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Is that really me? Wow. A picture can not lie and I’m happy to announce that this past week I lost another 6 pounds and 7 inches with The Onion Factory in Anderson and UDC of Muncie sponsoring me on NASH FM 102.5 . Little by little I’m getting healthy and saving my life. It’s not easy, it’s a challenge every minute of every day. My trainer said something last week in class that really had an impact on me…she said it’s a lot easier to NOT eat. Eating is a job and something you have to do every three hours, you have to feed your engine. It’s true. NOT eating would be so much easier…fueling your body is a job that never stops. When you are at work, at an event, grocery shopping, etc. You have to plan, you have to be aware of time, you have to choose wisely, people will tempt you and you have to remain strong and remember that eating is your full time job. EATING is where it starts. You lose weight in the kitchen and you get fit in the gym. Darling, if I can do it anyone can!! =)

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Romance,Dating, Love..does it get easier or harder with age? 

Growing up boys have cooties and ewwww we run& hide from them. High school approaches and we think everyone is cute and we crave the attention of the opposite sex…but it’s just that attention and fun. College hits and either of two things happen. You fall madly in love and find the “one” or what you think is the coveted “one” OR you do the whole casual hookup thing. Regardless you learn alot about yourself during your 20’s. You will fall in and out of love and you will most likely decide who is the one to spend the rest of your life with…if your lucky. I was the unfortunate one. I spent the best years of my life unwilling to commit  when I decided I wanted a relationship I spent the better part of a decade thinking I was in love only to realize it was a dream. It was fake. It was built on cheating, lies, and dishonesty. I thought he was the one only to be shattered. I’m not bitter about it…it is what it is but I truly  believe you really learn how to love in your 20’s…and baby I learned to love. I learned the true meaning of unconditional love. I witnessed many of my friends commit their lives to the one they loved. It’s scary yet love is a wonderful thing …so what am I doing wrong? 

Now that I’m 30 dating is a whole new territory. Holy crap I’m 30 and still single…we question what’s wrong with us. WHY!? How did this happen? It’s like you just woke up one day and realized you’re not good enough for anyone…why? Questions invade your mind and you lose sight of the real question of dating and solely focus that you are alone. Times are tougher, the pool of men is smaller, and you question WHY? Why does no one want to commit now a days. Everybody wants someone, but no one wants the dreaded “label”. No one wants to feel bad, yet it seems that so many people run around treating each other badly. We use these words like “fun” and “casual,” but is forced ambiguity really that fun? And even if there is no label, is getting naked with someone on the regular really that casual? 

“So are you guys together?”

 “Umm. Well, we’re like kinda seeing each other…?”

“I like you,and you like me but I just want to have fun.” 

Don’t fall for it. Just don’t. I mean let’s be honest…what you are really saying is I would like to get naked together but not enough to be Facebook official. The worst part of all of this: I’m part of the problem! This kind of attitude frustrates me, yet I find myself doing and saying the same things constantly. 

“Let’s just see what happens.” 

"I don’t do relationships" 

“I’m not looking for anything serious.”

"You are great but I’m just having fun" 

This gets you no where. As a generation, we don’t even have to use the correct verbage to describe what it is we do want. It’s a headcase to be in a situation that is so popular now a days. Someone who is a friend and lover, but not your boyfriend/girlfriend. Intimacy without a label. Being close in private, but distant in public. Some would say that technology is to blame, others might say it’s the changing socio-moral landscape, others blame it on our generation. Regardless what happened? When did settling become the norm? When did casual hookups without defining the relationship become ok? You think you are doing yourself a favor with no titles or commitment no drama…but really think about it. Isn’t it more drama not knowing where you stand with someone that you’re into. Isn’t it more painful to be left alone every morning? 

Is it because we turned selfish? Are our standards to high or to low? Or are we trying to protect ourselves from the harsh reality of love and relationships? 

For me it’s the last one…I run away before they can. I end it before they can. I only settle for what I think I deserve…and I guess deep down I believe I don’t deserve love. I scream I don’t want a relationship when in realty it’s the thing I want most. I’m so afraid of getting hurt, of letting someone in, I leave before I’m left. Why? Because honestly, there is only person I know who is 100% committed to my dreams, shares my varying interests, and doesn’t mind my quirky personal habits. That person is me, myself and I. I’ve wasted too much time and effort with people who can barely make it down the street, much less around the world.

I’ll leave you with this: Why will you lay in bed with someone at your most vulnerable state but not walk down the street holding hands? 

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I feel like a failure…and failure is not an option. One of my group members has hit the 50lb mark…why haven’t I?!? Well since graduation I’ve lost a few pounds, few inches, and few fat but this past week I gained 3 pounds and a few inches. Being sick, plus kidneys stones & in the hospital threw me off my game of my healthy lifestyle. Not eating for a week will do that to you. My trainer knows her 8 week course, at The Onion Factory in Anderson, gets me results. Therefore she has me going back to where I started and joining a new 8 week class that starts tonight. I guess I need the group setting, the accountability, the structure, and the weekly check ins! My next goal to hit is 50 lbs. LET’S DO IT! IF I CAN DO IT YOU CAN! #GetUpandMove 

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Hey friends! Sorry I haven’t blogged in awhile. Last few weeks have been crazy from turning the big 3-0, to having an emergency surgery…life has kept me on my toes. I will say that on my Birthday I decided I was going to eat whatever I wanted and to be honest nothing really sounded that good but I did have some olive garden and it was amazing but not worth it in the long run. That night and the next day I felt lethargic, gross, and just overall bad. It was not worth it. =) If you want to lose some pounds and LEARN how to live a healthy lifestyle check them out. I’ll write a new blog after my weekly check in this week.

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Ch…Ch…Ch…Changes! The above photo is me with my favorite boys, Tyler and BK, from Florida Georgia Line. Left: October 2013. Right: June 2014. I started my healthy lifestyle journey over 3 months ago and already you can see a difference. I’m so thankful that The Onion Factory in Anderson has opened my eyes to healthy eating and living. I wouldn’t be able to do this without  the support of University Dermatology Center of Muncie and with NASH FM 102.5. I am saving my life! <3 

Last night I had my weekly check in and it’s no secret I’ve struggled with losing fat percentage and weight at the same time. I either lose pounds and gain fat percentage or vice versa. Last week I lost 1 pound and 7 inches…although it wasn’t what I had hoped for I was excited at the loss of 7 inches. You’d think by now I’d be a pro at my check-ins but I’m nervous wreck each time! I stood on the scale with my trainer looking at me …pressure was on this week to show some results since I’ve been stuck the last month. A sigh of relief when I looked down…lost another 2 pounds. We moved to the office where we do my fat percentage. I knew, based on the past, that I wouldn’t lose fat percentage so I took a deep breath and tried to remind myself slow and steady…Rome wasn’t built in a day. We looked at the numbers and I lost almost 2% body fat. I asked if it was a mistake and she assured me it was not. OMG!!!! Pounds and Fat Percentage loss!?!? It’s my lucky day! My trainer then went to measure me and wow lost 2 inches! I’ve not been able to lose in all three areas in over a month! I was ecstatic! I remember calling my mom and saying I’m so surprised “I’m not” she said. “You’re a hard worker and determined…it’s showing”. Whoo hoo! Last night’s workout was intense but I’m happy to report for the first time ever I was able to hold the superman pose for the full :60 seconds….I may have shed a tear outta pain but I did it!!!! Sometimes it’s the little things that make me realize how far I’ve come in just 90 some days. My next goal is to hold bananas for :60 seconds….I have a hard time holding that move for :15 seconds.

Since this journey began I feel better (Sick girl hasn’t been “sick sick” in almost 90 days), more energy, my endurance is amazing, I can walk around concert venues without being out of breathe just to name a few. I know you’re thinking that’s great Amanda but I’m just so far gone I can’t…I can’t exercise for 30 minutes, I can’t do workout classes, I can’t do situps or ab workouts blah blah blah. That’s what it is blah! It’s an excuse because IF I CAN DO THIS….anyone can! =) Get up and move my friends.

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Kicking off Week 15 of my healthy lifestyle journey. Wow, time is flying by. I was kicking some butt in the beginning and as most journey’s I got stuck. I’ve been really discouraged lately but it’s time to step it up and fight against the odds. Regardless I’m on the journey and down a total of 32 inches and 28 pounds. Get up and move my friends because if I can do it…you can. The Onion Factory in Anderson is the program I’m on thanks to UDC of Muncie and NASH FM 102.5.

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I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to change my life thanks to University Dermatology Center of Muncie sponsoring me to get healthy at The Onion Factory in Anderson with NASH FM 102.5.  My journey is rolling on…I’ve hit a plateau so I want to start sharing the stories of others I’m meeting at The Onion Factory in Anderson. Meet Loraine. I had the pleasure of meeting her and hearing her story the other night before group workout. It’s not easy but when your surrounded by others going through what you are…it helps. More info: http://www.onioncamp.com/Onion_Camp/Welcome.html

Get up and move…if I can do it you can =)

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After last week’s post I had many messages asking to see full view of my Lifestyle Change Challenge so here ya go! Long Journey ahead but I’m making progress. I’m only down 27 pounds and 24 inches. Just wait til I hit 100 lbs  #TheOnionFactory#UDCofMuncie #NASHFM1025

Thank you again for all the support and comments regarding my healthy lifestyle journey!!!! Honestly, I don’t see the changes when I look in the mirror, put a photo side by side and my mind is blown. Unfortunately my brain can’t accept it because I’ll say oh it’s just the clothes, maybe it’s the way I was standing, no it’s the camera angle, oh it’s “only” ___ pounds, and every other excuse I can think of to prove I haven’t changed. I’m learning this is not only a physical journey but also a mental one. If I can do this so can you! Just don’t give up friends 

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Have you heard someone say, “I went to the gym today so I can have that.” Or have you said it yourself? Too many of us think that just because we get a workout in, we can eat whatever we want! Then were wondering why we are not seeing any results on the scale! My trainer says it all the time. “Get FIT in the gym! Lose weight in the Kitchen”. Why? How on earth can you lose weight in the Kitchen? 

If you want to see a loss in weight and fat percentage, your diet is even more important than your workouts. Yes…Yes my friends you read that right. It’s a concept many don’t get…heck it took me weeks to grasp. Here let’s say it again: IF YOU WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT and FAT PERCENTAGE YOUR DIET IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR WORKOUTS!!!!! Don’t get me wrong, you still have to get in 30 min of cardio to keep your body working – but about 80% of weight loss is in the kitchen! It’s a full time job getting healthy…it really is. You have to plan plan plan and follow through. Eat every 3 hours. Eat Veggies. Get enough Protein based on your weight and drink half your body weight in water etc. When you workout you have to increase your protein intake…this is a struggle for me. I burn way to much during a workout class or on the beast for me not to up my protein. It’s not an easy road…you think you’re nailing it to only realize you aren’t. 

After 3 weeks I was finally able to meet up for a check-in and my friends it’s disappointing. I lost 5lbs which brings my total to 27 pounds lost… YAY!!! =) BUT I didn’t lose any inches or fat percentage…I didn’t gain either but I want to LOSE LOSE LOSE! My trainer thinks my eating is off or my protein. I’m either not eating enough or days when I workout I’m not hitting my protein intake correctly. I took 2 days off from working out to see if that will help. We’ll see later tonight. Remember: 

I’m amazed that I’m kicking off WEEK 12 with my healthy lifestyle change and I haven’t given up! Thank you to University Dermatology Center of Muncie for sponsoring me to get fit at The Onion Factory in Anderson and for the support of everyone around me. I’m on a mission to hit the 50lb mark by my Birthday at the end of June….which is only 23 more pounds…I CAN AND WILL DO THIS! Get up and move! If I can do it…anyone can. 

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I’m overwhelmed at the kind words, support, and love coming my way on my healthy lifestyle journey after posting the side by side picture yesterday. It was the first time I saw the difference and could not deny that I’m changing.

I cried my eyes out…happy tears of course…reading all the comments on my page and NASH FM 102.5 pages. Combined 1232 likes and 143 comments. WOW! Thank you from the bottom of my heart  It’s not an easy journey, I still have another 100-120 pounds to drop, but I can and will get achieve my goal because of all the support! I think it’s eye opening to how many of us truly struggle with our weight and our health because so many can relate to my journey:

"I don’t know you personally but I’ve listened to you on the radio for a long time. And I just wanted to tell you seeing your posts about your weight loss journey has encouraged me to start mine. Keep it up!"

I have so many messages like that…and it’s wonderful! I hope everyone reading this blog challenges themselves to a healthier life. YOU are the only one that can change it. YOU are the only one that will suffer the consequences if you don’t. YOU CAN DO IT! Drink some extra water, workout today for 30 min, and put down that candy bar. ;)