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Winter Workout Blues: Pre-Turkey Day Edition


There are muscles under all of this fat.  There are muscles under all this fat…

Yes, it’s back to the drawing board. I’m so annoyed. UGHHHH!!!!

Now with the beginning of the school year and some other random projects completed, it’s time to get back to being serious with my workout goals.  It seems to be a dysfunctional trend that ALWAYS becomes an epiphany around a holiday or some major eating event. The hard way seems to be the route for me.

But, it has to be done now despite the holidays or it’s just another excuse and procrastination will continue to be a constant companion.

Now don’t get me wrong, some great progress has been made.  Over the past 18 months I lost 25-30 lbs and my pants size went from a size 14/16 to a size 10 (without having to unbutton pants when getting in the car or zipper opening by itself when bending over, stuff like that).

There has been a ton of weight training over the last two years and somewhere in there should be some kind of Michelle Obama, Serena Williams or the ultimate model Regina King staring back in the mirror. Ain’t seen none of ’em.


“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” ~ Robert Collier

So What Changed?

It all boils down to drive and that dang diet! You can work out as much as you want but if you’re eating crappy your efforts really won’t show.

Any time you backslide you have to think back to what you were doing when you were most successful.  Last September, I was really close to my end goal.  At that time I was doing morning workouts a few times a week, spinning 3 days a week, and Zumba one day a week.  When I get in that mode, I typically  make a more conscious effort not to mess up. I ate my six healthy small meals a day, didn’t eat after 6:30/7:00pm and drank lots of water.

Additionally, because of my living situation from November to July, there were a number of factors that gave me an intensity and focus that I never had before.  Let me explain.

Remember, I didn’t have any heat in my house except for a small space heater in my bedroom ( I will talk about the reason for this in a future post).  That meant no hot water or use of stove.  So obviously, I wasn’t trying to be up in the house because it was cold and I didn’t have cable. So most of my free time was at the gym or doing some project.  I got up early in the morning to work-out and took my showers there before I went to work.  If I worked out in the evening, I took my showers then.  I would get home around 8:30 and by that time it was just enough time to get ready for the next day and go to bed.  I was very careful about what I ate and religious about taking vitamins and other supplements because I didn’t want to get sick.  Also, I pre-planned my meals for the week at a friend’s house.  I hate wasting food so I was pretty rigid with eating everything that I had prepared.

So basically, I was working out all the time by default because I had to go to keep my stress down and take my showers at the gym.  I was eating right by default because I had prepared my food and couldn’t afford to waste it.

Now that I am back home and have all the hot water and cable a person could want, the evil spirit of complacency and laziness has set in.  The diet got a little lax  and pre-planning meals has not been a priority.

The real drive and focus is…gone.

Getting the Groove Back!

In order to get your drive and focus back, you have to determine what your “WHY” is.  Your “why” is the reason that you need to do the thing you’re trying to do.  So for example, if you are in school, stressed and want to drop out you have to go back to your “why” to accomplish your goal.  You wanted to get an advanced degree in order to stop getting passed over for promotions and make more money.  You need to make more money because you want to have a bigger savings or investment account, have an annual summer trip, get out of debt or buy a house.  Once you re-focus on this, you will eventually snap back and do what you need to do to finish that degree.

In my case, my original “why” is getting rid of my acid reflux issue.  That issue is pretty much under control, so it’s time to see the fruits of all of the working out.  I want to look a certain way in my clothes and I want a healthy lifestyle to a permanent part of my regimen.  I want to live a long time and I want to live it as gracefully as possible. These are my new “whys.”


Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th – Julie Andrews

Tips to Prepping for Turkey Day

With all that I stated above, Turkey Day is coming! I love eating and yes, I will be partaking in the festivities.  I will not be the weirdo at the party bringing my own food or talking about I ate at home.  I will be getting my grub on, just going to be smart about it.  Try these tips that worked for me over the last two holiday seasons to cut down on the collateral damage:

  • Exercise the morning of the event.  Most gyms are open on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Eat small portions of the items you like.  You can go back a few hours later and fix another plate with small portions.
  • Don’t take food home with you, even the food you brought (unless it was salad). Just don’t do it.
  • Drinks lots of water.
  • Go for a walk after dinner.  I was with some friends last year and the entire family decided to go for a walk through the neighborhood.  That was really cool.


Final Reflections

If you have to keep starting over, don’t feel bad about.  Just start over.  This working out/ eating right/ living right crap is a process.  You will get it right eventually.  You just have to determine what your “Why” is and be realistic about the obstacles that will stand in your way while driving towards it.  That will motivate you and keep you on the right path.

If you are trying to get back on track with your diet and work-out, check out  two series that were done earlier in the year.  They are full of little tips that you can use to start getting your sexy back.

The 45 Day Detox is on! Eat a Biscuit for Me

Update to the 45 Day Detox: Landmines, False Positives and Intrigue

Now that the 45 day detox has ended…

Mission Sexy Pt 1: Never Let a Senior Take Your Spot

Mission Sexy Pt. 2: Looking For Love in all the Wrong Places

Mission Sexy Pt. 3: Claiming Your Prize and Staying on Your A-Game


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  1. Em

    Well, I can say at work I love seeing what you have to eat every few hours. I’m always impressed by how healthy and portioned it is. The smells alone bring me to your door every day! haha, you just need to eat like a hobbit, albeit a healthy hobbit! I’m very proud of you!!! :)

    1. Nichole Renee

      Thanks Emily! I feel like I fall off the wagon a lot but I guess you know me best!

  2. AJ

    Thanks for the post… I totally agree about finding that drive for getting back on track. Like you, I always know WHAT i need to do lose weight and get back in shape. However ‘knowing’ doesn’t do any good unless I have that drive or motivation to get started today instead of tomorrow that never comes. I’m getting ready to make list right now so I can get back on track :)

    1. Nichole Renee

      AJ, that is so true. Most of know what to do it’s just the motivation part. Good luck on your ventures!

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