Back to the Gym…Again…

21 04 2011

UUUHGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!  You know why I wish I hadn’t stopped going to the gym?  Because it’s so flipping hard to start back up!!!  That is why I am sitting here typing this post 30 pounds heavier than I was in February.

Now before I start being too hard on myself, I did quit smoking and that is a large part of why the weight came back on so fast, but that really isn’t any excuse for me to not have been going to the gym for the last several months.

So I have to get my behind in gear now and get a plan going.  Now that I am working 12 hour shifts, two things are going to change.  The first is that I will NOT be working out on days that I work.  I will be walking the stairs again on a regular (yesterday, I did over 150 steps!) instead when I work.  The second, is that I will have a lot more time to go to the gym when I am not working because my days off are now in three to nine day stretches at a time!

I would like to say that I will be going to the gym everyday that I don’t work, but to be honest, I know that I won’t do that because on a day like today, my body already hurts from doing the stairs and 24 hours working in a 48 hour period.  So maybe I will take a day off after my work stretches and then get to the gym.

Also, I think that I am going to get to add a bit more variety into my workouts.  While I adore my personal trainer, I can’t expect that he be around for every calorie I burn, but at the same time, I love having company when I work out.   Therefore, I am going to pick up a ten class card for Core Power Yoga.  There are two very near where I live and I have co-workers who are more than willing to go with me.  I expect that it is going to be so challenging and that my co-workers are going to give me a lot of crap.  I also suspect that it is going to be a blast!

Another thing I am looking forward to is being a non-smoker while working out.  I have to admit that last year while I was always proud of myself for the strides that I made, I always felt like I was setting myself back by smoking.  That was why I would never take my cigarettes in my purse with my when I went to work out.  Now there are no more setbacks and I don’t have to feel all kind of ways because I came home from the gym and had a cigarette!

Wow just typing this post is actually getting me excited.  Like I said, my legs are killing me from all those steps yesterday, but I think I’ll go for a walk today.  Maybe I’ll even post some pics from the neighborhood….

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Approaching One Full Day Smoke Free…

25 01 2011

…And no one had to remind me not to make anyone else miserable!  I can’t believe that I made it.  It was hard and not hard at the same time.  I think the thing that most stands out to me is the amazing support that I received today from this blog to Youtube to my co-workers.  I am so grateful to everyone who took the time to give me an encouraging word or a nudge back in the right direction when I was struggling.

One thing that I noticed a lot today is that my brain is seriously trained to smoke at specific times.  I could literally set my watch by my cravings!  It really creeps me out to really think about it.  I am truly an addict and I will always be in recovery from cigarettes.

I have decided that I am going to do a video journal about quitting so that I don’t bog the blog down with quitting updates, but I will keep you all informed on here from time to time as I reach milestones as well.  This is my first entry.

Just so you know, I did call my job and pick up for tomorrow.  So I am in for 8 days in a row but it’s worth it to get paid to not smoke right?  LOL I’m just glad there is enough work for me to be able to pick up a shift.  As far as this evening is going, I must say that I haven’t been having that much difficulty.  I am about to fix dinner now so we’ll see how I feel afterward, but right now, I find myself on a pleasantly even keel.  I’m going to try to ride this one out till bedtime.  Wish me luck! LOL





I’m Quitting Smoking Today!

24 01 2011

Well I think that today is the day.  The day that I quit smoking!  Not sure how I feel about it really.  I was just thinking how I am tired of having to “save” money during my tight times to buy cigarettes.  Then last night I watched this video on YT about the total Money Makeover.

It honestly got me to thinking.  Seriously, if I quit smoking and stopped having lunch at work everyday, I could save $250 a month right there.  Then I started thinking about all the other ways I could add to the pot.  I could make a menu plan and stick to it.  That eliminates two people  going out to eat 3-5 nights a week.  I consider myself a recovering compulsive shopper.  Right now, I am NOT in shopping mode.  I even passed up the WEN sale on QVC this weekend!  LOL  Honestly though that was just because I was saving money for smokes this week…pathetic I know.

So anyway, I am really really nervous and not looking forward at all to the cravings and the mood swings.  I just have to remember that I can’t treat people like crap just because I’m having a nicotene fit!  Anyone who works with me, please feel to remind me of that tomorrow and the next few days in the most loving and caring way you can imagine (insert smile here.)

Now I gotta get into the gym and see what this 38-year old machine called my body can really do!  The nerd in me wishes I could have a full pulmonary function test done now and in 6 months from now to see how I have changed.  I just don’t want to have to pay for them! LOL

So I am reaching out to you all for support!  Please help me hold myself accountable.  I know I can do it, it’s just really hard in the beginning.





Get In Shape With Online Fitness Tools

16 01 2011

I have a suspicion that this semester’s advanced calculus class has done me in!  I can’t afford to diva up again.  I have to get and stay motivated when it comes to this workout thing.   One thing that I don’t do that I probably should do is track my progress.  I don’t have measurements, I don’t have a scale of pounds lost per week, I don’t have a lot of things that I probably should, but it’s just so much to keep up with!  I’m really not a paperwork person. Read the rest of this entry »





Motivation to Save

10 01 2011

I live in the projects y’all!  Well I don’t actually live in the projects but I may as well!  I live in one of the nicest historic buildings in Minneapolis, yet it is filled with the nastiest people!  People leave their garbage in the hallways and they steal your clothes!  I have even seen my neighbors brawling in the hallway to the point that SEVEN cops showed up to clear it all out!  Tonight, I actually had to stand guard at the dryer because someone tried to steal my stuff!  I caught the person and confronted her about it and she lied to my face.  I hate these savage animals I live with called people!  I know that is harsh but it is true.

It didn’t used to be this bad.  When I first moved here, I felt like I was in the lap of luxury.  Everything was clean, quiet and I had great neighbors.  Then things changed last year and it all went to hell.  Just keep saving, just keep saving, just keep saving saving saving (Do you hear Dorie?) That is my mantra until June and then I am SO outta here!  I am determined to be somewhere better than here by then if it kills me!  Sorry for the rant, just needed to vent. Goodnight:)





My Top Accomplishments for 2010

2 01 2011

In an effort to participate in the Post-a-Day 2011 campaign, sometimes I’ll post based on the topics that they suggest. This is one of them.  What are the most important things that I have accomplished in 2010?  I’ll address this topic based on the main topics of my blog. Read the rest of this entry »





Introducing Fitness!!

26 12 2010

I graduated from college in 2004.  When I look back at the pictures, it reminds me of the bittersweet time it was.  I was the third person in my immediate family to graduate college and I was so happy that after a LONG 24 months, I had finally done it.  But I achieved my goal 4 months after my mother died so she wasn’t there to witness it and I was the heaviest I had ever been in my entire life!  I weighed a whopping 325 lbs!

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