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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hips: down 1 inch
Waist: down 1/2 inch
Weight: Unknown

I am not ready to step on a scale, I have only been on this trend of 2 days a week fitness classes for now 6 weeks. I am not ready to know if I have dropped any weight and I am perfectly happy to see inches.

It takes time, it takes effort, it takes stamina...all of which I have none of but I still get up and go. My running is on hold, this heat and humidity is just to much for me to take but I do manage to make those 2 classes a week.

Sadly in 5 days I will be no longer employed :( I will be most likely going back to school to take some upgrades to courses. It looks like a possible student loan debt will be encountered but it just feels good to know I finally am going to college at 36.

Also the unemployment for the time being means I can go to Florida to visit Ma best friend. I haven't seen him in 5 years. I can not wait and although I am not 100% satisfied with my body I know I will be happy and proud to show it off regardless on the beach. I also am going to increase fitness classes, I will have more free time and can attend a few more of the classes that are offered. I think I may also get int he pool as well. I can not wait for the hot tub! lol

One step at a time but yet results. My next step in my journey is to take a look at the eal plans and see what I can do to work with those. Food has always been my enemy, and by enemy I mean not eating enough. I look forward to more knowledge.

What are your steps? where are you at now? Where are you headed?

Remember: When life hands you lemons, squirt juice in your enemies eyes!

  
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DRPEPPIE121 7/23/2014 4:15PM

    Congrats on the inches lost! That's HUGELY GREAT!!! Good job!!! I'm glad you are proud of yourself as you should be!!!

I understand how "food can be the enemy", but is it REALLY? It's easy to place blame on things other than ourselves, and from my own personal experience...I can say that my weight-gain was my fault, and my fault ALONE. It's a lack of self-control for me... and I'm a bit of a glutton/recovering-hedonist...so food ISN'T the enemy as it nourishes my body.... it's myself. I'm my own enemy.

Taking my story as an example, I think it might be good to address those thoughts so you are putting your focus on the right things and making the changes that are necessary and most effective for you.

My steps are "baby steps"... one little success at a time...being as positive as possible... and I'm working hard to get there! My blog describes this over an over.

I hope you are doing well and have a lovely time on vacation when you have that! Also, good luck with all of your new endeavors! You CAN DO THIS!

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A Week of Happiness

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I went on vacation for a week to my cottage. I have always had such fond memories of growing up there and spending my summers. Playing in the lake, hanging with my cousin, fishing with my uncle.

We spent a week there and I was still true to myself. When I got there I set a goal to run to the end of the "main" road. I accomplished that goal. The scenery was beautiful and I hope one day to move up there permanently so I can always enjoy the scenery to run. I ran 3 days and the other days I took nice walks. After I would follow up with a dip in the lake to cool off. It was so refreshing.

I had so much time to think about things, where I am in life, my goals, my dreams. I even had a chance to remember my childhood and the dreams I had as a child. I always knew what I wanted and nothing would ever stop me but it seems life got in the way,

I know now these are my goals and dreams, a healthier lifestyle is priority and I will not let anything stand in my way, I felt so good in that bikini that I want to wear it more and shop for more next year. I also reorganized my dreams and I am now more focused than ever before.

Sometimes getting away, taking time to drift back to the days of your childhood can open up some wonderful doors and keep you more focused. I know it helped me.

  
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DRPEPPIE121 7/14/2014 2:40PM

    GREAT BLOG!!! So glad that your little trip motivated you! Must be nice to have a place to go back to that you remember your whole life. Very special!

Hope you have a wonderful week!

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Something to ponder....

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

"Not everyone will understand your journey. That's fine. It's not their journey to make sense of. It's yours."

I saw this quote today and it led me to write this blog. It really applies to those of us on this journey to a healthier lifestyle. Whether you want to lose weight, tone up, maintain or simply make better choices to aid you in your daily well being, this quote applies to you.

We have all been there, we have family, friends or a loved one that we tell about our goals and in return we get the forever routine response. "You're not fat why would you want to lose." My other fav is "It's a holiday, you can take ONE day can't you."

While we are all choosing our new lifestyle that does not always mean that those around us will support us. I have seen and read it all. "My family doesn't understand." "My friends tell me I am not fat why am I trying to lose weight." My personal fav is :"Just cause your doing it you better not expect me too."

These are all natural responses from outsiders. Those who choose not to follow a healthy lifestyle think that those of us who do are Out of our minds. Some of our family and friends do in fact support us. e can even get them involved and they start their own path to well being but what do we do for those who don't?

When you are faced with the adversity, the non support you must remember this quote. Print it out put it up around the house or on your phone. Write it in every planner, do what you need to make this quote stick because in the end it is is correct. This is YOUR journey, YOUR choice. When you are not getting that motivation or support from others, remember this quote and use it to regain your motivation. You are doing this for yourself, you are worth it.

You may end up surprised at how many of the "not me" people will follow once they see how fabulous you truly are. If they do not, remember they have chosen their journey.

What path will you choose?


  
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ANAWESOMELIFE 6/17/2014 4:22PM

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ICEDCAPPGRRLL 6/17/2014 2:52PM

    LOVE this post. Thank you so much for sharing the quote & your thought with it. :) I totally have someone like that in my life.... my husband. "Oh, you can take one day off ... can't you?" must be his fave. line to me. :( But I just have learned to shrug it off and just do what *I* need to do. :) I will remember this quote and put it everywhere so I can see it everyday. :)

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DRPEPPIE121 6/17/2014 12:34PM

    Great motivating quote you've found! I am glad you're looking for ways to personalize your journey and really make it YOUR'S. That's the MAJOR step most people struggle with.

And everyone's method is also different. There's not one RIGHT way for everyone as a whole. I think there are BETTER ways, but not everyone is gonna choose it.

I also think it is important for us to remember that we are not better than someone else that doesn't choose to support or follow what we're doing. I've just never enjoyed creating an environment where there are outsiders, per say.

I guess the best example is my hubby: he is totally wonderful and supportive! He's actually pushed me to be happy and that's been great! The challenge for me was learning how to make food that was healthier that would also fill him up and make his necessary calories as he is a man and needs more than myself. He supported and supports my meals that I wanna try to make that are healthier for me personally....but his one requirement was that they had to taste good. So, I had backups just in case, and also made side items for him that I wouldn't eat so he would get enough food. He is now trying to make sure he's not getting too much cholesterol, so that's been really cool to see him get more health conscience, so that's exciting.

ANYWAYS, best of luck to you in your journey! IT's EXCITING!

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A_RARE_BEAN 6/17/2014 12:11PM

    Brilliant quote and so apt, thanks for sharing. I think I will add it to my sparkpage!

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Motivation

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The one thing so many people lack even myself is motivation on some if not most days.

What do you do? What helps you and your get up and go action?

What works for me are these group fitness classes, I always went to the gym alone and always just did a quick routine never ever pushing myself. Most days I lacked motivation out of boredom, boredom for the being alone, boredom of the same music, boredom of the atmosphere and boredom of my life.

I found my soloution.

Once I moved into the new neighbourhood, the recreation centre was 2 blocks away. I remember as a kid going swimming there with friends and always having fun at the outdoor as well as the indoor pool and park. I have discovered, as with most places, they have a gym. Their unlimited monthly fitness pass is $47.00 a month with taxes. I signed up. The first week I didn't go, because again the idea of going to the gym was simply boring. Then another answer came to me....the fitness pass included Group fitness Classes.

The next week I tried out the 20/20/20 class. It was tough. It involves a step, the stability ball and hand weights. I have not used the step. The best part was I found out I wasn't alone, there are other ladies in my class who also do not use the step. Score 1 for me. Second of all the trainer is very wonderful, he motivates and plays awesome music. Score 2. The main thing I love about the classes is that every fitness level is there and you are encouraged to go at your own pace. If you can not do an exercise you are shown or allowed to do a different exercise.

I have since taken up 2 other classes during the week. I take it as my appointment for ME time. Also being int he group setting you feel accountable when you don't attend, I feel like I am letting my group down if I am not there. I feel I am letting myself down even more because I really enjoy the classes. The other thing that is really kind of funny, I am a bit competitive, so when I can not do an exercise or a move that others are doing I actually try to get the move down I even practice things at home that I did that day.

I have finally found what makes me tick and I couldn't be happier. When I had to wait till payday and because my membership expired I could not wait to get ti back because I missed it so much. I had a smile when I was able to return.

WHat motivates you? what has finally pushed you to the not giving up point?

  
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DRPEPPIE121 6/12/2014 12:36PM

    Glad you found some motivation! Those group classes are good for accountability because people will realize you're not there if you don't show up. Plus, there's good "unspoken healthy competition" when in a class plus the camaraderie.

My motivation is to feel more comfortable just moving around... and to just MOVE. I sit in a desk about 8 hours a day at work...and to workout is a gift!

GOOD LUCK!!! Keep at it!

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TCLECUR01 6/12/2014 9:38AM

    iam trying to find that motivation right now. I have been in a rut sorta speak lately and just not wanting to exercise. I have been exercising regular 6 to 7 days a week since mid January, lately though I just am getting bored or burnt out not sure which but have taken a break. I havent done the gym thing or classes just at home videos and treadmill, elliptical and outside jogging. My kids are out of school now so going to gym is impossible since we live by no family and just moved so not much for knowing people to babysit either. This fall iam thinking the gym membership would be great. But iam really interested also in hearing how people have gotten motivation or what motivates them.

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My New addiction

Thursday, June 05, 2014

I ended up letting my membership expire due to finances just till this Friday till I get paid. Let me tell you this past week has been HELL! That is when the lightbulb has come on, I am addicted to exercise

Now I know there is healthy addiction and bad addiction regarding exercise. I can honestly say this one is a healthy addiction. I didn't realize it but in the past 3 weeks my body, as much as it complained and made me very sore, is missing going to class 3 times a week.

I am still walking to and from work, so I am still getting 40 min a day which is doing wonders for my moods and self esteem. I put on new bikini took photos and in about another 30 day I will put it on again and take more photos and measurements, I am not going by a scale this time because it always seems to defeat me in the end.

Time will tell, but who knew this was going to happen, who knew this addiction could be so wonderful

  


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