Friday, December 30, 2011

New Beginnings...

WHAT?!?!?! Its been over a month since my last entry? What is this nonsense? I certainly need to correct this sporadic blogging behavior of mine, and I DO intend to do so. This coming New Year is going to bring some much needed change to my life and my goals in the near future. I was going to wait until January 1st to make this entry, but then I thought, there's no time like the present. So, here it goes:

Let me start by explaining something I realized rather recently. I've come to the realization that I'm being a coward. I'm using the excuse of 'trying to conceive' as a way to not put in as much work as I used to. This is not okay. Yes, it is no secret that my husband and I are working on Baby#2, but that is no excuse for me to stop tracking my food and caloric intake and its certainly no reason for me to stop going to the gym for days at a time. This is me being very honest with anyone and everyone who is reading this: I have been on a Food-Free-For-All for the past month or so, and as a result I stepped on the scale to find myself at about lets face it, I'm back to 180. NO!!!!!! THIS I do NOT want. I do not want to go backwards with my weight loss.

I do understand that whenever I do become pregnant, weight gain is pretty much inevitable (however it is possible to keep it to a minimum), but as of right now, why not continue to lose? I sat back yesterday and I thought about the things my doctor told me I should do while trying to conceive. No where in his instructions did he say that I should not exercise and eat whatever I want. I've been blaming my junk food intake and lack of activity on school and its intense nature the last month (which is totally true! School was BRUTAL this last semester), but there it is again, another excuse. When I started this journey to health and fitness in October 2009, I vowed to STOP making excuses. Here, I have reverted to my old ways of excuse making. THAT needs to stop.

So, whats my plan? Well, its back to the basics. Its back to tracking my foods and calories. Its back to a regular, planned, workout routine. Now, I am going to lower my activity to only one workout session per day (this is because of my goal of conception) but I will be more strict and focused on my foods and their health value. I'm also coming back to making WL Vlogs. I know I have been pretty absent from the world of Youtube, and that really IS because of school. I simply didn't have the time to shoot, edit, and upload videos every day or as often as I wanted to. But this New Year is coming at a great time. This New Year and new goals coincides with a much less demanding school schedule, which will enable me to make more regular videos, as an added bonus I'm (hoping) to receive a boost in support, which I have been missing for some time now.

Secondly, I have a new fitness goal! I have decided to run The Atlantic City April Fools Half Marathon. It is scheduled for Sunday, April 1st, 2012! 13.1 miles. Yep. I'm gonna do it! I've already printed out my training schedule for the Half and I'm planning on using that schedule as my new workout routine. If anyone is interested in seeing my training schedule, here's the link:

I cannot tell you how good it feels to have a fitness goal like this to work towards. Now, of course, I know there are going to be those who read this and say something like, 'How in the hell can she train like that and run a half marathon if she's also trying to get pregnant? Thats not good for the baby!' blah blah blah. To that argument (or criticism) I say this: Everyone is different. I may be able to run a half marathon and still get pregnant, others may not. Trust me, I will be as careful as is possible. And in my defense, does anyone remember the lady who recently ran the Chicago Marathon while 9months pregnant? She crossed the finish line and went into labor, and had a PERFECTLY HEALTHY baby. See? It IS possible to still do these kinds of physical things AND be pregnant. Now, am I intending on running a marathon while I'm 9 months pregnant? No. Not at all. BUT, I DO intend on running this Half Marathon whether trying to conceive or in the early stages of my next pregnancy, and that's that!

So there you have it. There's my New Year plan in a nutshell. I'm not going to sit here and make some grandiose statement of a Goal weight and a date to reach it by during this year. I'm not even going to refer to the scale at this moment. I'm just going to get back in the routine of doing things the way I know I should be doing them if I want to lose weight and/or be healthy. The scale will come in to play later.....MUCH later. (haha) So, if anyone wants to follow along, I encourage you to keep an eye out for new videos from me on Youtube, as I will be coming back shortly after the New Year. I will also be using MyFitnessPal to track my meals and calories, so you can find me on there as well.

I want to wish EVERYONE a wonderful, happy and HEALTHY New Year. May you work hard and reach all the goals (or resolutions) you set out for this year. Work hard, and you will.

1 comment:

  1. You go girl!! You know I've always supported you! Good for you to realize that you're reverting back to your old ways, NOW vs. later when the "damage" is much worse.

    I'm so excited that you are trying for Baby #2, yet still focusing on your own health. That of course, will only benefit you and your pregnancy! I think it's great to keep up your same routines (of course, not as drastic of workouts) while trying to conceive and also when you get pregnant. It won't be a shock to your system because you would have already been doing it. Exercise is great while pregnant! (I should've done more of it lol)

    Since you mentioned the lady who ran the marathon while 9 months pregnant, I'll tell you a little story (Not sure if I shared it with you before). I have a friend, who mowed the grass once a week, moved furniture, hauled stuff to the dump, went bowling 1-2 nights a week, had no prenatal care, no prenatal vitamins - all the while, NOT knowing she was even pregnant. She didn't know until she went into labor. Hard to believe, I know. But so true. She had her period all 9 months. She is a smoker, and a casual drinker. And yes, she did both. And gave birth to a beautiful, healthy, full term baby boy!

    So with that being said, she went about her daily routine and had a healthy baby! (Definitely not condoning the smoking, drinking, or lack of prenatal care) But maintaining your normal lifestyle can be done!

    Here's to a prosperous New Year for you and your family!! Keeping you in my prayers for little bean #2!!! :) I can't wait!

    Love ya girl! Take care and Good Luck!