Month: January 2014

Quick update…

I have a draft sitting, waiting to be completed. It speaks to a current challenge I’ve given myself. Alas – I have not had the time to sit down and finish it and post it — nor have I had time to write about 5 other posts I’ve had floating in my head.

This challenge is of the physical variety, and despite an unbelievably hectic month at work, I’ve kept on track – for the most part.

I’ll finish the draft hopefully in the next day or two. But in the meantime my pillow is calling.

Until then…

Dolce

Dolce Does…Love Your Body Update

Typically when I’m not blogging, it means I’m not doing.  I can proudly say that is not the case with getting Toned Up so far!

My work day today started at 6 am and included traveling 180+ miles round trip.  Plus back to the office.  I. Was. Exhausted.  But the good husband that he is, D acted as my “voice of reason” (his words!) and I reluctantly trudged to the gym.  I hopped on the treadmill and elliptical for my 100 Miles by Valentine’s Day.  Nothing like a good treadmill run to remind you that it’s been several (oh like, 4??) months since you last ran, and you’re currently carrying a good 20 extra pounds on you.

I haven’t, however, been great about completing the workouts and the cardio together, but something’s better than nothing.

I’m down 6 pounds so far — which I’m kind of not really counting since the scale went up so much over the holidays, but closer to where I was before.  In the end though, I guess this should be considered my starting weight, since with my many fluctuations, it’s on the higher end of where I’ve ever been (tough to admit that, but the truth).

I’m loving the Tone It Up community so far.  It definitely helps with the motivation and accountability.  Just like with my blog, if I’m not checking in, I’m not working out or eating well, so I definitely need to be held accountable.

6 down, a million to go 🙂

Dolce Does…the Tone It Up Love Your Body Challenge

Today marks day one of the Tone It Up Love Your Body Challenge.  It’s a 6 week challenge to “love your body” by Valentine’s Day.  You can sign up, and get more info on the first two days’ challenges here.

I’ve followed the trainers, Karena and Katrina, on Instagram and Facebook for quite a while, and recently signed up for the nutrition plan. As I’ve had a very lazy holiday/post-wedding season, I need a reboot, and to get back in the gym and eating well.  So, since the timing coincides with the start of the Love Your Body Challenge, I figure, why not use it as motivation?

Today’s challenge is to journal your goals.  These are the goals I hope to achieve over the next 6 weeks!

1. Food preparation:  a big issue I run into is not preparing breakfast or lunch — which leaves me relying on goldfish crackers, bagels, candy, or any sweets that may be left in the office kitchen.  Not healthy or substantial!  My goal is to get my butt out of bed in the morning, so I’m not running late, and get food ready for breakfast/lunch

2. Cooking at home: the last month or two, we’ve really slacked (I’ve :)) on good, healthy, home cooked meals.  Life just gets so busy, and when I work late hours, the last thing I want to do is go home and cook a good meal.  But, this will also help me achieve goal number 1, by having leftovers to grab on my way out the door.

3. Complete all the workouts in the challenge, and the 100 miles by VDay: along with poor eating preparation and eating out, I’ve definitely slacked on working out the last 2 months — and my waistline is paying for it.  I’m also sluggish, tired, and just overall feeling blah.  So, a definite goal is to complete all the workouts, and get some sort of physical activity in every day!

4. Sleep: I’ve developed bad habits over the last year of going to bed so late, which makes it difficult to get out of bed, and I then rely on unhealthy amounts of caffeine to get me through the day. Not just coffee with creamer (added calories), but I’ve also gone back to drinking diet soda.  So my goal is to get to bed earlier so I’m not paying for it throughout the day.

5. Diet Soda: which leads me to..I really want (need) to give up diet soda — and all soda — again.  I can’t get by a day at the office without one right now (I cut coffee consumption off at noon) so I am once again giving up diet soda.

I think that’s it for now.  Typical recipe for weight loss and healthy living, but important goals to get back to the grind.  My scale goal is to lose 10 pounds by Valentine’s Day.  After that, I’m about 2 months away from my 30th birthday, and my goal is a total loss of 30 pounds by then.

I spent my 20’s overweight and yo-yo dieting.  As I face a new decade, I’m feeling the urgency to lose all of this weight for good, and start my 30’s off with great health!

Happy New Year, and happy new me!