Tough Love: I Choose Today To Be My Hump Day

Tough love letter to myself we all agreed to write at the “Fitblogger Tough Love” session with Mrs. Fatass last week at FitBloggin’.

Dear Lena.

You’ve been slacking a lot lately – both in terms of healthy eating (yes, there’s a lot of ice cream pictures that didn’t make it to this blog) and exercising.

I guess when you reach a certain point in your journey (for you it was loosing 20lb) you start thinking that this is it – you’re happy with what you have accomplished, you can cut yourself a little slack.

You start saying “yes” to more and more of those ice cream outings with your family.

You start saying “10 more minutes” in the mornings more often and snoozing your alarm set to go to the gym, and never going after all.

You start saying more often “Oh, I’m so tired, I can skip my workout today”.

You start snacking when you don’t really have to.

You reach for that extra helping at dinner thinking “I worked out today, I deserved it”.

You choose elevator over stairs.

You think teaching indoor cycling one-two times a week is going to be enough to keep you in good shape.

You think that goal set on your FitBit is going to reach itself if you just walk up and down the stairs a couple extra times during work day and say to yourself “Tomorrow for sure” when you don’t hit that goal; and then tomorrow it doesn’t happen either.

You think that as long as this blog looks like that of a fit person you can slack and no one will know (that is horrible hypocrisy by the way).

You forget that all that is EXACTLY what led you to the tipping point when you decided to change everything.


You need to get your shit back together, Lena.

And you’re going to start by going back to basics: 30 days of working out every day – just as you did when you first started this journey.


No excuses and no slacking.

Just doing it – one day at a time.

No, it’s not the first of the month, but we’re not going to hear that “I will start on Monday/the first of next month/new moon” crap again, are we?

We’re going to start today, Lena.

You will then come back here weekly on Wednesdays and report to all the people reading this blog what you did on every one of the past seven days.

I will check back with you in 30 days to see how you did. Remember, that I will also see you every one of those 30 days.

To remind you where you’re going and how it all started.

To kick your butt and give you the tough love you need to wake up and keep going.

There will be no consoling hugs and patting on the back.

Just kicks and cracking the whip.

Because this is what you need right now.

Let’s see what you’re really made of in the next 30 days.

I choose today to be your Hump Day.


Lean Lena


  1. Love this – No excuses and no slacking. Just doing it – one day at a time. I have to do the same! Great post!
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  2. Good luck with your new plan-you’ve got this!
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  3. I think that is wise. Get back to the very basics that supported our change in the first place. Here’s to an active 30 days!
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  4. Alrighty then – I guess you better get to it so you don’t get in any more trouble with yourself. I know how you feel though – I have to get moving to get into it and leading up to that point I am protesting in my mind the entire way but it is the only way. Good for you for being so frank and honest with yourself. #wowlinkup
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    • Hey, as they say – a body in motion tends to stay in motion. I need to give myself that jump start of 30 days to be able to keep going.

  5. Love the idea of a tough love letter-may have to steal it to use with my personal training clients 🙂 Thanks for the great idea and wishing you nothing but success as you work on your goals. #wowlinkup
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    • Feel free to steal it, Catherine! I think it really helps to be publically honest with yourself sometimes 🙂 Keeps me accountable.

  6. Love this! I for one could definitely use a little kick in the butt/tough love too right now. Thanks for sharing! #wowlinkup
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  7. Good for you Lena! Your blog is the perfect resource to stay accountable! I will be routing you on love 🙂
    Thanks for linking up to #PowerMonday!
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  8. Don’t be too hard on yourself, we all have these periods of falling off of the wagon. I think the most important the thing is realizing you have fallen off and you need to get back on track. Visiting from the #wowlinkup
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    • I know…But tough love was exactly what I needed at this time. I was getting too caught up in letting many things slide because “it happens”.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I love the just going back to the basics of how you started. Sometimes that’s the best thing to do.
    And love that you decided to start ASAP, no waiting until a specific date. I’m SO guilty of that!!
    Can’t wait to see what you accomplish!
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    • Hey, I know a girl who once hosted a whole challenge of going back to basics that I was part of 😉
      That challenge was one of the things that inspired me to do it again today 🙂
      Thank you, Brooke!

  10. You can do it, Lena! I love how you are returning right backt o what worked for you the first time around.
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