Tuesday, July 13, 2010

30 Day Fitness Challenge.

Brandi, from muchomuchobuenobueno, started this thing almost a week ago called the "30 Day Fitness Challenge." In her first post alone, she inspired so many women to get up and move.
Myself included.
I've seen her pictures everyday on Facebook and can't wait for her 1 week post recounting each day and how it's been.
I know she's doing great! And everyday I see one of her new pictures...I'm inspired even more. 

So, here's my story:
Ever since I can remember, I'd always weighed 120 lbs. I'm 5'6", so this is a good, healthy weight for me.
When Josh and I first started dating I was still at this weight, but after a few months, the pounds started creeping on. I didn't even really notice.
Then one day, I tried to put on a pair of my little sister's shorts that I used to wear.
They wouldn't come past my thighs.
At the time, I was sort of like, "That sucks." But I ultimately brushed it off.
A few months later I had to go to the doctor and when they weighed me in, the scales reached all the way to 142 lbs.
I cried. A lot.

(then, 120.)

(now, 150.) (really embarrassing for me to share. but i feel it's important.)

At work, people actually started asking if I was pregnant, because I'd put on such a good deal of weight in such a short amount of time.
Around 5 people asked me. Really rude, really hurtful.
Some people even just flat out called me fat to my face.
It was really hard, but I never did much about it.

I'm the type of person that will freak out one day and decide that I'm going to work out all the time.
I'm going on a restrictive diet.
Things like that...that last for about two days.
That's not the way to do it, girls!
And I'm making a vow to myself to never live like that again.
It doesn't solve anything and it doesn't make you feel good about yourself.

I weighed myself a couple of days ago, and I am now weighing in at 150.
So, over about the course of a year, I've gained 30 lbs.
I am by no means saying that 150=fat.
Our bodies are all made differently, therefore weight distributes itself differently.
I have a thin frame and the extra weight I've put on looks very unflattering and awkward.

Ultimately, it's just really important to me to get healthy, fit, and stay in shape.
Losing weight is obviously a goal, too.
But what I really want is that healthy mindset!
And I know that the rest will all fall into place.

Brandi said it best in her post, and I have to say it for myself, too.
I know that I'm not being the best me I can be.
I can be better!
And I owe it to myself to be.


Today was Day 1 of my challenge.
I got up early to start my day right.
I did a Self workout on Hulu.
And guess what?
I'm super out of shape! 
But I did it the Jillian way. I didn't stop until I threw up, which was right after the workout was over.
Yes, I threw up. Embarrassing. But at least I know I'm working myself!

And here's a (very not cute) picture to prove it:

(My face is all blotchy and sweaty. CUTIE.)

I'll post on my progress every few days!



  1. Lydia,

    I'm so with you on how easy it is for the weight to creep up and how hard it is to get rid of. I'm proud of you for being aware that it is a health issue.

    You are beautiful and I wish you great success in your efforts.

  2. OH YOU CAN DO IT!! This post is inspiring!! XO

  3. Thanks, Judy and Caroline!
    Your encouragement means a lot to me.

  4. Aw, good luck! And I am sooo out of shape too! Haha. Today I tried the 30 day shred (I keep wanting to call it the 30 minute shred. 30 Minute meals maybe? Haha..) and man, it's haaaard... haha.

  5. I feel the exact same way. I have always weighed 115 until I moved in with Aaron.....I think it has to do with the boys hahaha. SInce we have lived together I have gained 20 pounds, ugh. It's hard and it sucks really bad. What kind of exercise are you doing?

  6. I used to do the 30 Day Shred.
    Since I'm getting back into workouts, I'm definitely putting that back into rotation.
    It's definitely tough the first couple of days, but after that i start to be able to handle it more.
    which makes me want to kick myself for ever quitting. haha.

  7. i love it!!!!! you should link up on my blog. so that people can click on yor blog and see this post!
    keep it up my friend!!!!
    you are precious!

  8. Good for you love- I've just done the same thing and taken up karate. Now I feel amah-zin. Good luck, I can't wait to see how you get on! xx

  9. I love your honesty, Lydia. It sounds like you have some awesome goals and are approaching it in a healthy manner. I really admire you for putting it all out there and wish you the very best!

  10. aw, thanks for sharing, lydia. i am encouraged by your motivation, and i know you can do it! good luck as you take on this 30 day challenge. i got yur back, yo!

  11. i'm so proud of you lydia!

    i'm pretty much in your EXACT boat...weight wise and otherwise. i'm totally the "jump on the weight-loss band wagon for 2 days and then quit" kind of girl too, but both brandi AND you are inspiring me to do the same.

    i know this is horrible to do, but i'm going camping this weekend which = drinking beer and eating crap, so i'm not going to start until monday. i know "the best time to start is always right now", but i only go camping once a year, so it would be the worst possible time to jump on the bandwagon and expect success.

    monday. it's on. i may start a fitness blog in conjunction with my regular blog and post photos post-workout every day and also post photos of everything i eat. actually having to stop and take photos of what i eat would probably keep me from putting all the crap that i do into my body.

    i'm super excited about this! go lydia and thanks for inspiring me :).


  12. go you! your story is inspiring... I like that, we owe it to ourselves to be healthy. amen, sister!

  13. Lydia,

    Hey! Okay, so I'm new to your blog and I found you actually through this 30 day fitness thing and... I'm right there with you!! We can do it! That was really awesome of you to share your story, I think I'll do the same soon! Good luck!

    -Ashlotte :)


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