Little Progress is Progress

So get this.

I started a fitness program exactly 28 days ago. I wanted to lose at least 15 pounds. Well, today is the last day of the program and guess how many pounds I’ve lost?

3.

Yup. That’s it. That’s shit. But I’m not defeated. It’s my fault. Absolutely.

  1. I haven’t completely followed the program.
  2. I did not work out every day.
  3. My nutrition was shit.

But I blame all of that on my current lifestyle. I work overnight and my schedule is lego-man-workout.jpgconstantly changing. Saturdays and Sunday’s I work 12 hour days – you think I want to work out after that? No. Not at all. Then 3 days out of the week I’m still working overnight 8-10 hours; but twice as hard because I don’t have help. It’s fucking tiring, man. I really feel like I’m in this position because of my lifestyle. I know people say well you make time for what you want but I mean I’m so fucking tired like… what the fuck.

And then having to track my nutrition? Fuck me.

Sorry, I didn’t mean for this to be such an explicit laced blog – it was supposed to be motivating. So here’s a little bit of motivation. I’m not going to stop trying. I know I’m making excuses as to why that program didn’t work out – but you know what? I still have hope. I still think I can do something better even with everything else thats gone wrong   (like: having a huge kind of break up during the program and my mom getting into a car accident, and me literally losing my shit – mental-). You see… life happens. That’s why you can’t give up.

So yeah.. I only lost 3 pounds – And I don’t care how any one sees it… because I see it as PROGRESS.

Alba ❤ 

The Year of “Yes”

That’s what 2017 will be.

Yes – I am beautiful.

Yes – I am strong.

Yes – I am intelligent.

dreambigYes – I am sexy.

Yes – I have a career.

Yes – I can run a mile.

Yes – I have self discipline.

Yes – I am a hard worker.

Yes – I love myself.

Yes – I am a god fearing woman.

Yes – I am every woman; it’s all in me.

Yes – I can do anything I put my mind to.

Yes – I CAN and I WILL.

May 2017 be everything you wish it to be and so much more. Remember never doubt yourself; the only person standing in the way of your goals, wishes and dreams is you. – Alba. 

Heavier, but not defeated.

Yo, 1-2 1-2..

Weird way to start a blog, but I’m listening to the Insecure season 1 soundtrack

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Currently my favorite series.

and I’m feeling good.

This is despite the fact that I’ve gained 30lbs. That’s right 30 lbs. And now, I stand at a good 170lbs. I was upset this morning – not going to front – but am I defeated? No sir. Because in some weird way I am motivated. Like a real fire. Seriously. I know, I know, I’ve been on kind of slump but that doesn’t mean I have to stay that way. While I am heavier I still have some what of a slim appearance; that tells me that the little bit that I am doing at the gym (once or twice a week) works. What doesn’t work is what I’m putting into my mouth.

In fact (now my favorite segway, so if I say it a lot sorry y’all) last night I had a Whopper with cheese and bacon, and fries on the side. And it was good – but it wasn’t great. And as much as I want to deny this — it wasn’t worth it. At all.

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even when you want to stop

That’s why today I started fresh. A lot of water, an energy drink, pork rinds instead of chips (less calories true life) , chicken tenders with veggies and baked beans; tonight I plan on having Turkey with Veggies or just a protein shake after the gym.

 

I know I’m not the only one out there that has to constantly start over – but the main thing about starting over is that your not giving up. Frankly, I’m motivated to keep going, I deserve to be happy with my self. I will do right by my body and health – with a couple of wine glasses on the way, but I’m going to do it. Real talk ’cause I’m motivated.

Weight, nothing but a numero

This topic has been on my mind for a while. Sometimes, we all stress about the number we see on the scale; but if you haven’t heard, that’s not always the most important thing. In fact, when you’re first starting out it should be the least of your worries. Why? Because honestly the number won’t go down as fast unless your doing something that could really jeopardize your health.

Instead, listen to your body. Now, I’m no expert. But what I do know is how good I start

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Image: Hayathfitness

feeling once I start eating right, drinking water and hitting the gym. No lie, I start sleeping so much better, my skin starts looking better and my overall being just feels good. And who doesn’t want that? And once you start feeling good, my friends, every thing starts falling into place.

That’s where I currently am in my path to fitness. I’m feeling extremely good being mindful of what I eat and exuding positive energy that I’m ultimately receiving back 😉

I do check my weight at least once a week to see my progress, preferably in the a.m. That helps me see what I’m doing right or if I need to change something.

But you know what’s even better? When your clothes start feeling loose. Yes God!

Happy energy 😉

Starting Over

Hstarting-over-sucks-so-keep-going-205339ow many times can you start over?

How many times can you say, “Okay this time I’m doing this right for sure” ?

I’ll tell you how many times. As many times as you want. It’s your journey and only yours. So dust yourself off and try as many times as you need to, to get YOURSELF where you need to be.

#Thatisall

Once I find the formula that works for me, I’ll let you know.

But I don’t Want to Mess Up My Hair!

I love being a curly girl. Image via c-est-quoi.com

I love being a curly girl. Image via c-est-quoi.com

So, I am wide awake right now, and I know I should go to the gym. And I am. But you see, I just got my hair done (it’s pressed and curled) and I know as soon as I work out, I’m going to have to put some heat to it again. Why? Because my hair is natural, therefore, the curls will arise as soon as I start to get a good sweat (and I mean whats the point of working out if your not getting a good sweat?).

However, when I think about it, I’d rather workout and fix my hair before I go to sleep, so it can be ready for work in the morning. Rather than go to sleep and workout when I wake up and then do my hair. Seems like I would save time by just working out and doing all that good stuff before going to sleep. Ugh. #TheStrugglesofaNaturalGirl

Lack of Interest

I realized I haven’t given this blog much thought lately.

I come and I go. I try to revamp it and write about how I’m turning my life around. lacklackBut the truth is, I’m having trouble doing that. Every time, and I mean ‘every time’, I try to really get back on my health kick, something completely throws me off. Either I can’t get any sleep (during the day, because I work at night) so instead of writing I lazily stay in bed and wait for the pool siders outside my window to leave; or hope that it rains on ‘their’ parade, or close my eyes and visualize how I want myself to be. It’s pitiful. And then sometimes, I think of the blog and wonder, “If I wore to write out my failures: Would any one read? Would any one suggest anything?”

I don’t know. I hate being a twenty something and not really having any type of REAL organization in my life. I mean sometimes I’m there, and sometimes, I’m just not.

Right now, however, by the grace of God, I’m sort of a little organized. And it may just be because it’s my day off, but I’m going to try to get this train back on track — at least I’m being real about it.

Also, when I say I’m lacking organization it’s not only with my fitness schedule,

Such an inspiration. Image via easypowerful.com

Such and inspiration. Image via easypowerful.com

but with my life in general. Like mentally, I need a little bit of organization.

Maybe I should try my moms suggestions of meditation. I might do that.

I’ll try to write again tomorrow. It can be soothing at times, and it’s one my first loves since learning the American English language.

By the way, when I’m up and running (and on track) I’m trying Jamie Eason’s new 12 week program. I’m currently finishing up week two, miraculously.

So, I’ve seen the gym in how long?

So, it’s been a while since my last post.

It’s also been a while since I last worked out.

However, I have been mentally at peace – because of a few other things I’m doing.

When you look good, you feel good. I love feeling like this.

When you look good, you feel good. I love feeling like this.

I now finally have time to write something. But I need to write something with substance. Something that relates to what this blog is for. I mean, because that’s the whole point. Right?

Later on today (like in about 21 minutes to be exact), I’ll be heading out to the gym. I’m going to do cardio and then lift weights. For my arms.

I’ve started running again. I keep starting and stopping for a few weeks at a time and that’s no good. Especially, if I’m going to run in the Gate River Run 15k. I’ve been running it for three years straight. This year it will be no different (hopefully). I have to get pass these miserable 3 miles. However, once I’m at six miles then I know that running the 15k will be a breeze. It’s a runners thing. Like, you just know.

I hate that I haven’t been as consistent as I usually am. I don’t know why I haven’t gone running or been in the gym, like I use to. It feels like at times,  I’m trying to do to many things at once. Then, once I get home all I really want to do is cook some food, clean up my apartment and watch T.V. with my boo. Sometimes, life is just good like that. Still, fitness is something that I’ve worked hard for and I realize that sometimes you have to make a sacrifice. Whether it be getting up early in the morning before work to get that morning workout in, or right after work, it is paramount (at least for me) to make that effort.

I know that and sometimes I just need that extra push to get me going. With that being said, I have to get dressed to take my butt to the gym.

It’s calling my name. Not literally, ofcourse.

Fat Girl Blues

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Blues:  2. informal feelings of melancholy, sadness, or depression. via Google Search “what are the blues.

It’s, Sunday. December, 28, 2014.  Three days after the most wonderful time of the year, and I’m feeling… fat.

I’ve been eating like crazy. I can’t blame the holidays, however, I can only blame myself. The cookies, the Christmas dinner. All so good. And now I’m stuck feeling like bleh.

Again, it’s my fault. And I know this. (I feel like every time I write something on here, I’m always talking about what I’m going to do to change. Or how this time it’s different. I’m not talking about that — this time.) This time, I’m commenting on my progress. Since, I’m broke – meaning I’ve spent almost all of my money on gifts that will be outgrown and overlooked by next year –  I’ve only been able to cook whatever I have at home. I can’t eat out anymore. I won’t allow it. Also, while I have these few days off of  work – I’m making time for the gyms and to plan out my meals.

Currently, I’ve been doing this for two days. I know not very long. I’m a little blue because I’ve let myself go this far – but you know what, we all let a little loose for the holidays. And that’s OKAY. The most important part is to not lose yourself. So, I guess this is me saying, “I haven’t lost myself, I’m slowly but surely getting back into the groove of things.” Which is good. It’s really good.

So, maybe I got the good fat girl blues. Next week – I’ll have the working girl blues.

My mood:  

What’s So Bad About Multitasking?

Multitasking can be a beautiful thing.  You accomplish many things at a time, make plenty of people happy and have time to do more of what ever else you may need to do.

But is it the easiest? Not exactly. You see, in order to multitask successfully, you must write it down. Again, in order to multitask successfully you must write it down. The reason for this is plain and simple: your liable to lose track of time, forget a few things and mess up your order of things you need to do. When you lose track of time and get some things done instead of others, you’re wasting your energy and time.

So, how do we maximize our time? First, we write it down.

Now, I know there are many articles, and research journals that shows that multitasking isn’t good for your health. But what kind of multitasking are they referring to?

  • Driving and texting?
  • Sending emails during meetings?
  •  Talking on your cell, feeding your child and feeding the dog?

IT'S NOT THAT BAD

Probably, so. But I’m talking about something a little differently. I’m talking about organizing your tasks through out the day so that you can spend efficient time on them and get them accomplished. Now, technically, the definition of multitasking according to the Oxford Dictionary is, “the handling of more than one task at the same time by a single person,” and what I am alluding to is multitasking but doing so in an organized manner.  

For example, today I have a few things I need to do, but it’s a Saturday and I don’t want to stress my self out. Besides, if I don’t manage to multitask successfully in my life during my work week – then leave it there because weekends shouldn’t be stressful. So, first things first – I write out everything I want to get done: gym, shopping, writing, cleaning, watching my favorite TV shows, cooking Dinner, talking to my mom. Ok, boom. I have quite a few stuff I need to do. Now, I organize my tasks in the order to maximize my time!

Is it that simple? Yeah, it can be. If you have children, or have social ties that you need attend to – then fit them in your schedule and start checking them off one by one. I pair up activities that I know can be done with others. That is multitasking.

See, the issue at hand is that if your multitasking then your not giving something your full of attention, only partially meaning their is a chance for failure. Charles J. Abaté, a writer for the National Education Association, conducts research of his own on the subject. He says, “For certain kinds of behavior, brains (like microprocessors) are essentially linear devices that are incapable of performing two separate tasks simultaneously. In a more colloquial sense, though, it seems quite obvious that people are capable of at least some level of simultaneous activity.”

In my opinion, if you write it down and plan accordingly you can successfully multitask. I believe it’s good to challenge yourself and it’s healthy for you.

The beauty of multitasking is that it allows you to live at ease with everything that you need to do. Stress free. Now, if your stressing yourself attempting to do 4, 5 things at once – then your missing the point. Literally, the point is on the other side of the room and you totally just walked by and missed it.

Remember your not trying to complicate your life.  It’s all about being stress free.