There are many things that I want to do in life.. and many that have obstacles to overcome. The one thing that I know true is perseverance will always win. What I am looking for now is constant improvement. I have an ultimate goal/race, wedding ready and more in mind.. but due to work and location; training has most definitely not only suffered but stopped. I starting running again this week and I will be continuing that with the addition of joining a gym next week now that we are on a more normal schedule. I am so very excited to get back on track and feel more like my old self again but with a new mindset. I don't have any crazy races planned maybe a 5K and then work up to a 10K again rather my goal is to progress each time I workout. To stop going for gold, so to speak, in my first workout but to work for silver, then bronze, then gold. Right now I'm working on my participation medal 🙂 The great news is Farrel will be on a shorter schedule soon and we can both do this together. It's time for the two of us to get back on track and get our butts wedding ready but it's more than that. It's time to get us ready for life.. to take on any challenges and adventures life gives us and to challenge life! I want to know that I am living a healthy life and only putting good things in my body. For me, this means I have to give up coke and chocolate! Ekk! When I think about how much I love apples and almond butter I know the chocolate can be given up. I need to learn moderation, willpower and a few other things but I know in the end it will all be worth it. When I think about my job I know it will get busy but I also know there will be times like now when I am at my desk a lot. The problem with that is at my desk I enjoy the occasional or not so occasional snack and of course there has to be a coke with that. So I am vowing to work on these things and cut out the coke cold turkey (eekkk!!) and change my meals to the 5 small meals I used to have each day instead of snacking all day and just having lunch. I am making a promise to myself to cut out coke.. whatever is in the fridge is the last of it for me. It will make me grumpy, give me headaches and I probably won't be as awake in the mornings but this is a change I need and I know the negative effects of quitting won't outlast the positives. Once, I have successfully accomplished this goal then I will work on the next promise to better myself. A few things I am going to use to help me in the process of bettering myself and getting wedding ready are new recipes so I don't get bored with my food and Chris Powell's Smart Food list. I think just reminding myself what good nutrition is will be key in getting me off on the right foot. Also, I have downloaded the Vemma Bod-E App for my phone...it is a free app and although I don't use the shakes and such yet; I do enjoy the recipes and the reminders of when it's time to eat. Remember, although I have suggested quite a few things from Chris and Heidi Powell, that's because I have been watching a lot of Extreme Weight Loss. Yes, I need no extreme weight changes but it is about me and bettering myself and adding muscling, eating right and getting healthy again. The Extreme Weight Loss show is such an inspiration to see what people overcome and how much change they can make just by getting determined. Yes, I know it is an extreme setting sometimes and that it wouldn't be as easy in life with work and chores and everything else but nonetheless those people set a goal for themselves and persevered. I cannot discount their hard work just because they did it on television. No excuses. No matter the schedule and whats going on I need to stay committed to the change and make a difference in my life. Starting with small changes can lead to great ones. So...here goes nothing!