Echo in an empty room

Ugh! I am feeling so disconnected from the program right now! I feel like I have thrown away weeks worth of hard work in the course of two weeks. I haven’t been to the meetings in about 3 Saturdays and this is my first post in as many weeks. My life regurgitated on me over about 4 days. So I thought no excuses, do what you have to do and keep going. The problem is, I didn’t do that. So while my diet is good, I haven’t done my workouts. And that is because I did not make myself buckle down and commit to the early a.m. workouts that I know I need. Now I feel like I have to start all over in the middle of the program! BUT if that’s what it takes, then so be it. I feel really guilty but I am ready to get back on track. Tomorrow is a new day with a new chance to do better.

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Recovery Week

I really screwed up my first week of the program so I am not taking a recovery week and I’m ok with that because I don’t feel like I’ve earned it (even though there is still work to be done in the recovery week). This weekend I am going  out of  town  and I don’t feel at all daunted by not being able to plan meals. I am determined to be successful so I know I can go out to eat and still make a good decision. I swore off fast food about 10 pounds ago. I love McDonald’s but in my book, it’s poison so I never eat that type of  stuff anyway.  It’s the sugar battle and my desire for comfort foods like queso and chicken dumplings that I have to fight hard! I switched from my 100 calorie packs to Annie-O organic bunnies-they are little better and not as sweet. A co-worker introduced me to truvia–a little better but it will take some getting used to. I am excited about the next set of workouts. I ‘m feeling pretty good these days!

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I’m getting there!

Slow and steady wins the race …or so they say. I hope it’s true because that’s how I feel my progress in BTWG has gone thus far. It’s better than week one for sure but I still don’t have everything going at once. I will definitely have all systems firing in week four. I have to say that being stuck in the house for two days didn’t completely derail things like it might once have in the past. How’s that for a little progress 🙂 I’m still struggling with my sugar addiction. I think it would be easier for me to give up my cell phone than it would be to give up sugar. I have reduced my intake a great deal. I’ve switched to  100 calorie packs but I still have about 3 a week and they have about 7 grams of sugar per serving. And sorry Chris–still haven’t been able to get on board with stevia so I’m trying to transist to straight black coffee. I’ll get there eventually. Week 4—look out!

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Take Two

So last week was a bumpy ride but I’m feeling better after the weekend. For our Flyer blog readers, there are weekly meetings for BTWG participants at the Monon Coffeee Company (?) or PR Fitness.  I attended the meeting at the coffee shop and met a great group of people. I was really encouraged by all of their ideas and they were all very non judgmental and offered some really great feedback on things to do differently. So I’m looking forward to having this week as a new jumping off point. On the plus side, I am down two pounds from my initial weigh in! I’ll take it how I can get it 🙂

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Doomed from the start?

It is Day 2 of BTWG and I am not off to a good start! Not only did I have fajitas for lunch, I overslept yesterday and did not do my workout before work! I am recovering from strep throat and when I got home last night, I did NOT feel like working out. So I’ ve already broken Chris’ cardinal rule and the mantra for the project– No Excuses! Today’s task–cementing that it’s mind over matter when it comes to food choices and BETTER TIME MANAGEMENT. I think those two things will be my albatross of this project.

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Stay Tuned!

I would first like to introduce myself. My name is Courtney Essett and I am the Brownsburg and education reporter for the Hendricks County Flyer!

I would like to invite you all to follow my journey as I engage in a 12 week fitness transformation program. I’ll be participting in Bridging the Wellness Gap at PR Fitness in Brownsburg. This will be a challenge for me as I am a complete and total food hedonist who is short on time and discipline. I work two jobs so it’s very hard for me to find time to work out and I eat what and when I can. I am invested in this program both financially and professionally so I have to do it! But will I succeed? Of course! My personal goal is to lose 15 pounds and improve my overall health and wellness. I invite you to follow my journey (up or down), comment on my progress and keep me accountable. Feel free to share your stories of your experiences with health and wellness, dieting and exercise.  Indiana still has a high rate of obesity. I think that we can help turn that around, one person at at time, starting right here in our county! Check with me for daily and weekly posts!

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