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JourneyToStrong 2.0

Monday, I will embark on a new leg of my journey. It isn't a new journey, just a new path. If you know me, you know that I have "fallen off the wagon" so to speak. It's been a hard pill to swallow, knowing that I have regressed in so many areas that I worked so hard to overcome. But, grace. I've learned this from someone whose journey has inspired me to start a new leg of my journey. One that I can maintain, and one that I can enjoy. I've had many wise people in my life over the past four years of my journey (crazy to think it's been that long already!) and I am so thankful for each and every one of you. You were there to teach me what I needed in that moment. Now, it's time for a different journey.

This journey will be like any other - it will have valleys and it will have peaks. The difference is that this time, I am doing the journey for me, and me alone. Last time, I got too caught up in what everyone else thought of me, and what everyone else said…

Life, Love and Balance

I need to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. Before I moved to Northern Virginia, I was comfortable in my gym. I was comfortable with my eating plan (admittedly, maybe a bit too comfortable).  I was comfortable in my relationships. I was comfortable in my job. Moving up to Northern Virginia has made me have to find a new gym, start a new eating plan, make new relationships, and get familiar with a new job (it's the same job title, but things are waaaaay different here than I'm used to). Change isn't a bad thing. And, I've come to realize that I have got to get myself back on track. And, only I can do it.

Right after Christmas, I ended up in the hospital with pancreatitis and gallstones. I ended up having my gallbladder removed, and spent the next two to three weeks recovering from that surgery. I am now back to work in the gym and on my eating plan. I am not perfect. Some days I'm spot on and other days I'm not. But I am trying. Old habits die hard, a…

Seasons...

You know how everyone picked a word for 2016? Many picked "faith" or "trust" or "strength" or "grace." My word - which I am just now coming to realize is seasons. Everywhere I turn, there is something about seasons. No, I don't mean the seasons of the year (although if we're on this topic, can we PLEASE get some warmth up in here?!?). I am talking seasons of life.

Last year was a pretty big year for me. I had my skin removal surgery. I had complications from that surgery beyond what anyone expected (and I'm still dealing with some of them from today). I gained weight and lost weight. I changed jobs. I relocated away from most of my friends and family. Yet, through it all, God has been faithful. I haven't shared much about my relocation because, secretly, I think I doubted that God knew what He was doing. Ha. Joke was on me. I know that. I also know that God is sovereign and that He always knows the plan.

Relocating from my clos…

Gearing up for the holidays and the New Year

Man, the holidays have come quickly this year! I mean, not literally, but it seems like it was just April...then August and now, BAM! It's Christmas! With Christmas comes all the holiday cooking and baking and less of the working out and eating healthy...at least for me. I'm human. I enjoy cakes and pies just like the rest of you. 
This year, I'm doing things a little different. I am enjoying time with my family and friends and adding in an extra workout here and there. My workouts are still light as I'm technically benched until January, but I am hoping that my incision will fully heal this time and I can get back to it. 
In anticipation of the new year, I am working on something in every aspect of my life. None of it is too big, they are many small goals and I am focusing in on them every single day. Because every single day leads to a week, and every week leads to a month, and every month to a year. And, when you do something in repetition, it becomes easier. 
1. Eat c…

DietBet, Faithfully Fit & Encouragement

If you follow my Facebook page at all, you will see that I have joined a DietBet with the hosts of the popular ABC show, Extreme Weight Loss Makeover.  I love that show - it is very inspiring and encouraging to see the participants change their lives because they want to. Each of those people has a common thread - they want to do it for themselves. Most often, there is someone pushing them and motivating them mentally and emotionally, while Chris and Heidi push them physically. I have been lucky to have someone like Chris and Heidi in my life. However, no matter how much I do myself, I have to realize that this battle I fight is not just mental, emotional and physical, it is spiritual, most of all. Why do I overeat? Why do I binge eat? Why do I eat when I'm bored, tired, sad, happy, angry or depressed? Why? Because it's my addiction. It is my bondage. So now you're thinking - great - so there's no way to ever get past an addiction, I mean once an addict, always an addi…

Six Months (and a week) Post-Op Update

Six months (and a week). Hard to believe it's been that long since my surgery, and yet, it feels like just yesterday.  A lot has happened in six months. On the health perspective, I am finally healed - no more wounds - I have one more visit at the clinic this Friday and if they clear me, I am done with medical treatment. I'll still have follow up appointments with the surgeon in November/December and again at one year.

Since the last update, at three months post-op, much has happened. I have relocated to Northern Virginia for a new job, made some new friends, lost some others, ended a relationship and through it all, admittedly, have lost focus on my health goals. I am here to change that now. After all, it is never too late to start (again).

I have been a little depressed over my inability to do many exercises - things using my core are still very hard for me - planks are okay, but any kind of sit-up or crunch motion feels as though my back incisions are pulling. While I know…

Changes

It's been nearly 3 months since I posted. Oops. There has not been much to report in the weight loss arena - in fact, if I am honest, I've gone backwards in my way of thinking. Recently, I've decided to recommit to my changes and that is going to be harder than ever.  To help kickstart my own journey back into gear, I signed up to be an Independent Beachbody Coach. It was so much easier for me o go to the gym at 5:00 a.m. when it was right around the corner from me, but now, the gym is about 20 minutes away! It makes it harder and harder to get out of bed!

My first day on the journey will be Saturday - mainly because I have not had the time to prepare. I have a freezer full of chicken and steak and fish, so I am really going to try and fix it all up nice and healthy-like next week! I miss my clean eating days.

Change is inevitable. It's how you react to change that shows your strength. I have not shown great strength in this phase of my life, but I am recommitting righ…