I was hesitant to make a New Year's resolution this year.

In recent years, I have resolved to do several things in the New Year, including getting my health on track, losing weight, joining a gym, working out every day, eating healthily, terminating unhealthy relationships, building healthy relationships, etc. The list really does go on and on.

I'm Human

I made two huge mistakes today.
Mistake 1
I ate cold cereal for breakfast. 

Mistake 2
I went to the grocery store on a semi empty stomach.


Merry Christmas!

I hope that you thoroughly enjoyed your day, and you (and your stomach) are full!

My Christmas was relaxing, which is JUST the way I like it.  Started the morning with a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios and did about 20 minutes of Pilates. Before I knew it, it was time to eat our Christmas dinner! 

Consistency is Key

Consistency is my word for 2015.

I will work HARD to exercise and eat healthily on a CONSISTENT basis. (I'll also work CONSISTENTLY so I can graduate on May 3, 2015!)

Speaking of consistency, let me address instances where I have not been consistent in my weight loss journey this year: 

Refresh...the moment of temporary insanity in which I bought Insanity Max :30

Boy have the last few weeks been super busy! Two weeks of finals and other organizational duties have kept me from blogging, but oh, how I have missed it!

I haven't had the time to post my 3 Day Refresh results so here they are....*drumroll please*

Day 2 of the #3DayRefresh

It's Sunday, the LAST day of my Refresh!!! And I am down to 186.2, which puts me at a 2 pound loss for this weekend! (Did I mention that I am going to weigh in tomorrow evening? It kills me that I missed my weigh-in last week...all because I was lazy!)

I woke up yesterday, which was Day 2 of the Refresh, and I had lost a pound!

Thanksgiving and Day 1 of the #3DayRefresh

Here's the deal.
Yesterday was Thanksgiving. I woke up and did my Pilates Fix before we got on the road to head to Louisiana for dinner.  (I also had my Shakeo and oatmeal!)  After the 3 or so hour drive, I was famished! However, when it was time to eat, I only ate one plate, with about a cup or so of dressing, about 5 ounces of ham, a cup of string beans, and a cup of yams. I only had one slice of cake. That sounds like a lot of food, but it's a lot less than what I am accustomed to eating.  I even went on a 15-minute walk after I ate! (Who am I?!)

Unfortunately, when I got home, I was hungry--I ended up eating a bowl of oatmeal, two boiled eggs, and a sweet tooth got the best of me.

I fell off the wagon...again. But I'm picking myself up.

So, last Wednesday, I went on a school trip to New Orleans.  And since I was in New Orleans, I did as the New Orleaneans do...I ATE! I had beignets for the first time, and I loved every bite of those jumbo shrimp I had.  I didn't drink as much water as I typically do--we were on a bus with no finish the rest of the sentence. 

Old habits die hard.

So sure, one day doesn't ruin progress.  But that day turned into dayssss! My exercising was pretty good on last Monday and Tuesday, but was none existent from Wednesday until today (shamefully). I got up to day 10 of the 21-Day Fix, and I was seeing excellent results...until I had to forego my workout last Wednesday because we were traveling.  And of course, I couldn't get back on track Thursday...which sucks because with my binge eating Wednesday and no exercise, I was up 2.2 pounds at my weigh-in, the weigh-in I started to skip but I didn't. I hold myself accountable.

I have civic duties to fulfill this afternoon, but I plan on hitting up the gym for a run sesh before heading home.

This morning, I started back eating my oatmeal and Shakeo for breakfast.  I feel better than I have felt the past few mornings.  I have been eating everything from pancakes to McDonald's and Chick-Fil-A for breakfast over the past few days.  I have also been eating out for lunch and dinner a lot more than I would like to admit.  Compared to the week when I only ate PTF, I can see such a difference in how I feel.  After I eat out, I always feel so bloated and the next day I have excruciating pains in my stomach.  I am starting to feel that I may have food allergies...

Needless to say, in the midst of all my poor habits recently (along with the poor decisions I may make on Thanksgiving), I decided to invest in Beachbody's 3-Day Refresh, and I will be completing it this weekend (Friday-Sunday).  I will post my weight and inches (before and after). This is JUST what I need to get back on track. I believe that the 3-Day Refresh will help me break through the weight-loss plateau I am experiencing.  Once I break through that plateau, I will continue to exercise and eat healthily. 

In addition, the 3-Day Refresh will be just in time for three new challenges I am starting. Two of these challenges are through DietBet.  I found out about DietBet through some of the people I follow on IG.  One of these individuals is @yourgirldoesworkout.  I signed up for her DietBet, which is only 4 weeks. (It's a DietBet4 challenge, with 4 indicating the percent of initial body weight that must be lost.)  In those 4 weeks, I have to lose at least 4% of my initial body weight.  This Challenge starts tomorrow.  I weighed in (for my official weigh-in) yesterday at 191.0lbs, which means I need to lose almost 8 pounds (or 2 pounds/week) before the Challenge is over. It's definitely a strong feat, but I will do everything in my power to make sure that I don't lose my wager but that I lose the weight! The other DietBet Challenge is the Transformer Challenge (DietBet 10: The Transformer). In this Challenge, I bet $25 a month that I can lose 10% of my initial weight in 6 months.  This Challenge doesn't start until December 2, but I am super excited to make this my ongoing project.  Considering I graduate May 3, 2015, I cannot WAIT to see how much I lose by May 2, the day before I graduate from college! 

The third Challenge I am starting on December 1 is the FitGirlsGuide 28-Day Jumpstart. I also found this Challenge on IG and I had debated on joining previously.  But I decided that now is the time. This Challenge is just what I need to JUMPSTART (see what I did there) one part of my New Year's Resolutions--to lose weight and to maintain my weight loss.

I have been falling behind with the BLLFitness Challenge, but I am slowly picking myself up. Although I am not progressing as much as I would like, I am progressing.  That's the important part. I credit the BLLFitness Challenge for how far I have come.  These Challenges really help me stay focused, even when I fall off the wagon.

I thought clean eating and exercise was supposed to help me lose weight....

Hey, y'all!

I'm up in the wee hours of the morning getting some studying done, so of course it's only right that I blog a little.  This is my second time blogging this week--can you believe it?

Challenge Conclusions, Exercise Epiphanies...and Shakeology

I have been quite busy the past two weeks! 

Today marks Day 2 of the 21 Day Fix and let me tell you....I am hooked!

WeightWatchers Progress and My Latest Investment

Heyyyy y'all! I'm back! I just wanted to give you a few updates!

First  of all, I am proud to announce that, on Thursday, I weighed in at 191.6...a LOSS of 3.6 pounds! I am SO elated, and I am SO glad that I did not skip my weigh-in!

Midterm Madness, Shakeology, Personal Trainer Food and more

Hey, y'all!

I apologize for not posting on here since the beginning of the month! Life has been getting the best of me.  I'm trying to find my way back to the top.

Here are a few updates:

#BLLFitness Challenge, Shakeology, and Weight Watchers

So, I've completed the 5th day of the #BLLFitness Challenge.  I must say, I'm slowly noticing improvements in my bodily functions.

Zumba and October Challenges

With 6 weeks of WW under my belt, I'm so glad I am making this investment in my health. I am SLOWLY (but surely) seeing the weight come off, and I'm so proud of myself. I have to confess a few things before I go into a new school week....

Mind Over Matter: Cravings and Clothes

For the past week, I have engrossed myself in working out and trying to eat healthily. I fell short with the healthy eating a few times, but I worked out every day this week! I even worked out longer than my usual 30 minutes three times this week! (GO ME!) At yesterday's weigh-in, I was down 2.4 pounds from last week! I'm super excited and I hope to reach 195(lbs) by next week's weigh in! I'm well on my way! #operationgraduation

Skinny Fox Detox and Other Updates

Update 1: Skinny Fox
So, today makes Day 3 of the Skinny Fox Detox....and I feel and see no difference.  

I honestly feel like I would be better off without it, specifically because I now see that I was not ready for it mentally.  

My ISFJ Personality: What Diet Planning Means to Me

Last week, I learned about Heather K. Jones, a registered dietitian who's been featured on the Today Show and in various health magazines. I was really intrigued by Heather's website (which you can find here), especially the 3 minute personality test. According to my test results, I am of type ISFJ, which puts me in the Diet Planner category.  Here's what my results say about me:

Weekly Weigh In 3

So...the results are in!

Today, I am proud to announce that I LOST 5 POUNDS since last week's weigh-in!!!

Give It 100 Challenge

I learned about the Give It 100 Challenge through Facebook. LaKeisha REALLY motivated me! She lost 18 pounds during the Challenge, and she is STILL losing. See the video!

Tracey Pinder's "The Top 5 Things I HATED About Being Fat"

When I signed up for WW last month, I was really looking for support.  Despite my overall feeling that I am "out of touch" with fellow WW, I am always inspired by Tracey Pinder's YouTube channel.

Mini Post for a Mini Detox

So, I couldn't wait until Thursday for this message...

I ordered the 14-Day Mini Fox Detox from Skinny Fox!

Obviously, I am super excited! I have been considering doing a tea detox for a while--I absolutely love drinking my green tea in the morning, so why not try this?  Of all the teas out there, I found this one to be the most appealing.  

Social Media September

I'm back at it.  Just a little over 5 months ago, I started blogging. And my goodness, so much has changed in that time.

Here are some updates:


Not really sure how to begin here goes....