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Start Date: 1/3/13

Today’s Date: 1/16/13

Weight Lost/Gained This Week: +0.7

Total Weight Loss: 0.2

Week Successes: I have been doing an excellent job of eating breakfast and tracking it (using MyFitnessPal).  Breakfast is such an important meal and I am making sure I eat it every day, something to be proud of considering I didn’t always eat breakfast.  I seemed to think in high school that it was okay to not eat breakfast and just drink a Mountain Dew.  Even in college I sometimes didn’t eat breakfast.  Because of my hours at work (10a-6p) I have plenty of time to make and eat breakfast every morning.  And you know what?  I am loving it!  I feel better when I eat breakfast and it leads to better decisions during the day.

Week Struggles: I am still struggling with getting back to the gym (or being active period).  I am really enjoying the time in the morning to read blogs, make sure everything is okay with my own, and just be a bum in bed.  If I want to continue doing that I can just set my alarm a little earlier or I can just do all of my blog work at night/on the weekend because let’s be honest here, I LOVE sleeping in later.

Lessons Learned: Dinner and desserts do matter!  Not that I am contributing all of my weight gain this week to the dinner and dessert I had last night before bed but it certainly was part of it (along with not working out).  I am doing really well making good choices for breakfast and lunch (because I am in charge of it) but once dinner rolls around I’m not the one cooking or even deciding what to make.  I always think this whole weight loss thing would be easier if I lived on my own.  But honestly I cannot wait to be living on my own to lose this weight.  And guess what?  I am in charge of what goes into my mouth!  I can do a better job managing my portion sizes and saying no to desserts (not always but most of the time).

Goals for Next Week: I am going to carry over my goal from last week since I didn’t really make any progress on it, be more active!  Whether it is walking Bo after dinner or hitting the gym in the morning before work I need to be more active.  My job is really sedentary so I have to rely on workouts to burn calories.

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What was your struggle, success or lesson learned this week? (Weight loss related or whatever you choose.)

Yesterday morning as I was checking Twitter I saw that Halie at Penguins, Pasta & Polka Dots was hosting a giveaway with some other blogging ladies.  I had to check it out.  Once I did I just had to enter which meant putting off getting ready for work.  Don’t worry I wasn’t late or anything. 😉

So what did I enter to win you might be thinking.  As Halie puts it, a pedometer on steroids.  The Fit Bit One not only tracks the number of steps you have taken, distance, and calories burned but the stairs climbed.  That’s just during the day!  At night it measures your sleep cycle, helps you learn how to sleep better, and wakes you in the morning.  Sounds awesome, right?!

If I win I would receive the following:

The One™ tracker
Silicone and metal clip
Wireless USB dongle
Charging cord
Sleep wrist band
Free Fitbit.com membership – includes ability to log and track activity, food, sleep, water, body mass, weight, and more.
The giveaway is open until Monday January 21, 2013 at midnight.  The winner will be announced on Tuesday January 22, 2013.  Hopefully it’s me! 😀  This would be a great tool to have for reaching my goal for the year of reaching my goal weight before the end of the year.

Start Date: 1/3/13

Today’s Date: 1/9/13

Weight Loss: 0.9 (Almost a pound!)

Week Successes: My success for the week is that I cut my Mountain Dew consumption down to one 12 oz can a day rather than two (or more).  The one exception was one day last week I had one 20 fl oz bottle of Mountain Dew rather than a can.  I have also been drinking at least 3 glasses of water every day, including the weekend which is huge for me.

Week Struggles: I have been struggling with getting over the hump of getting back to the gym.  I’ve mentioned before how I have been paying for a gym membership that I haven’t been using.  I shouldn’t be giving away my money, especially when I need to be paying off my student loans and trying to save money.  I need to make my gym membership worth it.

Lessons Learned: The lesson I learned this week is that I can do whatever I put my mind to.  Drink less soda, did that.  Drink water, doing that.  So to get back to the gym all I need to do is take the time to prepare my bags and lay out (or sleep in) my gym clothes so in the morning there isn’t much to do but roll out of bed and hit the road.  Something else I’m struggling with is getting up when my alarm goes off.  Need to put my mind to do that so I can’t use over sleeping as an excuse for why I can’t go to the gym before work.

Goals for Next Week: My goal for the upcoming week is to be more active!  While I’m not perfect when it comes to nutrition (who is?) I feel like I’m doing OK, or at least better than I have been in the past so now it’s time to start being more active.  Monday I took Bo for a walk.  Last night I didn’t do much because I really wanted to watch NCIS and I don’t get home much before 7pm now with my new 30 minute commute from work.  But whether it’s walking Bo or hitting the gym (or both?!) I will be more active this week.

To wrap this up I wanted to recommend a Kip Moore song for you all to check out.  Totally can’t believe I forgot about it when I wrote up the Somethin’ Bout a Truck post!  This to me is the perfect song for those times when we don’t feel like being adults, maybe drinking a little too much one night and regretting it the next day. 😉

“Reckless” from the album Up All Night

Happy New Year!!
 
Time seems to have flown by lately.  It feels like just yesterday it was December 19th and now we’re already 5 days into January.  But none the less I am setting some goals for the year.  Not resolutions exactly but just some things I would like to achieve during the next 12 months.
 
1. Pay off student loans by December 31, 2013 – During my job interview I was asked where I saw myself in a year.  One of my answers was that I hoped to have most of my student loans paid off.  I was told that is a pretty lofty goal.  But after sitting down with my mom (who has a better head for math than I do) I figured out that not only is paying off most of my student loans attainable but I can actually pay off my student loans by the end of the year!
 
2. Lose 50 pounds to reach my goal weight by December 18, 2013 – I have been “trying to lose weight” for years now and am sadly farther from my goal than when I started.  I have decided to make my one of my goals for the year to reach my goal weight because enough is enough!  I need to stop making excuses and start doing what needs to be done.  I was further sparked to make this one of my goals for 2013 after reading about Lex’s 2013 – A Year About Me post.  Essentially she has challenged herself to make 2013 the year about herself and her health, something I need to do as well.  She has goals for each month set and rewards, plus an additional reward if she exceeds her goals.  I have not decided if I will be doing that myself but will definitely keep you posted if I choose to do so.
 
3. Get organized! –  This final goal of mine for 2013 took a while to come to me since I feel I am pretty horrible at setting goals for myself (probably thanks to never following through on what needs to be done to reach those goals).  I am now a college graduate with nothing to worry my pretty little mind about once I am done with work each day so I have no excuse for the state of my room or bathroom that I mainly use.  I need to get organized!  Not only in the home but also in finances as I would like to sometime in the future move out and purchase a new car.  I’ve already started that process with setting up a budget and paying off my loans (see #1) by the end of the year.
 
Three goals are enough for me, any more and I am afraid I will be overwhelmed and things just won’t happen.  I own a copy of The Spark which I seemed to have misplaced (see, I need to get organized) but once I locate it I plan to re-read the section about goals and setting them because there was some really useful stuff in there about how to break down long-term goals into medium and short-term ones that help you achieve the long-term ones (I NEED this!).
 
Another (unofficial) goal of mine is to be a better blogger.  It never ceases to amaze me how into blogging I am but how horrible I am at it.  I want to post a least once a week.  That should not be hard.  Like I said, I have nothing to worry about outside of work now that school is done so I should have no reason to not make a once a week blog post happen.
 
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What are your goals for 2013?

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I'm a 20 something college graduate learning how to live life while working, and trying to live a healthier life.

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