Sunday, May 29, 2011

Cheat Week~

SO. Some people are not ok with the concept of a cheat day/week whatever. I feel like those people are not looking at long term. They are on a "diet" I am on a lifestyle.

So I am on a cheat week. I drank Friday. I have been eating some grains and sugar. But Tuesday... I am back on the Paleo thing. And working out. Signed up for another six week challenge. PUMPED!!!

Therefore there really is not all that much to say this week. I just feel like if I give myself a hard time and stress about what I am eating all the time and never give myself the chance to enjoy a holiday or treat myself... I am going to completely fall off the bandwagon and such. That's pretty much where I am at.

Peace till next time! ENJOY YOURSELVES!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

6 Week Challenge Summary

So this is almost word for word from my Nerd Fitness page... But most of you are not on there and don't know what I was initially doing, I guess? But I was doing the 6 week Operation Slim Down sort of greatest contest in the history of the world? I am not entirely sure. The last 6 weeks have been an amazing transformation for me... so regardless of whether I win "a challenge" or not... I feel like I have won hardcore.

I started this 6 weeks at 199 lbs. I agreed to eat Paleo and do Steve's Beginner Body Weight Workout. With cardio mixed in on the off days. I mostly just wanted to stick with something for once in my life. I wanted to show myself and everyone else... well that I can do it Gosh Damnit. Yes. I missed days of working out. Yes, I cheated my Paleo some. But about 2 weeks into my Paleo... I decided that this was defintely not something that I was going to be doing for 6 weeks. Nope. This is a lifestyle change. I want to be healthy...not for six weeks.. but I want to always be healthy.

As far as exercise goals... well I wanted the same. I wanted to be able to climb 4 flights of stairs and not be out of breath. I wanted to be able to walk a few miles without dying. I wanted to be able to carry my groceries in on one trip and not two or three cause I was too weak to carry them all in at once... When I started I could barely do one circuit of the workout. I started using a basket at the grocery store instead of a cart. I started running. And what do you know? I can do all 3 circuits now. I can do 3 "real" pushups where I used to barely be able to do 3 "girl" pushups. I can carry all my groceries in now. I can run 2 miles without dying. I can walk over 4 miles and not even think about it. I feel proud of myself. Not to mention.. at my most recent weigh in.. I am at 182 lbs. My lowest the last 6 weeks was 178. So at 182 thats a 17 lbs lost. SEVENTEEN!!! I am down almost 3 pant sizes. 

I also accomplished a lot of things I always postponed. I conquered my fear of bridges. I went to celebrAsian by myself. I FINALLY bought hamsters and LOVE THEM! I got more involved with my church. I started doing things for other people instead of always focusing on myself. I have more confidence and more of a sense of independence. I realized that I CAN DO IT! As simple a concept as it seems... I finally understood that the only thing that was standing in my way before... well was me. And now I can do anything I put my mind to. 

I seriously am a different person than I was 6 weeks ago. And people all around me have noticed. I am more of a joy to be around. I am more professional at work. I am more positive. I don't let things get me down as much. Not too mention... they have noticed that I am starting to look amazing. Cause at almost 5'9... 182 is not bad at all... I will post a before and after picture as soon as I can just so you all can see the physical difference.

So. Did I win the greatest contest ever in the history of the world? Maybe not. But did I win a total life/body transformation? Hell yeah. And that's bi-winning to me. And I didn't need any tigers blood. Just the eye of the tiger :P

Sunday, May 22, 2011



Sometimes it takes drastic measures to get a person back on track... And I have been way off track lately. I have been cheating my diet and not working out as much as I should. This might not be an excuse... but a lot of it has to do with the amount of stress I have been under lately. Of course, stress is a great motivator most the time. But lately ... all I have wanted to do is eat carbs and grains and sugars and watch movies. Or cry. One or the other. I am so overwhelmed.

But. the other day. I ate a whole thing of Jimmy John's yesterday bread. And then my stomach wanted to kill me. Just murder me. My stomach was uncomfortable for most the day. And then in a span of like 10 min it went from uncomfortable to OWWWWWW >.<

So. I am back to Paleo. And I need to work out again. I feel like I am going to be starting all over now.


Monday, May 16, 2011



This is a motivational post. Cause unless I am some crazy alien life form... everyone has problems just getting moving sometimes. Some mornings, I just don't want to get out of bed. Some days... I just don't want to do my freaking workout. Some days... I don't want to cook. Somedays... well I just don't want to do anything but stomp around my place and complain about how miserable I am.

So what do you do those days?

Really. I don't care if you grumble when you first start doing it. I sure do. Ugh. But sometimes it's just taking that first step. It's just throwing the blankets off and sitting up. It's gettting changed into workout clothes and just starting a warm-up.

Just get started. Starting is the hardest part. Once you remember that than the rest of it comes easier. I am not saying it's easy. (BEGINNER'S BODY WEIGHT WORKOUT MY BUTT!!!) haha. But I promise, once you just get started... you will remember why you wanted to do it in the first place.

That's it for now.

Hope it helps ya'll out!

Sunday, May 15, 2011



Ok, so this week has been bad for me both Paleo-wise and workout wise. I had pasta one day. And I had eggrolls and crab rangoons and other Asian-y non-Paleo foods. BUT. I did walk over 4 miles one day...


I went to celebrAsian. It's on my List of Impossible Things. Alright. So I only put it on there knowing that if I didn't and couldn't find anyone to go with me.. I wouldn't go. BUT I DID! And I am glad that I did. It was gloriously fun. I had a blast.


This week... I need to get back on track.
GOAL: Do my BW workout 3 times. Run 2 miles at least once. NO MORE JAVA MONSTERS >.< And try to  not cheat my Paleo.

Wish me luck!!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Conquered One Of My Fears!!!

So. This is a picture of me on this GIANT (ok. Not GIANT but fairly long) walking bridge near where I live. I have lived in the area for almost 4 years but could never walk across this bridge. Why? I am terrified of bridges. My worst fear is not being able to breathe. Which means I am claustrophobic, and I have a fear of drowning. Which has turned into a fear of bridges. Especially being in a car and driving off a bridge. I have nightmares about that all the time. Anyways, this particular bridge in the picture... for some reason I had put on a fear of bridges pedestal. I felt like, if I could gain the courage to walk across that bridge... I can cross ANY bridge with limited amounts of fear. AND I DID IT! Plus, it really has helped me relax a little more. NEXT STEP? I want to bungee jump off a bridge. It's on that List of Impossible Things I linked to in my first post. You bet I will tell you all when I do it :P (Notice I said "when" I do and not "if"?) Haha. 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The List That Started It All

So. There is this guy. His name is Joel Runyon. And he does impossible things and blogs about them. He inspires  people to do their own impossible things. Seriously I encourage you to look up his stuff. He knows what he is talking about. After talking to him and reading his articles, along with Steve Kamb's and reading both of Timothy Ferriss' books, I got inspired to make a lifestyle change. I am now eating Paleo, and not just for a 6 week challenge. I am eating Paleo for the rest of my life. I also workout. A lot. And I enjoy it. I have lost a decent amount of weight at this point. 20+ lbs in 3 weeks. And I feel great. I have more energy. I am more positive. Most the time. And this is my journey. I am going to write in this blog every Sunday and more times if I can.

This is my introduction. This is where I tell you about who I am and what my goals are... And kind of what my purpose is in writing in this thing.

I am Andrea Doubleday. I live in Iowa. I work a M-F 8-5 job that I actually don't hate. I am a telemarketer and I actually love my job. I talk on a phone all day and sell people things. And I do love sell things. I don't know for sure if I want to go back to school or not. I think I am going to see where life takes me. I am on a crazy journey and I don't know where it is going. I am very much a Christian, which will be brought up a lot in this blog. The title is All Things Are Possible, because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. And His strength is going to be needed as I go on this journey.

Something Joel Runyon asks when you sign up for his email series (1 week to impossible) is "Why"? It's the first thing he asks actually. Why? Why did I decide to go on this crazy lifestyle change? Why do I keep getting motivated? Why do I pass up chocolate muffins when they are being offered to me? Well first. I love a good challenge. You tell me I can't do something and I will try and try to get it done even more. Second. I feel like I need to DO something with my life. My life was always in this rut. I would complain and complain about how boring my life was. How I was sick of the way things were going. And then I would do nothing about it. I finally got stuck... My life was really going no where. And everything was starting to crumble down. I knew that I needed to do something. This is what I decided to do. Third. I got dumped. And I realized that I was putting everything into something that I never knew for sure that would be for sure. I put too much effort into that. I needed some healthy place to put my energy and heartache. So I put into making my life better. Finding out what God wants for my life.  Being content in my singleness and being complete and happy with myself. I don't want to find someone that completes me. I want to be complete and find someone that just makes my life AWESOME!!! Hopefully that makes sense.

Here is my list of impossible things.
Take a look and till next week, adios!
My List of Impssible Things