"Did you fall off the wagon? Why haven't you posted an update?!" No, I didn't fall off the wagon, although I was worried I might while I was traveling (hence no post).
The official title is Morning Show Boot Camp but really it's radio deejay school. Personalities from across the country get together every year to network and share ideas. This year the conference was held in Chicago which meant I'd be spending time flying and in a hotel. How the heck was I supposed to stick to my healthy lifestyle with so many things out of whack?!
I'm barely staying on track at home. One small thing and I'm scared I'll fall off the wagon I've worked so hard to get on. How was I going to travel and still stay disciplined? I surprised myself.
First things first. I prepared as much as I could. I packed snacks in my carry-on bag that included protein bars, turkey jerky, and mini bags of almonds & cashews. Normally I'm frazzled before I get to the airport (mainly because I wait until the absolute last minute to pack) so I didn't eat a decent breakfast. It would have been easy for me to drive thru and pick up a sausage biscuit but I've been fast food sober for almost five months now. Instead, I stopped by Starbucks inside the airport and bought Greek yogurt with granola, berries and an iced green tea with no syrup. I was caffeinated and content. Was I stuffed? No. But I knew I'd be able to hold myself over for a few hours.
During the nearly four hour flight, I munched on the snacks I brought and tracked it all on the My Fitness Pal app. The free app does all the work for me when it comes to counting calories. It's synced to my FitBit, which tracks how many steps I take daily, and my trainer is able to log in to see if I've been staying on track.
Once I landed in Chicago my first priority was to get lunch. By this point I was feeling hungry and I knew my body needed actual food. By the grace of God, a place called "The Protein Bar" was located on the main floor of the hotel I was staying at. Not only did this restaurant list all of the calories on the menu, it also showed how much protein and how many carbs were in each dish. As a rule of thumb I always try to eat more protein than carbs in one sitting. Knowing I was under calories and without any idea when I'd eat dinner, I opted for a higher calorie option. However, that doesn't mean I overdid it.
Think about that. It's not up to other people to change you. It's up to YOU to change you. As I continue on my weight loss journey, I've noticed three key people who have been vital to my success. These three very important people have kept me motivated and on track. This get fit path I'm on isn't meant to do alone. I admire, appreciate and genuinely love these people. My A-Team.
Ever hear the phrase "perception is reality?" I find that to be 100% true. So when a professional athlete, nonetheless a Super Bowl champion, asks if you've been to the gym, it's quick to assume he thinks your fat, lazy, and out of shape. Even perhaps that he's doubting your commitment. But being in this right mindset, I know that Greg Scruggs sends me these texts because he sees my desire. My want. My motivation to succeed and achieve my goals. And he supports me. He encourages me.
Greg. You were one of the first few people I met when I moved to Seattle. Over the last few months, we have become close friends. I only hope you understand the impact you have on those around you. The impact you have on me. I pray that I can be as good of a friend to you in return. I also promise to have enough food for you the next time you come over. hahaha. Now go get yourself another ring, Champ! #GoHawks
Two weeks ago, a great friend from college, Steve Smith, moved to Seattle and has been staying with me. Steve noticed the photo I have on my refrigerator. I keep this in plain sight because it's when I felt my best. Halloween 2006. I was 21-years old and a senior in college. Ironically, this was taken at Steve's house! He's seen me at my best and now at my worst.
We came up with a pretty nice roommate agreement. I cook. He cleans. I have never eaten this clean, for this long, in my entire life. Steve's what I needed to get my diet right and my biggest improvements have come because of what I put in my mouth. I have energy to get through workouts and feel better than I could have ever imagined.
Thank you for being a great ManMate, Steve! You're the positive influence I so desperately needed. I've looked forward to our dinners together every single night. Our chats about clean eating, relationships, and life in general has me opening up not only to you but to everyone around me. I didn't realize how lonely I really was. I'm looking forward to building on this amazing friendship we have over the next few years. And Charlie wants to know when we're going on another hike.
Now here's where I start to tear up. All of this positive change began with one person. One person who speaks to me in terms I can understand. One person who knows it's possible because she's done it. My personal trainer, Karen. While I believe in God, I don't consider myself religious but I truly believe I have been blessed to cross paths with this woman.
In a month I'm starting to see a difference in my physical body. The biggest change has happened internally. I had given up. I was convinced I was going to be like this for the rest of my life. I was starting to accept that. But I met Karen and my world completely changed. I wish these photos reflected how much weight I've shed emotionally.
Karen deserves more credit than I'll ever be able to give her. She is a friend. A soul sister. A beautiful woman who has worked really f*cking hard and inspires me every single day. Not to mention she's saucy, feisty, and absolutely hilarious! I don't know if my abs hurt from Russian Twists or from laughing so hard when I'm with her. I'm not into the mushy stuff. Neither is she. So I'll spare everyone and continue to work hard and prove to you all just how much she's influenced my life.
Whether you want to admit it or not, everyone needs their own A-Team. Be willing to let people in. Be willing to ask for help. Be willing to be vulnerable. The rewards FAR out weigh the fear.
To my A-Team: THANK YOU!
Did traveling undo all of the hard work I've been doing? Read Weight Loss Wednesday #6 by clicking HERE.
The only thing I've ever finished was a value meal from McDonald's. That was until I crossed the Obliteride finish line!
Much love to Element Cycles in Redmond for setting me up with this oh-so-pretty bike! They outfitted me with a bike, helmet, and padded shorts that were an absolute life saver during the ride.
Due to construction, the route turned into a 30-mile ride as opposed to 25. I almost quit 37 times during the first half. But I finished! Find out what kept me going, what almost brought me to tears and even more photos by clicking HERE.
There's still time to help the amazing work happening at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. If I can ride 30 miles, you can open your wallet and donate a few bucks. Thank you to everyone who helped support my ride! This will be a lifelong shining moment for me!
Get an entire outfit for work, school, or a night out at Plato's Closet. I love this animal print top paired with these boots and gold bracelet. What's not to like?! And the prices are totally managable for any budget.
I put together these pieces at the Olympia location. There's plenty of locations in our area with tons of great finds at each store. Get the most up-to-date info about Olympia's outfits or Plato's fashion finds on Facebook. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram, too!
How cute is this back-to-school outfit? Jacket, top, accessories and shoes! All of these were found at Plato's Closet in Olympia at prices anyone can afford.
Plato's Closet is the best place to snag fashionable pieces without hurting your wallet. There's plenty locations in our area with tons of great finds at each store. Get the most up-to-date info about Olympia's outfits or Plato's fashion finds on Facebook. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram, too!
Bags, bags, and more bags! A woman can never have enough purses, am I right?! These bags at Plato's Closet in Olympia are just waiting for you to bring them home.
Find accessories, clothes, and even shoes at Plato's Closet. Get the most up-to-date info about Olympia location outfits or Plato's fashion finds on Facebook. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram, too!
It's almost that time to transition your wardrobe from Summer to Fall but what do you do in the meantime? I love this outfit from Plato's Closet in Olympia because it's the perfect mix of both season. The lightweight sweater with those oh-so-cute sandals!
There's plenty of Plato's Closet locations in our area with tons of great finds at each store. Get the most up-to-date info about Olympia's outfits or Plato's fashion finds on Facebook. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram, too!
Accessories help pull an entire outfit together. This is also a way to stay on trend without spending a ton of cash. Mix fashionable accessories with classic pieces from your wardrobe and you're all set! Check out these fun rings and bracelets I found at Plato's Closet in Olympia.
Again, I spotted these at the Olympia location. There's plenty locations in our area with tons of great finds at each store. Get the most up-to-date info about Olympia's outfits or Plato's fashion finds on Facebook. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram, too!
I’m insecure. I’m self conscious. And because of this, I only allow a few people into my inner circle. One of those people has become my personal trainer Karen. With her guidance I’m working towards overcoming both my physical and emotional insecurities.
The reason why hiring a personal trainer was the right decision for me is because I can’t work out in a group setting. It’s too much for me. At least it is right now. I don’t like feeling uncomfortable. Hell, who does? But working out in a class or a gym terrifies me. Perhaps it’s even a little bit of ego getting in my own way. What makes me think that everyone in the gym is going to look at me? They’re not. They’re focused on themselves. But you won’t be able to convince me of that when I feel like an elephant in a room filled with cheetahs.
This week I took one step towards overcoming an emotional obstacle on my weight loss journey. Like I mentioned, I allow only a few select people into my inner circle. Meet Alexis. My fellow displaced Michigander. My bestie. Dare I say it? My workout partner?!
Alexis is an athlete. She played sports in high school and maintains a healthy active lifestyle now by running more than any normal person would ever imagine doing. I cheered her on at the finish line of the Seattle Half Marathon last winter and was envious of her runner’s high. No. I was jealous. Jealous that she made it look so easy. Jealous that she could finish such an amazing race. One that I couldn’t even dream of doing. She inspires me.
Throughout our friendship, we’ve gone on a few physical adventures including hikes around Western Washington. I huff and I puff and she never judges. Over time I’ve become comfortable around her. Comfortable enough to let her see me uncomfortable.
I invited Alexis to workout with me on my terms. Or should I say Karen’s terms. Early Sunday morning we headed into the gym to meet Karen and she put us to work. I couldn’t believe what happened during our session. Sure, there were some things Alexis was better at than me. But holy crap, there were some things I was better at! While Alexis can easily kick my ass in cardio, I’ve got her beat when it comes to weights.
While I’m not going to be the best at everything, I’ve discovered a bit of confidence both in working out and allowing people in. A guy friend suggested a group of us get together for a hike this weekend. A month ago, I would have come up with an excuse. Today, I quickly said, “I’m in!” As my measurements shrink, my confidence grows. I like that. I like that a lot.
Many of you have asked and yes, my personal trainer, Karen, is taking on clients. Email me and and I’ll pass along her contact info. (ETailor@entercom.com) I couldn’t do this without her!