Hi everyone!

Sorry this is a few days late, I’ve been aiming to get these posted on Mondays, but I was a little busy the past few days! As you may remember from last week, I didn’t have a very stellar week. This week, unfortunately, not much as changed. This week has been a whirlwind of stress, I shared with you guys last week that we have a rodent problem (again), that still hasn’t been resolved. In fact, in a twisted turn of events, the problem somehow got turned around back onto us. It was a little bit disheartening. We did decide to take the bull by the horns and remedy the problems that we had been blamed for. So, I spent a ton of time in our guest bedroom and in our garage throwing away old things, organizing, and starting to pack. We don’t move for four months, but Freddie and I both agreed that we don’t use a lot of the stuff in that bedroom, so we might as well get a head start on the hard work! Along with that stress, school started this week, and my classes are a little harder than expected.

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With that being said, I didn’t spend a lot of time working on myself this week. While that means another week of no progress, I’m not giving up! My word for 2016 is overcome, and that’s exactly what I plan to do. These past couple of weeks I haven’t been able to dedicate the time that I have wanted to myself, however, that’s no reason to give up. So, with this new week, I am going back to an old goal, drink more water! My goal is to drink about five 32oz water bottles a day, and I haven’t been hitting that. I’m not going to make any excuses for why, I just haven’t, and that’s okay. Why? Because I recognized the problem. The first step to remedying a problem is to recognize it. The second step, make a plan to execute your goal. I haven’t set any other goals for this week because I’m way far behind on my tasks as it is. I don’t want to add too many additional goals to my plate and then get discouraged for not accomplishing them.

Let me tell you guys a little secret, my whole life I have been the slightest bit overweight, about fifteen to twenty five pounds, nothing major. However, through the years I have gained more weight, unfortunately, I have gained more weight than I ever imagined I would. You know how we all draw lines in the sand for ourselves, then somehow some way, these lines get erased and we draw a new line in the sand. Well, I’m done drawing lines! I’m ready to make a change, not a temporary change, not a diet, not a “new year, new me” change. I want to make a real, substantial, overhaul my lifestyle type of change. I want to incorporate exercise into my lifestyle and eat the right things.

Like I have said, I know this is no quick fix. You don’t just wake up skinny, happy, healthy, muscular, and loving yourself overnight. It just doesn’t happen! So, to start over again, I don’t want to overwhelm myself, because what happens when were are overwhelmed? Most of the time (at least in my experience) we give up. I refuse to give up on myself this time.

So, have you started this journey before? How did you succeed? Or did you fail? How do you plan to move on? I always want to be an open book with you guys. Do you have questions for me? Please, feel free to ask them in the comments below or reach out to me on Instagram or Facebook! I welcome and look forward to any questions you have!

LoveMariah