Monday, January 10, 2011

Back In The Saddle Again

I am going to be honest, this is not how I had planned the first month of Julie's 40's Project to go. A while back....seems like a lifetime ago.....I admitted that I would allow myself the joy of the holiday season and would indulge with everyone else. And did I! The problem is that my week long gorge fest carried into another week and then a third week. On December 27th my parents made a decision to being my ill Grandmother home from hospital where she had been for 7 weeks. I, along with my sisters and relatives, helped my mother in caring for this dear matriarch at home until her final breath was taken at 10:25pm on New Year's Day. I wasn't about to hit the gym nor did I give a rat's ass about what I put into my body. My heart was broken and I found myself shrouded in grief. It has been nine days since my Grandma passed on and I am feeling a little less heavy in my heart.

I am also feeling a bit of panic as I feel as though I have lost valuable time on this road to Pin Up Girl  and so I really have to get down to business. The good news is I haven't gained any weight over this last few weeks but the bad news is that I am back to square one in the exercise department. One thing I know is that I despise the warm-up stage of working out. D-E-S-P-I-S-E it. I hate treadmills and I hate the Elliptical.  The bottom line is that if I wish to burn off fat, I need to do some major cardio whether I like it or not. I think I may run outside tomorrow before reuniting with Jodie and the gym. I don't love running but I prefer the fresh air and the scenery of the outdoors to the repetitiveness of an indoor machine.

I start my 10-day cleanse tomorrow which is basically:
  • No Wheat (or an gluten-y flours/products)
  • No Meat (red)
  • No Sweet (all sugars, natural or otherwise)
  • No Dairy (or as I like to say: No Teat!! Ha!Ha!)
Since it is January and the clock is ticking away, I have a lot of work ahead of me but I am confident I can reach my goal by April 7th which is my actual birthday.Will report tomorrow after I shock my body with a workout and a day without sugar or caffeine.


  1. oh boy Julie, you're going to have a shock tomorrow with lack of sugar and caffeine. You may need an advil handy. Good for you for jumping back in the saddle! It must be very difficult while dealing with the grieving process. Good luck!

  2. Good luck, Julie! I don't know if they offer it near you, but my favorite exercise is cardio tennis. It's more like play than exercise...

  3. good luck tomorrow. the first day back is the hardest. i had to stop myself from drinking a glass of sugar to satisfy the addiction i developed eating treats over the holidays.

  4. Good luck being back in the saddle, Jul!
    You can do it!

  5. I'm going to make you a horse like that...I know I have an old barrel in the barn somewhere!