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One Year, Looking Back

In early 2012 I was going to the gym but I wasn’t checking in geo-location services because I didn’t want people to look at me think, she goes to the gym, but she doesn’t look like she goes to the gym.

Awesome attitude, I know, I spelled defeat with every thought.

By March 2012, I got my head straightened out. I put workouts into my calendar like any other important event. I logged each gym workout, each DVD workout, each meal was painfully logged into MyFitnessPal, I shared and overshared my activities on social sites and I fed (and still feed) off the enthusiasm others have for taking care of themselves.

This month, I celebrated 52 weeks straight at the gym and that’s 3 days a week on average of spinning.


These photos were taken at the same event, Cincy Winter Beerfest, but one year apart.

When I need motivation:

  • I will never look good with an extra chin
  • It was HARD doing burpees or jump ups with an extra thirty (floppy) pounds on my frame
  • The girl on the left took to heart that Bob Harper said, do more today than you did yesterday. Eventually I did his whole DVD without skipping parts, I cannot say my lower back enjoyed the last segment, but I did it

If I could make progress last year, I can go further this year. I can buckle down on my food intake, I can step up my personal fitness challenges.

Ten weeks until Memorial Day, which marks the opening of pools and summer to me. I cannot wait, but I’ve got work to do!

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  • Nedra March 17, 2013, 10:33 pm

    Great job Andi! I have gotten really lax in my workouts. You have inspired me to get back on track and really schedule it in. Keep up the good work!

  • Diana March 17, 2013, 11:22 pm

    Congrats on 52 straight weeks. I’ve started going to the gym twice a week to classes. I also walk on the other days – today though I got my husband to walk the loop near the park, and even though we did the two miles – and I could have easily climbed into the car not winded, or tired, I asked him if he’d do another half loop and do another mile because I wanted to feel like I worked at least a little. I think I need a bigger park near my house. It is progress when you work harder. Keep on going!

  • Becky March 18, 2013, 11:05 am

    So proud of you Andi! You deserve nothing less than total happiness. Struggling with weight myself I know how it can take a toll. Keep up the good work! You look great!

  • Angie March 19, 2013, 8:48 am

    Awesome – 52 weeks without interruption is nothing short of amazing! And now I’m heading for my elliptical – thanks for the motivation πŸ˜‰
    PS- You look fantastic!

  • Emmy March 19, 2013, 1:38 pm

    Your progress is awesome. You look terrific πŸ™‚ Keep up the good work!

  • Tricia @ Take 10 March 26, 2013, 1:07 pm

    This is so great. Way to go! You definitely motivate me often. And you do look fabulous.