though, and a great way to kick-start my new fitness routine. I'll be back with the details later this weekend.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

New Goal

Since planning the conference has consumed my life, I haven't been as focused on my eating and exercising. I have also decided not to weigh myself until at least a week after the conference is over. So I'm amending my original goal of being 110 by the end of September.

New Goal: 110 by October 15

That's all for now.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Busy Bee

The conference I'm planning is 2 weeks away, so my life is crazy hectic.

Luckily, I've had a little bit of progress.

I was down to 110.4, but I've been too busy to exercise and too stressed to eat well. I'm hoping I can be down to 110 by the end of September, but since my conference is October 1, I'm not counting on it. I'll at least try to eat healthier until then and start a better exercise routine once the conference is over.

So my current stats are:

Weight: 111.6 (lost 2.4 pounds)
Waist: 25.5 inches (lost .5 inches)
Thighs: 18.5 inches (stayed the same)
Hips: 35.5 inches (stayed the same)
Bust: 33.5 inches (stayed the same)

I'm not unhappy with my progress given how stressful and busy my life has been. I would like to see more progress though, especially once the conference is over. I'm still aiming for 110 by the end of September and maybe 105 by Thanksgiving? I'm trying to give myself good goals that will push me but are realistic enough that I don't feel hopeless or feel like I need to do anything unhealthy to reach them.

I'll take a new photo of my body once I reach 110.


Friday, September 2, 2011

Slow Progress

Well, life has been crazy. I won't apologize for not posting since I'm my only reader. Instead, I'll give my update.

Because life has been crazy, I haven't been exercising as much as I would like. I plan to change that starting tomorrow though. My diet has been pretty good for the most part though. I need to make sure I can keep it up.

And....


Tada!

I'm not going to get too excited about this loss, since I know my weight fluctuates and I need to see consistent downward progress before I can be sure. It sure beats gaining weight though. I'm hoping to be  at 110 by the end of September. I think that is a good, realistic goal.

That's all for now!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

What is art, really?

I've decided to share one of my favorite pieces of art that I've made with you all (and by "you all" I really mean the empty void of cyberspace I'm apparently blogging to).



When I started my AP art class in high school, we were all told to bring in our favorite piece of art that we had made so far, and I brought in Mr. ferret here. My teacher proceeded to compare it unfavorably to another person's piece by saying Mr. ferret was too centered and there was not enough interesting negative space in the picture. For a while, I felt pretty bad about myself. But "negative space" is not really worth feeling bad about, and I'm really proud of myself for creating Mr. ferret.

I'm sure there was a lesson in all of that. I guess maybe that other people's opinions shouldn't have the power to make us doubt ourselves. I haven't made any art in a while, partly because I'm insanely busy, but partly because I think people never really liked my art enough and it discouraged me. And that is stupid. So while being insanely busy with school is a good excuse, being afraid that people will judge my art negatively is not a good enough reason to stop painting and drawing if I feel like doing it.

On that note, I leave you to go do some packing.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Initial Stats

I still don't have good before pictures, besides the one in my last post. I'll try to take some soon.

In the meantime, here are my initial stats:


Weight: 114 pounds
Waist: 26 inches
Thighs: 18.5 inches
Hips: 35.5 inches
Bust: 33.5 inches

I'm not measuring my arms, wrists (...etc) because I am happy with their size. These are the measurements I care about for now. I would like to tone my whole body and make it firmer, but my upper body is already fairly slim so measurements don't matter to me.

Goals:

1. Lose a couple pounds. I would like to get back down to 110 by the end of September, which is entirely reasonable.

2. Tone up my entire body.

3. Lose some inches in my waist, thighs, and hips, yet somehow maintain my bust (I know that might not be possible, but here's to hoping...).

4. Gain strength (keeping it broad for now).

5. Gain energy.

I'm driving back down to school Tuesday and Wednesday. Once I get down there, I will go to the gym and/or do Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred at least 5 days a week. I will also be in charge of my own food, so I will make sure to eat mostly clean and healthy.