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#NoExcuses with #SweatPink

To kick off the year and get my butt back in gear after a longer than it should have been hiatus, I’ve committed to the SweatPink #NoExcuses campaign. One of the first tasks is to complete the mad lib below. It’s kind of serious kind of serious.

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  • Hey 2015, it’s me Stina

  • This year I would like to drop these extra pounds I picked up last year, get back into running, and finally be able to do those 10 unmodified push-ups without a struggle.

  • It would also be super duper awesome if I also did a triathlon this year. It’s not a resolution, though, just a reminder to myself to try and have the best year yet because I’m capable of so much more than I let myself believe sometimes.

  • The thing I am looking forward to most this year is spending the first year of wedded bliss not putting on too many “happy pounds.”

  • Speaking of excuses (ahem), my very favorite excuse is not enough time, and I have used it to skip my work-outs on more than enough occasions.

  • I vow to move my body and be more healthy this year even if it means I have to actually get my ass out of bed for a morning workout!

  • Even if my alarm clock gets eaten by the dog in the middle of the night, I’ll still…let’s be honest, if the dog eats my alarm clock, I’m kicking his doggy butt.

  • I will stop blaming the cat for eating the rest of the dog’s food when everyone knows it was really me…wait, no it wasn’t really me. I probably did eat all the cookies though.

  • My Netflix addiction are not the reason I make excuses. I will show my Netflix addiction who’s boss this year and by using it to do workout videos when I’m too lazy to leave the house!

  • I know that even 10 minutes of yoga at home is better than nothing at all.

  • I will reward myself by buying myself some new, perfectly fitting clothes.

  • No Excuses 2015 has just begun and already I am imagining myself a winning something from Augusta ActiveShowerPill body wipes, Actio926ActivMotion Bar, or Sasquatch Racing. I mean…I have to win something, right?

  • Oh, and let’s not forget how amazing my beat up workout leggings will smell after washing with some WIN Detergent. And lastly, I’ll keep rocking my 2015 with clean eats and nutrition from Beaming with Health!

  • Click here if you’re interested in joining!

  • Use the #NoExcuses hashtag and post to win prizes from Augusta Active, ShowerPill, ActivMotion Bar, WIN Detergent, Actio926, Beaming with Health, and Sasquatch Racing.


Weight Watchers Wednesday is Back, Back Again…


I’m not boring right….? Don’t answer that.

Along with my frequent recommittments to weight loss comes my recommitment to my Weight Watchers Wednesday posts.  I’ve decided (this time around) I’m going to do formal weigh in and monthly goals on the first Wednesday of each month, and the rest of the weeks will be reserved for any random weight loss musings I’ve got bouncing around in my head that week.  So let’s get started with the weigh in shall we…

2013 Starting Weight: 165.6 (Official Weight Watchers Starting Weight was 164.8)
Last Weigh-In: 159.8
Current Weigh-In: 162
Change: +2.2
2013 Lowest Weight: 156.6

So the fact that I’ve only gained 2.2lbs since my last weigh-in in July is probably a minor miracle.  July, August and September were such insanely busy months I gave myself every excuse in the book to let things slide.  Even after last month’s recommittment, I struggled to find my motivation and get back in my groove.  My September goals went okay – some (no booze) went better than others (all workout related goals) – but I knew I could do better if I could find my motivation again.  Then I read this post on the Myth of Motivation and this post on quitting and accomplishment for the sake of accomplishment from Life Less Bullshit and realized two things: first, that I was really lacking in the committment and discipline departments, and second, that I’ve really lost sight of why it is I’m doing this weight loss thing anyway.

So that’s what I’ve been working on lately.  I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the “why?” of it all.  I’ve talked about this before, but when I started losing weight my “why” was to get healthy.  Since I feel like I’ve done that to varying degrees, “get healthy” isn’t a good enough to keep me going anymore.  I need to find new whys.  So that’s what I’ve been working on.  I’m not going to list them out here, but I’m working on creating a list in my weight loss journal.

The weight loss journal is what I’m doing to get my committment and discipline back in order.  In my meeting last week (or maybe two weeks ago…) we talked about tracking not just the foods you’re eating, but the circumstances under which you’re eating them to find patterns.  I’m taking this a bit further and turning it into a full journal with comprehensive food tracking, weigh-in, goals and musing…basically this on paper like people did before blogging was a thing.

So my goals for October are to focus on my committment and discipline, to be conscious of the decisions I’m making and really consider if it will help me reach my bigger goals.  But since those are vague and poorly constructed goals, I’ve also created some more specific, “smart” goals for October.

  1. Create a 15K training plan and stick with it to PR at the Schiller Thriller5K at the end of October and the Dirty Turkey 15K in November.
  2. Focus on eating at least 50% Power Foods and meeting the Good Health Guidelines daily.  I’m noting these as part of my weight loss journal.
  3. Continue on the limited booze thing. Limit myself to 1 drink when out for drinks with coworkers/ clients, and limit weekend drinking to the two weddings I’m attending this month.
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