Yesterday, I did it, y’all.  I worked out for a solid 20 minutes for the 1st time in 17 years.  At least, it felt that way.  After I finished, I felt like this…

photo credit: F*ck yeah Athletic Girls

I had…

…conquered the world!

…been elected President!

…lost 15 pounds!

4 weeks?!?!  Bite me!  I noticed right away! Seriously.  I was feeling so great I got out a pair of last years jeans and SQUOZE myself into them!  And, well, they didn’t fit, but hey it’s the motivation that counts! =)

photo credit: healthypush.com

CRY, SHREW, CRY!

If you need a little get-healthy-AND-have-the-body-you-love inspiration please read the post about this girl’s fantastic transformation…

The post Your dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat determination and hard work is over at crossfitchick.com.  It’s well worth the read.  She’s a normal girl who underwent dramatic weight loss —size 16 to a size 2—- by working hard for 365 days.

She inspired me.  So.  I’m headed out to work out again today!

And while we’re talking about body image, please enjoy this quote from one of my fave audiobooks of 2011, Bossypants by Tina Fey.

On Beyonce & Jennifer Lopez’s curvy physiques…

“{Because of Beyonce & Jennifer Lopez}  women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful. Ah ha ha. No. I’m totally messing with you. All Beyonce and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful. Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes.” -Tina Fey.

(HA! Tina Fey makes me laugh hard)

Acknowledge the pressure, push to be healthy & most of all, enjoy your bodies ladies, it’s the only one you’ve got!

Who else is working out??? Any 2012 success stories to share?? I’d LOVE to hear how your doing!

Later gators,

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  • Patrice W

    I am grace! I have not one but 2 free gym memberships so it is a DAMN shame that I cant drag my tired arse to at least one of them at least 3 times a week. (yes i cussed and I could probably have used a more fitting cuss word but i am censoring myself lol) I have been wanting to get pregnant again and since having a c-section my core is WEAK. I am terrified of getting pregnant again with a weak core and being about 25-30lbs above my healthy weight for me-with a two year old mover and shaker-at 32 years old. I think it would be the most miserable pregnancy and newborn phase of all time and it could very well end in a second c-section making my core doubly weak. SOOO beside all that healthy lifestyle get yourself together stuff…I have been convicted about wasting resources (two gym memberships)…making excuses typical of black girls (my hair wahh wahh wahh) I am currently bald so that wont work…and scared straight (I dont want to hurt my body by putting pregnancy on a bad core and back). I say all that to say that am committed to do something about it. Good for you! And for me.

    • Grace

      2 free gym memberships??? How on earth did you pull THAT off? Now, I know how you haven’t gotten there…I think stay-at-momminess can actually produce a sense of never-wanting-to-leave-the-house-or-do-anything-but-keep-the-baby-happy…at least it does for me. Even today, I’ve been home all day with Rhysie and haven’t wanted to do ANYTHING…it’s been a series of forcing myself to be slightly productive all doggone day. Anyway, about what you said about not wanting to get preggo again b/c your not feeling as healthy…DON’T WAIT! Even the small changes you make now will give you a more healthy pregnancy and set you up for better weight loss post-partum. I don’t think your pregnancy would be miserable though either way. I was slightly overweight and didn’t have a habit of working out when R2 was conceived and yes, I was a bit more tired, and definetly weaker but it was still a “normal” pregnancy…same thing with one of my besties who is overweight with #2, she says it pretty normal… a bit more tired, but no gestational diabetes or anything. I suggest doing the small things you can now…plus you know they say that you can maintain what you started BEFORE you got pregnant, but not ADD anything. So ADD A ROUTINE NOW…before it’s too late. hahahahaaha

      …and as for the black girl hair thing (wah wah wah —that was funny)…you are bald, no excuses chick!!!! AND as for me, I’m thinking of going natural –no pressing— this year, so none for me either!

      Oh, one other thing, if you don’t want to get out of the house…I am using a few episodes of Exercise TV that I bought through itunes. I’m setting up my laptop on the end tables and just working out in the living room …trying to keep it simple. When it gets warm enough I can’t wait to go out for light jogs, but I’m not really wanting to jog/run in the cold…I did that before and it can get fairly miserable. Also, I’m going to start using the Wii we got for Christmas but haven’t opened up yet, sigh.

  • Patrice W

    My apt has free membership to the gym across the street. Less than a five minute walk. My school has a gym with an Olympic pool and all the trimmings. All I would have to do is show up a little early to work out before class. My sister gave me her netflix password so I can do videos at home. I have the internet. My complex has an indoor pool. The reality is that I just have not exercised because I lacked discipline—not opportunity. Since having a C-section I am less worried about the pregnancy (except excessively peeing on myself lol) than I am the recovery. It took 13-14 weeks to be “just ok” after surgery. This time it could be worse with more to do (two kids and all). The stronger my core the better bounce back I can expect after they rip through the muscles in my abdomen with a scalpel (ouch!) I just want to be proactive. I’m not even giving up birth control until I get on some sort of good routine with exercise. Can’t afford any mis-haps and I need something to reward my good efforts with LOL. If you get in shape you can have a baby (that is my promise to myself) Hope it works.

    I am proud of you. You sound like you are in better spirits and feeling really motivated. I won’t wait. I am on it like white on rice! (as soon as this God awful cold goes away).

    Here’s to disciplined living in 2012

    • http://jessicafick.wordpress.com/ Jess Fick

      Dang Patrice! Get to the gym- you have crazy amounts of access to care for your self! I would kill to have access to a pool like you do! I hear what you’re saying though about a weak core after pregnancy. Though I’m back down to my pre-pregnancy weight I am SO weak. I did yoga the other day and at one point in my life I would have considered an easy workout. Afterwards I was sore for a couple days and it made me realize how I really needed to focus on getting stronger. Having another baby is a great motivation to get strong and fit- it helps you to be an awesome mama!

      • Grace

        Jess, hahahaha I know right, I want to say that if I had a pool I’d be doing laps…but…I shall not say such things…. by the way CONGRATS on hitting that pre-baby weight, sis!!!!! I know you will keep going, but as a friendly reminder, don’t give up!! I hit my pre baby weight about 10-12 weeks after Rhysie and after that preceeded to gain, and gain and gain… It was like, once I hit it I thought I was golden…but not so much. =( anyhoo, I am DONE HAVING BABIES… so I’m ready to get that core in shape as well. again, nice job working hard and lovin’ yo self!

    • Grace

      wow, you do have a lot of opportunities…one thing that’s helped me is to say “today I promise I’ll do 10 minutes, and that’s it.” …and then of course I always want to finish… then the next week I’ll say “today I promise myself I’ll do at least 3 days of 10 minutes.” START SMALL!

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