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The Spring circulars are out…AND I’M NOT READY!!!

I was supposed to be ready.

As I look through all the circulars that came in the mail this week, I began to get annoyed, mad, ok ANGRY!  I saw a lot of clothes I envisioned to be wearing by this time.  Nice fitted tops that I could actually tuck in my pants without having to wear a vest or blazer as a cover, skinny jeans, and nice outfits for the gym.  None of the crap I wanted would fit AND look nice.  Like the saying goes, just because they make it in your size…

So much for being ready for Spring.

I had my second fall off the wagon since I began working out in November. Common theme in both falls–some type of illness. I am the healthiest I have been in a long time and I get sick. REALLY?

The first illness was a severe cold that made me tired. It was not quite the flu and it just drug on forever. My trainer would not let me come near him and eventually I missed about 10 straight days from the gym.  I went back to the gym for two weeks and worked out hard…actually too much.  On top of that, I did not eat enough food and nutrients (protein, fiber, etc)  and I felt like I had some type of mineral deficiency.  I was extremely tired and sleepy all the time. To put the final nail in the coffin, I went out to eat a lot during this period and ate all kinds of stuff that tasted good…Really good!

One of my goals was to be down to a certain size/look/weight by March 1, which happened to coincide with my mom’s 60th birthday party in Atlanta.  With three days to go, I figured eating what I wanted right before that date wasn’t going to make much of a difference.  Yes, dumb rationale. I ate more good stuff before I left (the Shamrock shake was the best..until it settled).

For those of you who travel south, particularly in Atlanta, there are a plethora of restaurants to choose from.  And choose we did.  To my credit, I did take some food enzymes, protein shakes and fiber supplements with me to put a dent in the potential disaster.  I took them faithfully everyday and ate correctly for two meals each day. I should get points for that, right?

After I returned full, bloated and still tired, I made some assessments and got back on track.  No need to do the “shoulda, coulda, woulda.”  Time to put the big girl panties on get it together. Now that I am back in my right mind this is my course of action:

  • Celebrate the small victories.  I have lost 10 lbs, a few inches and gained some muscle tone since I started.
  • Determine a REALISTIC training schedule and stick to it. I can take my time getting to Serena Williams status.
  • Early mornings are essential.  I am not a morning person AT ALL, but going early curtails the chances of ditching the gym, gets the endorphins and metabolism running and reduces the chances of me eating crap I shouldn’t. It also frees up my afternoon.
  • Set a food cut-off time and stick to it.  I do best when I cut my food consumption off 3-4 hours before I go to bed so 6pm is good.
  • Make sure I consume enough calories and eat the right amount of protein, carbs and fiber. Passing out at the gym (or anywhere else) is just not sexy.
  • Avoid going out to eat!  That is where I failed the most, especially since I was not working out.  Should have ordered a salad and brought my own dressing.
  • KEEP IT MOVING!  That’s what we do here.

The Summer circulars await me!

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  1. Valerie

    Keep it moving Nichole. You’ll reach your goal(s) soon.

  2. Nichole Renee

    Thanks so much!

  3. shawn claybrooks

    another good tip that I had to learn was to keep a food journal and track your food intake and your emotions…it is suprising to see that a lot of times we eat when we are not physically hungry, but eat out of our emotions….I know that is exactly what I USE to do………also plan, plan plan your meals the night before and write them all out including water intake, track your emotions, it re ally helps keep you focused and on track, I know it does for me……

    1. Nichole Renee

      Shawn, I plan on doing a series very soon on the topics you presented. Maybe I can pick your brain with your vast knowledge..You know since you look like a baby doll now and all!

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