Starting last week I implemented some big changes. It all started with my cousin Emilie, who kept posting on Facebook the wonderful results she was getting with a new diet and going to this gym she had joined. I was excited for her, but it also left me feeling pretty down as it seemed to highlight an area of my life that felt so out of control. After three weeks she posted another good result and then an invitation if anyone was interested in joining her, and we'd both get the next month 1/2 off. I replied that I would do it before I really thought about it. Which is a good thing because if I had thought about it too much, I would have probably talked myself out of it.
So the changes: I cut out all soda and juice, I am doing the same diet, which is a six week plan to help reset and boost your metabolism, and I get up at 6 am every morning and meet up with Em at the gym for a workout. She also introduced me to a great website called myfitnesspal which has some great tools like an online food diary that does all the math for you so you can see how many calories you are eating and all that. And my personal favorite, a recipe tool where you can enter in your personal recipes and it will calculate out the nutrition information per serving. (I'm not trying to tell anyone else join it, but if you do send me a friend request!)