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A Self-Imposed Ban

After realizing I was way more out of shape than I was ok with (and knowing that I do not have a job to finance this habit), I put a self-imposed ban on buying clothes until May 1. The reason I did this is because I didn’t want to buy bigger clothes and give myself an excuse to hide behind them. Plus, I have a monster walk-in closet FULL of clothes that deserve to be worn.

This decision was made after a shopping trip with my mom (where I confess… I bought clothes, but I bought them in my regular size. Did it look as flattering as it could? No, but I was determined to shrink my middle.) If you know me, you know how my mom and I shop–til we drop! But this trip was probably the worst shopping trip I’d ever been on. What can I say? I’m vain.

[I should probably back up here and say that everyone has their own standards for themselves. The standards I hold myself to are personal. I would never think about passing this sort of judgment on anyone else.

Plus, those blizzards, my mom’s cooking, deliciously fried fast food and who knows what else all tend to settle around my middle, which means it’s probably mostly visceral fat. This type of fat is particularly bad because it’s been linked to metabolic disturbances and an increased risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Well when cardiovascular disease and diabetes run rampant through your family history already, there is really no reason to tempt fate. So staying slim has major health benefits for me.

But man… this ban is a lot harder than I expected. I’ve been to both Target and Wal-Mart multiple times over the past couple of weeks buying household items, and I have to say, I’m close to caving. Plus, I saw some really adorable workout clothes… which ideally would be a smart purchase, right? Looking cute in workout clothes = all the more reason to exercise, right? (That may seem like faulty logic, but I swear, it actually works.)

I know that staying away would be the best way to avoid temptation, but when you’re not working and very slowly making/re-connecting with friends, these shopping outings may possibly be the only time you leave the apartment. (You know what I’m saying?) 

So tell me: Have you ever dealt with a self-imposed ban? How do you avoid temptation?

(And, for the record, I can definitely see results from exercising especially in my middle section. Very exciting!!)

Getting Back On the Fitness Horse

So in my last post, I confessed that I am the unhealthiest I have ever been in my entire life. (Ok, I didn’t say it like that, but it’s the truth, and I’m seriously unhappy about it.) But instead of wallowing in pints of Ben & Jerry’s, I’ve decided to take action and get back to healthy and happy.

So to help, I’ve decided to participate in a virtual 5k on Tuesday, April 9th hosted by my friend Abby over at Run Stronger Every Day. (I’ve actually never met her, but I read her blog and follow her on Twitter. She’s pretty awesome, so I hope she’s ok with me calling her a friend.)

The Kick Ass Virtual 5k will benefit  the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of American’s Team Challenge (which Abby is part of) at this year’s Chicago Half-Marathon on June 8th. Here’s what Abby has to say about it: “Why April 9th? That was the date last year when I scheduled the surgery that would remove my colon. It was a very big and scary day for me but it was also the day I took steps to get my health and my life back.”

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You’re probably thinking… Didn’t she JUST tell us that she can’t run like she used to? You’re right. I totally can’t, BUT Abby says it doesn’t matter how you reach 3.1 miles as long as you do. So maybe I’ll split it up between the treadmill, bike and elliptical. Or maybe I’ll run/walk the whole thing outside. The point is… I’m talking my health and fitness back in my own hands, too. (Plus, I hope to win one of the awesome prizes she’s collecting.)

The coolest part? You, too, can join in! Check here for the deets.

When Lazy Meets Fat

When I left my job, I had all kinds of ideas about how I’d run more frequently and up my trips to the gym. Instead, I ended up meeting friends for lunches and dinners almost every day of the week. When I wasn’t eating out, I was vegging out in front of the TV.

I knew I had let myself go. What I didn’t realize was how much… until I stepped on the scale (that I unpacked today). I’m not going to post a number because I’m too embarrassed, but let’s just say OUCH.

The good news is that I’m back to working on it. My dad and I started running while I was at home, and I’m trying to keep it up. I’m nowhere near where I was when I was running 5ks last year, but… I had never run a 5k before last year, so I  know I can get there again.

Not working leaves plenty of time for exercising, and since my complex has a fitness center, I force myself to go even when I’d rather just take a nap. The problem is that not working also leaves plenty of time to eat. I’m trying to develop a regular routine– scheduling times to eat, work out, job search and unpack–so hopefully that will help. But even then my eating habits sort of suck. My biggest problem? Breakfast. I never know what to eat! Also, it turns out I’m not a big fan of traditional breakfast foods, which also makes it hard.

I’ve gotten a ton of ideas from Carrots N Cake (probably my most favorite healthy blogger), but I’ll eat the same thing for a few months and get tired of it. So I need more ideas! Help!

What do you eat for breakfast?