Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Today Is A Good Day to Change

When I was 14 I had abs like a brick wall and could compete with any boy at any sport. Now, at twenty-two, not so much. I have no energy, I'm slowly getting flabbier, I breakout constantly and I have little motivation. And, I have "activity-induced asthma." I've been needing a change for a long time.

These two chicks inspired me to make that change today.

This quote moved me deeply. I don't want that to happen to me. I want to be able to look back and be proud of the person I was at my peak.

Her goal was obviously not weight loss, it was health. That's what I need.

What I Want:
  • More energy
  • Rock-hard abs
  • Toned arms and legs
  • Clear skin
  • Less miscellaneous body aches
  • Better posture
  • Better mood
  • Self-respect
How am I going to get it?

...That's more difficult to answer. My main barriers are motivation and consistency. But fortunately the internet is full of great suggestions. Like this one...

Women's Health Mag via My not so secret obsession
Put one dollar in a jar every time you complete a workout. When you achieve your fitness goal, use the money to treat yourself! a massage, a cute pair of skinny jeans, etc.
I'm going to put this into practice!

My first short-term goal will be: To be able to do 10 pull-ups. (I can't even do one now)
My reward will be: A full-body massage. (one of my most favorite things in the world!)

I really like this exercise plan:
Melavond via Anything-Pretty
And since I have that little problem pouch (and its Tuesday), I'm going to attempt to do these:

Fitness Magazine via The Stirring Place

Flat Back
Targets: Rectus and transversus abdominis

Sit on floor with lower back against a wall, knees slightly bent and feet planted wider than shoulder-width apart. Place hands on floor between legs and squeeze abs.
Press into floor with fingertips and lift feet about 6 inches. Make it easier: Lift and lower left foot; then repeat with right to complete 1 rep.
Do 3 sets of 20 reps.

And last but not least, my body befores:

And can you believe it? I don't even own a scale or a measuring tape. I'll have to get back to you on that. For now, I'm off to have a jog around the block (if I can).


  1. I will join you in this, although I am not so brave as to take pictures as of yet. I agree with the idea of better health than weight-loss. Weight-loss means nothing, but being healthy will improve not just the way you look, but your quality of life. Start strong and keep going!

  2. Awesome! It's great to have company when doing something like this.