Change Takes Time

Good Morning Bloggies šŸ™‚

Yesterday was a fun day at work. I was finally back in the OR after a few weeks of hectic floor work. Felt good to have the scalpel in my hand again!

Before heading into my case I pounded some beautiful Green Goddess Juice. I did get quite a few stares in the office and I was WAITING for someone to say oh goodness what the heck is that weirdo drinking now… liquid grass? It is so green! But no one asked, fail.

This one had: Honey dew, pink lady apple, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, cucumber, a peach, spinach, EXTRA kale, lucuma powder, agave nectar.

This one had: Honey dew, pink lady apple, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, cucumber, a peach, spinach, EXTRA kale, lucuma powder, agave nectar.

Gotta say, this one was right up there with the ORIGINAL. I made a huge batch of it Sunday night and put it in blender bottles for the week, but I wasn’t expecting it to stay smoothie like. I thought it would melt into regular juice. The honey dew gave it a thicker consistency, and made it juicy and sweet. I definitely recommend juicing with honey dew, it’s delicious!

After my case was over, it was already time for lunch and Minnie’s tummy was a growlin’. I threw that extra bison steak on top of a salad with balsamic vinaigrette I make at home (easy: EVOO, balsamic vinegar, little pepper).

leftovers in a salad

I was also in need of a re-fuel, so I had my dose of carbs

Cinnamon raisin ezekiel slices x 2 and cinnamon raisin hummus. New find :)

Cinnamon raisin ezekiel slices x 2 and cinnamon raisin hummus. New find šŸ™‚

The afternoon came and went, and at home I plopped my little bum in front of my computer to work on blog related business.

my random thoughts every which way, returning e-mails, and doing work!

my random thoughts every which way, returning e-mails, and doing work!

Yes, it was 5:30pm and I was drinking coffee. Sunday night I probably slept 90 minutes total. I stayed up way later than I should have, then tossed and turned. I’m going to pay for this coffee business today because as I type this at 10pm my eyes physically will not shut, that’s how awake I am. It’s as if I had a big cup of tinker tea… (takers? anyone? Okay, just me that watches horrible reality television, sorry).

Since my day was not super interesting I thought I would share with you some of my “journey pictures”. As you guys know, I am a big advocate of change taking time. It would be wonderful if we could wake up and lose that extra 20 pounds we want to get rid of, but it does not work that way. To see change you have to stay determined and keep going.

For me to get to this point:

is this me?

peachy muscles

It took a good year to year and a half.

In January of 2012, I initially started losing the weight from PA school. I was unhappy with my shape and had been up and down in my weight since high school. This was probably one of my higher points:

unhappy girl

As you can see, my arms were never big, I carry weight in my face, abdomen, and lower body.

By March I had lost weight by watching portions and running regularly. I was always “on a diet” but portion size and labels I ignored in the past. I started paying attention to what I was actually eating and saw changes. This was in New York City around Easter time of that year.

march

By summer time I had stayed around the same but still wasn’t 100% satisfied.

summer bod summer bod 2

This was where I decided to make a change in my exercise habits. I was a cardio bunny, but why wasn’t the weight pouring off of me? I decided to take advice from a friend and started lifting here and there.

A few pounds later…

white hot

I started to see changes in my arms and legs that I liked. all in white

August time frame last year

August time frame last year

But then I got a little too skinny from my vegetarian diet and didn’t have the muscle tone I wanted…

too skinny

no muscles

too skinny 2

So I started supplementing with protein powders and introduced meat back into my diet. I started to lift heavy, and designed my workouts by muscle groups. I quickly watched my muscles develop!

Top left is early November, Top right late November, bottom left mid December, Bottom right, the other day!

Top left is early November, Top right late November, bottom left mid December, Bottom right is March/April

And here I am now in July!

love these lulu shorts

love these lulu shorts

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Representin' my home town

Representin’ my home town

So as you see fitness is a JOURNEY! There is no stopping point or a period where you say okay I reached my goal… now what? Every day is a challenge to maintain and grow strong. I had my overweight period, and my too skinny days, and now I’ve developed into a feminine beast! Couldn’t be happier šŸ™‚

So if you ever feel like giving up, DON’T! You will get to a point of satisfaction, it just takes time. And if you need some motivation or encouragement, just come back to this post and remind yourself it’s possible, just be patient šŸ™‚

Stay healthy friends and have a fabulous Tuesday!

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,

-Minnie

Comments

  1. This is a great post!!! Very inspirational and reminds us that it does take time, and to keep pushing! Thank you!

  2. What amazing progress, both in attitude and physique! I love-love-love how you changed things up when you didn’t see the RIGHT changes to your body. Brava, darlin’!

  3. I like that!…Fitness is a journey.

  4. everyday i open n read your blog!! truly inspired!! keep up girl!

  5. Loved this post!!! Exactly what I needed to read!! You really are such an inspiration. Keep up all the hard work šŸ™‚

  6. Jennifer says:

    Thank you…. So inspiring!! šŸ˜€

  7. This post came at the perfect time for me! I started a new workout program about 8 weeks ago and feel like I am not seeing the changes I was expecting to see by now…it’s easy to get discouraged sometimes but you’re so right! Changes takes TIME! Thank you! šŸ™‚

  8. Thank you so much for this! I’ve been slacking on my reading, so I’m a few days behind :-/ but I really needed this! Thanks for keeping me inspired! šŸ™‚

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