#17: Weight Loss Journey 2014 - June, July & August

Can I be honest with y'all? I've been on a roller coaster when it comes to working out. When I first moved to Jacksonville in the beginning of June, I couldn't stop crying long enough (an extreme case of feeling homesick) to even think of a gym.

Two weeks in I cheered up enough where I began walking/jogging on the treadmill 30-45 minutes at about four times a week. I was feeling great!

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Late July I got a job offer for at a wonderful nonprofit organization but anxiety kicked in when I learned that my first week of training involved me flying to Atlanta. Flying?! If I was meant to fly, the Lord would have given me wings. What? Don't look at me like that. You know it's true. Anyways, whenever I get overly anxious I eat extremely clean to lessen the chance of upsetting my tummy even more. I would call it an "unintentional two week cleanse." No working out was done during this period but I did shed a few pounds as I noticed my clothes fitting a little looser.

So here I am now. Half way through August and wondering how I can get back in the grove of working out. I know I need to focus on getting in as much cardio as I can because based on my research and personal experiences, weight loss happens quicker with cardiovascular exercising than with strength training. I am fully aware that you can do both simultaneously. However, because my body type allows me to build muscle definition very quickly, I prefer to shed the extra cushion before adding the bulk.

Perhaps I should add some classes like cycling or kickboxing to my routine?

Or better yet what about a personal trainer? I could use a swift kick in the pants when I start to get a little lackidasical.

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Whatever it is I plan to do to get (and keep) my booty moving in the month of August, I promise to keep you updated. I do want working out to become a part of my life, I mean to the point to where I crave it. I kind of feel like I might already be at that point because no matter how many times I "quit," I am always ready to jump back on the bandwagon.