My Goodbye Pictures

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Today I embark on a new journey.  A journey that will hopefully take my flabby abs and cultivate them into something that slightly resembles a six-pack.  Six-pack of what I’m not sure, but I’ll take anything at this point.  A journey that will hopefully get rid of this horrid disease I have, AFAS (Asian Flat Ass Syndrome), and finally curb this diet pop addiction that I have.  So in anticipation of my new journey, I’m taking my goodbye pictures.

Pikes Peak Ascent 1999 - back when I was fit!

Now some people call them “before” pictures and that’s great for them.  Instead, I want to say “goodbye.”  Goodbye to the person who always gets told she doesn’t need to lose weight but has a poor body image.  I want to be able to see myself in a photograph and not focus on my jiggly arms or any other part of my body that shakes without being told to.  By no means do I want to be skinny.  This girl likes to eat!  For me, being fit and tone is my goal.

Everyone has a different way of getting fit and I’ve decided to go back to something I know works.  Insanity and Shakeology: my two best frenemies.  The first time I did an Insanity workout, I thought I was going to die.  It quickly reminded me that just because I can run 5 miles without thinking about it, by no means does that make me fit!  I’ve never sweat so much in my life.  I’m also joining three other ladies and we’ve formed an accountability group.  A girl needs some motivation and someone to call when she’s in the drive-thru at McDonald’s!

My “little” brother is also inspiring me to do this.  Sixteen months ago he weighed over 500 lbs.  Yes, that’s right, 500.  I’ll admit, I was trying to convince him to have some type of medical intervention to lose the weight.  He’d been overweight his entire life and could never do it on his own.  Until now.  Now he didn’t do the Insanity workouts but he did incorporate Shakeology into his diet and guess what.  He lost over 125 lbs.  If my little brother can lose 125 lbs without joining a gym, without a trainer and without medical intervention, I can reach my goals too.

Using the Harrison Benedict Equation multiplied by my exercise factor, I’ve determined I can have a range of 1443-1632 calories per day.  To make sure I stay within that range, I’ll do the following:

  • Split my calories into 5 smaller meals, spaced about 3 hours apart.  No more starving my body only to binge eat later.
  • Drink 1-2 glasses of water a day.  Ugh, I know this should be a much bigger number but with this, I’m taking baby steps.
  • Stick to my Insanity schedule.  Isn’t it weird how working out actually curbs your appetite?
  • Use my Calorie Counter app on my iPhone.

So a new addition to the blog with be weekly updates on how I’m sticking with (or not sticking with the plan).  I’m committing to 60 days and hopefully at the end, I’ll be able to share some fabulous goodbye and hello pictures with you. 🙂

What are your secrets to getting in shape?

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About Sarah

Mom. Blogger. Runner. Hiker. Insomniac. Not necessarily in that order.


  1. Whoa! For a minute I thought you were leaving your blog! Good luck, you also have a support network with your readers – keep us posted; we’ll be rooting for you! 🙂

    • You can’t get rid of me that easily…lol! This is long overdue. I’ve realized no matter what your body shape or size, we all need to do things to have a better self-image of ourselves.

  2. Insanity is insane, you will love it! I just did my fist SPIN class this morning, I think THAT is what’s going to help me get in shape. Can’t wait to watch you transform! 🙂

  3. Someone recommended this workout to my husband ( this week. I’m looking forward to reading about your progress! 🙂

    • Sarah BB says:

      That’s a great story (MrManiac). I’m hoping that one day my brother will achieve that same success.

  4. Dude, I need your energy – i am dragging my feet

  5. I LOVE your attitude about this – I had never thought about it as saying goodbye and I really like how you framed it. Good luck!

  6. Awesome! I’ve heard such amazing things about Insanity, but I worry about actually fitting the hour a of exercise a day into my life. Its all about priorities I guess.
    Yeah you and I wish you the best of luck – rock it girl!

    • That is a struggle and I’ll admit, I’m totally unconventional when it comes to my workouts. It’s not unusual for me to do them at 10:00 at night when everyone is in bed. I’ve never been a morning person!

  7. I like the idea of a goodbye pic. My sister swears by Shakeology. She has lost more than half her body weight. Best of luck in getting fit!

  8. Wanna trade? I have a big ass for an Asian. LOL, good luck!
    Whirlwind of Surprises

  9. Insanity is so hard but so awesome at the same time! I hate it and love it! I’ve been blogging my husbands and my journey with slightly embarrasing videos with each fit test lol. I just have to say I LOVE the idea of a “goodbye” picture rather than a “before” picture! Best of luck to ya!

  10. Good luck with everything. =)

  11. Wow! you are super ambitious! Totally in awe.

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