Yesterday I restarted Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. I haven’t done much of working out in the month of July due to injuries (hurt toe) and then a horrible respiratory illness that had me breaking into a coughing fit any time I did anything that got me breathing a little hard.

I’m finally feeling better. I barely cough and my toe is still sore when doing lunges and certain things but for the most part it’s healed. I have so much going on though that I don’t have a lot of time to devote at the gym. So I’m going to stick with 30 Day Shred since it’s a quick 30 minute workout. My fiance and I go for walks too so that adds a little. Some of the things keeping me busy is house and yard work so that is activity too.

I’ve been really good with my diet though. I’m proud to say that I’ve been making wise choices and have been doing good there. The one problem area for me is alcohol. I like my beer on Thursday, my wine on Friday and sometimes another day I will drink. I need to limit myself to once a week.

I’ve been holding steady at about 158-159 on the scale. I think I’m due to take measurements in a week or so. I did buy a pair of size 11 jeans which was exciting. They’re a little snug but the 13s were too big. I probably should start buying ‘women’s and not ‘juniors’ but the brand and cut that I feel is most flattering is in the juniors section at Kohls.

That’s my update for today!

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Studies show that women apologize more than men, often for perfectly reasonable acts like, you know, taking up space. 

So watch this Pantene commercial here to inspire you to stop saying sorry for no reason. 


If you read up on neurolinguistic programming, you’ll find there’s tons of research backing the idea that you will literally *feel more confident and worthy of respect* if you stop apologizing reflexively and excessively.

Don’t apologize. Be proud. Take up that space you’re entitled to.

I love the last gif so much (also the entire thing uwu)

(via foundstrength)

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Wanting to be at ComicCon just for the supernatural cast

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Waffles with fresh blueberries mixed in and fresh strawberries on top


I’ve been feeling pretty down lately. I haven’t been able to get good workouts in a the gym in a couple of weeks. I got thrown off track when my toe got injured and then when that was starting to feel tolerable enough to workout I got sick. I had a horrible sore throat 2 weeks ago and it’s turned into a horrible cough that won’t go away. The past two days I’ve been so exhausted that I’ve gone home from work and napped for an hour.

I’ve been trying to stay on track good with eating to make up for this but the scale did go up yesterday. I’m blaming part of it on T.O.M. because that always makes me bloated but I’m sure some of it is also the lack of exercise.

I started to beat myself up about it and how I should workout no matter how bad I feel and maybe if I just cut back a little more with eating then I’d lose weight. I don’t want to fall into disordered tendencies though. I want to stay healthy.

At the end of the work day yesterday an employee stopped me and said “You’re so pretty” and then her sister who also works here stopped me and told me she loved my hair. I had it in a sorta Katniss type of french side braid. As random as that is, it did help me feel better about myself.

I need to remember how far I have come both physically and also mentally. I’m a completely different person I was years ago. I’m happier and healthier and I make better choices.

When I feel like I haven’t made much progress, I need to look at photos and remember how far I’ve come and not just focus on how far I have to go.

So here’s a photo of me from August of 2012 to July 2014. You see the difference a lot in my face. Also, giraffes are awesome.

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Breakfast. 10 almonds and yogurt