So I had to take a drastic step to get myself back on track (haha). I enlisted the help of my sister Cheryl and my sister-in-law, Leslee. They both live very healthy lifestyles and have great tips for healthy eating as well as encouragement in my weight-loss journey. I need someone to keep me accountable - i.e., check in with me to see if I did go to the gym, how is my eating, etc. Cheryl & Lester are great for that. At Leslee's suggestion, I also downloaded the "My Fitness Pal" app which has been great. Especially for someone a bit obsessive like me -- you can track every calorie you eat for the day as well as water consumption and your workouts. It has kept me on track very well so far - I am, however, just a week into this. Haha!
My goals are to lose the 18 lbs or so I've gained and get back to where I was at this time last year - feeling fit and strong! I'm on the way but have a ways to go...I can already feel positive changes though. My jacket had been feeling a bit snug around my waist and I can feel the slightest change with that.
I moved recently into a condo and I am loving it so far! The complex where I live is quiet and is HUGE. In the afternoons over the past 3-4 days, I have taken walks as the weather has been nice and a bit warmer. I can take a 30 minute walk by doing a loop through various parts of the complex, which also includes a VERY steep hill. The first couple times I walked the entire time; yesterday (small victory), I jogged up that VERY steep hill TWICE! :) I don't intend for these walks to replace my usual cardio at the gym or on the running trail outside; rather, I want them to supplement my workouts and just be almost an added bonus. I know it will be great for my endurance especially with the hills.