Name's Autumn, I'm a Registered Veterinary Technician & I live in good ol' Indiana. I'm 22 years old & have always been "the fat girl". I am slowly but surely becoming the FIT girl instead. I started my journey in December of 2011. I ran my first 1/2 marathon in December of 2012.
I obtained my Personal Trainer Certification in April of 2013, and as of June 2013 I am a Certified Nutrition Advisor.
I'm here to help if any of you have any questions or just need encouragement. I've been in your shoes. It always helps to have a little support. Just think of me as your favorite sports bra. ;)
Highest Weight: Right around 250#
Starting Weight: 244#
Current Weight: 191# (12.5.13)
Goal Weight: 170#
Ultimate Goal Weight: 150#
Inches Lost: 58"
Percentage of Body Weight Lost: 29.5%
Going to go to the gym after work and get a tiny run in before this snow hits. Then home & my brother’s fiancé is going to meet me there to do some HIIT with me. Little does she know it’s death by choice.
Promised I’d be back to frequently blogging and I dropped the ball. My apologies. I am still on track with my weight loss and my clean eating. You can even check my MyFitnessPal if you don’t believe me, haha. I rejoined Snap Fitness so I have 2 gym memberships again. I’ve gotten back into running and I’m doing so well with either coming home from work and straight to working out (if I don’t go to the gym), and as soon as I wake up on my days off.
Basically I’m back in beast mode and nothing is going to stand in my way this time. I don’t have “cheat days”. I don’t slack. I mean business. It’s no longer about choosing to eat a donut or binge on booze and cupcakes. This is my lifestyle. This is me. And I falter for no one or no thing.
We all know what that means; all of the food that we can physically stuff into our stomachs. And all of the discomfort, guilt, and regret that accompanies it.
sugarproblems text me earlier and asked “How do you handle tomorrow? The food? Do you have a cheat day? A binge day? Grant yourself one day? What do you tell yourself?”
So I’ve been health-conscious since December of 2011. I’ve had a little experience with the holidays and what it means for my dietary habits and decisions. We all have huge get togethers where we end up and there are mountains of food.
Here’s what I do: I allow myself whatever my heart desires. If I want some mac & cheese, I’ll have some. Mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, turkey, rolls? I’ll have all of that. The key is portion control. I only place an egg-sized portion of each item on my plate. I do allow myself a cheat day in the aspect that I am eating whatever I please, but knowing that I will keep the portions under control. As far as seconds go, if I’m still hungry, I will allow myself seconds of 2-3 of my favorite things. This helps me from overeating and overindulging.
I hope this will help some of you guys with the approaching holidays!! Happy Thanksgiving, enjoy each other and of course the food!
Here I sit at work on a Monday in between appointments, as cheery and peppy and healthy feeling as can be. And I’m thinking. And I’m goal-making. Which isn’t really a coincidence, my mom sugarproblems & I were discussing this same thing last night. So let me share them with you all, which helps to keep me accountable.
By the end of 2013:
- To weigh in the lower 180’s again.
- Fit back into my medium scrubs - comfortably.
Goals for 2014:
- Fit back into small scrubs.
- Weigh 160 pounds.
- Reach a new PR for my mile time (faster than 8:19).
- Only consume alcohol a maximum of twice per month.
- Make it the healthiest year I’ve encountered.
- Drop all of the jaws at my 5 year high school reunion.
And there you have it. I’ve got my New Year’s Resolutions ready, and then some. I’ve got this!
I <3 your tattoo! I know how you feel about people being rude about your tattoo, I had got a custom anchor tattoo for my brother who passed away and was in the navy. People kept telling me anchors were over done. I just smiled and gave them the bird.
First of all I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. Secondly, thank you!! It’s what it means to us ourselves that matters.
I’ve been back to using MyFitnessPal for about two weeks, and taken my eating way seriously for about three days, hah. I’m down 3 pounds since I’ve started taking my eating and exercising more seriously.
I feel SOOO healthy! I’ve missed this feeling like crazy, I don’t know how I let it slip away. But I sure am glad it’s back. I had the most intense work out this morning I’ve had in a long time.
And my friend Beau is back at it, and he’s always been my best support system as far as it being someone going through the same thing goes.
So. My body. This is what I’m starting with this time around. I’m going to kick my own ass…annnd, GO!
Obviously I’m just now back to being on here. But I’ve never taken a hiatus from Instagram. I catch hell all the time for posting so many pictures of my food, haha.
I slept for 10 hours last night, much needed. And I plan to relax today. I made the decision before I even rolled out of bed this morning to make it a healthy day. Even if I don’t get a work out in, I’m eating cleanly. I thoroughly enjoyed what turned out to be Cheat Day Friday yesterday.
So as I sit here blogging, I’m chillingin a sports bra & sweats munching on some pita bread & hummus (which thanks to a new Middle Eastern friend I learned I LOVED) and watching movies. My evening is going to be super enjoyable. I’m staying with a friend, and their apartment is near a place that has a booomb salad bar. So I’m pretty excited for dinner, haha.
Side note, it feels kind of weird to be back to blogging. It’s like I’m dragging on about stuff I feel like no one should care about. Oh well!! Lol.
I’m going to download a new book tonight on my Nook. Because I haven’t read one in awhile and it’s a cozy reading night. Suggestions!?
My day has been RIDICULOUSLY busy. It started with a long drive this morning. Once I got to work it was nonstop all day. Only time I got to sit was when I went pee, haha. I’m just emotionally drained and physically drained and mentally drained. And to top that off it’s the week before my period. So know what I’m doing? Allowing myself a night of indulgences. This is how I kept myself sane when I was losing weight the first time. Especially during PMS week. So I will record what I eat, but I have absolutely no shame in eating it. On my way home from work I grabbed some milk chocolate m&m ice cream & a few donuts, and some Kettle potato chips. My Friday night babes, feel free to keep me company via Tumblr. I’ll be here. :)
Checking my messages right now for the first time in awhile. I cannot thank you all enough for your support & concern of me when I was gone. Makes my little heart swell. :)
I don't know if you remember me, as I'm sure you've lots of people here that admire you, but I've finally started my diet and exercise again! Have been for about 3 weeks now! I wanted to know if you've any helpful tips for thigh and calf muscles? I absolutely hate them, and they're my "problem area." Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated, thanks very much!! x
If you’re into running, I definitely recommend it. If not, start slow with intervals. I noticed this biggest change in my entire body when I started running, as far as fat loss goes. You will also notice a big change in your leg muscles are you become more of a runner/walker.
In addition to that, definitely do some research into leg exercises. Leg day is my favorite, haha.