One Month Challenge: Gymvember, Week 3

[Everyone’s got a vice, a bad habit, something they know they need to change. Unfortunately, everyone also has a million excuses why they just can’t do it. Not anymore. Every month we will be following a different CollegeCandy writer as she takes on a personal challenge. This month, Melanie is putting her health first and going to the gym….every day….without excuses. We watched her suffer through her first week, and breeze through week 2. This week, though, Melanie faced a whole new sorta challenge.]

So, just wanted to let you guys know that this stupid One Month Challenge is officially cursed. When my sister gave up her penchant for junk food for a month, her and her bf broke up. Fast forward 2 challenges later, I broke up with my boyfriend, who was living with me and my roommate. All drama aside and cutting to the chase: I skipped a day at the gym. Oops. However, I have been getting a significant amount of cardio in from my sporadic post-break up sobbing in public/indiscriminate panic attack dry heaving. I can already feel my abs tightening.

Now, I’ve started to work out even harder at the gym, pushing myself to my full limits. Actually, skipping a day made me work even harder. I think my body needed the rest. Except this week really, really sucks for working out. There’s nothing I want more than to curl up on the couch clutching my bottle of Pinot Grigio, my two new boyfriends Ben and Jerry and weep while watching “It’s Complicated” because I will never find a guy like John Krasinski. But oh no, I have to take my multi-vitamin as per Jillian Michaels, pound out some time at the gym, do crunches, do my sobbing abs exercise and try my damndest not to skip another day.

Additionally, I’ve thrown my energies into work, pulling 12-hour days just to avoid thinking about it, which leads to more fatigue complications. Alas, I have been plugging through, altering between high-energy workouts and lethargic half-assed push ups.

My plan is to just keep going, forget that I skipped one stupid day and work even harder. I mean, I’ve got to get my body right in order to look hot in that LBD since I’m now back on the market. The timing couldn’t be better as I feel my clothes fitting better and the pounds dropping off the scale. Not to mention, my eating habits have changed completely to accommodate my gym schedule and my breakup nausea. I’m not going to say things are going well. Things are simply going.

[Check out the other One Month Challenges we’ve taken on. And if you’ve got a challenge you want to tackle (and be held accountable for), email us and we could feature you next month! We promise, not all challenges end in heartbreak.]

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