So, I haven't blogged in over a month and a half.  

And I have missed it. (I hope you've missed me.)

In all honesty, I haven't felt like I have had much to blog about.  I have spent the past few weeks trying to find myself and figure out how I can best meet all my goals.

I didn't want to just get on here and blog about all my newest ventures in the health and fitness world because I honestly feel like, if I were you, I wouldn't want to keep reading about someone jumping fitness trains every week (or month).

What I am trying to say is, I'm tired of not being consistent.  The lack of consistency is exactly why I'm not where I wanted to be a year into my journey.

But I haven't given up completely.

Today I completed Day 3 of Focus T25. Shaun T's personality is just so inviting.  But don't think it's a game.  Shaun T means business.  And truth be told, I need a trainer who stays on top of me...even if there's a screen between us. 

I've also gone back to drinking Shakeology.  Lately I have been loving the Greenberry flavor.  I'm so glad I jumped back on the Shakeo train.  

Now, I still drink Herbalife shakes.  I think the products work well as snacks and they are easy/convenient for when I don't have a lot of time. I am glad that I was open enough to try them.  However, my eating still sucked horribly outside of the two shakes I drank as a meal replacement.  I just needed a complete diet overhaul.

That brings me to this next point.

For the past few days, I've been working on reducing my intake of fast food.  I just need to find some really good baked/grilled chicken breast and fish recipes.   Along that vein, I have been working on being more diligent in meal prepping. This evening, I seasoned about 8 boneless skinless chicken breasts for lunch/dinner/ snacks for the week. I plan to bake them in the morning and roast some broccoli and make some brown rice.  I'm thinking about buying some tilapia tomorrow so that I can add some variety to my protein intake.  I also need to find some more veggies...I'm sure I'll get tired of broccoli soon enough.

Lastly, almost a year after joining, I have decided to officially leave WW.  I appreciate WW for helping me to see my strength and for helping me to realize that my weight loss goals are within reach.  I know, I know. I've only quit WW a million times since I started.  But this time I am really serious.  The program didn't really teach me how to eat...I have to learn that on my own.  I am also learning to focus more on how my clothes fit and being fit and less on the number on the scale. I will continue to journal my food using MFP. Right now, I'm consuming about 1400 calories a day.  Soon enough, I see myself not using MFP at all and just eating intuitively and more clean.  Baby steps. 

Also, I'm still really loving Pact.  It's so rewarding to make money off my healthy habits. I ended up deleting my veggie pact and upping the stakes for my GymPact to $10 for every missed workout.  And last month I made over $2.00 in two weeks with Pact, which was something I had never seen before but my PayPal account will surely appreciate.  I'm still going to work hard to meet my Pact so that I can reward myself with a nice pick-me-up later this year. 

And yes, I still love YouTube videos.  I watch YouTube almost as much as I watch cable TV.  Lately, I have been watching lots of DIY videos as I prepare to make a major transition in my life.  But as I watch these videos I have learned to sneak in a workout.  A few months ago, I got a lovely Roku stick (I LOVE it and I honestly don't know how I lived without it all these years) so I love watching YouTube on my TV (as opposed to my phone or computer).  Last night, I decided to do some small workouts (squats, lunges, donkey kicks, and wall sitting) while watching the videos.  I am really coming a long way...

In about a month I will be starting graduate school in Birmingham, Alabama and I am sooo excited (hence the millions of DIY decor videos I've watched and worked out to on YouTube).  I am ready for the next part of my life, especially the much needed independence that comes with being so far away from home. 

Until then, I am just going to focus on moving closer to my fitness goals and making a comeback that sets me on a healthier lifestyle...for good.