“She was even tinier than that! So you know what I did? I FED HER! So she could thicken up a little bit…”
The words my mother said to her company while I was standing in the kitchen cooking up my turkey burgers. Even though she spoke out of pure concern of me getting so small, it’s one thing to be concerned. But a whole ‘notha story to try and fix it. Before I rant, here are my check in measurements for this month. Haven’t done this in awhile but this is a fresh beginning right?
Neck: 14 inches
Chest: 36.25 inches
Waist: 30.5 inches
Tummy: 33 inches
Hips: 39 inches
Arms; Relaxed: 11.25 inches
Arms; Flexed: 12 inches
Quads: 24.5 inches
Thighs: 20.25 inches
Calves: 15 inches
A jump from last check in, eh? Well, surprise surprise. It’s a HUGE jump from my May check in, if you remember, I had gone done to a 28.5 inch waist and a 29.5 inch tummy! I’m trying desperately to get back to that! And yes these were taken on Christmas! lol That’s when I started back up on my fitness journey and I really do not want to give up on it now. Since these measurements were taken, it’s been about a week and a half and with the help of nutritious eating and healthy decisions along with the grueling taunt of Jillian Michaels 30 Day SHRED, I’ve gone down a lot more than I expected to though I still have some work to do. Measurements will not revealed until my next check in.
But anywhoo, I’ve been lacking quite a bit of motivation to exercise for the remainder of the year. I got up and got good at it for two weeks in September but then that fire slowly drifted away as we got further into the Holiday sales at work. Now school is going to be starting up for me on the 22nd of this month and I do want to get as fit as I can get. Let’s forget about all the goals I’ve set for myself for the previous years, I just want to make this a habit, at least eating right which I’ve been doing consciously and been doing great at it. I’ve had MANY opportunities to sacrifice my diet for a quick pleasure and just try and work it off in my next workout, but I’ve been consistent and steady. I have put something on the line if I don’t power through this start-up and that is….Clothes.
I know what you all may be thinking, but these are not clothes that I already own. I’ve been going out and buying intentionally smaller clothes, at least my goal size clothes, in the attempt to motivate me to get in shape already. It’s not expensive stuff though, I’ve got about eight pieces so far and haven’t spent more than fourty dollars for it all, so it’s all relatively cheap. I think the most expensive piece I’ve gotten would be these size 6 jeans that were $15 (regular priced $45….thank you Clearance!) and these are my favorites too! Plus some jewelry that I’m NOT gonna wear until I’m able to fit into all of my goal clothing! I shop in my store and buy the pieces that are left and I find a lot of great deals. My intentional goal is to be able to wear these clothes throughout school, or at least the start of it. I think the size 6 jeans are gonna be my hardest ones to get into, but they are soooo CUTE I must get into them! Let me tell you, that has been the best motivation YET! Just knowing I have this growing wardrobe in the corner of my closet makes me pull out my best at every workout Jillian throws at me. And let me just say, my body is still fit from the last 30 day trial I put myself through with her. These workouts I’m going harder, I’m lasting longer, doing advanced bits and MORE. I couldn’t believe what I pushed today. Full pushups, doing all the moves correctly and advanced and not having to stop for more than five seconds about three times out of the whole thing, I’m BAD! Okay? (gloat over) I’m just really proud of myself and I’m not gonna let anybody, not even myself sabotage me!
So I haven’t been doing the 30 day shred consistently everyday because I’m not trying to tire out of this or make myself feel bad for not doing it everyday. But I try not to let three days go by without doing it and I’ve been doing good with that. Since I started December 25, I’ve been doing it every other day, or every two days and that seems to work for me with eating healthier meals in between. I don’t keep a calorie journal anymore, I’m just kinda winging it these days cause I can’t get to my diary on MFP as easily as I could before. But that won’t stop me, I just try to eat when I’m hungry, stop when I’m full, and keep my water bottle on me at all times (like usual). I’ve been eating lots of fruits (oranges, grapes, bananas) and have gone back to using my spinach leaves in everything I make. I want this to STICK this time. We’ve gotta make this a HABIT, not just a GOAL.