Annie Gets Fit

inside is healthy. outside is about to be.

LA tried. But it failed.

First of all, thank you all for your sweet comments on this blog so far. Wow- you have no clue how much your support means to me.

So for those of you who don’t know, I’ve just returned from six wonderful days in Los Angeles.

Needless to say, I was BEYOND STRESSED about what it would do to my healthier living choices. I mean, sure, LA is natural and fruity and vegetable-y, but it was also “vacation.”

Which is often interchangeable in my mind with the words “COMPLETE LOSS OF DIETARY CONTROL.”

I decided that I would do my darnedest to live the same in LA as I live in Nashville. Don’t go into vacation mode. Just eat right, no desserts, little to no alcohol, low carb, and lots of exercise.

Overall, I’m gonna give myself a solid B. I worked out twice while out there, and I ate very close to good. 🙂

But seriously. When the menu offers me a $20 plate of veggie risotto, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT A GIRL TO DO?!?

Oh pasta and cheese, you are killin’ me. [Or costing me the victory. Whatevs.]

I will say… I had a cupcake as well. [What is this? Confessions of a Cheater? Sheesh.] But people. It was red velvet. And Lady Antebellum won a Grammy. If ever an appropriate time for a red velvet cupcake, that was the time.

It was a wonderful couple of days [you can read more over at my blog today about the trip] and I can honestly say that I have returned more motivated, more excited, and not feeling like I’ve dug myself into too deep of a hole.

Here’s to tomorrow.

Annie’s Area of Improvement:

I haven’t been journaling my food intake. But I’m starting today. So ask me about it next week.

Annie’s Big Problem of the Week:

I am having the hardest time fitting exercise into my daily life. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s that it just doesn’t fit easily. I’m able to find about 2-3 days a week, but I’d like to move up to 5-6.

I’m wondering- how do YOU fit exercise into your life? Help a sister out–> leave a comment! 🙂

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February 4, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

25 Comments »

  1. I wake up super early 🙂 I get up at 4:50 to have some quiet time and then a workout before I wake my kiddos up. It took a while for this to be something I looked forward to , but after I realized how much better I felt and how much more energy I had to tackle my day, it is now just part of my day as is brushing my teeth! Good luck! Praying for you and your journey!

    Comment by Melodie | February 4, 2010 | Reply

  2. Boy I want to be able to get up early – I am SO not a morning person!

    Comment by The Bug | February 4, 2010 | Reply

  3. I know it’s a pain…but I get up early and do it first thing. Then I shower and am ready for the day. If you shower at night, it may make sense to move it to the evening…but that’s when more things are on the social calendar. See if you can find someone to join you. Accountability always helps! Wish I was in Nashville so I could be your exercise buddy!

    Comment by LIndsey | February 4, 2010 | Reply

  4. You are totally going to hate my answer, but I too get up early to fit in my workouts. I have an elliptical at home, so I get up 30 minutes early and do my workout before I’m even awake! There’s just way too much other stuff (kids,laundry,etc) that gets in the way if I try to workout in the evenings. I say just try it for a week and see how it goes. Good luck! 🙂

    Comment by Jill | February 4, 2010 | Reply

  5. I’m currently on a “no exercise order” by my doctor (I’m pregnant and can’t gain weight!) but in my “normal” life I squeeze in exercise around my work schedule. I do the stairs instead of taking the elevator (I’m on the 7th floor), I walk or jog at lunchtime, and I usually jog with my dog right after work too, before I get caught up with whatever’s happening that night. I’m also a big fan of evening exercise videos, though I don’t always have time for that. I like the idea of getting up early to work out but I value my sleep entirely too much 😀

    Comment by Holly | February 4, 2010 | Reply

  6. I put on my clothes beforehand if I’m trying to do a few errands at once because then it’s a LOT harder to justify not going when I’m already dressed and ready to go. Otherwise, it’s really helpful to have a consistent schedule (which I don’t currently have…) where you go at the same time every day because then it just becomes habit. So, when I don’t have that like now then in some ways it fights against boredom, but I still make a plan and schedule it in so that I actually go!
    Keep up the good work and at least you have a base to start from! Praying for you!

    Comment by bahava | February 4, 2010 | Reply

  7. Hey Sweet Annie,
    I don’t get up early. I try to make exercise “dates” with friends. That way, I’m less likely to blow it off. So, let’s make a date at the Y. Wanna? Also, I try to sneak in little bits of exercise, for example, parking at the far end of the parking lot at the grocery, taking the stairs whenever I can, doing a quick set of sit ups while I’m waiting for the coffee to brew, etc. 5 min here, 5 min there- every little bit makes an impact. I’m serious about the exercise date, though. Call me! 🙂

    Comment by Andra | February 4, 2010 | Reply

  8. GO ANNIE!! I am totally behind you and rooting for you ALL THE WAY!!! 🙂 Have you thought about taking a zumba class or something fun that you can do with friends?

    Comment by Tonya | February 4, 2010 | Reply

  9. Hey Annie!

    Don’t get overwhelmed with having to workout a lot or many days a week. I know that’s probably going to be hard with this contest and time constraints, but I’ve found it to be the best advice. Start out slow, low weights, slow on the treadmill or what-have-you. Find out where that line is where you want to quit, and push yourself over it just a little more each day. Before long, you’ll find that line has moved quite a bit from where it was initially. Being consistent is the best thing that will help you.

    Picking a time and sticking with that time will also help. Your body will get accustomed to doing something at that time and you’ll feel pumped. If you have to do it at another time, it may be a struggle because your body’s not used to it.

    The other thing that’s kept me going is having a trainer. There are days when I don’t feel like working out but I know I have an appointment with him and I don’t want to let him down. I know not everyone can afford a trainer, but get an accountability partner. It’s a lot easier to break a promise to yourself than it is a promise to someone else.

    Don’t feel like you have to kill yourself during a workout for it to do any good. Because if you hate working out, you won’t continue it. Once you’ve been working out and feel better? You won’t mind it so much because you’ll be able to see the benefits of it.

    Sorry to hi-jack your comments 🙂 Praying for you girlie! {{hugs from NC}}

    Comment by Lisa B | February 4, 2010 | Reply

  10. I have to say I just cannot do it in the morning. I have never been able to do that. I have gained quite a bit of weight over the last year and have gotten out of the habit of exercising but when I was exercising 5-6 times a week, I was going after work or doing it late morning (like after 1000) on Saturdays.

    I know myself too well. Especially now that I’m at home and writing during the day and into the night. I am up late writing. If I force myself to get up super early before I start my day, it’s just not going to happen. So…now that I’m working on my weight and getting back up to the 5-6 days a week, I do it a point in my day where I’m ready for a change of pace.

    Since I’ve been using an elliptical in the house it helps because I pick a time when a favorite show is on and it’s like my guilty pleasure. I can watch that and walk on the elliptical. But I think the main point there is that I really have taken the time to analyze when I’m more likely to come up with excuses. And for me, that’s definitely the morning.

    Hang in there. And thanks for sharing the journey with us.

    Comment by Elaina | February 4, 2010 | Reply

  11. I have always hated (hate is a strong word, and I’m using it) exercise. But at the beginning of the year, I just decided to suck it up. Health wise, losing weight wise – it was the right thing to do. Even though it felt so wrong. :-).

    I told myself I was not going to go crazy…”start slow” was my goal. I work at a drug rehab hospital and we have a small work out room in-house. I decided to start going in there after work. Just to walk on the treadmill, do the eliptical, you know, no biggie.

    And it has worked! I went with a friend, which I found to be SO important. I would never have kept it up without my workout buddy. I’m lazy and unmotivated like that.

    We have been doing it about 5 weeks and it is going great. And I don’t hate it! I don’t like it, mind you, but hate is too strong of a word to use now. Excitement. 🙂

    This past week I did decide to add a workout video in the mornings. I’m doing the ever-popular Shred video. I just wanted to tone more, and had several friends tell me it was great. And it only takes 20 minutes, so that was the big draw for me. Lazy and unmotivated people like it QUICK!

    I know you can do this!!! And my prayer is that you find something that works for you that you like (aka don’t hate). I think that’s the key.

    Start slow, find a friend, and figure out what you don’t hate.

    Oh and prayers are essential. 🙂

    And you’ve got mine!

    Love, Jenna

    Comment by Jenna | February 4, 2010 | Reply

  12. Working in workouts can be hard.
    The easiest way? I don’t give myself a choice.
    I have a very solid routine: work, cook, workout, shower, tv for an hour, bed. Repeat. It’s what I do.
    I have to realize that sometimes life happens. I have dinner with friends. I have to buy jeans for work. Things happen. I don’t workout those days. But I don’t let those days happen often, or I make all of the distractions happen in one day instead of stretching them out. It seems like I don’t have much of a social life, but it makes me really appreciate my friends and my weekends.
    It also helps that my husband runs with me. Anything in a group is more fun and it feels like less of a chore.
    I can’t wait to watch you shrink!

    Comment by krissie | February 4, 2010 | Reply

  13. I must agree with all of the early birds here–my exercise is done first thing in the morning–sometimes around 4:30 start time. I will admit that is the way I am wired, and I realize not everyone is that way. However, for me, it’s just like getting in my quiet time and prayer right away–if I don’t get all of them, my day just feels incomplete and generally runs less effectively.

    I do a lot of running becaus ethat works for me. I’d say just find something you like doing so it doesn’t seem like a drag. Blessings on your efforts!

    Comment by Jessica | February 4, 2010 | Reply

  14. Hey Annie,

    I go to zumba some at Coleman Community Center. Angie is a great instructor, and it’s only $2 at the door. Check the online calendar at the Parks and Rec site or zumba.com for times! We would love to have you!

    ~Emily

    Comment by Emily | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  15. The morning is usually best for many reasons but if you can’t do that do anything (ok, well not ANYTHING). 10 push-ups (they can even be girly ones) during a commercial. Walk around the block when you need a break from writing (once again, it can be for only 10 minutes). I totally agree with Lisa on the starting slow and working up to more. It helps eliminate a lot of frustration and it’s more likely you’ll stick with it in the long run. There’s also less chance of overtraining and injury so you’ll be able to stick it out through May. I know it’s a competition but it’s also your life 🙂 I also agree with Lisa that a personal trainer is a great idea but since I’m a personal trainer I may be slightly biased 😉 My entire point: if you can’t find a huge block of time, find little pockets here in there. Breaking a sweat is usually best, as is putting in an effort of a 6 or 7 on a 10 (being the hardest you can do) scale. BUT you’re going to build strength, feel better and burn calories as long as it’s more than what you’re used to doing. Doing great so far Annie 🙂

    Comment by Erin | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  16. Hi Anne –

    It looks like you’ve got a bunch of great feedback here! The only thing I would add is “walking breaks” You’d be surprised at how much 30 minutes of walking everyday can do to your desire to “lose”. We did a competition at Big Idea to see which department could lose the most weight and we won by taking 30 minute walks when we could. Perhaps walking phone dates with friends or instead of coffee talk walks? I know you have many friends that are willing to support you.

    As for my workout schedule these days… Since I’m working a LOT I do Jillian Michaels 30 day shred video. She’s hard core but she’ll tell you straight up right when you want to shoot her that she’s only asking for 30 minutes of your time and if you expect her to give you results you’re going to have to work hard for those 30 minutes or spend hours at the gym on the eliptical. I understand you want to not hate working out so maybe she’s not the right person to train with. Jillian is pretty good at the whole get fit quick. My first time doing the video = 4 days of being sore. The second time I put the video in I was actually able to do everything she told me to and felt great the next day. My self goal is to do the video twice a week. Once I reach that goal I’ll bump it up to three days. My year in Ohio has left me sitting the majority of the year. 😦

    Comment by Meredith | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  17. I get up early. It I don’t exercise early, it probably won’t be done – esp on a day when I work. But I make sure I have a prayer time before – not to have a good workout, but to get my focus off me and on God. He showed me a long time ago that I was lazy and really do love sleep more than Him. By getting up early, I’m working on living out my prioirties.

    Good luck! I know you can do it!

    Comment by Kelley | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  18. Annie Banannie … I had NO idea that your rise to stardom included an Extreme Makeover! Congrats … keep up the good work! I too have a hard time finding (no, making) time to exercise. So I do weird things. Surprise, surprise. Like using the stairs in the parking deck. Five floors down in the morning, five floors up in the afternoon. Knees aren’t fond of the afternoon. Whatever. And if I have to go to the bathroom at work, I walk to a totally different building in the complex. Then I pick up Chaz and Amy (one at a time) when I get home and give them bear hugs. All of the above work some muscles! And hopefully I just worked the muscles in your cheeks! Yes, upper cheeks, Annie. Upper. Cheeks.

    Comment by Chipper | February 5, 2010 | Reply

  19. hey annz is me MB in athens, i have so much i want to say about this b/c last yr i went from taking the elevator up one floor to 6 months later to running a 5k..the last time i’d run i think was for the presidential fitness thing you do in 8th grade..so, here’s my advice.. set your clothes out, shoes , socks sports bra, or put them in a special bag where they are on the ready…or SINK SOME MONEY you think you don’t have in to a trainer, now…you probably just tuned me out. but i joined a bootcamp class that was about 175 a month– OUCH. well for the first time in my ENTIRE life i fulfilled an exercise commitment. and it was b/c i won’t waste money if my life depends on it…so find out what motivates you..is it…not disappointing a friend..if so then make appts to workout w friends? is it dancing to good music..then do zumba and hip hop..is it not wasting money? then put some money in to this gig.
    but in summary- PLAN for it. make an APPT with it and plan AROUND it. this was more like an email than a post. sorry about that cuz. i am rootin’ for you,. MB

    Comment by mary beth | February 6, 2010 | Reply

  20. My bike is in front of the TV, so I feel guilty if I just sit and watch!

    Comment by Kimberly | February 7, 2010 | Reply

  21. ok, so i dont exercise. AT ALL. but when i DID (and i was consistent) i would make hang out appts with girlfriends.. so i aimed for 3 times each week, and i would schedule a “date” with various girlfriends. it was our time to walk fast and catch up on life.. accountability time and mentoring time really. and it wasnt the gym (argh- hate that place) but it was a time i looked forward to because i was finally able to catch up with good friends AND get fit at the same time! we would start, and then look at the watch and it was an hour later!!

    i think maybe that’s why i dont do it anymore since we moved from orlando- no friends here yet!

    Comment by randel | February 9, 2010 | Reply

  22. Hi Annie,

    Try this website… http://www.wexer.com
    You can do ten minutes at a time when you can fit it in your day. I think it might work for you!

    blessings – Sister Lynn

    Comment by Sister Lynn | February 9, 2010 | Reply

  23. The exercise bike is my secret. I can ride it, hang out with my husband, read and watch t.v. all at the same time.

    Comment by Melodee | February 10, 2010 | Reply

  24. […] just as you guys suggested last week in the comments, I have been getting up early in the mornings to work out. My eyes don’t want to open. My […]

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  25. annie–it looks like you’ve gotten some awesome comments so I will just reiterate what has been said which is I find the best time to work out is the morning, even if means getting up at 5am. If I put it off until later in the day it WILL NOT GET DONE, or at least that has been my experience. Plus I love the mornings b/c they are quiet and it’s good time to just BE with the Lord and with yourself:) I am SO SUPER DUPER proud of you, annie of not only you being so vulnerable with all of us but also just the strides you are making. Keep it up and know that the Lord is SO in this. I love seeing what He is doing here!
    love ya!

    Comment by presh | February 23, 2010 | Reply


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