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Before I decided that I was going to take the journey to fitness, I had followed a path of destruction with my weight. It seemed like I was always trying this diet or that never focusing on the meat of the issue -- it's not about the scale.

So with that in mind ....

My journey to fitness began in October of 2006 when I was at my highest weight ever. I began a personal training program with Barb, a trainer at my local gym. I was very diligent for about four months, and had successfuly dropped 20 pounds. Then I became lazy and stopped going to the gym regularly. Fortunately, I had adopted a better way of eating and continued eating that way until I finally decided to get drop dead serious about this.

So in September of 2007 I decided to get really serious. My brother was getting married in November and I used that as my jumpstart. I began working out to SI6 an exercise video that I found on the internet. It was a six-week program which would put me right at my brother's wedding day. I made sure to take pics before I started. I followed the DVDs exactly how I was supposed to and at the end of the program, I had lost 9 pounds. Doesn't sound like much, does it? If that darn scale were my only basis of measurement, I might not have continued. But I took my after pic and oh, my goodness!! Those 9 pounds didn't even matter because what the pics showed was amazing. It looked like I had lost 40 pounds. Those pics to this day are the single biggest motivator and reality check. Since then, I have faithfully taken pics each and every month to keep me focused on what really matters. It is definitely not the pounds.

In October just before I finished the DVDs, I decided that maybe I should go back to Barb at the gym to finish up the rest of my training sessions. I was embarrassed at first after being AWOL for all of that time, but she was great. We just continued on as though I hadn't missed a beat. We finished up the sessions that I had left and I continued on training on my own. I still go to her about once every month to get measured and body fat tested and all of that good stuff. She has been such an inspiration in this journey.

I, like many others had tried every diet known to man, and boy could I lose weight. Willpower -- no problem. The problem was and is that diets are NOT a way of life. Because as soon as that diet was over, boom, back came all the pounds. The worst part is that I am not an overeater nor an emotional eater. My problem was that I wasn't eating enough -- enough of the GOOD foods, that is. What's wonderful now is that I am NOT on a diet. When I'm hungry, I eat. I do not forbid any foods. Don't get me wrong, though, I watch what goes in my mouth. But if I do decide to have that piece of cheesecake or french fries, I don't beat myself up about it. Once we start beating ourseles up, that's when that wicked downward spiral begins. What I've found is that negative thoughts lead us to negative actions. So now I have that cake and truly enjoy it. I just get my butt into the gym the next day.

I work out now between five and six days a week. Usually three days of strength training and the rest playing tennis. Tennis is my passion and something I hadn't been able to do for such a long time because I was too out of shape. As for going to the gym and doing strength training, not something I really enjoy. But in order to stay fit, it is something I need to do. And boy do you get results.

At this point, I am so thrilled with my progress. I am more fit now than I have been in my whole life. Funny thing, I weigh much more, but that weight is distributed far differently. I went from a tight 22 to an 8 and sometimes a 6. My focus is not on the scale any longer. I am focused now on my fitness level and on the way I look and feel. I know I'll never be a supermodel, but I will always strive to be as fit as I possibly can.

As you go along on your fitness journey, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, don't beat up on yourself. Second, don't set outrageous goals for yourself. Baby steps are the way to go. Third and way up there, take pictures of your progress each and every month. Forget about the scale. You will stay so motivated watching your body shrink. Because when that scale fails to go down and you are ready to throw in the towel, you can look at those pics and see just how well all of your hard work is paying off.


Member Since: 4/21/2008

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My goal is to be more fit tomorrow than I am today.


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Right now I'm eating lots of good food each and every day and staying active by doing what I love --playing tennis -- and strength training three times a week



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My name is Debbie and I am from Surprise, AZ.


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Big things can happen by taking little baby steps.




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