the one where I talk about my fitness

Years ago, I used to qualify myself as an athlete. I was fit, kicking ass and taking names and generally in great shape from volleyball.

That was about nine years ago. It was when I was 18-20. Then, I entered college, stopped playing volleyball and working out and fell in love with the laid back college life.

Did I run? Sure, maybe a mile or two. Did I attend the 15-minute abs routine? Of course, with all my new friends in tow. Did I go out every Thursday through Sunday? You better believe it!

It wasn't until I was coming up on my 22nd birthday that I realized I needed to get back into shape. I started running, decreased my drinking and voila! I dropped 20 pounds and was slim again. It was a piece of cake.

So, I'm now 27 and will fully admit I weigh the most (yes, the most) I've ever weighed in my life. I'm convinced my body has changed because the weight isn't falling off like it used to. Before, I never adjusted my eating and just increased my exercise. It isn't working now.

I weigh 159.2 pounds. There. I said it. For all of you who are rolling your eyes and thinking, "that's nothing," well it is for me and my 5' 6" frame. I'm most comfortable when I'm 135 and borderline between a size six and eight. I've had enough and am making the right choices to get back to that weight.

Earlier this year, I signed up for the half marathon and completed it. Savvy Avenue Cleveland ran a special on personal training sessions with Brian at Body Creations. We've completed three sessions together and I'm repeating our workout (to the best of my ability) on my own and mixing in running and a kickboxing class for my cardio.

Since my friends are also trying to lose weight and get healthy, we share our eating habit tips back and forth with each other. It's summer so I want ice cream every day. After watching Food Inc. vowing I'd never eat any type of meat again, I'm making better and smarter food choices. I'm only buying local and organic chicken and grass-fed beef. I buy organic vegetables and fruit and stocking up on almonds, greek yogurt and healthy snacks. I've also downloaded a few cooking apps on my phone like Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything, Epicurious and All Recipes.

With all that said, I'm not going to deprive myself of chocolate or ice cream, but need to make sure I'm not over indulging in these treats.

Maybe if I'm as brave as Renee, I will post before and after pictures. I have them and look fondly at my svelte past body, but I'm also completely motivated to get it back.

This is my fitness journey. What is yours? How do you stay in shape and stay motivate to reach your goal?


Julia McDonald said...

Good on ya, Peltz!

Mel said...

I was in the same boat last year, just on the brink of 145. I'm 5'4 and my frame is REALLY small. My arms and face look especially "fat" when I have that much extra weight.

A combination of running, Taebo, eating healthier (not LESS because that too will keep you fat!) and lessening the intake of sugar and alcohol helped me drop 17 pounds in four months (I was completely inactive prior).

With my new training -- mostly to get stronger, not lose weight -- prompted another drop in weight to about 124 pounds (as of last week's weigh-in) without even trying (and eating a helluva lot more). That's over 20 pounds lost within a year-and-a-half.

BTW, I hate those back-handed comments from people who remark, "You're SOOOO skinny!" like I have nothing to worry about in regards to my body image, fat percentage or general health concerns.

Uh, yeah, if I didn't work out, I would be heavy again. And whatever, I used the words "fat" and "heavy" to describe myself -- it's all relative. STFU and TGIF. :)

Kerri said...

I was a jock all through high school and early college and I never had to think about my own workouts because they were always scheduled for me through team workouts. Finding motivation on my own has been the hardest part. I started running last fall and entering races and feeling competitive with myself has been the biggest help. Slowly but surely I'm starting to feel like an athlete again!

Anonymous said...

Check out this site:

It's a great tool to help you keep track of your calories and workouts. You set your age, gender, goal weight and lifestyle - it calculates your max calories for either 1 or 2 lbs weight loss per week; which is the healthiest way to loose weight and keep it off.

It really helps me stay motivated to choose the lower calorie / healthier food options because I know I will have to report it later.

I've lost 4lbs in 2 weeks using this tool and working out daily!

Good luck; we are all right there with you!

Allison M. said...

thanks anonymous. I actually have an app on my phone that I track my calories with too.

Lil' Woman said...

I need to get back in shape myself...I vow not to look like a fat heffer in my wedding dress

The Modern Gal said...

I'm like you in that I used to be able to maintain a healthy weight and body without thinking about it. Those days are gone, and it's a constant struggle for me not to overeat or eat too much bad stuff and to exercise enough. I do pretty well when I'm not super busy, but it's so rare that I'm not super-busy. But I try to eat as much natural food as possible (where I know what's going into my meal) and I split my time between running, biking and swimming, which I love.

Jessica (Bayjb) said...

I'm in the same spot. I won't post photos because I'm too embarassed but lately, I've been way off the fitness wagon and I hate it. I hate the way I look sometimes and I'm embarassed by how far I've let a few things go. But, I don't beat myself up on it, I try to make changes that I can live with rather than punish myself. It's a vicious cycle. I just make room for some kind of physical activity each day so I'm not a slug, which I've been for too long.

allijag said...

Love your honesty - that is totally what will make you succeed! :)

And I don't know about you - but for me, every year I get older, my body totally changes! Honestly - wtf 28, what did I ever do to you?! :P

Fizzgig said...

what motivates me, is my fat pictures. One day I too will post them, when i get a good "after" i have a "im working on it" photo I guess...but looking at those pics and remembering how miserable I all it takes.

its so hard the older you get. i can eat awesome, it doesnt matter. i hav to see a nutritionist, because i either eat too many, or too little calories to lose weight, for the amount i exercise.

it really sucks.

Cre said...

I have such a hard time to keep motivated to work out/eat well, because I am always so busy and easily distracted by everything. I also never feel like I improve, so I lose motivation that way, too. HA! Recently, though, I have wanted to run because I am convinced it will help my body image. I'm 21 and a size 4/6, but not in drives me absolutely crazy...hearing that you are trying makes me want to get off my couch and run, surprisingly. I found your blog today, and I am so happy I did, because you write in a way that is so easy to read [and relate to]. Kudos to getting in shape!!

Laura C. said...

Girl....P90X it! Seriously...i was in freak out mode right before our cruise and love how sweaty you get from the workouts! Also heard "Insanity" is killer! So we have a copy of Food Inc too! haven't watched it yet.........i'm sure i'll get grossed out though.