I started this journey officially on January 2nd, but I haven’t been completely hardcore about it, at all. I wanted the first two weeks of the year to just be about getting rid of the holiday fluff. But I’ve taken a lot of shortcuts and haven’t been completely ruthless in the nutrition department. So my progress hasn’t been what I wanted, but progress has been made! After two weeks, I’m down 5 lbs and 2 inches. Not a lot, not enough, but I’ll get there.
In the non-measurement space, I’ve made some SERIOUS progress. We’re talking big wins, HUGE!
1) I haven’t had a drop of alcohol yet, in 2018! I was getting to the point, especially during the holidays, where 1 beer a day and maybe 2 glasses of at a party was the norm. And I had convinced myself that I LOVED beer, and I wanted one every day. I was in no way even bordering on alcoholism, but one beverage a day was my new normal. So I put a stop to that Jan 1, even when I went to a musical, and had a FREE DRINK TICKET to use, I abstained! And you know what? It hasn’t been hard. Not nearly as hard as I thought it’d be. I mean, I’ve gone without alcohol before, for 3 nine month periods during my pregnancies, but this time around, I don’t have another life that is dependent on me. You know what else? I don’t miss it. So cheers to giving up alcohol for the next 158 days! For me, this one is easy.
2) I have (almost) not had any ice cream in 2018! This one is slightly harder, and maybe even more impressive. For those of you who know me, ice cream is and forever will be my greatest vice. If it is in the house, I will eat it. I think it stems from growing up with my mom, who restricted ice cream to one day a week, “Ice Cream Fridays” and we’d each get 2 scoops. It was the best day of the week. This miserly approach to ice cream has had serious and long-lasting consequences for me, ever since I went off to college and realized that other people ate ice cream on other days of the week, and maybe even sometimes more than one day a week! And I realized I could be one of those people! Fast forward 10 years, and it’s practically an addiction. But these past two weeks, I’ve had NONE! I got really close last night – my husband went to the store and asked if I wanted him to pick some up, and I came sooo close to saying yes. But I stuck to my guns and didn’t have any.
3) My husband has committed to working out with me 2 times a week, and this past week, that’s exactly what he did! This is a huge win for our family. My boys will join me frequently when I do a workout in the house, but I can count on one hand the number of times my husband has. I’m so excited that my journey has inspired him to get fit!
4) I ran a half marathon today – with NO training! I hadn’t really run except for a few 3-5 mile runs 1x/week since November, and two months later, I pounded out 13.1 miles in 2:03:11! Which is a big deal for me, because I never thought I would be one of those people who could go just casually run a half marathon. Today I proved I now AM one of those people!
So that’s all, folks. Tomorrow begins a more serious regimen for my physique competition training. Here’s to another week of progress!