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Dolce Does….Turning Thirty

I’ve always believed saying yes is a good thing (within reason, and as long as it’s legal, of course ;)).  I especially believed this during my time in Washington, DC. I said yes to every opportunity that came my way– I didn’t regret it.

For the last 10 years I’ve struggled with weight.  As a former athlete, as the pounds kept coming, I struggled with my identity.  If I wasn’t an athlete anymore, then who was I?  I felt like a sham when I spoke of my past life as an athlete.  Instead of being a member of the “athlete” club, I now belonged in the “former athletes who gained a lot of weight” club.

Over the last 10-12 years I’ve done the up and down weight game.  As each year goes by, however, I find myself less and less disciplined.  I used to be able to stick with a diet/exercise routine, drop 20-30 pounds, and move on.  Even when I gained that weight back (and some) I knew if I just focused, the weight could come off.

I felt really good while in DC.  I moved out there at my highest weight, lost a good 30 pounds, and moved back feeling motivated, happy, and the best I’d felt in several years.  Settling back in with the boyfriend (now husband, of course), the weight started coming back on slowly but surely.  Then I started a new job, we got married, went on an all-inclusive honeymoon, and hit the holiday season, and in January I found myself back to the weight I was exactly 3 years earlier when I arrived in DC. I thought, oh, I put it on so quickly, I can get it off.

I started 2014 off with the Tone It Up Love Your Body series, and felt good about working out – I was moving again.  I challenged myself to 100 days of movement.  For Lent I promised I would break a sweat every day.  But, per usual, I stuck to those things for a while, but started to slack off.  And even worse…I barely lost 5 pounds.  I currently sit 20+ pounds over what I was on my wedding day 6 months ago and those pounds just won’t budge.

My mantra of always saying yes has fallen short in the active category.  I tell myself I can’t do things because of my weight.  And I put goals off until I lose the weight.  But I’ve waited 10 years — and the weight is still there.  Which mean — I continue to put goals on hold.

So.  I turn 30 in 6 short days.  As 30 has quickly approached, I’ve found myself saying yes again.  In fact, I did something absolutely crazy and signed up for a half marathon in November.  I’m saying yes to other races between now and then.  And I’m going to keep saying yes.  Hopefully in the next year or two I’ll say yes to a sprint triathlon — a goal I’ve had for many, many, many years now.

I don’t want to spend my 30’s the same way I spent my 20’s.  As I get older, I know it’s just going to keep getting harder and harder.  And now, as I get closer to starting a family, I want to be healthy for it.  I want to enjoy it.  I want to set a good example for my future children.  And I want to live a happy, fulfilled, active, healthy life with my future children.  So, I’m saying yes.  And maybe this time saying yes will help me meet my goals.

The Tone It Up 2014 Bikini Series starts conveniently on my 30th birthday, and continues for 8 weeks until the first day of summer.  The plan will enhance my half marathon training schedule (I’ve started early, since I’ve got a long way to go and don’t want to set myself up for failure), and I can’t think of a better way to start my 30’s.  This birthday doesn’t just mean a new decade, but also means a chance to start fresh.  I don’t want to wake up in 10 years wishing I’d started earlier.  Instead, I want to wake up 6 days before my 40th birthday proud of my accomplishments, and feeling the best I’ve ever felt before.  I want to think back to this moment and be proud of myself for making the commitment and following through on living a healthy, active, happy life.

30 scares me.  I’ve been in a bit of denial about how quickly it’s arrived.  But, 30 doesn’t have to be scary.  I want to make 30 my best year yet.  Here’s to the improved me, and here’s a healthy me.   I am (almost) 30 and hear me roar. 🙂

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!