Day 18

  Some days you have to get up and go even when you think you can't. Prove to yourself that you can. Don't let anything get you down. It's not easy. If you need to cry, cry. If you need to yell, yell. Purge yourself of the emotions, pick yourself up and move forward. 

Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
— Walt Disney

  My workout was a long and tough one, but I managed to do it. I can't even tell you how much I hate some of these exercises. 


  1. 240 sec Plank Jacks
  2. 180 sec Jumping Jacks
  3. 180 sec High Knees
  4. 180 sec Burpees
  5. 70 Squats
  6. 55 Bridges
  7. 60 Lunges
  8. 140 sec Squat Jumps
  9. 140 sec Lateral Lunges
  10. 140 sec Calf Raises

  As always, most everything is done in sets of 10. I drink water when I need it and refill the bottle when needed. Not drinking enough water won't help your muscles recover. I took a progress photo today. Not sure I'm quite ready to share it, but I will be doing before and after photos. I did some meal prep today and went to work. 

  I want to end the post with some great quotes that help:


Day 17

  I took some natural sleeping pills last night. It helped so much. I woke up refreshed and felt fantastic. I got moving pretty quickly and did my challenges. It was day 25 of the challenges and I had two of the four on rest days. I am very proud of myself for the 4 minute plank I did. 

Today's Challenges:

  1. 240 sec Plank aka 4 mins 
  2. 60 Lunge
  3. 50 Bridges
  4. 70 Squats

  I can't do a full four minute plank on my elbows. It hurts my shoulders after a minute or two. I did 1 minute elbows, one minute on all fours, and one minute on each side. It's still the duration of the plank, but making sure that I am not in significant pain. I definitely need to work on upper body strength. 

  I did a timed two mile run afterwards. By timed, I mean that I did my warm-up and set what pace I wanted to run at. I did a 30sec/30sec run/walk pace. I'm pretty happy that I ended with a 12:43 & 12:44 min miles. This was the first timed one I've done in quite some time. I think the challenges and the challenge are helping me with my running.

   The rest of my day was spent with friends. I'll be house sitting and dog sitting for one and baby sitting for another. Then I went to the movies with yet another friend. I am so grateful to have such good friends in my life. They are truly wonderful. 

Day 16

  Well, last night was another late night. I was chatting with a friend until late. Nothing bad, in fact my turn out to be something great. Only time will tell. So, once again, I was wiped out when I woke up. Luckily, I only had one job today, so I took it upon myself to relax.

  It took me a few hours to get going and to do my challenges.  I did end up doing them and that's all that really matters.


  1. 200 sec Plank & Reach
  2. 150 sec Plank
  3. 150 sec Crunches
  4. 159 sec Russian Twists
  5. 70 Squats
  6. 50 Bridges
  7. 55 Lunges
  8. 140 sec Box Jumps
  9. 140 sec Sumo Squats
  10. 140 sec Curtsey Lunges

  Tomorrow marks 25 days of 30 day challenges. I think one of the ones I'm going to pick for the next set is going to be an upper body one. My arms aren't as strong as I would like. My shoulders really hurt during the plank exercises after a while.

  I ate well and even though it wasn't a good burn day, I am proud of what I accomplished. I hit my step goal at work and my burn goal. I can't believe 8 days left of the challenge. Tomorrow is weigh in day. Hoping to be down a little bit more. Let's see how it goes.

Day 15

  Well, I didn't get to bed until 2am yesterday and was up 8am. These days are pretty killer. I did get up, but it took me a while to get going. I did my challenges and ran late, but I planned out my meals and stuck to everything. This really helps me get through day by day sometimes. Something to focus on. 

  To anyone reading this who is going through things one day at a time or one minute at a time, you can do it. It may not feel like it, but you can. Find someone you can text or talk to. Even if they don't have an answer, get it out. It helps. If you don't want to talk, write it down. It helps. This helps me. I feel like I sound way more depressed than I am. I'm going through a tough personal time. I believe I will come out of it and some days are worse than others. With the fact that I had my period recently, I am fairly certain that I'm still suffering the after effects. Not to mention, not a lot of sleep really doesn't help.

  Today's challenges:

  1. 200 sec Plank Jacks
  2. 150 sec Squats
  3. 150 sec Lunges
  4. 150 sec Wall Sit
  5. 55 Lunges
  6. 50 Bridges
  7. 65 Squats
  8. 135 sec Calf Raises
  9. 135 sec Lateral Lunges
  10. 135 sec Squat Jumps

  Most everything was done in sets of 10. It's easier that way and I do as many as I can. I can't believe how far I've gotten with these. I'm super excited. Not sure what challenges to pick next. Would really love to be able to see my abs though. I know they are there. Hello? When are you going to show?

  I am feeling more confident in my clothes. Things are fitting better and I'm more comfortable. Nine days left. I'm excited to see progress. There's more to this than a number on a scale. I don't think I'll reach the number from my senior year of college, as much as I would like to, but that's not the most important thing. Feeling good is what is most important. 

  Here are some photos for fun. I was stuck on demo at the grocery story, which means I had to cook food I shouldn't be eating all night. I didn't eat a single thing that I cooked. I am impressed with myself. Let's bring on day 16!


Day 14

  I can't believe I'm 14 days into the 24 day challenge. It feels great to be accomplishing something and sticking to it. I really needed this right now. To accomplish something and stick to my guns, it feels great. I didn't get much sleep last night. I have been having a hard time falling asleep. Some of the pills have caffeine and so today I tried not having those pills at dinner and lunch instead. So far so good. I worked late so writing this now isn't surprising.

  Since I didn't sleep that well, I choose to "sleep in". I decided to save my challenges for in between my jobs since I worked in the morning for the candy store and in the evening for the grocery store. I got home from the candy store and wanted to collapse. But, I didn't. I changed and did my challenges. I felt so much better and more energized for doing them. 

  I am super impressed with myself. I made it through all this & still went to work my second job:

  1. 200 sec Plank (I shifted from elbows to hands to sides, but plank all the way through) 
  2. 150 sec Push Ups (sets of 10 at a time)
  3. 150 sec Tricep Dips (sets of 10)
  4. 65 Squats
  5. 45 Bridges
  6. 50 Lunges
  7. 125 sec Curtsey Lunges
  8. 125 sec Sumo Squats
  9. 125 sec Box Jumps

  It was a huge feeling of accomplishment. I can't believe that I've made it through this far. I wanted to not do them today, but then I pushed through realizing in 8 days I will have completed my 30-day challenges. I have yet to actually finish any, so this is huge. 

  I think my eating is going well. I'm feeling good. Sticking to the track. Getting adjusted to the new set of pills and timings. Eating every two hours, as I keep saying, makes things so much better. I am feeling like my love handles are slimming down, which is good. I'm excited to see what the difference in the before and after photos will be. Wish I had taken measurements around my love handles. Oh well.

  Ate my "spaghetti" carbonara for lunch. Doesn't look pretty. No food ever looks as pretty as its glamour shots. I did get to train making chocolate bars again, which was awesome! I managed not to eat any chocolate again too! Ok, I'm fading. Time to crash.