confucius says (part one)

I know it seems like I don’t sincerely mean it when I say “Sorry” over and over for not writing as often as I wish I did.

“If you were really sorry, you would do something about it,” I imagine you muttering under your breath at your screen, in the same tone that I recollect is used by disappointed lovers.

But really, I am! Life just gets so… hectic. One minute, it’s early fall and your boarding a flight to Cuba, the next minute, December is on the horizon, you’re on another healthy-living kick, you’re scraping ice off your windshield, the end of your work contract is approaching, and you see that your ex boyfriend is back in town to terrorize and take advantage of unsuspecting women.

Yeesh, I have a lot to catch you up on!

In light of the fact that I need to harness the power of positive thoughts and energy, I am going to provide my updates to you based on quotes from Confucius. This is just part one – believe me, there’s a whole lot to come!

“It does not matter how slowly you go, just that you do not stop.” – Confucius

After arriving home from Cuba, barely tanned, well relaxed, and 10 pounds heavier than when I left (read about my feasts here), I could no longer fit comfortably into any of my pants. Yikes! Thankfully, I came across a post on Instagram about a 28 Day Jump Start program from Fit Girls Worldwide. I bought the e-book and it gave me a workout and meal plan to follow, as well as an awesome and supportive Instagram community (#28DayJumpStart and @fitgirlsguide).

The first four weeks weren’t incredibly successful. I did lose that extra 10 pounds, but I ended up getting sick, and not sticking to my diet and exercise plan. And there was Thanksgiving. And the Norwood Fair. And cheese & cocktail night at Le Petit Bar. But, I could fit in my pants again. Hooray!

Here are some pics from my Wellness Journey:

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I started it up again at the end of last month, and so far, things are going well. I signed up at the YMCA, have been trying my best to stick with the guide for meals, and have seen a major change in portion awareness. Seriously, we don’t need all that food!

I also got a FitBit, which I’m not loving very much. It’s doing exactly what it’s advertised to, and that’s the sole reason our love-hate relationship. It tracks my steps each and every day, and I get to feel the routine disappointment every time I look at my stats and see how truly sedentary my life is. Even the days when I go for walks at lunch and after work, and go to the gym and do cardio, I still can’t seem to make it to the target of 10K steps. It’s a disheartening, but I just have to keep trying.

My immediate goal is to lose 4 more pounds by November 23. My overall goal is to be down another 17 pounds come March 1st.

I should really be at the gym right now.

What areas in your life do you struggle with putting one foot in front of the other? Any tips or tricks on how to keep motivated?


2 thoughts on “confucius says (part one)”

  1. Last Christmas when my mom was diagnosed with end stage melanoma, there was a switch that flipped in my brain. I spent years trying to un-learn the eating habits I grew up with and stop relying on food for comfort. At this time I was also going through a crippling flair up of arthritis and was barely able to walk.

    I realized the food my parents (and, for most I my life I too) had been eating had not been giving their bodies a lot to work with. I dropped refined sugar and in two days my inflammation was down more than any drug had done so far. Having the an acidic body that comes from eating process and un-whole foods allows for disease and inflammation to thrive.

    Basically, I don’t want to die when my daughter’s young. So I’m doing what I feel I can control to give myself the best possible chance of being around past my 50s.


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