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real life: day 1.

so now it’s time to get real. back on track. weight loss mode. in this vein–i weighed myself this morning. as my friend sara says, it’s always better to know. and the scale said 139.4. so let’s round this up to 140. or 141 to be safe since i had a few lovely mimosas last night.

last time i weighed myself i was at 137.6. so yeah, i’m considering that a success. i spent 10 lovely days not thinking about calories or weight loss, but i ran almost every day and also took long walks with my mom. while my sister was home we ran 5.25 miles continuously, which is the farthest i’ve ever run without walking by over a mile. and the cool thing was we started out aiming for a 4 mile run. and then went further. for fun. what?

so today it’s back to the real world. i’m still on winter break for a few more weeks but it’s time to start tracking calories, gymming it up (almost) daily and blogging about it. so welcome back me!

and oh yeah–those resolutions. i’ve decided my “official” resolution is to be healthier and happier in 2012. because i firmly believe we control both those aspects of our lives. but i thought up two more resolutions last night.

me on new year's eve. hint: i'm the brunette.

1. read for fun every night before bed. i used to do this religiously, but now i’m much more likely to watch some streaming netflix or just ponder the day. but reading relaxes me and helps me go to sleep faster and better. plus i have a huge stack of books next to my bed that need to be read.

2. make sure every time i interact with a friend of acquaintance i ask how their day is/how work is going/what’s new with them. i have a friend from work last year who is truly one of the most caring individuals i’ve ever met, and one of the ways she shows this is by truly making an effort to see how the people around her are doing. and i really appreciated it when she would take such an interest in my life, so i want to try to emulate that in my own relationships.

and just because this is going to be the longest post ever (sorry), my time at home was wonderful. well mostly. i loved being able to actually spend substantial time at home, unlike last holiday season when i had the pressure of two jobs keeping my trips short. very short.

i baked with my mom, wrapped about 90% of the presents under the tree and celebrated a high school friend’s wedding. i’ll be honest though–after about a week of constant family time and holiday business, i kind of wanted to gouge my eyes out. i’m the type of person who needs alone time to remain sane. normally running would do this for me, but i was running with my sister since she was home too. which was actually really nice, and it was great to have her there keeping my pace steady and pushing my to go further. but i missed my sanity-preserving solo runs nonetheless.

so come december 30th, i was ready to go home. so i thought. then when it came time for me to get on the bus, i almost cried. yeah, it was weird. coming back to real life is sometimes hard. but necessary.

one last thing–this day of eating?

breakfast: banana, whole wheat english muffin with peanut butter and fage 0% with bran buds (best discover ever, thanks mom!)

lunch: spinach and mixed green salad with dried cherries, scallions, crumbled goat cheese and garlic expressions dressing (shoutout to mom again, best salad dressing ever), trader joe’s bruschetta on 2 slices of italian loaf with more goat cheese on top, and maybe some carrots dipped in cilantro and chive yogurt dip. can you tell i went grocery shopping yesterday?

dinner: spaghetti squash tacos, which were waiting patiently for me in the freezer. isn’t it nice how food does that for you?

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hey there, 2012.

so i’ve finally emerged from my holiday coma and all of a sudden it’s 2012. i honestly never even got used to it being 2011. can i have 2010 back please? still in college with no real responsibilities….those were the days.

the funny thing about days like new year’s eve is that it’s really just one arbitrary day. yet we give it so much power. resolutions, traditions, superstitions. but really, why january 1st? if you want to make a change, any day will do.

although i started my so-called “fitness journey” last year in january, it really had nothing to do with the new year. or holiday indulgences. i was just unhappy and sick. and fat. i was talking with my family while i was home over the holidays and realized last year i was sick pretty much straight through from october until february. i must confess i worked with young children, but still. that’s excessive.

i don’t really know the point of this post. honestly while i was gone over the holidays i didn’t miss blogging. maybe because i turned my brain off. and because i’m still new to this whole thing.

tomorrow i’ll post a re-cap of sorts since i’ve been gone for FOREVER. but tonight, i’m being emo about life, drinking mimosas with my roommate in honor of the rose bowl i’m actively not caring about and watching the bachelor and pretty little liars. winter break is in full force.

december, 2010.

so yesterday in the shower i started thinking about what life was like a year ago.

i was caught in a dead-end relationship, overweight and unhealthy, super unhappy in both my jobs, and basically just stuck.

so what did i do? i put my big girl pants on,  stopped eating crap all the time, and started reading up on healthy eating choices. and lost 5 pounds right away. i joined a gym (and after a month or so i actually went) and signed up for weight watchers.

since then, i’ve truly come to enjoy health. i had that thought this morning while making my happy yummy banana oatmeal. although i still use an online calorie counter to help myself keep track on my intake, i eat what truly want to eat. i’ve learned what to do to make my body feel happy, and i enjoy the way good health feels.

today i honestly can’t even imagine treating my body the way i did a year ago. no wonder i was unhappy. i may still enjoy the same foods (tombstone stuffed crust pepperoni pizza, i’m looking at you), but once every few months is sufficient; not every week.

i’ve proved to myself i can make healthy choices, but still live a the life of a normal 23-year-old.

on saturday night i had a pint of ice cream for dinner. and it was awesome. but then on sunday i went for a nearly 5 mile run. for fun.

which is why, to be honest, i’m not that stressed about christmas and the associated food. i had this realization when i was mentally packing my lunch/dinner for my super fun full day of traveling tomorrow. i WANT to make healthy choices. in fact, it doesn’t really register as a choice at this point. i don’t have to force myself to pack hummus and leftovers for dinner instead of eating at the mcdonald’s in the train station. i have no desire to sacrifice all of my hard work. i want to eat the hummus.

so if this whole health thing is about finding balance, i think i’m there. no promises i won’t need a wake-up call down the road, but i’m feeling pretty good today.

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