Ok. Just lied. There are not really Super Easy steps for weight loss. Gotcha there. I doubt I could even tie my shoes in Five Easy Steps.
Nothing comes easy. Especially the good stuff.
Or, as my dad usually says, “Life is hard. Get over it.”
Generally, working out to get in shape is, you know, work. It’s one of those sweet sayings that one should cross-stitch on a pillow:
I Could Lose Ten Pounds Today But To Do That I’d Have To Cut Off My Arm.
I know. Kinda grim. Stay with me. It can only go up from here.
So, it’s January. You know what that means, right?
Gym memberships are OFF the CHARTS. Like, everyone and their dog (or in this case, cat) got up, got off the couch, and decided, once and for all, it is time to GET IN SHAPE! Woo hoo!
And… then, we start to slide into February.
And before you know it? This.
By the way? There are a heck of a lot of pictures of fat cats on the great interwebs, y’all. Total time sucker. Fat cats are my spirit animal.
Anyway. Here’s the truth of it. I have not been at my best weight in about a year. Or maybe two. Or seven. Something like that. I have a small issue with perception. I think I’m totally hot.
Well, I am totally hot. But I also think, I am totally in shape (which I’m not). Could be because I like to wear what we mommies call: “workout gear” a lot. This means: Hoodies and sweatpants. On some days, a bra. There is a lotta give in sweatpants, y’all.
As for the no bra thing? I just do that to keep you guessing.
Well, I could post another picture of a fluffy cat that is big-boned, but I think I might have hit my max on that.
This year has been awesome. My book, Bottled: A Mom’s Guide to Early Recovery was published by Central Recovery Press. I got to travel all sorts of places to talk about the book. I even got to be on tv! And I had good hair! It has been awesome.
But along with all that awesome has been a crazy schedule and some hard-core (not the abs kind) stress. And for me? Stress = cheese.
I am tired. And lately, my body is having a conversation with me that just isn’t working anymore. It goes like this:
Head: Ok! Let’s tackle this day!! Let’s do this!
Body: You go ahead. I’m tired. There’s some cheese in the fridge. I’m gonna head that way and I’ll meet you over at the “this” you keep talking about later.
Head: Impossible. You and me, kid? We’re in this together. Otherwise it gets weird.
Lately I have been wanting a change. I miss running. I do run still, but not consistently, and not with any passion. I miss feeling strong. Feeling fast. I miss the simple joy of it.
Let me introduce you to my friend, Jill McKay. I met Jill when I spoke at the Whole Women’s Weekend this past summer. She is a fitness coach, and I am going to be working with her for the next months or so to try and get my mojo back.
Head: Did you hear that? We’re gonna get our mojo! And then we’re gonna tell everyone about it! It’s called accountability! It’s awesome.
Body: What is this mojo you speak of? It sounds like a drink. The one with the mint.
Head: That’s a mojito and it used to mojo you up all the time. But, now, you drink seltzer and lime. We don’t mojo with substances anymore, remember?
Body: Ok. Can’t I just have some cheese?
Head: MOJO IS NOT BEHIND CHEESE. BACK OUT OF THE FRIDGE.
Jill is a wellness warrior. She has a heart for women who are desperately searching for their mojo, and she is helping many of us find it. Mojo doesn’t really have anything to do with cheese. More on Jill later, but I am going to include this link to her New Beginnings series on her blog. I love it because her goals are VERY similar to mine this year. And, there’s a journal in there, and that is my favorite mojo-tracker ever.
If I write the word “mojo” again I think I might break this post. It’s a funny little word. Like, “qualms.”
Yes. I have no qualms about saying the word “qualms.”
Ok! Well! I think we’re about done here. I’ll just excuse myself to get some more coffee, before this post turns into Words with Friends. Lacking focus today. Could be the cheese.
Click here to read Jill’s post on doing These Two Things for our health. You’ll be glad you did.
Oh, and also this. Because. He’s not fat. He’s fluffy.
Hey! did you know I wrote a book? Yep. Click on the pic if you would like to know more!