Slowly but Surely!
I am not how much I weigh or how I look, but HOW I FEEL!
I am finding the best me and with this comes a quest to be healthier and more fit. I started my journey in April 2012 at 242lbs and as of December 2012, I managed to loose 50lbs with the support of Sparkers and the tools at SparkPeople. How spirited and light I felt!!!
After getting distracted from my health and allowing stress to overwhelm me, in February 2014, at 214lbs, I decided to take control again- not of the responsibilities, situations and challenges that cause me discomfort, but control of MYSELF and MY RESPONSES to them!
Now, it is April 2016, I've been maintaining at 171-175lbs (24-25% BF) and I'm ready to take it to the next step. My next goal is apx 160lbs (22-23% BF). I am also working on my AFAA Group Fitness Certification to learn more about wellness, my body and how I can help others. I continue to work on accepting myself, balancing priorities and managing stress.
I choose not to fight who I am or what the world has challenged me with. I choose to love, accept and support myself. Becoming the best version of myself is a journey, not a battle.
June 15, 2015:
I will say that I feel I've come a long way from when I started to get moving and become more aware of what I put in my body. I've lost about 70lbs, gone from a 18-20 (at my biggest) to a 10-12 "normal" size, learned more about physical fitness, become a Zumba instructor (now teaching 5 classes a week), completed a Life Coaching program and obtained a diploma as a Nutritional Therapist.
With all of these accomplishments, I still feel like there is a long way to go to get to where I want to be physically. When I plateau or struggle, it feels like it is less to do with my physical abilities/choices and more about my mental state and stress level.
Continuing to manage my mental health in balance with my physical health is a theme for me- and I'm working on it every day.
September 21, 2014:
I've taken on a few more classes and now teach Zumba 4-5 times each week. I'm still working on stress management and some not so great choices I make when I'm feeling stressed out. This really is about lifestyle and small changes over time...
February 1, 2014:
I have been doing a number of good things for myself- I have been teaching Zumba three times a week since last September and have been working with a trainer twice a week to learn more about how my body works and what I can do to remind my muscles that I need them. However, I have also fallen prey to the thought that "since I work out, I need to eat more." Sure, maybe some, but I've gone way past the value of nutrition by eating/drinking when I am emotional (good or bad), stressed or just plain bored.
I am now focusing on being more mindful of what I put in my body and am trying to look at food as a function; fuel for my body, not as a temporary (and high cost) way to to get through a difficult moment.
Life does have it's ups and downs, I'm ready for more ups!!
July 20, 2013:
The past seven months, I have been able to maintain the weight loss I accomplished. I am working now to adjust my diet and exercise routine to build some sexy muscle tone and burn off the unnecessary fat. About three months ago, I joined a "real gym" (I was WAY too scared to do that when I started this journey) and now have a trainer that I work with twice a week for strength training. I still enjoy Zumba classes and recently became a licensed Zumba instructor. I am hoping to put together enough choreography to teach a class soon. I am proud of myself for keeping the commitment I have made to my health and am getting excited about taking this to the next level!
Hi all! Six weeks after I had my second baby, I joined SparkPeople. I am working to get fit and be a happier, healthier individual. After pregnancy, a crazy life, a stressful job and a lifetime of being overweight- IT IS TIME. I am going to do this. I AM GOING TO GET FIT!!
As I undertake this challenge, and a new path in life, I am learning that this is as much a mental journey as a physical one.
My goal is to reduce my body fat and increase muscle tone to be a healthy and strong 160lbs. Why not see how healthy and strong I can get after that- regardless of the number associated!!
I believe getting fit will help me be happier and have more energy!
I DID reach my recent goal of 170 in February of 2015, though there have been some ups and downs since then.
I'm currently working to reach 160lbs by 9/1/15 or 20% BF- whichever happens first! :)
Learn new Zumba routines to share with my students!!
Incorporate strength training and body weight excercises into my Zumba classes.
Do 5 "real" pushups a day.
Find or create a full body strength training routine that I can do independently twice a week.
Get better at "pushing myself" when working out.
Have a healthy BMI!
Decrease my body fat from 26% to 20%.
- Drink 96 ounces of water every day
- Use SparkPeople to count calories and stay in recommended calorie range
- Reduce processed foods, limit white sugar and flour
- Reduce alcohol to social occasions only.
- Enjoy a variety of exercise, including teaching Zumba 5 times each week.
- Practice yoga at least once a week
- Incorporate a full body strength training routine that I can do independently twice a week.
- Practice "Hard is Good" - don't let myself wuss out.
- Explore and practice healthy ways to manage my stress.
- Do something fun and active with my family on a regular basis.
- Work towards a better balance of "me time".
- Use alternatives to alcohol and food for stress reduction and socialization.
6/15/15: 174lbs BF 26.4%
9/21/14: 189lbs BF 28.9%
5/18/14: 202lbs BF 30.7%
3/17/13: 189lbs BF 30%
Secrets of Success
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| Pounds lost: 85.0
Wow! You look amazing! A completely new woman! Congrats!
1312 days ago
Hello My Dear Friend,
Just stopping by to wish you a fantastic week. Let's take it one day at a time for have a healthy, fun, successful week.
I know , let's toward our goals.
1358 days ago
Thank you. You are looking amazing too!
1386 days ago
BEAUTIFUL WOMAN AWARD
Hi! Just a shout out to congratulate you!
You are the recipient of the Beautiful Woman Award!!
"Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the page of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out!"
Again, Congratulations Beautiful!
Thanks for spreading a little beauty, love, friendship, and support into my life!
1408 days ago
Thanks for the insight. It looks like you've made some super awesome progress yourself!
1419 days ago