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getting on the right track

I use this blog for a lot of things. To share my photos, tell some stories, make people laugh (hopefully!), bitch and moan- you get the idea. I don’t usually make resolutions for the new year because I’d be lying if they get past my lips before I break them or try to bend them. However, I have a lot of events coming up in the next few months that I need to pull myself together for. Weddings, baptisms, showers, that kind of stuff. So I’m going to add another thing to the list of things that I use this blog for and that is:

TO KEEP ME ACCOUNTABLE

Not that I’ll 100% remember to post any kind of updates or anything but, hey it sounds good, right?

Seriously though, my plan is really to just to stop eating be aware of what/ how much I’m eating. I’m also going to try to be more physically active. Even if that means taking the steps instead of the elevator at the mall. In all (brutal) honesty, I don’t think I’m ready for a gym right now. I don’t know how to use the machines (lame excuse, I know) and even though in certain situations I don’t really care how I look/ come across but the gym is not one of those situations. It gives me slight anxiety to even think about walking into the gym, hopping on a (insert gym equipment/machine here), and do my thaaang with all of the other gym-goers around. I get especially nervous around guys in those gray sweatpants, but that’s for a different time.

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My last excuse reason that the gym isn’t for me right now is that, frankly, I can’t afford it. Unless I use the gym at work and that’s just not going to happen. I’ve tried it before but I was so bored that I walked on the treadmill for as long as it took me to burn 100 calories and then I left. Of course, since I burned those hundred calories, I thought I was some sort of hero; just like when I took a ZUMBA class.. that ONE time.

So what’s my plan? Well, contrary to popular belief, I enjoy fruits and vegetables. I’m going to incorporate them into my diet more. As a matter of fact, I was craving a salad the other day (#hero), which I squashed by getting sushi. small steps. As for everything else – MODERATION. There’s no reason to either deprive yourself of things you love just like there’s no reason to over do it. I mean, I could live on bread and cheese if that were an option.

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I’m what I like to call a grazer. I like to eat real meals, but in-between I like to know that I could snack or graze. A handful of popcorn here, a small bowl of cereal there. It would be fine if I also randomly liked to do 20 jumping jacks to work it off, but I don’t so it all adds up. I also really like yogurt as a snack. When I was younger I used to eat it with Rice Krispies for an after school snack. But that was a looong time ago before yogurt became trendy. Does anyone remember when yogurt wasn’t Greek? Or probiotic? Or when the fruit on the bottom kind was a big deal? Anyway, Chobani has come out with 100 calorie yogurt in all sorts of flavors. Yep. Only 100 calories, just like my trip on the treadmill. Great for them, embarrassing for me. I’m a big fan of the Chobani Flips. I like a little crunch to my yogurt because it makes it feel like more of a treat than a “this is not a cookie” kind of thing. However, the Flips aren’t 100 calories. Enter the Chobani Simply 100 Crunch. perfecto! You can check out all of the flavors here and there’s a coupon so now you have no excuse not to check it out!

As I said above, I have to also start moving more. Since going to a proper gym is basically out of the question, I have to figure ways to get myself going. I want to invest in something like a Fitbit so that I can track my daily movement or lack thereof. Because fitness is not my forte, it is sometimes hard for me to think of fun ways to burn calories. And by fun, I mean things that won’t make me feel like I’m ready to die. Luckily, Chobani has provided me with some ideas that I would love to share with you, just in case we’re in the same boat.

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I honestly didn’t know there were so many ways of burning 100 calories. I slaved away on a treadmill, bored out of my mind when I could have been walking around Target? If I could just stay away from Starbucks, I could get rid of at least 500 calories, because who spends only 38 minutes walking around Target? And really, is there a better way to clean than dancing around while doing it? 20 minutes of dancing and dusting and you’re saying #byefelicia to another 100 calories and a hayy girl to a clean house so, bonus! Giving Richard Simmons a run for his money, no?

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What are some ways you got/ keep yourself on track? I need all the suggestions I could get!

Let’s discuss!

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