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First 10 Days

Okay, so today was the first 10 days of the challenge–1/3 of the way through!

When I stepped on the scale today, I honestly couldn’t believe it!  I had been working so hard and tracking literally EVERYTHING and finally today was the day I saw major results!!  I was so happy.  I happened to look at other people’s blogs today to see how they were feeling about the 30 day challenge and it was interesting to see how people felt the first 10 days went.  Some were discouraged, most very encouraged, while others felt like the 10 days whizzed by and others thought it was never going  to come.  I was more encouraged than anything and thought the 10 days passed on by!!

The thing that I need to be careful of is not to “celebrate”.  Sometimes when I reach a goal, I feel like it’s time to celebrate my accomplishments, which usually ends up being detrimental.  So I’m really going to watch that.  However, I can’t lie to my followers and fellow challengers, I did go out and get a couple of spontaneous happy hour margarita’s in Minneapolis with the ladies.  I ate healthy the whole day, but took a break from working out–but it’s back on the grind tomorrow.

The email I received today asked the challengers a few questions..”How’s it going for you so far? What’re you struggling with? What’re you breezing through? What are you planning for the remaining 20 days?”

It’s going great so far!  Like I said, I need to be cautionary about the whole celebratory thing, but other than that I have given 110% to eating healthy, making good choices, and working out when I can.

I’m struggling with the fact that when I’m hungry, like really really hungry, spaghetti and burgers dance in my head.  It seems like my impulse still is to reach for unhealthy foods and fast food.  I’ve read the healthier you eat the more you crave healthy things so that can kick in AT ANY MINUTE PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

It’s a breeze keeping myself accountable.  I have been logging every little ounce of everything that it’s hard to let myself slip up…and if I do, I log it.  This has been very beneficial because it shows that every little thing makes a difference.  I think I had the mentality of “oh just the extra handful of cheese won’t matter!” and it really does….all the little things add up in the end, unfortunately.

I’m planning on keep doing what I’m doing.  I’m going to try to include more working out in my schedule and hopefully that will be another motivator.

I also want to give a special thanks to my friends, they know that I’m doing this and have been helping me throughout these 10 days and my whole journey.  I’ve been sending Tracy endless pictures of my meals and pleas to have that one piece of cake and she’s whipped me into shape!  Because at the end of the day…’s only food.  It will be there the next day and the day after that.

So that’s a wrap folks! (pun intended)  And I’ll continue keeping you updated!

Hungry Hungry Hippos

Is my theme song for the day.  For some reason I just wanted to eat and eat and eat today.  But to be fair, I was under my caloric value.  I didn’t give into pasta or pizza (two things I happened to want really badly), but I did give into 3 pieces of dark chocolate.  Whoopsies.

I ran a mile and did 30 minutes of elliptical (one level higher than usual), gotta earn my points for the 30 day fall fitness challenge!!  Although, I’m trying to change my lifestyle, and get to my goal weight-not just do a 30 day challenge.  I must admit however, it’s getting me on the right track and I’m literally writing down everything I eat on my fitness pal and in my food diary.

In other news, it’s criminal mind monday so now I’m scared to go to bed without pepper spray under my pillow.


I got this from one of my favorite bloggers I follow: so I decided to do it too!


Making :: a list of all the things I need to accomplish this week. (lots of career and senior year junk!)
Drinking :: English Tea, aghhhh so delicious, especially right before bed.
Reading :: new apps available for my mac, deciding whether or not to download that maverick x, it has some pretty good reviews!
Wanting :: someone to give me a massage, because who doesn’t want that?  I’ve actually never had a professional one.
Looking :: for a sign that things are going to be okay.
Playing :: Restaurant story.  My life is literally a nerdy child game, gotta make those cakes all day everyday.
Wasting :: my time thinking about people that don’t think about me.
Eating :: really healthy lately.  Like seriously recording everything and under 1200 calories.  Gotta keep going for the 30 day fitness challenge 😉
Wishing :: that I could lose more weight faster!  It’s hard being patient and waiting for results!
Enjoying :: that I’m growing up and starting to make my own decisions and becoming who I want to be.
Waiting :: until I can go home for Thanksgiving and see my family.  I really miss seeing everyone, especially my parents.  It’s sad how long you took parents for granted in high school and middle school, and then in college it just hits you how important they really are.
Liking :: the fact that I have a sleep playlist on my itunes so I can drink my tea and listen in peace.  It helps me wind down for bed time.
Wondering :: how the job fair is going to go this Friday, gotta keep an open mind!
Loving :: this vanilla candle next to me.  Want to make me happy?  Buy me a candle.
Hoping :: I didn’t butcher that finance test.  It did not go how I expected and I just hope that I got a C, at least.
Marveling :: at how lucky I am.  I’m 21 years old and have experienced so many things in my life and have met such incredible people that have changed me.  14 countries, 7 mission trips, and college do that to you I guess.
Needing :: a tan because I’m pretty sure by Christmas I’m going to be translucent.
Smelling :: that damn amazing vanilla candle!!
Wearing :: the most ugly outfit you’ve ever seen.  Oversized Green Bay Packers sweatshirt, gray and pink yoga capri’s and royal blue fuzzy socks.
Following :: rules that I’ve made for myself is harder than you think, especially when I’m the one that’s made the rules.
Noticing :: that I probably should start going back to church.  Praying isn’t enough sometimes.
Knowing :: this is my last year of college and I need to keep living it up and saying Yes to whatever adventures come my way.
Thinking :: about where I should work out tomorrow, in the gym?  Run outside?  Hmmm
Bookmarking :: recipes!  I have found my new love for cooking and experimenting and surprisingly evernote is the best place to record it all.  I find a lot of them on blogs, pintrest and cooking light!
Opening :: my journal.  I need to keep writing, it’s an outlet that never fails.
Feeling :: a little sleepy, but so ready to get this week started!  My attitude is not the usual Monday blues!


You would not believe how badly I wanted so many unhealthy things today… Guess how many I gave into….NADDA!! I wanted pizza, fries, nachos, mashed potatoes, you name it and I wanted it! It was just one of those days….but I stayed strong!

The best part of my day other than not giving into my temptations was going to the student center and playing Mario with Walt, Tracy and X. Tracy had been trying to get me to do it for weeks and I always shut her down. But after Business Law, I decided to give it a shot and let me tell ya, there’s nothing wrong with playing a few video games as 21 year olds. I literally have not laughed that hard in SO long and we all got so into it. We had to be the most annoying and loud people in the game room. Either way, I had the time of my life.

Tomorrow I’m going to have a girls night with friends that went Abroad with me and they want to order pizza for dinner… I’m debating what I want to do about that. I think I might just eat before I go, and plug my nose when that cheesey goodness arrives.

I hope everyone else involved in the challenge is doing well! Tomorrow I’m working out, so motivation is wanted and needed! Only 6 more days until our check in day 🙂

Fall into Fitness

So, one of the blogs I followed mentioned a “fall into fitness” challenge. It’s a 30-day challenge people on WordPress are participating in, so they can stay motivated to eat healthy and work out! We check in every 10 days with Katy telling her now many points we’ve earned….
Here’s how it works:
You get 1 point for every hour you work out.
1 point for every pound you lose.
1 point for every post you write about the challenge.

At the end of the 30 days whoever has the most points gets a prize of some sort!

So far I’m doing pretty good, I’ve gotten some exercise in, already shed some pounds and here’s my first post.. If you know anything about me, you’ll know that being competitive to my extreme is a curse and a blessing heehee! So watch out fellow challengers! I’m coming for ya! I’ll keep you posted with my progress. I’m hoping this will help me reach my November weightloss goal!


Food Diary.

Oh my gosh, I can’t believe that I haven’t blogged in 5 days!  What is wrong with me?!

Well, got on the scale today and was really happy!  I worked really hard this week to eat healthy and not give into my cravings and looks like it paid off!  I think that I’m going to make my goal in a few days–I’m not gonna speak too soon but I’m really determined to get there.

I know this is totally going to sound like a marketing scheme but I promise that I am getting no commission or anything of the sort….  But I am seriously obsessed with this new food diary/motivator I got from Urban Outfitters.  It was only 10 dollars!  It’s official title is “Diet Doodle Diary” but it’s nice because it’s not printed all over on the outside so when you have it in public, not everyone can tell what it is.  The first pages of the diary have a woman’s body and has places to put your beginning measurements.  On the next place it has a place to put your resting heart rate and starting weight which you record weekly.  Throughout the whole thing it gives encouragement and ideas, I would honestly recommend it because so far I’ve used it every day, recording what I eat and what I did for exercise.

I hope you all are doing dandy on this Friday and have a fun and safe weekend.  I’ll be writing within the next day!  Here’s some pics of the diary!