7 week challenge – day 1!

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Today is the first day of my 7 week challenge. I got the idea from Ashley at Coffee Cake and Cardio. Today was also the first day of my new job. I felt like I should have taken the opportunity to work out, and I was really glad that I did.

I’m back to 5 day a week training. Monday-Thursday, and Saturday alternating cardio, and weight sets, Fridays, and Sundays off. I also get one day a week to workout with Bryan. 3 of those days, I’m waking up early for morning cardio. It sounds like a lot, but the mornings will be 20 minute workouts, while the evenings will be 1 hours workouts.

I’m going back to the basics.
-I’m logging my food again (not so much to track calories, more of a way to hold myself accountable).
-I’m driving to the gym 3 days a week. I stopped going to the gym, and I started working out at home. I wasn’t ready for that, so I’m not sure why I decided to do that (laziness). Maybe it was being low on time, or feeling stressed out about decisions. Overall, though, the least I can do for MYSELF is dedicate those 3 days to being a healthier, better woman. 3 days isn’t too much to ask of myself.
-I’m going to use Sunday as a MAJOR meal-prep day. It’ll be much easier when I move out of my house, and I don’t have to share a kitchen, but I’m going to make the effort to prepare everything and make my life easier.
-I’m going to think about all of the things I’m doing RIGHT, and stop focusing on the things I THINK I’m doing wrong. I’m much stronger than I let myself be.

Lastly, and most important:
I’m coming back here EVERYDAY, whether it takes me 3 seconds, or three hours to express 4 simple things: Did I work out? How did I eat? What are my stats? How am I feeling?

It keeps me accountable. The more I have to talk about it at this stage, the more embarrassed I’ll be, and the more I’ll want to push through, and do this for myself. I promised myself that I wouldn’t quit on myself, and I would get healthy, and get awesome, and set these habits for LIFE not just a season, not just a year, FOR LIFE.

So Today, May 6, 2013:

Did I work out?: Yes, but only tonight. I burned 251 calories with 31 minutes and 32 seconds of dancing.
How did I eat?: AWFUL. I had a chicken sandwich from Wendy’s, and nothing else. It was training day for my first day on the job, and I didn’t really prep for lunch options.
What are my stats?: 35″ waist, 41.5″ hips, 41.5″ bust, weight 223.0.
How do I feel: Totally crappy. I know I’ll get back to the awesome progress I had before, but these numbers are way higher than when I started for the very first time, and I’m really sad about that, but since I’m focusing on the positive, I know that I will be back to where I want to be in no-time! Hard work, and dedication to this are going to take me there. It’s going to be AWESOME. I’ve been having some trouble losing weight since surgery also, I want to go to the doctor for a check-up, and see if something happened.

Photos from today:
Photo on 2013-04-24 at 19.17 #3

Photo on 2013-05-01 at 18.47 #2.

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Mila Clarke Buckley
Mila Clarke Buckley

Mila Clarke Buckley is a type 2 diabetes advocate who started her food blog, “The Hangry Woman”, after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and struggling to find approachable resources to help her manage the chronic condition and live a happy, healthy life.

HangryWoman.com aims to take away the shame and stigma that comes with a type 2 diabetes diagnosis and covers topics like diabetes management, cooking, and self-care from the perspective of someone living with the chronic condition.

Mila has worked with companies like OneTouch, a Lifescan Company and Whole Foods Market, and she has been featured by The Kitchn, Houston Press, Travel Noire, Healthline, Yahoo Lifestyle, and WebMD.

Mila lives in Houston with her husband and two pups.

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