Fitness... the mere sound of the word makes me tired. Remember that New Year's goal I said I had to do, even though I didn't want to? Yeah, it's called working out.

I'm tired of being overweight and feeling uncomfortable in everything I wear. I'm also very lazy when it comes to fitness.  I do not like to workout, it's just not fun. But as much as I hate it, I know I have to.

With that being said, I was going into February without an ounce of motivation to exercise. It's so easy to find an excuse to not start, but a few days into the month I sucked it up and started.  

Ok to be honest I have sporadically been working out. I haven't yet made it a routine. I really want to lose weight, but it's just so much easier to not exercise. My goals is to be at 140 by my birthday in September, and while that seems a long time away, I can't procrastinate because it will be here before I know it.

After 12 years think I'm done having babies and it's now time to get my body back shape. No, I'm not going to be 120 pounds like I was pre-pregnancy, but I do want to reach a health weight and be tone.

I've heard that as we get older it's harder to get in shape, but it's never too late to start. I'm a person who likes simple things not too much complexity. To reach my goal, I'm breaking it down into 3 simple steps...

#1 Sleep, 10:30pm - 6:30am

When asked her secret for looking young, Penelope Cruz said she slept 12 hours a day. Ok while I'd love to sleep 12 hours a day, and I just don't have the time to.  However, I do think it's good to go to sleep earlier. I have read weight loss articles that state that going to sleep late reduces the ability of the to burn fat.  

I also want to get up earlier in the morning, well not I don't, I'm not a morning person, but I know it's good to start your day early.  I have a love hate relationship with the morning. I prefer to sleep in, rather than get up early, but when I have to be up early, I really enjoy the morning.

It's also beneficial for me to get up early to workout because if I don't do it the morning, it never gets done. Despite not liking to get up early, feel refreshed and with more energy thought the day. I love to sleep, it's just now a matter of adjusting my hours. Sleep is good!

#2  Eat Healthy
For the most part, I think I'm a healthy eater. I make my meals from scratch, I try not to eat processed foods, I hardly consume dairy products and I'm vegetarian (well, I eat fish too). But I can't seem to shake off these pesky extra 20 pounds I carry, mainly in my midsection.

Sometimes to reach a goal or achieve something we must make sacrifices or give up things. Oh candy and gum, how I love thee! Yes, candy and gum, along with breads, pastas, and rice are the culprits to that fat sticking around. I know this.

I just like them all too much to not eat them. But, I decided to cut out processed sugars.  No candy, gum, soda, juice, ice cream, and any other sweets.

I'm not a chocolate lover but I LOVE candy like the ones you see above. On February 13th I began a no sugar plan, at least for 30 days, I'll keep going if I can.  I'm not going radical and cutting all sugar out of my diet, like naturally occurring sugar in fruits.  In fact, since I can't eat a twizzler or an airhead, to satisfy a sweet craving, I eat fresh fruit.

Over the holidays and the Super Bowl, I found myself drinking a lot of carbonated drinks, and I'm not even a big soda drinker, so I cut sodas and juice. Since the 13th I've only been drinking water.  

Every morning I start my day with either a warm cup of water with lemon, or a cup of water with a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar (not tasty, but has great benefits) on an empty stomach to flush out toxins.  

Here is an example of a meal plan for one day...
Breakfast: I start out with fruit. I have 2 hard boiled eggs with a half an avocado and cherry tomatoes drizzled with a bit of sea salt and extra virgin olive oil.  
Lunch: Tuna with cauliflower rice.
Dinner: Eggplant pizza's with salad.

The key to be able to eat everything I like is portion control. Back in early 2010, the doctor told my husband he needed to lose weight and had to cut down his consumption of carbohydrates to 100g a day.  By September he lost the excess weight.

#3 Workout
I don't like to work out, I've made that very clear. I have good jeans, not the ones you wear, but the ones you are born with, so I really didn't need to workout when I was younger. But, after having kids, I put on some extra pounds and a few have still stuck around. I know that I can reach my goal because I didn't once.

In August of 2011, after many months for exercising (Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred) and cutting carbs, I went from 172 lbs. to 140 lbs. However, shortly after I unexpectedly became pregnant again with my 3rd son.  My weight problem has always been in my midsection, belly bulge, muffin top, you name it. I weighed myself at the start of the month and I am at 160 lbs.

So here's the plan. Last year when I started running I noticed my body was getting tone, so I'm going to run 2 to 3 days a week. The other 2 to 3 days I will do Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. I will start little by little with running 2 days and video workout 2 days. As I create a habit then I will increase the days.

I don't need to look like a supermodel, I just want to feel good about my body and be comfortable. What are your fitness goals and what do you have to do to get there? Share your fitness story below.


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