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really rough week

1 Aug

I do not really want to rehash the last week’s event but it is all part of the journey.  I feel like I need to get some things off my chest….and this blog is my place to let it all out. And you know how much I like bullets.

  • I worked very hard to close out my school’s summer program. This summer I was in charge of the program and I was so insanely busy. I cannot believe July is already over.
  • I did not track my food most days.
  • I used food to comfort. I used foods I had been avoiding because they are triggers for me.
  • I had to take my cat, Angus to the vet yesterday. I knew going that Angus would not be coming home with me. I took him because Big Man was just a complete mess and he couldn’t do it. We have lost 3 cats and 1 dog in the last 3 years. It has been very hard on Big Man – they were his babies long before he even knew me. I thought I could be strong and stoic for Big Man and Q. I thought it would be easier for me. I started crying on the drive to the  vet’s office and I am not sure when I stopped.
  • I ate more junky food. Now, I can see that I did this to stop feeling “empty” but it just didn’t help and now I feel worse. (Not mentally – I have accepted what I did and why so I am not beating myself up over it but I feel physically lousy-headachy and bellyachy and “heavy”)
  • I did not train this week. It was a lousy week and instead of turning to my training I shied away from it.  WHY?!?!
  • I spent a lot of time yesterday with my thoughts. I was very weepy and emotional and tired.
  • This morning and I stepped on the scale. I don’t really have a set day (usually Sunday or Monday) and surprise, surprise I was up 2.6 pounds. Ok, I was not surprised at all.
  • I am also not upset about the # on the scale – the scale has no power over me. It is just a number. And I certainly didn’t need to see the scale to know what a lousy week I had.
  • Let’s just say I am super happy that it is a new week!!
  • and a new month!



  • The month of August is going to be AWESOME-AMAZEBALLS-SPECTACULAR!!!!
  • I have my second half-marathon on August 28th.
  • I have NO work (Ok, I have “stuff” to do for school’s start in September and I have a meeting or two to attend but no real work schedule).
  • I am joining Josie’s “Finish what you start Challenge” (click on the picture below for more details) – I am terrible about finishing what I start. I have BIG ideas and impressive starts but I lack follow-through.
  • August is for follow through! August is for finishing. August is for kicking ass.
  • I have a training schedule for the next month but I need a bit more of a “plan” so I am going to sit down for a few minutes every night and reflect on the day behind and the day ahead. During this time, I will plan out the next day’s activities.
  • August is for the BEACH!!! Yep, it is most definitely a benefit of  being a teacher and living this close to the beach (I can choose the bay, ocean or lake for our summer water activities – yep, I know #lifeisgood)



So, I am setting out to shake off  the funk of last week’s suckiness!! I am setting to enjoy a fabulous August. I am setting off to start something and FINISH it!!


On today’s agenda: Fitness – 45 minutes run plus 10 minutes of KB swings, 25 squats, and 5 planks. Food – track all food and stay away from “junky” food.

I will check in daily  with a minimal post of what I did the day before and what my agenda is for the current day…..it’s about accountability. I need to be more accountable to myself!!


Here’s to AUGUST!!!!


it's august and time to get down & dirty

1 Aug

As many of you already know, I have had a rough patch. Nothing life or death or anything so dramatic. But a few unexpected bill caught me off guard! STRESS!! I usually can handle stress ok but this time the stress just wreaked serious havoc. I have not eaten right in weeks. Still not horrible but not great. I have not exercised properly or consistently in weeks.


I cannot let this go on any longer! I have to snap out of this funk! Well, if you know me you know that means I need a good challenge.  Yes, I realize training for a half marathon is a HUGE challenge

Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans

Down & Dirty in 30! I even LOVE the name of this challenge.  I have high expectations for the next 30 days. I finally am on summer break. I have the next 30 days off from school. {To be fair to myself, I do not have classes nor do I get paid, but I have prep work to do – TONS of prep work.}

1. I WILL move my body and be active every single day.

2. I WILL  journal my food and activity every single day.

3. I WILL eat 6-8 servings of fruits & veggies every single day.

4. I WILL drink 64-80 oz. (minimum) of water every day.

5. I will train HARD for my half! I will put my all into everything I do! I will not half -ass or fake it anymore.

My goals for the next 30 days are very reasonable.  If I focus on my goals I will lose weight, I am sure of it. But, I will not stress the scale, no matter what the challenge.  My goals will help me get back on track and focused!! My goals will turn into habits that will be solid by the time I go back to school!

How do you plan on enjoying August? Are you getting down & dirty like this Jersey girl?!?!