Brand New Start...

It is pretty disappointing to start the new year off knowing you failed some of your goals. I made several health related goals last year that didn't stick. I started off last year with a confession, and to throw another confession in there, I am exactly where I was a year ago. Which is pretty disappointing.

I mentioned how I wanted to get healthier, and lose weight. I did that, but wasn't able to maintain it. I said I didn't want to gain weight over the holidays, I did, and am a little heavier then I even was when I originally posted last year about my weight. I even said I wanted to get in the best shape I have been in as an adult before my next birthday. I am not in the best shape I have been in as an adult, and I still have problems with yo-yoing with my weight. I technically have a little less then a month left before my 25th birthday, so I plan on giving it my all this month to see if I can at least still say I tried and got close to accomplishing No.2 on my list. It is amazing what I have seen people do with just even one month of strong dedication.

I was raised in a family that was always very athletic and pretty dang healthy. I played sports all though out my childhood, and into high school. For that kind of start in life I couldn't be more thankful. I was taught that eating right and staying active was incredibly important. 

When I started college however I got very excited about the fact that I could eat whatever I wanted. I remember one week I ate my favorite, macaroni and cheese, straight for a week. Why? Because I could, and there was no one there that could tell me no.

For the first time in my life I wasn't playing a sport. Combine that with a teenager being able to eat whatever they want, and you know why people gain the freshman fifteen. After the first semester I had gained about ten pounds. I knew I needed to make a change, and I soon started going to the gym on campus. There was something rather depressing about the gym. You were so alone. I missed being on a team, and having someone like a coach and my teammates push me further then I thought I could go by myself. 

Over the last seven years I have gained and lost, gained and lost. The back and forth in learning how to get it right as my body changes from a teenager to an adult. Trying to teach myself to be my own coach, my own teammate. No one is going to give me that but myself.

It can be hard these days to eat right and stay consistent when processed foods are just easier. It can be hard to motivate yourself to workout when you have worked all day and your favorite show is on. Staying consistent in the world we live in can be a huge challenge. I have decided to make my health a huge priority of 2014.

I really want to make the commitment to treat my body better, consistently. I want to love my body, I want to be healthy. I truly do believe that our bodies are our personal temples given to us from our Heavenly Father. We live in a time where it is almost easier to treat it poorly. To feed ourselves with unhealthy junk and be lazy. I fight this everyday, and I want to truly make a change.

I have found that setting very specific goals help me have better will power. Along with that, I have Trevor, who will also be joining me in getting in shape and living a healthier lifestyle. I know it seems like I have had so many false starts. I have blogged about this countless times. But I guess that is just an example of how a lot of us feel about weight loss and getting healthy. Like we have tried countless times, and it hasn't really "stuck" yet. But if we don't keep on trying, it never will have the chance to stick.

So here is to 2014 and doing everything I can to have it stick! Even if it means actually SHOWING you my progress as I go. I find that when you make your goals public, you are more likely to achieve them and feel accountable to them. So stay tuned...

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32 comments

  1. You're right, its so hard with all the processed (and yummy) junk there is to eat! Good luck with your goals for this year!! :)

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  2. Amen sister. I think so many women can relate to yo-yoing with their healthy resolutions. It's easier to fall off the wagon than it is to get back up on it. But once you are on it, you gain a physical and mental strength that give you a better chance of staying up there. That might have been a silly metaphor, but it's how I look at it! Good luck to sticking to your goals. Remember, baby steps! Xo

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  3. Hang in there! You can do it! It is SO hard as an adult to keep that trim teenage figure I was used to. I've definitely noticed that it's so much harder to lose weight than even a few years ago. I'm still trying to figure my way through it, too, so you are not alone!

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  4. Good luck I am needing to eat healthier as well :)

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  5. Good for you, girl- you'll have such a great support system here! :)

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  6. Proud of you girlie.. We support you all the way.. Have you ever tried Advocare its amazing . it helped me get back on track :O)

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  7. I just blogged about the same situation... Except I had gained 10 pounds over this holiday season that had taken me SO LONG to lose! Last year I was extremely healthy and put my health first.. Then I just kind of flushed it down the drain the past 3 months! Its so hard to admit publicly that you have fallen short of your goals, I totally agree. It was probably the suckiest blog post I've ever written. I'm actually going to take my progress pics in the weight gained state I'm in today. As a fellow weightloss blogger, I can attest that taking progress pictures help you STICK to your goals. They are embarrasing but they keep me totally honest as to where my progress is.

    GOOD LUCK with your goals! You GOT this girl!
    xoxo
    Dani

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  8. You can do it! Sometimes things are just a little hard. -Hanna Lei

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  9. You can totally do it! Just remember what means more to you every time that reese's candy calls your name!

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  10. Good luck! I'm pulling for you! Definitely post here and let us help push you!

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  11. I go through the same cycles... And I always feel so much better when I'm eating healthy and exercising consistently. I think "wow, this is a no brainer. Why haven't I been doing this all along?" And then I inevitably fall into bad habits again. I've found that I always feel (and look) better when I stop focusing so much on the scale and really just try to live a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Good luck! You've totally got this!

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  12. Poo. Me too, though I didnt see any change in my weight until my senior year of college, and now since graduating it's only crept up. I envy the days when I could eat eat eat and still look the same.

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  13. I put on weight over Christmas too and I really need to lose it! I find it so difficult to motivate myself to exercise but I am definitely going to try harder this year! I just bought the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred, I'm looking forward to starting that. Good luck with achieving your goal! Xx

    kirstyandseth.blogspot.com

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  14. i think it's great that although you haven't been perfect, you're willing to re-start and be motivated! that is HARD. i'm excited to hear about your progress and get tips from you :) fitness and eating is a constant struggle and takes a butt-load of effort, but it is SO worth it!

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  15. Pretty sure you just read my mind, and blogged about it. My thoughts/process/journey exactly! I'm hoping to become healthier in general, weight loss/muscle gain can follow! Also, trying to focus on a life change, not a yearly goal! Good luck, friend!

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  17. I agree, yo-yoing is so hard and so is not being on a team!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  18. Happy New Year!

    Great thing about a New Year is that you can start clean and give it a new shot! Good luck lady, this is not a easy resolution in the least :/

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  19. I also wanted to lose weight last year, I think being unsuccessful has motivated me to work harder this year!

    http://guesswhathollie.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. I'm right there with you!! I am really sticking with my plans this year. I refuse to give up. I've made a schedule, organized my meal plan, got new work out shoes, got an app for my phone to get my stuff together, etc. I'm sure you'll do great!

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  21. I am sure you will get there but yes it is not easy too many yummy not so good for us foods around

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  22. Im ready to get fit as well! Dont get too discouraged! You can do it :)

    http://ncolesnotes.blogspot.com

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  23. Fall down seven times, stand up eight! I, like you, believe our bodies (and lives) are a gift from God and we should live in that knowledge. Kudos to you for having the courage to publicly restart an important goal. I hope this blog and those who comment serve as a constant source of accountability and support for you along your journey.

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  25. I'm struggling soooo much with this right now. Sigh...Thanks for the this dose of inspiration and motivation. We will get there one way or another, as long as we want it BAD enough!

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  26. You can do it! Now the question is can I do it??

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