It’s my birthday!

Some exciting news, I passed my skills and written test for my CNA!  I should be getting my official card in the mail this week.  Horray!   I’ve been looking for and applying to jobs at the hospitals.  I hope I find something that is both challenging and a great fit for me.

So today is my 26th birthday.  No big plans really.  Possibly a movie (any good ones out right now?) and maybe a slice of cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory.  I’ll be spending it with my honey and that’s the best present a girl could ask for.

Oh, and I’m headed to the gym early in the morning for an extra special treat:

After being inspired and totally blown away by Janetha’s post, I’ve decided to take on the Jaime Eason 12 week challenge!!

I won’t be posting before and after pictures because I, personally, don’t feel comfortable posting those kind of pictures on the internet for all to see. (Not that I think there is anything wrong with people who do!)

I want to stay away from numbers, I might weigh myself once a week.  But I haven’t decided on that.

I will likely do measurements of arms, waist, legs, etc to chart my progress but I don’t know that I will share them here.  People’s bodies are all different and I don’t want to cause competition.

I will most likely post my before and after BMI.

I’ve never tried a program like this before but I’ve decided to give it a try for the following reasons:

-I’ve got an awesome friend who’s game to do it together
-I’m not afraid of working hard at the gym
-My eating habits could be a little cleaner
-I want to have a stronger mind and more endurance
-I’m committed to sticking with it

Do I think I’ll come out looking like a fitness model when I’m finished?  Of course not.

Do I hope to lose some lingering weight?  Yes.

Wish me luck and hold me accountable!

Since it’s my birthday, and I love lists I’ve decided to make the following:

26 Things I’ve Learned in 26 years

1. Socks first, then shoes.
2. If it’s breakable, I will break it.  It it’s unbreakable, I will find a way.
3. Be nice.  It goes a long way.  That being said…
4. Stand up for yourself because no one else will.
5. When all else fails, hug the dog.

6. No news is good news.

7. Stop worrying about other people and start competing with yourself.
8. Sometimes people are mean, but that doesn’t mean it’s your fault.
9. Food poisoning is a terrible thing.  Terrible thing, indeed.
10. You can feel sore tomorrow, or you can feel sorry tomorrow.

11. Give compliments.  Everyone likes them.
12. Life never goes as expected.  But it usually turns out so much better.
13. Say “I’m sorry” when you should. 
14. Forgive, even when it’s hard. 
15. When something bad happens, you have three choices: you can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you. 
16. You are the biggest obstacle in your way.
17. Cooking isn’t hard.  Following recipes can be.
18. The best things in life are worth practice and patience. 
19. Try not to worry about things you can’t control or change.

20. Do something that relaxes/ recharges you at least weekly.
21. Happiness is being married to your best friend.

22. People will let you down.  Do your best not to let down other people.
23. Take time for the things you love.
24. You get out of something what you put into it.
25. You’re either early, or you’re late. (The most recent thing I’ve learned.)
26. Today you are you, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is youer than you! -Dr. Seuss

You’ve probably seen some of these on pinterest.  Because that’s where I got them.  Hey, I didn’t say these were all original!


22 thoughts on “It’s my birthday!

  1. Happy Birthday Meg! I remember your 19th birthday when someone borrowed an A&W mug from us for you for your party to match the ice cream cake. Seems like yesterday!

  2. Happy Birthday MEG!!! I love the idea of your 12 week challenge. I and I can't wait to hear how you do — although I know you will kill it! I've seen you in bodypump and you are amazingly strong! Good luck!

  3. Happy (belated) birthday!!! I hope yesterday was FABULOUS!! Cheesecake is usually my cake of choice as well…Nothing–NOTHING–beats it! Yay for LiveFit trainer! I haven't shared this on my blog yet, but I'm switching from BFL to LiveFit. I actually started yesterday, so we can do this journey together! Oh, and by the way, you HAVE to try Jamie Eason's pumpkin protein bars. They are so so so good! I also made the meatloaf muffins last night and they are pretty fab as well–perfect for grabbing on your way to class. :)Love you!! I'm coming home for spring break, so I demand a date then, k? xoxoxo

    • I didn’t realize how many people were trying it out! Really though, it’s a great program. I especially like that it’s not super OCD.

  4. Happy birthday sweetheart 🙂 oh my goodness I love your blog and the way you write ❤ your layout is fabulous too! i am in LOVE! xo

    Ok, so I am so so so so so x 1000000000000000 proud of you for taking part in Jamie's trainer 🙂 If you don't know already, I am doing it, too 🙂 I like how you said you are staying away from the numbers 🙂 good for you girl So many people who have started the trainer get very very very hung up on the meal plan too. Just eat clean and you will be great 😀 don't stress or over analyze stuff 😀

    I see you said that you will pay attention to your before and after BMI though. I would suggest not doing this as you may GAIN weight due to gaining muscle mass 🙂 you might lose inches but gain muscle 🙂 see, from my experience, my jeans are looser, but I weight more 🙂 because of more muscle! so perhaps BMI isn't the way to go? 🙂 I think it is all about how YOU feel 🙂 Your body fat % will also go down and the BMI calculation does not take that into account 🙂 so you might be less body fat and your BMI can still be high! Professionals are using BMI charts less and less 🙂 just thought I would give you a heads up 🙂

    love u

    • You are too sweet! Good thoughts about BMI! 🙂 I know that I’ve definitely put on muscle just within the last year. I’m glad you’re doing Jaime’s program too! Can’t wait to read your thoughts on it!

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