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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?




“The truth is, I spend more time in the kitchen, than the gym, and that’s how I’ve gotten the results I’ve gotten.” -J.Navallo, Orange County. See? It’s what we eat!

This truth changed my perspective. I hadn’t considered how much my intake mattered.

My eyes get wide with admiration when I see these superhuman workouts. I think it’s good to see the 50/50/50, IronCowboy story with James Lawrence. He’s a modern-day endurance hero. It motivates me to think beyond my limitations.

But during lunch time and homework and errands, I probably won’t be thinking about Ironman. I’ll most likely give in to the cinnamon swirls that are easier to eat than the salad I still need to put together.

Jonathan’s words are a reminder that a few minutes of prep and minding what I put IN will make a difference in how I feel and look. It helped me to view workouts from “pushing hard” to “pushing smart.”

I am still in a fuzzy state of routines at this point in my journey. These blog posts are one way that I stay accountable and to be real candid with myself, I’m still sorting through my excuses. I know. Unhelpful. But that is my true state and it will pass.

What is your go-to health food? Mine is spinach. Lentils. Eggs. Okay, and maybe some Cholula. Please feel free to share and include it in your comments!