Ok, I’ll Admit It…

I wish my hair had a little more natural curl.  I wish DC had 65-75 degree weather year round…and was 20 minutes from a beach.  I sometimes miss my momma.  I’ve fallen off a little.  And I’ll even admit I’m a little jealous.  Of what you may ask.  Well, I’ll tell you.  My friends’ weight loss.  It really came to a head for me this past week when I saw pics of my little cousin at Christmas, and she was obviously smaller than when I saw her last year.  And I’m sick of seeing everyone around me taking charge of their health and the way they look, and I’m sitting around like a bump on a log…literally. 

So, instead of drinking my customary Coke or Sprite during lunch yesterday, I drank water.  And I actually drank water for pretty much the entire day; I plan on doing the same thing today…and in the days to come.  The next step I’ve taken is not eating out all the time.  I took my lunch to work, along with healthy snacks, last week, and I plan to keep up this trend.  Most importantly, I need to get active, like really active.  To the point where I’m working out when I come home from work or starting my days with cardio.  It’s going to take some sacrifice.  And anything worth having is not going to be easy to obtain. And let me be honest.  I turn 30 in 3 months…and then I’m a bridesmaid in my linesister’s wedding.  I need to get my act together.  I want to leave my 20s behind me in this unhealthy body and greet my 30s in a healthier, upgraded version.  And truth be told, I think the New Boy can help me with getting in better shape.  (He’s very athletic.)  Yes, I know I’ve mentioned on this here blog MULTIPLE times about taking charge of my weight, but this time I’m committing to doing better. Even Southern Mom is taking charge of her health.  And I clearly can’t have her coming to DC to celebrate my birthday with a better body than me. 🙂 (Just kidding, Mom!)

So, that’s all I’ve got today.  I’ve updated the What’s Happening page (FINALLY!), so take a look.  Hopefully I’ll see you next week at my Happy Hour at Twelve Lounge.  Yes, I know I just talked about getting in better shape, but an indulgence is allowed every now and then. 😉  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Doing Better Already

If you’re a fan on Facebook, you saw last night that I decided to run in a 5K in November.  I know, YIKES!!!  But I am excited!  I had a little bit of insomnia last night, and I surfed on the net to see what 5K’s were coming up.  I decided to run in the Women and Politics Institute’s 5K Race to Representation.   The institute, located on the campus of American University, aims to “close the gender gap in political leadership”.  I figure why not do something to get myself in shape AND make a statement. 

My status even inspired 2 of my friends and sorors to join me during the 5K and my neighbor to ask me to go running.  The good thing is that they are both in great shape, so I can learn a lot from them!  And I will be following the Couch to 5K Running Plan.  I have to admit, I’m a little nervous, but with determination (and a little motivation from friends and family), I know I’ll be just fine. 

I’m always open to advice and suggestions, so feel free to share your running stories.  As I stated in a previous post, I’ll be tracking my weight loss with you guys, too.  Honestly, there hasn’t been much going on in that arena, but I have stopped buying a lot of juices.  I try to drink primarily water or Crystal Light (when I need a little flavor). 

If you want to see the plan I’m doing go here.  And if you want to know more about the race, or if you want to register for it yourself, check out more info here.  Like I said, I am excited, but a little apprehensive, too, so feel free to leave some words of encouragement! 🙂 Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!