New Year’s Resolutions

Welcome to 110 Pounds and Counting! If you’re new to this blog, I imagine you are feeling that pull towards self-improvement that January tends to bring. January is a time of reflection and a time of renewal. It’s like we get a second chance to do those things we want to accomplish in our lives.

We’re passed the stressful, go-go-go of the holiday season. We’ve come through the Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year’s Eve-eating-orgy probably with a few extra pounds and most definitely in need of a Christmas cookie detox!

If you’ve stumbled onto this blog for the first time, welcome! You’ve come to the right place. I write about a lot of different things here, one thing being how to balance healthy living, exercise and eating good food. I used to weigh over 250 pounds. I was unhappy and unhealthy for a very long time. Losing over 100 pounds was the best gift I could have ever given to myself. I turned my life around and improved my health–I was no longer developing diabetes, I no longer had high blood pressure.

My message to you: don’t get overwhelmed with the idea of trying to lose weight and get into shape. It’s a scary endeavor but it doesn’t have to be. The idea of losing 100 pounds seemed too magnificent for me. So I decided to lose 50. Taking a big project and breaking it down into smaller, achievable goals worked for me.

It took me a little over a year and a half but I lost 110 pounds and I became a runner. I ran a 5k, an 8k and then took the leap and raced in the 2010 Hood to Coast Relay Race! My feats didn’t stop there. I biked 55 miles in Reach the Beach and 72 miles in the Portland Century. Doing things that challenge my body, my stamina and my mind make me happy.

I’ve kept the 100 pounds off for over three and a half years now. Fitness is a big part of my life but I love it and try to make it fun. That’s the key to staying on track! I hope that my little stories here can inspire some of you to make changes that you’ve always wanted to make but weren’t sure where to start.

My Magazine Debut!

If you’re wonderding where to start, try reading this series I wrote:

Week OneWeek One Check In

Week Two , Week Two Check In

Week Three

Week Four

Week Five

I hope that series gives you a good place to start. And then of course, come back tomorrow and read some more. 🙂

QUESTION: What is your New Year’s Resolution?

Repost: Why You Don’t Quit for the Holidays

(reposted for new readers) 

Why You Don’t Quit for the Holidays

On Monday I posted some tips for not overeating during Thanksgiving. The good news is that Thanksgiving and Christmas are JUST ONE DAY. That means if you do overeat a little, it’s not the end of the world. It’s one slip up, that can be reversed if dealt with immediately.

How is that possible, you wonder?

Basically with continuing your exercise.

I think the biggest struggle a lot of people have with the holidays is the fact that they Fall Off the Wagon. I’ve done this too. I stop counting calories, I eat things I normally don’t eat, I skip workouts because of parties, out of town guests, traveling, etc.

The trick is to KEEP AT IT. Don’t fall off that wagon because it’s so hard to get back on it.

  • Buffets
  • Office parties
  • Dinner parties
  • Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner
  • Family parties
  • Cookie parties
  • Christmas cookies, foodie gifts, holiday baking….

The temptations are everywhere!

Try and fit in some exercise like your normal routine dictates. If your normal routine is to run twice a week at lunchtime, do it. If your normal routine is to go to the gym after work, do it.

The holidays can be stressful. Not enough time and being pulled in a million directions but we must take care of ourselves. I know for me, if I don’t get my exercise I will become stressed and irritable. I won’t have that outlet for my stress which normally cures my irritably…so without that I will eat  for comfort, drink more, eat things I wouldn’t normally want.

I’ve already planned my workout routines for the coming holiday season. I found out my gym will be opened restricted hours on Thanksgiving so I fully plan on going in early Thanksgiving morning to get in what I can.

The gym is not open on Christmas day but if the weather holds up, I hope I can squeeze in a run sometime.

If not, I will hop on the bike trainer in the living room and pedal away while I watch A Christmas Story.

My hope is that the gym will be emptier and emptier as the holidays progress. 😉 More room for me!

Seriously….don’t be one of Those People that only exercises in January and February because of New Year’s Resolutions! Let’s start a tradition of Staying Sane During the Season and exercising!!

Who’s in?

QUESTION: Is exercise the first thing that goes away during the holidays? How is this year going to be different for you?