Get The Damn Thing Done!

Today has been great so far… it started out like a Prius commercial. The sky was super blue, there was a nice cool breeze and everyone who wasn’t at work was out walking their dog. I seriously felt like I was in a cartoon.


I was out of iced coffee so I loaded up the baby (still in her jammies) for a walk to the coffee shop. She ate breakfast on the way and was more than willing to share her super slimy banana with me. It was cute.


As appetizing as that banana was I passed because I was planning on making some eggs before my morning workout at Crossfit Bodywerx. I should have taken her up on her offer though, because before I knew it an hour and a half had passed and I only had ten minutes to get to the gym.

I got home just in time to transfer Penelope from her stoller directly into her car seat… still dressed in her jammies. The whole jammie thing wasn’t cute anymore since she was caked with regurgitated cereal and smashed bananas. I was a little shaky and jumpy from only consuming coffee  but I didn’t have time to eat… I had to go!

Brent had just gotten off of work and when I arrived he had announced that our workout was going to be a conditioning one. I was really wishing I had eaten some of that slimy banana before I got there. So I guess we’ll call this workout…

You Should’ve Eaten You Idiot!


Toy soldiers and spiderman lunges

Part 1:

30 seconds on 10 seconds off of battling kettlebell swings. A battling kettlebell swing is when one person swings the kettlebell and another person stands in front of them and pushes it down as hard as they can once it has been swung to shoulder height. There were three of us so we rotated between being the bitchy kettlebell pusher, the swinger and the left out loser who has to sit in a squatting position during the 30 second exercise. We stayed in position for three sets and then switched. We did this for 5 rounds.


(Brent still refuses to take pictures so I squatted and photographed at the same time… it was awkward.)

Part 2:

Next we did a series where we wore a weight belt connected to a resistance band connected to a pole. We had to push the prowler as hard and as far as we could against the resistance. One other person pushed it right back to you and the left out loser did planks. We also did this for 30 seconds on and 10 seconds off, three times in a row before switching. We did each exercise three rounds each.


(Brent yelled at me when I took this picture because I wasn’t planking.)

Part 3:

We had a 12 pound ball slam and a 20 pound ball slam. We had to do as many slams as fast as possible in a 20 second period of time. Rest 10 seconds while simultaneously rotating. So we started off with the light ball, switched over to the heavy ball and then rested (tried not to puke). I think we did this for three rounds I don’t remember because I was on autopilot by this time.

Part 4:

Five rounds of resistance band sprints. They aren’t attractive when you’ve got some belly fat to lose but I love them all the same. I feel like an unstoppable freight train.

By the time I got home I was REALLY ready to eat. Luckily I had some left over avocado chicken salad on hand.


My friend Amanda was telling me about this awesome chicken salad recipe that she had pinned on Pinterest. At the same time her husband was telling Brent about this recipe that they had tried… You know it’s good if dudes are sitting at the gym talking recipes.

They have these elements in common:

2 C. shredded chicken

1/4 C. light mayo

1/4 C. greek yogurt

lime or lemon juice

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 avocado

Other than that you can add whatever elements you want to it. One has cilantro and lime another has dill. In this one I added red onion. Basically, if you stick to the ingredients above you can’t go wrong. Then you can simply add what you like to it. I usually have shredded chicken on hand because I’ll stick the chicken that is about to expire in my crock pot covered with stock and a bay leaf. Then  I forget about it and go about my business until I remember that I was cooking chicken. It’s usually falling apart by then 🙂

Anyway… yesterday I mentioned wanting to set some weight loss goals that actually have numbers attached to them. I tend to shy away from this because I don’t want to become obsessed with numbers. I don’t like letting the scale determine my self worth.

At the same time I’ve found myself stuck in a comfort zone. I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I think I’m pretty awesome. This wasn’t always the case. In fact, when I first started this blog I was miserable with myself. I was trying to lose weight out of desperation. That’s never a fun place to be.

I have gotten to a point where I still need to lose a good thirty pounds to be healthy but it’s hard to stay motivated when you can convince yourself that you look good where you’re at. Let’s be honest, the majority of weight loss motivation stems from a really shallow place of simply wanting to look good. Don’t get me wrong I have my moments when I can look pretty rough. But I clean up nice. As long as I’ve showered, fixed my hair and actually put makeup on. I can look GOOD. (Given I’m not wearing something with a tight waste band.)

However, just because I know how to hide my fat it doesn’t mean I’m in the clear. So that is why I’ve decided to make some concrete goals to strive for. Goals are good because they tap into my competitive nature.

So here they are…

Long Term Goal: I want to weigh 165 or less by Thanksgiving Day. 165 is a good healthy weight for me. It was what I weighed when I got married. Thanksgiving is significant because last November is when I started writing this blog. I didn’t actually share it until January but this would be the one year anniversary of writing this blog. I want to have reached my ultimate goal by then.

Also, the holidays are a slippery slope for me. Once Halloween approaches with all of it’s accessible candy I turn into that grimlin that I’ve already talked about. I kind of want to avoid that.

Over the course of the summer I have proven that I am perfectly capable of maintaining. That will be my goal during this year’s holiday season. For once I would like to spend the holidays thinking about all of the fun I’m having with my family and not about how fat I’m going to get.

Short Term Goals: So here is where the math comes in. I have exactly 15 weeks before Thanksgiving Day. If I lose an average of two pounds a week I will be beyond my long-term goal. But I need to set up short little goals in order to actually get there. I just need to get the damn thing done!

September 27, 2013- 180 lbs

October 25, 2013- 170 lbs

November 28, 2013 (Thanksgiving Day)- 165 lbs

I know where I’m going but I can’t really think of any way to reward myself when I reach a goal. That’s where you come in. Help a sister out! I need non-food related ways to reward myself as I reach these mini goals. I would love to hear your ideas.

I would also love it if you would join me. You may not need to lose weight, in that case you can make your goals fitness oriented or even organizational… or professional. Whatever your goals are I would love to hear them as well! Good luck!

*I’m wishing you luck because I want you to wish me luck.  Kind of like when you offer someone a bite of your food or when you tell your friend she looks good… Okay, I’m stopping now.*

21 thoughts on “Get The Damn Thing Done!

  1. Good Luck!! You can do it!! I’m trying to lose some weight and eat better!! We can do it together!! Love ya!

  2. What about a Pandora bracelet or some other charm type thing? I’m not a traditional charm bracelet kinda girl, but Pandora stuff is pretty cool and can be customized a lot. Getting set up is a little spendy, but that could be your reward for getting this far. After that, charms start from $25 on up, nothing too bad. I have one for every flight I successfully do (I am a REALLY bad flier) and whenever I look at the bracelet, I’m reminded of my success. I finally filled it up this year. Check it out:

  3. Good luck mate. If I see you going for a run in your bikini/swimsuit in the cold around Thanksgiving, should I assume you’ve made your goal or not made your goal?

    • You can probably just assume that I got locked out of my house and am just trying to hunt down a ladder to I can break in… again. Although that would be awkward because I no longer have a hot tub.

  4. Good Luck! I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your blog. It gets me through my cardio every morning (that i actually do it, lol). I even lost track of it this morning and ended up doing an extra 5 min on the elliptical. You are a great writer. As for gifts, I like to reward my self with a little shopping. As you hit each mile stone you’ll be down a size I’m sure. How about you get one item you really really like that you couldn’t fit before? It’ll def motivate you to keep on the straight and narrow. Good luck again!

    • Thank you for being so complimentary… we can officially be friends now 😉 That’s the deal I workout with all of my friends… “I’ll tell you how awesome you are if you do the same m’kay?”

  5. I usually do massage or mani/pedi as my rewards. I can’t afford them on the reg basis so it’s a real reward, one that I really want!

    Good luck on your goals! 🙂

    I have had to step off the weight loss and switch to maintain/small weight gain. I am 13w pregnant! Finally. My goal is the opposite of yours! I need to gain, but instead of gaining massive amounts like I accidentally did in my first pregnancy, I need to keep it to .5 to 1 lb a week. That’s what I get for starting out overweight.

  6. Good Luck!!! And wish me good luck too ok? 🙂 I’m right there with ya…SO sick of this lose 2 pounds, gain 1 back bs! I need to get this thing done because life is too crazy as it is to have yet another thing to worry about. My goal is 20 pounds so Thanksgiving day is pretty feasible. You should designate a day that everyone who was able to reach their goal simultaneously go have a drink…or a facial…whatever floats your boat.

  7. Good luck to you!!! And thanks for the good luck wish – I need it, I have 120+ lbs to lose by Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving in 2014 LOL! I didn’t even make short term goals, I let a software do all the math for me on my phone. But anyways, back to your rewards. Much more fun to plan that. Since you have a baby, and you spend much of your time with her, how about a baby-free girls’ day out as an ultimate reward at the end? And it can include a facial, a movie, or getting your hair done together, and then end with a nice drink/dinner combo. You could also use some other pampering for smaller goals: a mani or pedi are always awesome in my book. I think I did read that you write (and so do I), and for me nothing is more precious than an uninterrupted day. So another big reward if you reach the 20 lb mark could be an entire day when you can write and no one disturbs you? (Yeah, I know, only for a writer would more WORK be a REWARD. LOL!) Anyways, good luck!!!!

    • Thank you Mekiho, you’re smart to let the software do the calculating for you. My husband teases me that technology is wasted on me. I write my lists down with pen and paper and have to calculate things myself because I’m such a tactile person. I have every confidence that you will reach your goal. You will be amazed at how fast a year goes.

  8. Good luck Nina! And you do look awesome now, but I know what you mean when you can convince yourself you look “fine” but know you are not at your best. My goal is to lose 20 pounds by Thanksgiving. I have lost 15 throughout this year (basically maintaining throughout the summer) and I am ready to be done with that. 20 pounds will leave me only 10 away from my goal weight.
    And yesterday I gave Graham (he turned one on 8/6) a small piece of leftover going away cake and proceeded to smear it all over the little bit of hair he has. And then we went out front and played in front of the neighbors! Endearing…that is what it is when your baby is smeared with leftover food goo. Right?

    • You should weigh in with me on Fridays you don’t how to post your weight just what you lost. I always look forward to you comments cause you’re freakin funny. And yes smeared cake on babies is always endearing, especially when they are as cute as Graham 😉

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