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After last night, I was determined to get up this morning and start my New Me project of working out and eating right.

I woke up late — 8:30 — but since there’s not schedule for me to follow right now, that wasn’t a big deal. I got up, washed my face, brushed my teeth, and got changed into workout clothes.

I headed to the gym with a bottle of water and a fully charged iPod. When I got there I was really surprised to see so many people. I figured that most people would be at work, since it was close to 9:30, but I guess quite a few people have the whole week off.

Still, I was able to get my favorite elliptical machine, so I climbed up and started the “weightloss program.” I love this preset program because it has a variable mode that keeps me interested. The first set of 4 minutes is a lower incline, so I use the arm “pumpers” (not sure what you call those things), then the next set of 4 minutes is a higher incline and resistance (10 incline, 7 resistance), so I go backwards and don’t use the arm things. This alternates every 4 minutes until 28 minutes is done. Then comes the “cool down” mode, when I go backwards slowly, drinking water to truly cool down. Before I know it, 33 minutes is up, and I’m feeling great about myself.

Right after the gym I went to Safeway to stock up on some food and other things that had run low. $121.27 later, I had everything I need for the week, and then some. I bought some One a Day Women’s Weightloss multivitamins, Benefiber plus Calcium (I’ve found out the hard way, no pun intended, that I need this added fiber to help keep things running smoothly, again, no pun intended). I also found some SBD meal replacement bars. They were expensive — $2.39 each — but I know they’re going to come in handy on most mornings when I’m running late and don’t have time to eat a proper breakfast before leaving for work. They had the SBD frozen dinners on sale for 5 for $11, so I got some of those, as well as some yogurt. I also bought some fruit and veggies, Jenny-O Italian turkey sausage, and a roasted chicken. I bought a few other things, but I don’t want to bore you with my entire shopping list. I’m all set, I think, for the week. I may need to stop and get a few things from Trader Joe’s but that will be later in the week.

I feel so good about working out, and I want to continue to feel this way, so I’m determined to keep this up. I’m going to try to go almost every morning during this break, just to give my weight loss a jumpstart. Once school gets back in session, I’ll only be able to go on “A days, ” which is every other day. Still, not bad, especially if I go to yoga a few nights a week.

Things are looking much brighter than they did last night, and for that I’m so happy.

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Enough of this feeling pathetically sorry for myself stuff. Now it’s time to stop wallowing and start doing something about it.

I followed Phase 1 really strictly and had amazing results — lost 8.5 lbs in two weeks! Then came Phase 2 and things sort of went downhill. I did well enough the first week, but then came the week before Christmas and all bets were off. Not that I went wild by any means, but I just didn’t stick to it like I should be. It was Christmastime and all, but still, there’s always going to be some holiday or some celebration, and if I really want to reach my goals, this has to become a true lifestyle.

So tomorrow I’m starting to workout again. It’s been some time since I’ve been to the gym, but who cares? I’ve got to get back into the habit of going, especially now that I have my prep period back and can go to they gym on “A day” mornings. Ahhhh, how nice it will be to go to the gym and still have time to come home and shower, eat breakfast, and read the paper with some coffee. I love easing into my mornings like that. I’ve missed it more than I can say.

I have strong hope that by combining diet and exercise I’ll start seeing results a lot quicker.

I’m not going to get totally back on SBD until after New Year’s Eve, because I just don’t think all the drinking I plan to do on NYE is going to work well with Dr. Agatston’s plan, do you? I know what I just said about everyday not being a celebration, but I do have some fun plans with CCLuv on NYE, and I’m really looking forward to it. Plus, I’m going to try to stick to Phase 2 up to and including that day, until we go out at night. I’m not going to be super-strict with myself, but I am going to avoid as many high fat/high carb foods as I can.

I feel good about this decision. It’s not really a new year’s resolution anymore — now it’s a New Me resolution.

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