Monday, January 27, 2014

The Mirror

You always hear people who have gained a lot of weight say that they avoid looking in the mirror. They say that they don't like to see themselves because it makes them sad to see themselves that way; that they even hate what they see. Well, last night, I got a good look at myself in the mirror. It wasn't pretty. It made me sad and frustrated and, for a moment, I truly hated what I saw. A while later, I was lying in bed thinking about my feelings, (as girls often do at night) and I came to the realization that the mirror is my friend. It's times like that, when I catch myself off-guard, that I find motivation to be healthier. As much as I don't want to look at myself and hate what I see, it is good to look at myself and love the potential I see. I know what I can become because I know what I've been before. I have pictures to prove it! Ha!

I guess my point is that the mirror is a tool that can be used, not something to be feared or hated. Use it to motivate yourself and love yourself. Enjoy watching yourself become who you want to be. Anyone can lose weight. Anyone can eat healthier and exercise. Its just finding that one thing that motivates you to get off your butt, put down the pizza and get to it! For me, I think its my mirror. 

Friday, January 17, 2014


This is obviously not me. This is the system a lot of the trainers at my work use. I'm taking one home tonight to install in my garage. Has anyone ever done a TRX workout? They are supposedly used in training military and law enforcement groups but they're also good for beginners (me). I'm also taking it home because I think it might be something fun that my husband and I can do together instead of spending hours on our electronic devices in the evenings. We'll see. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Year's Resolutions.

Yes. We all have the same one. Among such resolutions as "read more books", "save more money", and "be a better spouse", there's always "lose weight" or "get in shape". Don't deny it. It's probably the most common goal people make during the New Year. I am not to be excluded. For the past 5 years, I've written down "lose weight" as my top resolution one January 1st. 

I've been trying to think of ways to actually achieve my goal this year but there's so much advice out there that its hard to sift through the BS. Tell me, what has worked for you? What has worked for people you know? 

I've heard a lot about writing down what you eat and being aware of you caloric intake so I downloaded the Livestrong app. Its free and I like it so far but we'll see if I can actually stick with recording consistently. Thoughts?

Good luck to those who have committed to being a better you this year. I respect you.