Oh my lord a lot can change in a couple months.
Yep, that's right I'm back! But where have I been? Oh lord, not focusing on my weight/exercise/eating habits that's what (super super sad face).
But here is what I did do:
I successfully defended my Ph.D on November 17th, 2011. It was the most surreal experience of my life. It still hasn't set in...I'm not sure when it will. It was the culmination of a lot of work, and my boss - excuse me former boss - still was able to get his last little knife twisting in....ugh....anyway....
4 days post Ph.D defense I packed up my car and drove halfway across the country to my parents house where I have been since. Currently I am battling the black death of colds. It has been over a week now of coughing, constant headache, sore throat, and aches and pains beyond belief. All of this means I have not been able to workout.
And here's the worst part - I joined a "gym" for a trial membership near my parents house. I hate it. First of all, there are no elliptical machines. Second, the treadmill catches if you run any faster than 5 mph, which sucks since I'm trying the couch to 5K again with a 6 mph run. 3. No showers. 4. No classes. 5. The furthest across town gym from my parents house as possible.
Did I mention I haven't been there in a week?
And I really want to go! I really need to lose all this weight I've put back on. Yep, that's right - since February when my life started falling apart I've put back on about 25 of the pounds I've lost! I know I had put back on some weight, my pants have been a bit more snug, but they still fit. I don't feel as "toned" as I once was and the bulk majority of the weight is around my midsection, giving me dreaded muffin-top. But I received the print out from this scale thing that looked at a bunch of weird numbers and it just kept making me more and more depressed.
But instead of getting all mopey about it I decided that I did this before, I can do it again! Plus I won't have the stress of 12-16 hour days of work - I got a real person job but its only 3 days a week! So I have plenty of time!
Then BAM! The cold of Black Death strikes....and I've been out of commission for the past 8 days - ugh - and Christmas is the weekend - then New Years' etc.
But that's ok - its not like I'm gonna go bananas over Christmas food, it's only gonna be one day this year and I've been really concentrating on watching my food intake, which is going surprising well - with the exception that I have been eating ice cream because its the only thing that seems to help ease my sore throat this past week.
So - at the risk of making my "New Year's Resolutions" I've vowed to re-implement what I was doing before - but I don't want to be one of those people who burn bright and fizzle out right away, so I figured writing this and giving it to the interwebs for all of you to keep me in check is the first step.
Here's the deal of what I have to do:
1. My new work has a gym - and I get a free membership! However, since I only need to be on campus Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I will use the gym for its cardio equipment 3 times a week. I teach at 10 am, so if I am up early enough I'll work out in the morning then teach, then after my office hours hit the gym again!
2. Join the gym closer to my parents house (its a bit pricier, but they have good classes). This way I can work out in the mornings before going to work (which is an hour away) and on my two days off I can hit this gym for the classes hopefully twice a day!
3. Start tracking my food - to the best of my ability. Focus on getting fruits and veggies and enough protein.
Also - now that I'm back home my best friend and I have committed to a 5K in March - I really really really want to try for about 30-32 minutes on this one. So, I'm going to do the Couch to 5K program aiming for a 10 minute mile.
So here is my commitment:
I Blondie hereby swear to workout at least 1 hour of cardio 5 days a week.
I Blondie hereby swear to get as many fruits and veggies a day as possible - aiming for 5.
I Blondie hereby swear to strength train at least twice a week.
I Blondie hereby swear to expend more calories than I consume, thus leading to weight loss (hopefully).
I Blondie hereby swear that I will soar past my last weight loss - and I will start feeling good about myself again.
So friends, what do you swear to do?
It's good to be back!