Step número ocho

Step numero ocho is far overdue….my apologies! Before I go into this last step, I’ll give a brief summary as to what I’ve been up to these past two months.

Before initiating my studies as a Graduate student, I decided I’d have the time of my life until the date arrived! I traveled to Mexico, ate all I wanted, worked out very little, enjoyed amazing hikes, went on a few bike rides, met a lot of people, danced a whole lot….I did everything I needed to do before getting back into routine mode!

Step número ocho, DON’T FALL OUT OF YOUR WORKOUT & EATING ROUTINE!!!!

Why? Because although I consider myself a healthy person, with good eating habits and a healthy workout routine, I am not leading that lifestyle I was two months prior….and that is killing me! Getting back INTO shape is tough work. Make your life easy, keep the work going and don’t let yourself fall out of shape! Taking one week off is understandable, two weeks is pushing it, and three weeks, I wouldn’t go there.

So after taking such a long break, I am back and giving it my all….but saying bye bye to the unhealthy snacks and saying hello to the gym hasn’t been easy. So I started off once again with BABY STEPS. I am slowly getting back into my good eating habits, setting a goal, working out with a group of people, motivating and pushing myself every single day. It’s been one month since ive been “back on the grind” and I still am not back to where I was. They say it’s 60% kitchen, 40% gym….I disagree. In order to not only look good but feel good, one must commit to both the gym and the kitchen equally. So now that I’ve experienced the fall out, I am putting in the work! How?

-gym 5 times a week
-cycling class twice a week
-I ditched my car, I am either biking to my destination or walking!
-no eating out!!!
-fresh foods, lots of tuna, salad, salmon & beans
-water water water
-sleep sleep sleep
-no elevator, just the stairs!
-goodbye beer!

After a fall out, I think it’s fair to put in EXTRA WORK…. Do yourself a favor, DO NOT FALL OUT OF YOUR HEALTH AND WORKOUT ROUTINE!

Concluding my entry with my fave Motivational Monday quotes/images. Enjoy!

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Step UNO

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Hints may be thrown at you from every direction and in every different language. Your friends may ask you to join them, your doctor may warn you about your health…everyone and anyone can TRY and convince you to get “active” or healthy, but it isn’t until YOU decide it’s time for a change, that YOU will do something about it!

For this reason, step uno is, GET MOTIVATED.

I am a firm believer of motivation! As long as one is motivated enough to do something, try something, the world is within your reach!

How do I motivate myself to go to the gym?

-I GO SHOPPING!!!

I am a girl. I love fashion, trends, and I want to look good wherever I am, including the gym. My latest obsession is workout attire. Any store I am in, I will guarantee you that I will walk by the gym section and glance at the latest shirts, shorts, shoes, head bands! Expensive? Very, but gym clothes isn’t like a pair of jeans, shirts, shoes that you’ll wear for a few days or weeks…it’s long lasting! I recently bought the newest pair of nike free runs, and it has motivated me to try double workouts…go to the gym TWICE a day, anything to wear these pretty pink shoes.

-PICTURES

Besides looking at pictures of “perfectly” shaped models who in reality have probably been under the knife or perfected by something we call Photoshop, I keep it real! I look at the skinniest pictures of ME or pictures where I was the most “fit” as a way to push myself. I looked like that, I can look like that again or even BETTER.

-QUOTES

I am a writer, it’s what I do. I love words! I read quotes every single day of my life! Today’s quote? “Go big or go home!”

And although it’s motivating to go to the gym with someone else, to join a workout class…In the end, you will begin working out, going to the gym, partaking in physical activity when you decide.

Step uno, GET MOTIVATED!

“Being Perfect” by Anna Quindlen

A requirement for Graduate school, write up a summary of you… your background, your goals, your experiences in 400-500 MAX!!!

Me: uuuuuhhhh……… how am I supposed to sum myself up in 400-500 words?!?! I have so much to say, so many goals, I love writing!

Well, point being, I’ve struggled to complete this personal statement. I began in January and have not completed a final draft to this day. I was stressing out earlier in the week, thinking, how can a so-called Journalist be struggling to complete a summary of herself?!?! And then of course, my OCD kicked in. “This has to be perfect… what is wrong with me” blah blah blah.

It wasn’t until I had a deep conversation with the best person out there, MY SISTER BRENDA 🙂 that I finally let go of that unrealistic attitude and that I started focusing. Then, today she handed me a book and told me to read it. Book title: “BEING PERFECT” by Anna Quindlen. In this small, 48 page short book, Anna Quindlen speaks on her experience growing up. She begins the book by summarizing herself as a child, the perfect child. After having lived a so-called “perfect life”, Anna went to College and was hit with reality…. uhm PERFECTION doesn’t exist and she realized that she was far from perfect.

“eventually being perfect became like carrying a backpack filled with bricks every single day….so if this sounds in any way familiar to you, if you have been trying to be perfect, too, then perhaps today is the day to put down that backpack before you develop permanent curvature of the spirit”

AMEN I thought…. I kept reading.

“But nothing important, or meaningful, or beautiful, or interesting, or great, ever came out of imitations. What is really hard, and really amazing is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself”

“each writer brings to the table, if she will let herself, something that no one else in the history of mine ever has. That is her own personality, her own voice. If she is doing Fitzgerald imitations, she can stay home. If she is giving readers what she thinks they want instead of what she is, she should stop typing”

And that is when I was so amazingly inspired to open up a new document on word and begin writing! Because it was after reading those words that it was so clear in my mind what I wanted…I want to write and I know that my voice isn’t like anyone else’s. I am certain that my words, expressions, beliefs are my own. I write on my experiences growing up as a second-generation Latina, growing up with two amazing cultures. I, at many times have felt alone and is if I didn’t belong…. but I don’t know why! There are hundreds, thousands of others who grew up just like me and I think the important thing is so share our lives and experiences with others, so that we know we’re not alone.

Thank you Brenda for sharing this book with me and thank you Anna Quindlen for sharing your experiences with the world. Now, back to writing!