The Farewell Tour

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”

- Michael Altshuler

 And so it begins…I am about to turn 29, and usher in the last year of my 20’s. No other birthday has felt quite like this one. I’m not dreading it by any means, birthdays equal presents and cake after all, but it has given me pause to sit back and say “where did the time go?”

My 20’s have been a great decade. Full of growth, change, lots of mistakes, lessons learned, heartbreak, love, an engagement, a wedding, a first house, grad school, new jobs, a career path and on and on and on.

I don’t fear getting older. Sure, I see a few lines creeping around my eyes that didn’t used to be there, but one thing you learn as time goes on is that 30, 40 or even 50, really is not old. Age is just a number, youth is a feeling. I do get scared, however, by the pace at which time just seems to disappear. Poof you’re 18, poof you’re 22, poof you’re 30. I’m trying to hold on tight…

Yet, I know I have to roll with the punches, time will pass, and I have to make of it what I can. It does feel pretty good to stare down 29 {basically 30} and know that I am in the best place of my life. Twenty eight was a fabulous year, a turning point really. A year I stopped and thought about want I really, really wanted out of life. I did some deep thinking, set some goals, and here’s the real kicker, I got off my ass and DID SOMETHING to achieve them. I wanted to be really fit, so I got my rear in gear. I wanted a new job, so I went out and found one. And everything else just seemed to fall into place {funny how that happens when you’re happy}…

I’ve never felt better about myself, never more secure in who I am, and what I am doing in life. Life’s not perfect, I’m certainly not perfect, I’m a little crazy, I’m really impatient, and sometimes I get very worked up over sporting events {I almost had a heart attack during the Super Bowl}, but hell, at least I’m passionate.

So without further delay….Welcome 29! I’m pretty sure you and I are going to have a lot of fun together. So, let’s officially kick off this Farewell to 20′s Tour…last stop THIRTY…

{Father and Daughter}

{If you really, really, know me then this picture makes total sense…I’m the blond kid in the yellow shirt yelling}

Do you have a “milestone” birthday approaching? How are you handling it?

28 Weeks Later {A Weight Loss & Fitness Story}

Here I was updating you all nearly weekly with my BodyBugg/healthy lifestyle progress and then bam, I left you hanging. Bad blogger, but better to have been more committed to my fitness in real life than on the blog!

This will be my last BodyBugg themed post {but don’t worry, not my last fitness/weight loss/healthy living post}. Why? Well for a few reasons…I reached and exceeded my goal, I’m in a maintenance mindset now, and I don’t use the BodyBugg on a regular basis anymore. Wondering WTF a BodyBugg is? Read here.

Unlike the movie 28 Weeks Later, this story is not a scary one. It’s a happy one. A positive one. One where I realize just what I am actually capable of. A few months ago I felt I had reached a place where I did not need to wear the BB everyday. I knew what I needed to eat {and not eat} and I knew what my daily activity needed to be. That’s the great thing about making fitness, and healthy eating, a lifestyle; it just becomes, well, your life.

It’s been just under seven months since I survived my first {very hungry} day tracking my calories and wearing the BodyBugg. As hard as the adjustment was at the beginning I never thought of it as a diet…this was a makeover. I completely changed the way I eat and the way I work out…and now it’s just how I do things….every darn day.

Of course, exceeding my goal doesn’t mean the work is over. It’s  actually really only half the story. I know that my new lifestyle will be a constant work in progress. Not a day goes by that I am not conscious about what I am putting into my body and what I am doing to be active.

Lost 3o+ pounds {the scale stopped going down about 8 weeks ago, but I continued to lose inches}

Went from a size 10/12 to a size 2

Less than 15% body fat

In the best shape of my life…

…but you know what they say…a picture’s worth a 1,000 words…

My Top Tips {aka Brie’s Rules}:

Calories In

  • Drink TONS of water {I shoot for 100oz/day}
  • Make easy, healthier, calorie-saving substitutions {think feta instead of cheddar, salsa instead of fatty dips, vodka and diet soda instead of beer or wine}
  • Don’t drink your calories {stay away from juices, soda, certain coffee drinks. Most don’t add much/anything in the way of nutrition. Save your calories for actual food}
  • Clean eating is key {you’re calories will go farther with fruits, veggies, and unprocessed foods!}
  • Greens, greens, greens {leafy green veggies are your best friend. Think Spinach, Arugula, and different kinds of lettuces}
  • Measure out your ingredients and food {it’s really easy to over-indulge when you don’t realize how many calories you just consumed}
  • At first you WILL feel hungry while your body adjusts and that’s OK {stay strong!}
  • Really look at how many calories are in some of your favorite treats/snacks/indulgences {it may be just enough to scare you off of them}
  • Keep a food log {be completely honest and open with yourself about what you eat}

Calories Out

  • Ditch long, slow cardio for interval training {Switching up speed and intensity throughout your workout is much more effective than sitting on the elliptical for an hour at the same level}
  • Run, run, and run some more {The BodyBugg showed that no workout burned more calories per minute than a good old fashioned run}
  • Circuit train {this is CRUCIAL! Circuit training helps build key calorie-burning lean muscles, keeps you from getting bored with the same old thing, and provides a heart-pumping cardio workout}
  • Strength train {this goes hand in hand with the above. You need to build muscle.}

Mentality

  • Let go of all your pre-conceived notions about what you are, or are not, capable of {most of that is just bullshit we hold onto as an excuse for why we can’t achieve something….really it’s because we are not fully prepared to do the work it takes}
  • Take it day by day, week by week and month by month {don’t think about how far off the finish line to your goal seems. Just go step by step. Suddenly you will realize you’ve made it a day, then a week, then a month…soon you are half way there}
  • Make fitness and healthy eating a priority {don’t have time for the gym? Really? I know it can be tough with work, social life, kids, housework etc, BUT…how much of that is an excuse? Couldn’t you watch one less TV show, sacrifice 30 minutes of sleep, plan/prepare health meals ahead of time, spread out your chores better…?? Bottom line is MAKE THE TIME}
  • Take pride in getting in your workouts and eating right {that good feeling you get will be stronger than any craving or fatigue}

Need to catch up on the whole story?

Week 1 (including a full explanation of the BodyBugg)

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4 & 5

Week 6 & 7

Week 12

Thank you to everyone who has supported me and stuck with me as I chronicled this journey! Your encouragement has meant so much!

She’s Alive!

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Yes, it’s true. You can stop searching the back of milk cartons for my picture. I haven’t gone missing and I’m still kicking! So, where have I been you ask? Oh just embroiled in the day to day activities of a very contented life. Between starting a new job, taking another trip out west, and [...]

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Workout Wednesday: 5×50

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Most days when I do circuit training I do 15-20 reps of various exercises in quick succession. It’s a great way to work your whole body and really get your heart pumping. Lately, however, I’ve been feeling  like my usual workouts have become a little too easy. Believe me, I love seeing how my fitness level has [...]

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Risk and Reward

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“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Eliot   When I began my weight loss journey back at the end of May, I told myself that when I got to my goal, I would treat myself to something.  As I progressed, instead of settling for my initial mark, I took [...]

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Dear Neighbors {A Guide to Being Courteous to Runners}

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I love running in my neighborhood. It’s safe, pretty, quit, and just so happens to be a big 3.5 mile loop that makes it really easy to go various distances. There are always other people walking, biking, running or working in their yards. As a runner, I do, however, have some complaints about my fellow Croftonians {people who [...]

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