Be Sexy and Stress-Free

With a high-stress job, fast-paced lifestyle, and a passionate love of fatty, Southern foods, I often feel the odds are against me when it comes to staying fit. Why, oh why, is it so hard to say "no" to biscuits, pie, and sweet tea? It is a daily struggle to walk away from the foods I grew up devouring... Delicious dishes my mother fed me with love, which are now (largely) ruining my health goals.

But it can be done. (In fact, I've done it before.)

Two years ago I had a steady gym routine, healthy eating habits, and a much lower stress level. However, gradually, my goals regarding my health, education, and career became jumbled (and out of balance with each other). Priorities shifted-- much like my weight, which went straight to my hips and thighs.

Now, I'm fighting to get back to my previous healthy state of mind and body... To renew my sense of life balance and restructure my goals. Currently, my intentions are as follows, in order of perceived difficulty:

1. Exercise at least 20-30 minutes, daily. (Eventually, I would like to increase this to twice daily.) I do this already (most days), but I would like to have a more consistent routine. No skipping days!

2. Reduce stress with yoga practice and deep breathing, daily. (This seems easy enough to be #1, but I hardly ever find time to relax... So this will take some getting used to for a worrywort like me.)

3. Eat less sugar and fewer carbs (moderation is key-- I need more self-discipline when it comes to breads and sweets).

4. Reach goal weight of 145 lbs. (I am currently down to 153 from 187, so I have already been working hard. Not much more to go!)

5. Run a 5k before summer (in order to be more active with family members and friends who already compete in footraces).

If I can reach these 5 goals, I will be in the best shape of my life... And who wouldn't want that?! I can't wait to succeed.


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