Days 18-23, I need a blog accountabilibuddy

I’ve realized that writing a blog that no one reads is rather unfulfilling. Not that I was anticipating immediate fame and stardom, but maybe a visitor now and again.

Days 18-20 were glorious. Long weekends are the best. Especially when you have friends coming to spend time with you. I’m so thankful to have such great friends; they must really love me, because 5 hours in a car to drive to the middle of nowhere is NOT fun.

On Saturday we went into town and had a nice brunch, did a bit of wandering through shops and made a quick pit stop at the grocery store to pick up supplies for the BBQ/bonfire we were hosting. A few more friends showed up, lots of food was eaten, lots of beverages were consumed, and there is a really excellent dance video that’s now been posted to Facebook.

Sunday we made a good old fashioned southern breakfast (grits, sausage gravy and biscuits, bacon, and scrambled eggs). After struggling to get our pants on, we went to a few different greenhouses and looked at all of the pretty plants. The forecast said it was supposed to be pretty cold and rainy, so we enjoyed laying low. At one point though, the radar claimed that we’d be able to sneak in a bonfire… we started building the fire, got it lit, and woosh a giant storm rolled in. Needless to say, there was no bonfire. But, there was still lots of food and games and beverages.

Monday was exhausting. Three nights of drinking can really wear on a gal, it’s hard to get up that last day and help your friends pack up the seventeen pounds of snacks they brought and make sure that your cat isn’t being smuggled out of the house in one of their bags. Once the friends left, manfriend and I made a quick run into town for a few necessities for the week and promptly plopped down on the couch and didn’t move until bedtime.

It was an excellent weekend. But, I had zero desire to weigh or measure after the massive amounts of awfulness that entered my body. Maybe some other time. Soon.

Day 21 is a Tuesday that feels like a Monday. Monday…. you know how I feel about Monday’s, the lack of motivation was definitely there. But that’s not to say that I didn’t get my 116 squats knocked out. I even managed a few bicep curls.

Day 22 time to increase reps! We’ve now moved from 100 squats to 108, to 116, and now to 124. My legs are going to be tired. Though, surprisingly, it wasn’t so bad. At work, we’ve instituted a new plan – every time you resolve a case, you do some squats. We typically resolve between 5-7 cases per day, which is a good way for me to ensure that I get the right amount in.

Day 23 a Thursday that feels like a Tuesday! Also, Happy June! I think that every week should be a short week. Whoever decided that a five day work week was appropriate… well, I have words for you. Especially on days like today. There’s not a cloud in the sky, the slightest breeze and it’s a toasty 75. What I wouldn’t give to be sitting on my patio right now. Think of the bronzing I could achieve! (Who am I joking, I burn – peel – and turn white again) but the day has been good. I was right, my legs are getting tired from these additional reps, but I think that means that it’s actually doing something.

Tomorrow is another Friday, and it’s going to be a weird one for me. My little sister is graduating and turning 18… she’s making me feel old.
Also, now that I’ve hopefully bounced back a little from my weekend of gluttony and sloth, I’ll pull out that tape measure. Let’s see how things are going!

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Weekends are for relaxing

I suppose we should start with Friday, huh? Friday was great! It’s the end of the work week, there’s two full days of enjoyment with no responsibilities just waiting for you.

On the squat front, I was able to complete all 100 of those buggers. Again, I’m pretty sure I was squatting at 5:01 pm to ensure that they were completed before I left work. But, I did it!

I then, promptly went home, sat on my patio in the sunshine for a few hours, drank my fair share of beers, and ate pizza. Is that what they call balance?

The weekend was lovely, there were no squats or crunches to contend with (we’ll chat more about those crunches in a moment), the most exercise I got was in the form of power shopping. That’s definitely cardio, if you know me, and know how I shop.

Now, these crunches. Let’s talk about these crunches. I just don’t think they’re going to happen. Other than the 100 I did on my first day, I haven’t had any interest in laying on the floor and contorting my body. So, for now, I think we should put these crunches on hold. Sounds good? Sounds good.

Update from the week is impressive, though. Overall, I lost SEVEN pounds! Who knew that squats were so effective. My new thought, though, is that perhaps rather than only counting pounds, that I also count inches. This requires a trip to the store, more cardio!

 

Day 2: How do people make time for this stuff?

Oh look! I haven’t given up yet. I’m surprised. If you knew me, you’d be surprised. I have lofty goals, am great at planning for those goals, but am not so great with the execution. Perhaps this will be the start of some great personal changes. Or you’ll never hear from me again, who knows.

So, Day 2. How’d things go, you ask? Well, they went. Sort of. I was ready to tackle those squats at work, I took down twenty of those bad boys right away at the beginning of the day. After that… well, things were not so bright and shiny. I did get them done, all 100 of them. I mean, I may have been squatting at 5:01 pm in order to finish up before I left the office, but I DID IT.

Thankfully, I’m in a really small office (there’s only four of us), so I at least don’t look like a crazy person while I’m squatting away. Actually, I probably do look like a crazy person, but there’s only three other people who can readily judge me. I was chatting with one of the co-workers about my challenge, seeing if I could garner interest in an office-wide squat-a-thon each day, but I got some giggles and pretty stern NO’s.

So, time to go home, time to start working on those crunches. I have a TON of crunches to do, since I slacked off the day before and only did 100. YES! Or… no. My partner is out of town quite a bit for work (yes, partner, because I’m too dang old to call him my boyfriend, and manfriend makes things sound not as serious as they are), and I wasn’t expecting him to be home until later in the evening. Of course he ended up being home when I got there. And I’m a sap. I needed hugs and snuggles and kisses and time catching up. Long story short? I didn’t do any crunches. None. Zip. Nada.

Well, maybe Day 3 will be more of a success. Though, since it’s Friday, I’m thinking that there will be some beer, some pizza, and a lot of relaxing on the patio. So, let’s chat on Monday, I’ll tell you all about my weekend, and the massive amount of crunches I (probably didn’t actually do) did.

Why in the world have I started a blog?

I’ve wanted to write a blog for a long time- this was not the blog I’ve wanted to write, but it’s the one I’ve started.

Why write a blog you don’t want to write? Selfish reasons, of course! But, you’ll hear more about that along the way.

The purpose of this rambling, you ask? Well, for the two or three people who may happen to stumble upon this mess, hopefully you’ll get a bit of a laugh from my self deprecating ways… but for me, it’s a handy dandy way to keep track of my progress.

Progress? Progress of what? Great question, thanks for asking. I’m trying to get less fat. I know I’ll never be a 5’10”, curvaceous, blonde bombshell with legs for miles (I mean, I’m only 5’9″, so there’s that). But I’m hoping to emilinate some of the extra pooch.

So, rules and guidelines? How am I going to achieve this pooch reduction? Easy! Or so I think.

  1. Squats. In the beginning here, I’m aiming for 100 squats per day. This number may increase, it may not.
  2. Sit-ups (well, crunches for now). Attempting 1000 crunches per week. Again, this may change, who knows!
  3. Doing a bit more walking/hiking. We live less than 5 minutes from a state park with gorgeous hiking opportunities- I need to take advantage of this more often than I have.
  4. Eating just a little bit better. I don’t eat poorly now. Yes, I consume my fair share of beer and pizza on the weekend, but I like it – so there.

Oh right- there is a timeline, and a goal amount.

Target date: July 26 

Target loss: 39 pounds 

Alright then. Let’s go!