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Hi I'm sorry if you already answered this question but how long did it take you to lose the weight? You look stunning xoxo

Awww, you’re such a sweetie! Thank you so much!! :) I started in Summer 2012 and reached my goal weight in Summer 2014, so roughly two years. I had a lot of plateau stretches during my journey. I also know that this journey is FAR from over; maintaining is a whole different beast!

I'm glad you are trying the morning workout- just wait, you will become addicted. It really starts your day off nicely. Also, another suggestion- try the stair master. The one with the real stairs that move. It's miserably hard but I've found it's good to toss into the routine and get over any plateaus. Keep at it girl!

Ooooo, love this recommendation. Thanks so much!! :) I’ll also let you all know how the morning routine goes for me once I get into it for a bit!

I’ve decided the correct response to “You have a great butt” is to say “I do squats” instead of “Thank you” — I feel no shame about that response, because I worked my butt off (literally!) to get my damn good butt! :P

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Baby steps…

New alarm has been set, half hour earlier each day. I’m going to try and go running every morning now, ideally at least 2 miles, in conjunction with a mix of basic workout reps. It’s not the most ideal routine, but right now with how insane everything is, it’s the best I can do! I gotta actually get to the gym though, considering how expensive my membership is! I’ve also started tracking my food yet again. I know I’ll always have these dips and lulls in my journey, but the good thing is that I’m always a cautious and healthy person overall, so that keeps me generally on the right track.

Have you considered working out before work? Try waking up 1 hour earlier and go to the gym. Then when you get home you can take care of the dog and relax. Added bonus.. Puts you in a good mood all day, extra energy. :)

I have considered it, but it’s - at least currently - not something I see happening. I already wake up at 6:15, so the thought of waking up around 5:00 each morning for the gym sounds horrible to me. I might try it though… I’m still working on sorting out my schedule. We’ll see!

This is what my coworker bestie and I do during our lunch breaks: I force her to take photos of me, because I love my outfit. I don’t know if you can see, but in wearing super cute pumps. Today’s a good day!!

Can you let puppy out on your lunch? And then be able to work out after work? I try to swing home from campus in between work and class every day and it really helps my evenings!

I wish it were that easy, but my work is a half hour from my house and my lunch break is only a half hour long. :( When I moved post-breakup I really should have moved right next to my work, but then I wouldn’t have been able to live with my friend, wouldn’t still be near by gym/trainer, and would be living in a much less nice/safe area (whereas I went running at night alone where I live now and felt completely safe about it).

A photo of my little monkey was requested, so here you all go! <3

Sorry the way I asked sounded harsh, I didn't mean it that way. I was just highly curious how you didn't seem upset about it because I know I would be a complete wreck. I didn't mean it as offensively as it sounded, sorry.

You’re totally fine! I’m a wreck in my own way, but I’m also a lot more at peace that I have been in a while, because I know that it just wasn’t meant to be and I’m glad for this time to truly self-reflect and figure things out. I also know I have a lot of built up cynicism from my relationship-before-last that I’m working through, so it wasn’t like all my romantic ideals about forever were shattered with this breakup (as they were last time around). I’m at a place in my life where I have faith in the process, trust that everything happens for a reason, and hope that I will find my way.

fitbookbabe said: maybe you could run/walk with your pup until you get a routine worked out?

Yep, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing! Tonight I went out and ran about 1.25 miles on my own, then got my pup and walked another .5 with him. I was going for at least 2.5 miles overall, but he got super tired and had to be carried for the final stretch. He’s recovering from being super sick, so his energy level just isn’t what it typically is. I’m more than happy to use him as part of my exercise routine while I get settled though. He’s a great workout buddy!! :)

I didn't realize you and your fiancée broke up. Are you upset? You haven't talked about it much.

I just got two questions about this topic and I like the way this one was phrased far better, so I’ll answer them both here. (The other one was honestly a bit harsh and attacking, both assuming I was the one that broke things off and asking how I am “so okay” post-breakup, despite asking or knowing how I am doing.) I haven’t talked about it much here because I know both my exes, along with a lot of people from my person life, know about and thus can read this blog, meaning I am not overly inclined to share everything breakup-related here, even though this is a deeply personal blog about a deeply personal topic.

To answer though, it’s definitely been a huge adjustment and life change overall and is/will require a rebuilding process. It’s extremely hard to recreate your life apart from someone you were building a life with, but the options in a situation like this are to fall apart or start building something new, and I’ve chosen the latter route. I am thankful to have deeply fulfilling components of my life, mainly my job and friendships, and that is enough to keep me going even during the roughest of times (and trust me, they exist). I also lost my biggest supporter and my rock, so I’ve had to dig deep inside myself for a lot of strength and resilience to get through those times. Despite the hard parts though, I can say that I am happy on the whole, that I know this is the right path for me (because I truly need to dedicate time and energy right now to finding myself), and that I have complete faith that life will take me in the exact direction I need to be going.

I hope that answered your questions and quells the curiosity and concern!

Adjusting my workout schedule

As far as my workout routine is concerned, things have been really difficult lately with my schedule adjustment. Although I’m pretty settled into my new place, I’ve had a hard time adjusting to being a single puppy parent. I’m used to being able to go to the gym right after work a few days a week, but now I have to come home immediately (because otherwise my puppy would be crated for over 8-10 hours). It’s definitely put a kink in my routine, as the classes I love are held immediately after work. I’ve been working to adjust appropriately though and make sure I get my workouts in. Today was hard because I had to get my dog from the vet and it took longer than expected and pushed me past my gym class, so I’m getting dressed right now to go run a few miles to get that extra burn in.

It’s all about being adaptable and remembering priorities, and I know that no matter what changes in my life, this is what’s hugely important! :)


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