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Creating New Habits


I’ve never been one to love exercise. I remember being in PE class in high school and dreading the beginning of the year fitness test. The one where you had to run the mile around the track. I hated it. Probably because I was usually one of the last to cross the finish line.

I was not built to run.

I have a long torso and short legs. Running is not my friend.

I used to have first period PE with my best friend, Maggie, who is a runner. In fact, she loves to run. Even for fun. I always thought she needed her head checked. But hey, to each their own, right? I just wish I had that love of running back then.

However, I was built to lift. At least I think so.

They say that it takes about 21 days or 3 weeks to form a new habit. Or to get rid of one. Well, about 30 days ago I started a new workout regimen that includes lifting weights. And you know what? I love it!

It’s no surprise that I love lifting weight now, since back in high school that was my favorite unit of PE. No running, no huffing, no puffing, just showing your strength. It was one of the few areas of PE that I could excel. I could show “those skinny girls” who’s boss. I can’t believe I just typed that. But it was what I thought back then.

And while I’m by no means a bodybuilder, nor cut like one, I’m on my way to toning and making some muscles appear. I’ve been going to the gym 4-5 times a week, which is a miracle and I really do think it’s a new habit!

I’ve been taking photos (ahem selfies) at the gym so that I can track my progress. While Cent has said that he can see some change happening, it’s a lot harder to see it on yourself. I’ve also learned that I’m the WORST mirror selfie taker ever. I always feel awkward looking at myself in the mirror and taking a quick pic. But hey, you gotta go what you gotta do.

I’m following a free program by Jamie Eason on It’s a 12-week program that includes pretty much everything you need, from meal plans to workout plans and supplements. I’m looking forward to the end of the 12 weeks, which hits right before Thanksgiving. I’ll even share some before and after photos. (insert shocked emoji)

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