Habit Update: Personal Training

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Habits are tough to build!

The past couple of weeks I’ve been at the gym a lot and seeing the personal trainer a lot so I’ve actually noticed the difference when you put in the work. I’ve dropped a lot of body fat and inches all over my body. My thighs I’ve noticed are a lot smaller. I tried on a dress that I bought a month ago. It was really cute, but a couple inches too small around the hips. Now it fits perfectly!

The hardest part about building healthy habits for me has been the social part. I don’t know anyone that’s trying to get healthier so any time I spend with other people is family and friends trying to get me to eat unhealthy things that they’re eating. Yesterday was back to the old habits!

My trainer told me to keep every day at 1500 calories. If it’s consistent then your body won’t freak out and it will take off the weight on its own. I’ve been getting a lot more consistent.

My family is all average or thin people that eat terrible unhealthy food. For some reason their metabolisms are different than mine and they can get away with eating ice cream 3 times a week while I have to count every single calorie I put into my mouth to prevent myself from gaining weight. Yesterday, I ate the normal stuff I would have eaten before getting healthy like spinach and artichoke dip and bread. So much bread. It’s INCREDIBLY hard to eat healthy around your normal unhealthy instigators.

Part of what I’ve learned from my personal trainer is to keep going and try to make each day a little bit better. Some days she hits me with the tough love and asks what I was thinking and other days when I’m getting discouraged she reminds me that it’s hard to change 20+ years of habits overnight.

It never occurred to me that you could apply metrics to losing weight. That if you work out for x amount of time and eat y amount of calories you should lose z amount of inches or pounds. Every time I’ve tried to lose weight in the past I’ve always starved myself for a few days and then gotten discouraged. It’s great to have the feedback from a professional to let me know what won’t work and why. I’m excited to get back on track this week and keep at it.

Even though I ate a couple things that weren’t great. I lowered my portions a lot and tried to pick the best available option. Checking in online also helps, knowing that I can’t just give up and forget about it. There’s a record here that’s keeping more accountable even if no one’s really reading. It helps me to know that it’s out there.

Next check in– 1 month, October 17th


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The Happiness of Pursuit

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Lately, I’ve been obsessed with the ideas of adventure and the hero’s journey. The call to adventure, the resistance, the mentor, the first step, the homecoming.

I want a quest.

Part of that has been trying to lose weight and posting on this blog. My dream would be to become the traveling, blogging history professor. To see every amazing historical site on earth.

That could be a quest.

To see all the wonders of the world and blog abut them. Capture them in photos and post it here.

After reading about Chris Guillebeau’s new book The Happiness of Pursuit, I quickly signed up for the “street team” even though it was vague about the requirements. A few days later I received the book in the mail with a letter asking all I do is write a review about it. I felt like I’d been sent a present from an old friend.

For the next 2 days, I was glued to this book, reading it cover to cover at any chance I could get on the subway or breaks at work. Guillebeau fulfilled his quest of visiting every country in the world by 35, but shortly after his blog seemed to lack the same punch it had before. Good news, he’s back to speed 100% with The Pursuit of Happiness.

It turned out that after years of pursing his quest, he had been introduced to a number of people that were chasing their own dream. From sailing around the world to knitting a million hats, each story was inspiring, interesting, and ultimately makes it seem possible to set out to accomplish something bigger than yourself.

Not only possible, but reasonable.

A quest is defined as something difficult to achieve, measurable, and easily understood. If it takes more than a sentence to explain it’s probably not that well constructed and if it’s not measurable then it’s more of a hobby.

Happiness came into my life at the best possible moment I could have hoped for because I’ve been fed up with the way my life is going and ambitious enough to do something about it. What I really want to do more than anything is see the Wonders of the World.

I’ve been obsessed with history ever since I was a kid and have dreamed about being a great adventurer like Indiana Jones. Sure it’s not as big as Chris’ quest, but it’s mine and I know I’ll regret it forever if I can’t experience it before my time’s up.

1. Pyramids of Giza

2. Great Wall of China

3. Petra, Jordan

4. Colosseum, Rome

5. Chichen Itza, Mexico

6. Machu Picchu, Peru

7. Taj Mahal, India

8. Christ the Redeemer, Brazil

Each day at a proper 9-5 job, I know that I’m getting farther away from the life I want to live. My dream is being a nomad, wandering through unfamiliar cities, taking photographs, and being immersed in a new culture.

For some reason, I’d been waiting for a sign to know that it was all right to pursue my dream. While it’s still not the proper or expected thing to do, now that I know it’s possible, not crazy, I can’t get the idea out of my mind. It’s the idea that gets me through my day and keeps popping up in my dreams.

Lastly, if I hadn’t made it clear before. I highly recommend this book! Beware though as it may turn you away from your safe comfortable life to a much bigger one. As we all know, well behaved people rarely make history.


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