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I’d rather have the “before” and “after” picture, side-by-side. Instead, I have this.

I would love to say that I finally reached my goal in record time. But I am back at the weight that I started. So this is real life?

I’d rather have the “before” and “after” picture, side-by-side, and enjoy the drastic difference in appearance, and cut out the grit and work in between. Instead, I have another list of “what didn’t work.”

What did I learn?

  1. Getting in shape, making time for fitness and changing lifestyle habit gets harder as I get older.
  2. I can start today – small changes, small decisions.
  3. Failure is fuel. The only thing that didn’t work was….me! The plan to get fit was great. The food available was great. A little too great, if you know what I mean. My fitness instructors were great. My workout clothes were great. Then essentially, it’s “user error.” But that’s great, too!

I read about Mira Rai on BBC online – a world-class runner who competes in extreme races. She didn’t train with fancy equipment. She didn’t have a coach. She just had the drive.

In this journey, I discovered I have more self-imposed detours than I have external roadblocks to blame.

So, what’s the plan? Do what I can. Then, do more.

Here is a foto from September! 🙂 My scheduled workout is really just once a week: Zumba + Sculpt at a fitness studio. It includes 30 minutes of cardio/dance, immediately followed by 25 minutes of circuit training with weights. I’m using 3lbs as light weights and 5lbs as my medium weight. I have carpal tunnel so when I feel the numbness, I stay with the 3lbs or use no weights during circuit. I detest mountain climbers but I have grown to tolerate them. My favorite exercise: Bent over reverse fly.

My current mantra: It’s gonna be great!

At 142lbs.
At 142lbs.

Stay tuned for how my past failures will fuel the drive to discover new things in this fitness journey.

Be sure to share! What failure have you experienced? How did you turn it around?




Day One- The “Before” Foto

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July 2015. 5ft. 140lbs.

Hello Fitness Partners!

The great part about starting over: STARTING OVER! 🙂 Here is my “day one” foto!

My victory for the day is making it to the Zumba+Sculpt class and having an awesome time with a group of driven ladies and an encouraging instructor (Ms. Camille is on the foto with me).

I learned that fotos are a great method of accountability to track progress and appearance. And I basically need to stop fighting them. My goal is to do a studio class once a week. It fits in my budget and the time is set aside in my schedule. Plus, the energy from the ladies there is motivating!

How do YOU stay accountable? Are you seeing the difference in your progression fotos?