27 Things That Happen When You Turn 27

  1. You’re in complete denial that you’re one year closer to the big 3-0. As such, you awaken your inner child and plan Disney vacations.
  2. People tell you to stop complaining about your age – either because they’re older OR, better yet, much younger and internally thankful that they’re not that old. YET.
  3. You find 1+ gray hair.
  4. You may or may not be considering coloring your hair on a regular basis.
  5. You find yourself crying randomly and aren’t sure why.
  6. You consider opening a 401K.
  7. You start paying attention to your 401K’s performance. (Dammit, NASDAQ– get your shit together!)
  8. You actually ENJOY watching the news in the morning. While you sip hot tea and cuddle up with your afghan.
  9. You wake up in the middle of the night to empty your suddenly weak as hell bladder.
  10. In the morning, it hurts to move. Despite your lumbar support bed and pillows.
  11. You realize you ACTUALLY can’t sleep without your lumbar support pillows.
  12. You receive samples for anti-aging cream. -.-
  13. Your parents/siblings say – “Don’t you feel old, yet??” Thanks, Mom.
  14. Your DVR is filled with HGTV home makeover shows. “Open concept” living = goals.
  15. The junior’s sections in department stores are so not age-appropriate.
  16. Your “seasonal wardrobe” includes cardigans. CARDIGANS!
  17. You’re concerned that your jeans are “mom jeans”…and you’re not a mom.
  18. Your scale reminds you that you really didn’t need to order pizza last night…for the third time this week.
  19. You don’t remember that you ordered pizza three times this week.
  20. You find yourself enjoying pre-bedtime reading. (Of a self-help book, no less.)
  21. You realize you have a BEDTIME. Under eye circles are real. And they’re not pretty.
  22. You learn to enjoy a decent glass of wine. And how to tell the difference (pre-hangover) between the good stuff and the cheap stuff.
  23. You realize the importance of family and friends; and what keeping in touch with them means.
  24. You have a savings account.
  25. You rediscover life’s little miracles. Whadup sunrise, where you been?
  26. You enjoy nap time. Seriously – can we make this a daily thing?
  27. You realize that your life hasn’t ended; if anything it’s just getting started.

Self-Reflection

Once upon a time, I felt trapped inside my own body. I thought of myself as this beautiful, skinny and successful person who just needed to break free of my “fat body.” Then, if that happened, I would be happy.

In March I decided to commit myself to daily nutrition check-ins and a workout program – 30 minutes a day – that was realistic for my schedule.

And in just one short month, I’ve realized that my entire mindset about who I am was completely wrong. I AM a beautiful and successful person. I don’t need some number on a scale to tell me that. I want a healthy body, not a “skinny” one.

Each day I discover something new and wonderful. Maybe it’s a deeper belief in myself and maybe it’s a reminder to accept my body’s limitations – it’s a marathon, not a sprint!

If you have struggled or are struggling, please know that you’re not alone. Others have the same fears, the same hopes for the future. I encourage you all to set aside a little time for self-reflection. It’s the first step toward changing your life – creating a fulfilled and purpose-driven life.

Q&A: How do YOU do it?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked this question: How do you do it? How do you get up every morning and workout? And stay on your meal plans? And not lose focus?

Let me start off with this – I’m not 110% committed. There, I admit it! I occasionally wake up late and need another hour of sleep; I don’t workout every day; I have cheat days!

I’M NOT PERFECT. No one is. But I STAY FOCUSED on my goals!

  • You have to commit yourself! I work for EVERY pound lost, EVERY drop of sweat. If you’re not putting in the work, why would you expect to see results?

    It’s important to establish goals in the beginning, that way you have something to look forward to! Don’t dwell on the bumps along the road – life happens. The journey of adapting a healthier lifestyle is what you should be focused on.

  • Plan ahead. I cannot stress this one enough. Plan your meals a week in advance – I typically meal plan and grocery shop on Sundays – and plan your workouts! It might seem silly at first, but after one week of executing your plan, you’ll ask yourself how you ever managed to go without it!

    Even if you’re a busy mom or a working professional (or both), spend an hour or two, one day a week and plan it out.

  • Set your goals. You have to define what your goals are – what your personal hopes and dreams are…not your neighbors. This is no time to keep up with the Joneses.

    Who/what are you fighting for? Why do I want/need this change? These are KEY GOALS to keep in mind as you struggle, as you fight to change.

  • Face your fears! Your about to turn your life upside down, at a 45 degree angle. Yes, it’s scary. It’s hard. And, at times, it seems impossible. That’s the beauty of change. If it doesn’t scare you, then you’re not trying hard enough.

I have faced every single fear there is about transitioning over to healthier habits. I struggle with emotional and binge eating. I struggle to PUSH PLAY.

I want you to remember what I remind myself of everyday:

~ You are capable of doing this. YOU ARE BRAVE ENOUGH, STRONG ENOUGH.

~ YOU ARE everything you need to be to BECOME WHO YOU WANT TO BE.

Now, get out there and shred it!

#ShredItToShedIt #ExpediteLife

My 3 Day Refresh Review + Results

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Overall rating: B

Pro:

The meal plan is straightforward and easy to follow. (<< Yes, “straightforward” is one word. Look it up.)

Con:

I usually felt hungry mid-afternoon, despite following the day’s meal plan.

Results:

I lost 4 lbs. and 3 in.

Thoughts:

I wasn’t expecting much from the 3 Day Refresh. I’ve sort of hit a plateau since my initial weight loss after going GF. I knew not to expect a dramatic weight loss from just 3 days on a restricted diet, but I also hoped to at least see something.

I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to meal plan and how full I felt after lunch – which is a Vanilla Refresh shake, a fruit serving and a veggie serving.

I was also pretty stoked when I saw a little bit of weight loss! Who doesn’t love that?!

I don’t know if I will be doing this again any time soon. I do like how most people seem to use it as a way to jumpstart their weight loss and as a way to keep your system “clean.” I think that’s the most beneficial use for this product.

Tech and Tools for Weight Loss

Ok, so I know I’ve posted about my vision board, but I wanted to share a few other tech items and non-tech items that I’m using to help me achieve my fitness goals.

All of these things together help me make sense of the jumbled mess in my head – “what am I eating today?”; “what do I want to accomplish in 21 days; in 2 months?”; “what are my resting stats and how am I performing during exercise?”; “how’s my sleep?”; “how do I ‘feel’ about these lifestyle changes?”; “what can I do better to feel better?”

  • Vision board – This one is pretty self explanatory, you create a board where you post inspirational quotes, images and your goals. The board helps you visualize your goals, how you can accomplish them and serves as a great reminder of why you started in the first place! Here’s mine, where’s yours?
  • FitBit Charge HR – This was a “splurge purchase” that I decided to do. It has literally changed my life! I love it! It helps me not only track my daily steps and heart rate, but I wear it at night to track my sleep habits! <<This has been one of the most useful benefits because I can “see” why I feel so tired! 😉
  • FitBook Lite – This book was a gift from my coach; a welcome to the team gift! Yay! I just browsed through it today – it’s a 6-week planner/journal that helps keep you organized and focused on your goals too! You also get access to a free e-book which goes into more detail about how to use the journal, as well as some pretty tasty recipes! After the 6 weeks are over, I know I’m going to want another!
  • Meal planning – Ok, so this is probably the most helpful and critical tool I use! Without this I know I would fall back into old habits and wouldn’t have a clear picture on my nutrition…I’m still bad at eating enough fruits and veggies, but I know planning ahead helps!

4 Week Check-in

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Here’s me at work! YAY! I use my shaker bottle to track my daily water.

Each year, my company hosts a “Get Fit” event and for 3 years, I have participated in the event. >>Not really “fit” yet, if you know what I mean! 😉

Tomorrow is our mid-way point and weigh in. I am not looking forward to it! I have learned that you don’t always see the scale go down – sometimes your measurements change first! Which is more important?

Well, at least for me, I think it’s the inches coupled with HOW I FEEL. Am I less tired and more energetic? Do my pants fit a little bit better? Can I wear those old jeans again?

^^^Those things are what mean the most to me. I don’t need a scale to tell me how I should feel. I only need me.

#ExpediteLife