Venus Trapped in Mars

24 May 2016

30x30x30 || Weight Loss Challenge


Before a day or night out, I'll get dressed and check out whatever ensemble I've thrown together in the mirror. I love clothes, but I'm unfortunately very cheap and prefer to spend my money with any of my 18 favorite bartenders in Deep Ellum... or with the pizza hut delivery guy. I swear to you, I'll get dressed and although I won't necessarily be thrilled with what I see in front of me, I'll be ok with it. 

My mirror pep talk usually goes something like... "Ok, you don't look horrific. Congrats.

I'll then do my makeup and hair which gives me a bit more confidence and I'll head out the door, ready to go see one of my 18 favorite bartenders.... or perhaps the pizza delivery guy, if I'm really lucky. 

Then comes the terrifying part, the part where I feel like I am looking kinda pretty and I'll either ask CB to take a pic or I'll get a pic with the girls. After nervously trying to figure out what angle to make my arm bend that won't show up on camera looking like a ham hock, I get situated and the photo is taken. 

The camera will be returned to me and I swear I just look at it, every time and think, "Dear lord in heaven is that what I look like?! That is NOT what the mirror showed me!!!!!"

Why is the mirror such a LIAR? I'll see one thing, and a camera shows me something completely different. Something that is honestly heartbreaking and puts me in a mood that I have a hard time recovering from. 

I know I've said this one billion times, but sadness consumes me over it. 

Just go fix it then. 
Alright. Ok. 

I read a quote the other day from P!nk (of all people) and it really made me think. 






My first thought was, yeah P!NK! Agreed! But am I REALLY happy? I'm having fun.... yes. Pizza is my happy place, but is a few slices of pizza worth the pain and mood change that occurs when I see a photo of myself? 

Honestly. HONESTLY, no. No it isn't. 

I need to find my happy weight. A weight where, sure, maybe there is some squish there, but overall I feel confident. Feeling confident would make me feel happy. These are very basic, simple words, but meaningful nonetheless. 

On December 17th I will turn 30 years old. 
I've set a goal to lose 30 pounds in 30 weeks by age 30. 
30x30x30. 

I had the idea of 30 pounds by age 30, then I when I looked up how many weeks that was from now, there sat the number 30. 30x30x30. It all just kind of made sense. 

I've already been working out, but if I want to reach this goal, I have to just quit eating crap ALL THE TIME. I suppose I'll need to write my 18 bartenders besties a letter telling them I might be seeing them less often. 

If you want to join in with me (and man would I love the support) here are the details I've got nailed down so far: 

1. Hashtag I'll use on social media || #Fit30x30x30

2. $20 Diet Bet || New one every month: VTIM May Challenge 
Starts TUESDAY (a week from today)

3. One update per month on my progress. Maybe, if anyone is interested, we could bring back the Operation Get Fit Linkup from a couple years ago?



Turning 30 is a big deal, and I want to wake up and feel better, prettier, sexier and more confident than I've ever felt before. 

I can do it. 







30 comments :

  1. Definitely bring back the linkup! I'll join you! And you've got this, girl!

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  2. Good for you! And yes bring back the link up!!!

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  3. love this and totally 100% joining in!

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  4. Ahhhh I have the same goal for for losing 30 pounds my 30th birthday! Except I have until next April so a little bit more time but I might as well get started now. 100% down for the link up too :)

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    1. SWEET! I'm SO pumped a bunch of you guys are in on the linkup. I think you should start now too... I mean, if you're anything like me, crashing and burning during the holiday season is inevitable! :\

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  5. Thirty, flirty, and thriving ;) Great idea, you've got this!!!
    espressoyourselfblog.com

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    1. Man.... I hope so! I'm going to work hard though. I'm actually kind of excited over here!

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  6. You got this... I'm telling you... give yourself 30 DAYS.... and do the Whole30, maybe after vacation, or after big events this summer... you have 30 weeks, somewhere in there you owe it to yourself... I'm telling you it's hard to go without pizza for 30 days but I am proof it's possible!

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  7. I wanna join the dietbet! :)

    Also, off topic, what's your snapchat name? I got sucked into downloading it last night lol

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  8. I'm down for the link up! I want to support! I turn 30 in October so that is even less than 30 weeks for me *gasp*. You can do it! You've got so many people behind you :)

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  9. I'll join you on this. Definitely been trying to eat healthier these past couple of weeks, but need to workout more. Bring back the link up!

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  10. That's awesome! I am on a weightloss journey as well. I actually have about 100lbs to lose, but that, of course, is going to take a while.
    Question- assuming everyone who joins the bet meets their goal, wouldn't that just mean everyone gets their money back? haha

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    1. This might sound dumb, but one thing I always tell myself is that if I start right now, it'll never be worse than it is RIGHT NOW. I'm trying to pump myself up using that motto :)

      Yes! It would mean everyone gets their money back. I actually read on there too, that if that happens, DietBet doesn't take any kind of cut at all.

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    2. No, I totally understand. I am like that too. I have to have a real motivation! Thank you for explaining! :)

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  11. I turn 30 the week after you - this is perfect!

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  12. I'm in but I turn 30 at the end of August, yikes - on the 30th actually! And I always enjoyed your link up, bring it back! :)

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  13. Oh I love this! I am going hog wild in my last months in Hawaii so I'll need a major stateside detox :)

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  14. Love this post! Good luck girl :) We are all here to support you!

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  15. This is a great idea! I'm not turning 30 yet, and I need to lose a lot more than 30 pounds, just to be healthy, but I'm down for losing 30 pounds by your 30th birthday. If I only lose 30 pounds between now and my 30th I'll cry....(I'm 24, lol so 30 pounds in 6 years would be terrible)

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  16. Turning thirty was a pivotal moment for me too. Throughout my 20's, I fluctuated between stick thin and pudgy...just swinging back and forth wanting to eat whatever, whenever and then turning around and restricting myself to the point of being unhealthy. It was a constant battle. As my birthday approached, I set the goal of wanting to run a 5K without walking. I had three months to prepare, and I did it! Ever since then, I haven't binged and have kept up a healthy relationship with food. For me, exercise was the key to helping me eat better. It's hard to get the exercise in when you're stuffed! Anyway, I can definitely relate...and I am rooting for you all the way from Chattanooga!

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  17. good luck girl! you can definitely do it. it's so hard to find that balance tho between looking great but also not being one of those people who is obsessed with counting calories and getting in their daily workout (i.e., the not so fun ones). I think we all struggle with it!

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  18. You can do it! What a fun idea! I love that you're holding yourself accountable and going for it. P.S. you look great but you feeling good is what matters! Happy working out :)

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  19. let's do this!I need to lose about 20 pounds. Bring back the linkup!

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  20. I turn 30 not too long after you! I'm on my own weightloss journey, so I totally get where you are coming from. I'm 100 down, ~25 more to go! Get it girl!

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  21. Would love to join! I've got some of that happiness squish to lose! Unfortunately it'd be more like 20x2.5x30, but I plan to lose it by half way through my 30th year, which will be the new year.

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  22. Dang girl, don't know how I missed this post but you got it!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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