24 Hours–WI–Believe

My friend Kelly posted this on Facebook yesterday, and it is so true.


It reminded me of when I worked at a bar, and one of the regular customers was talking about becoming a nurse.  But she was 27, she’d already graduated from college and wasn’t working in a field that had anything to do with her degree.  She started talking about nursing and her eyes just lit up.

But then she said “but I’ll be 30 by the time I get my nursing degree.”  To which I said off handedly, “you’ll be 30 in three years no matter what.”  And then I just walked away.  Guess what?  My small little comment pushed her to get her nursing degree!  I don’t even remember her name, but I remember what she looked like.  I ran into her several years later at the grocery store, and she stopped me in my tracks and said “your comment to me is what made me go to nursing school and I could not be happier about that decision.”

You never know when something you say will have an impact on someone.  And time will move on whether we chase our dreams or just think about them.  I am done thinking about what I should do to lose weight.  In the month of July I exercised 1,711 minutes, or the equivalent of 28.5 hours.  And in July I was on vacation and took 4 rest days that week!

So after the scale stalled last week, I didn’t give up.  I kept moving.  Not exercising or giving up was not an option.

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Aren’t you happy I painted my nails for you!  Ha!  So I am down 1.8 this week.  For the Diet Bet I need to lose 4.3 in the next 10 days – which is a very tall order.  But next week I am switching up my diet.  I paid $2.99 for a weeks access of beach body’s nutrition plan.  When I plugged in my weight, age, activity level, etc. it said that with 90 minute or exercise a day – I should be eating 2400 calories!

I’ve decided to strive for 2100 calories, and have printed out their meal plan.  It’s pretty simple – whole grains, lean meats, lots of fruits and veggies.  I don’t think I can lost 4.3 pounds in 10 days, but since I played this round of Diet Bet on the house since I won last time, I am not upset about it.  Our little group so far has lost 115.5 pounds in 3 weeks though – woop!

I have no picture of breakfast for some reason – maybe because you’ve seen it to death – banana walnut pancakes!

After a couple days of gloomy, cool weather, I was more than ready to make it to the pool.  Weird though – hardly any kids – not even day camp kids!  At one point it was me swimming and 5 lifeguards looking at me!

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They have an outdoor wall clock that I keep checking for time – while I thought I swam for 30 minutes, my stop watch said otherwise.  So I was a minute and 30 seconds short!

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That was okay – I laid out for 7 minutes and it was glorious!

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The work afternoon went by fairly fast, and Tony was on dinner duty last night.  One of his favorites – Zataran’s red beans and rice with smoked sausage.  All done in the rice maker – so good!  Yep, I added hot sauce to mine. Open-mouthed smile

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Even after the scary bat shit Kyle was treating us the night before, I decided to fill the bowl again and see what happens.  He ate all his food, without stopping, until it was all gone.  I went on to work out but Tony said he didn’t hear a peep out of Kyle after he ate.  Whew!  We still kept the door locked though, just in case. Open-mouthed smile

My Day 59 went great for Insanity – I was able to do 98% of it without any modifications – I just can’t jump down and do the suicide jumps like they do – I still do it, but in a much slower fashion – I am still moving though!

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Which brings me to 24 hours.  We all have the same 24 hours in a day – its up to us on how we chose to spend it.  I never used to be a morning person – I literally timed it that I could sleep until 8:10 and still get up, dressed and out the door and at my desk at 8:45!

Now I give myself 90 minutes before work to get shit done.  I blog, read other blogs, drink my coffee, cook my food for the day.  I absolutely love it – who knew I could turn into a morning person?!  Roly, this motiviational quote is for you today – make today a better day!  (Hugs!)  She’s beating herself up for yesterday’s bad choices – but they are in the past, you can’t change yesterday, but you can make a change today!


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Working out and doing my Insanity from 8-9 every night works for me because I know I am always home at that time.  I don’t have to worry if I woke up late, or if I have to work through lunch.  Tony gives me my high fives, tells me to give Shaun T hell and I do it.

This is one of the other charms I bought at the fest last weekend.

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I believe in myself.  I believe I can make the right choices, get the workouts done and with time and perseverance, I’ll get to where I want to be.

State for the Day:

  • 1640 calories, 57 fat, 225 carbs, 17 fiber, 66 protein
  • 55% of calories from carbs, 31 from fat and 14 from protein
  • 28:30 swim
  • 7 minute sunning!
  • 45 minute Insanity

I decided to make today my rest day and Day 60 and my Fit Test and measurements will be tomorrow.  I’ll post those on Monday.

Question of the Day:  Do you believe in yourself?

45 thoughts on “24 Hours–WI–Believe

  1. You go!

    I love that you inspired someone by saying that. It’s true. A year from now, you are going to wish you would have started. Why not? Who cares how long it takes? 😉

    Also… I think Kyle is going to be as big as Lyle sooner than later!

    Happy, Happy Weekend!


    • I know, right?! Kyle is back again tonight for his dinner – although the chipmunk was giving him a run for his money! We’ve named the chipmunk Mo – so its been the Lyle, Kyle and Mo show in our back yard tonight! 😀

  2. Good job on losing almost two pounds! I’m not following how they advise you to up your daily calories by 500 to lose. If I ate 2100 calories a day, I would never be able to maintain. I average around 1200 to 1300 calories daily, but I’m much older than you and doing a lot less exercise. It will be very interesting to see your weigh in next week. Best of luck to you, Biz. 🙂

  3. I love your attitude right now – and you’re totally kicking ASS – I love it!
    Happy Friday, Biz – have a great weekend!

  4. I so love that someone came back and told you what an inspiration your words were to her!
    Yay, for you hanging in there! You are an inspiration!

  5. Your posts always make me smile! I love it. Yes, I believe in myself, but there are definitely days where I feel challenged or frustrated. You provided such a great reminder to keep pluggin’ along and not lose faith. Keep on believing!!

  6. Hey Biz, I am happy that the scale moved in the right direction for you. You deserve to see a loss with all the work you have been doing. I love the picture of you soaking up the sun, for a minute there I could almost feel the warmth of the sun myself, then I looked out the window and saw the rain. Thanks for the motivation, today will be a better day! No more whining, I messed up and now I move on. Thank you! Have a great Friday. Woohoo, it’s Friday!

  7. You are such an inspiration! I can’t tell you how happy I am that I found you. Even though I have not had much weight loss progress, just reading your words helps me on a daily basis.

  8. I’m excited to see how you change up your eats next week- very cool. Glad the scale went down for you 🙂 Yes, I definitely believe in myself. I think its amazing the things you can do when you really put your mind and your heart into it.

    • Well, you are an exercise instructor super star, so I hope you believe in yourself otherwise how would our students believe in them! 😀 And your baby is now 2!! Holy cow that went by fast!

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    I LOVE the story about your inspiration for the nurse. Yay for the scale going down! And wow…that pool is so inviting. As for believing in myself? Sometimes. I believe in myself more personally than professionally. I’m not doing the job, in the field that I worked hard to get to…which has taken its toll on the way I see my abilities, but I’m working on that, and look forward to believing in myself for that too. And setting myself up for a step forward in a different direction. Have a great Friday Vat. And Tony and Lyle and Kyle too!

  10. Great post! And you are kicking Insanity’s butt! WTG 🙂

  11. I clicked on the video, turned on the sound, and Paco JUMPED when he heard your voice, LOLOL!!! Thanks for scaring my dog. 😉 That squirrel is hilarious – I think it’s a binge eater. Our squirrels are lazing around in the trees today…too hot for them to even chase each other. Although I wonder if they’d perk up if I put some food out for them?

    Have a great weekend, my motivator friend! 🙂

  12. For sure, I believe in myself! You should, too! Love all the inspirational quotes, ideas, stories. Congrats on the W.I. loss! I’m really excited to hear you’ll increase your calories. Just keep in mind that you might not see immediate results. If your body has been taking in less calories than it needed for awhile, it can take time for your body to decide to lose fat instead of holding onto it because it thinks it won’t get more than 1400-1600/day. Enjoy eating the extra, healthy low-sodium choices, my dear.

  13. This is a great post! I love the advice you gave that woman about nursing school. It is so true! Sometimes we just need to get started on things.

  14. That nursing story is awesome, I will definitely be more mindful of what I say, at least for today 🙂

    I definitely believe in myself, but find it hard to carry over the bad ass feeling across all aspects of my life. That is something to work on.

  15. Sometimes it is a simple sentence that can change someone’s life. I love that. You are doing awesome on the workouts, keep it up! 2 months is great! That video is so cute and holy crap he eats fast…I was cracking up! Have a great weekend Biz!!

  16. Great post – you’re right, we do all have the same 24 hours in the day!!
    i believe in myself most of the time (98%) which is a huge improvement from my younger self!!

  17. Congrats on the weight loss Biz! How cool that you inspired that young woman to go back to school! Time is going to pass no matter what so why not spend it being happy? Wow Kyle sure does gobble down the food!

  18. I love that quote and story! Great advice.

    It took me longer to lose the 100 pounds than I thought it would and longer that it took other people. But I wouldn’t change a thing!

    • You are right – everyone has their own journey and sometimes it doesn’t matter how long it takes – so proud of you! So excited about your engagement too! 😀

  19. findingradiance

    Go Biz! You know that saying ‘You always get what you deserve on the scale, just not always in the week you deserve it!”

    I need to make crockpot red beans and rice again. That looks good!

  20. The positivity is just bursting from you blog – love it! I missed yesterday’s post so will have to see what Kyle was up to, but he’s sooo cute in the video!

  21. Thanks for your blog and inspiration! Love it and look forward to reading it 🙂
    Stay strong!

  22. I love your story about the girl in the bar when you were bartending. I am 33 and returning to school this fall. I already have a bachelor’s degree. Former teacher but it wasn’t something that was making me happy so I’m going back to school to be a radiology tech. Something completely different. I know some people might think I am too “old” to be changing careers and whatnot but I don’t care. I say to them, “You only have one life people! And I plan on making the most of mine! Oh and 33 is not old! There is no such thing. There’s just older and that’s all.” 😉

  23. I love this post so much!!! What a great reminder, thank you.

  24. Thanks Biz. I needed this!

  25. Like the woman in your story I became a nurse in my early 30s. It was one of the best things I could have done for myself.

    I was always very negative and self-loathing. I was certain I would fail or screw up despite many accomplishments. Being overweight and having such poor body image made it hard to believe in myself. I’m not sure when this all changed. I think it started changing when I had my son and certainly a monumental moment in learning to believe in myself was crossing the finish line of my first marathon. Now I believe that I am truly capable of change and in charge of my destiny. No one can convince me I can’t!

    Great post Biz. Awesome weigh in. Good luck with your new eating plan this week.

  26. Love that charm! My family’s motto since my dad’s leukemia diagnosis and transplant is BELIEVE! It’s a powerful word. I ate like sh*t today, but I was celebrating my birthday coming up. I ate everything – steak, beer, cake, chips, dip, more cake…yikes. But, I figured it’s no point feeling guilty now…just get back to it tomorrow! Down 8 lbs since starting WW 4 weeks ago 🙂

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