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Living Fearlessly

Turning My “Luxury Lemon” into Lemonade

6 Months into 2016…

Let’s see, I’m 6 months into my fitness journey and I’m nowhere close to my goals, but I refuse to give up! My goals include the following…

  1. Working out five days per week: Unfortunately due to my cars engine failing, getting to the gym five days a week became challenging and my goal was not met. (As stated in my previous post, my 2009 BMW 328i with only 55.614 miles developed a hole in its engine; needless to say this will be my first and last BMW.
  2. Eating clean: My goal was to be 90/10 with my clean eating. 90% clean and 10% enjoying life. Right now I’m somewhere between 50/50 and all hell breaking loose in my diet.
  3. Growing my business: Dropping off samples around Baltimore proved difficult on a bike, but I’ve done a few events and gotten GREAT feedback! Once I’m mobile again I’ll hit the ground running (well driving, but you get the idea).
  4. Posting weekly to this blog: Nope, this DEFINITETLY didn’t happen. I’ve been so hyper focused on getting $6,000 to replace my defective engine I haven’t had the time to post.

With all this being said I feel like I’ve had some successes in these past 6 months.

Successes:

Lost Seven pounds: Because I have been walking to and from work. I guess my defective engine had its perks.

Fit Recipes: I have been trying fit recipes. I have found a number of recipes on Instagram and in O Magazines while cleaning out back issues; most have been very tasty.

Urban Garden: I’ve started my urban garden, tomatoes, herbs, sugar- snap peas, and nasturtiums.

Family and Friends: Spending more time with family, even if it’s in the car, while I am being carted around. I have put away the phone and engaged in actual conversation.

Social media: I am learning more and more about Social Media, for a woman in her 50’s, this is a lot harder than it sounds!

Bar tending skill: I am a closet bar tender, every Friday, my sister and I have Its’ 5 o’clock somewhere cocktails. (This could also be counterintuitive to my fitness goals, but many of my drinks have antioxidants!)

Downloading Aps: I have a smart phone and I can count the number of apps on one hand. I have downloaded Uber, for times when I haven’t felt like biking or walking in the absence of my car. Hoot suite, to manage all of my social media, and my personal favorite the Sweet Green app (an amazing salad chain in select cities).

Manage my spending: Because I don’t have a car I can’t jump in the car and run to Home Goods, Target or other random stores.

I’ve been shopping local and have been very mindful of what I buy since I’ll have to carry it by hand or on my bike.

The November Project: I have learned about The November Project on one of my walks through my neighborhood. The November Project offers a great workout with supportive people and it’s FREE.

Small Business Classes: I have been attending a number of small business classes. I will grow my business!!!

Living Fearlessly: Yes, I have been working to be less rigid and try new things.

My Next Six Months

Buy a new car: most likely a Honda or Toyota SUV. I am done with BMW.

Small Business: Grow my family food business. I want to move my home-based business out of my home and into a commercial location.

Commit to Working-out: Get back to they gym 4-5 days per week

Body Building: Lay the groundwork to compete in master’s body building division. I’ll have to give up Friday happy hour, but I think I can do it!

Entertain family and friends more: Move to a larger place. Currently, my smaller space can make entertaining a challenge.

Opportunities: Turn setbacks into opportunities and make the most of the life I’ve been given.

Keep moving forward

Looking back over the past six-months, I may not have achieved my weight loss goals or even my eating clean goal. I haven’t been able to grow my business in the timeline that I developed last year, but I am still moving forward. I feel that I have handled the set backs with grace and realized that I am resilient and have the stuff and the determination to stay steadfast to achieve my goals.

 

Living Fearlessly

Living Fearlessly

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions and I am not going to start in 2016. However, I am making myself a promise to live fearlessly. I have finally reached that point or maybe its that age where I realize that I need to go for it, sink or swim. I am pretty certain I won’t sink because I am pretty good at floating, lol.

Last year, I had so many clean eating and work out plans for 2015. I just knew I was going to lose a bunch of weight and be in phenomenal shape. I began the year doing quite well. I went to the gym regularly. I did both my strength training and cardio workouts, both which I hate. But then things took a turn for the worst; I started selling my baked goods at a few local farmers’ markets.

You would think that being around fresh produce would make it sooooo easy to eat healthy. Well, for every farmer I think there were two vendors selling oh so wonderful, but not so healthy foods. And yes, I gravitated to those not so healthy foods, because they were ready made and I didn’t have to come home to clean, to cut-up, to cook and put away. I just had to eat and enjoy. To add to my calorie overload, I “had” to taste all of the products I made to make sure they were edible.

When I stared my farmers markets last year, I made sure to arm myself with a healthy lunch and healthy snacks. I just knew if I had my food I wouldn’t be tempted to buy anything. As time went and I added additional markets, and the year continued to move along I found myself with less time to prepare my healthy meals, and found it harder to resist all of those delicious treats at the markets.

When I started this blog in 2015-I thought it would help me be successful, because I didn’t want to fail in front of readers, supporter, friends and family. But, instead of posting my ups and downs, my successes and failures I didn’t post anything. My blogging ended just as fast as it started. I didn’t post anything, because I felt that I wasn’t able to show positive results each and every week. My works-out became hit or miss, mainly miss. My clean eating was anything but clean eating.

So as 2016 starts up I’m not going to make a New Year’s resolution, I’m simply going to work on keeping myself honest. I’m going to work on posting to this blog on a regular basis no matter what happens.  Because at the end of the day, I started foodies fit journey so folks could take this journey with me, and I am sure my journey will have a few bumps along the way. I am going to view the bumps as growth opportunities.

In 2016 I’m going to live my life fearlessly, after all I always tell my daughter that God didn’t give us the spirit of fear.