Friday, October 23, 2009
My journey toward health and fitness has had many peaks and valleys since I started nearly five years ago. Although I was at my heaviest weight ever 6 weeks ago (166 lbs at 5’2”) I LOVE this world of exercise, health, fitness and nutrition! I credit this love beginning from watching an infomercial in a hotel room. Like all infomercials, Turbo Jam looked like the best thing in the world. This time, it truly was the best thing in the world. I became ADDICTED to Chalene and her program. Even though I am very coordinated, I was determined and alone and learned the moves quickly. I couldn’t get enough of Turbo Jam! By the end of that summer I exercised my way down to 138 lbs. (My start weight was 152 lbs). I would have lost much more if I controlled my eating.
Then the pressures of being PTA president began to pack back on the pounds. I was constantly stress eating and missing workouts. I felt so guilty when I missed a workout and missed it so much but thought I was too stressed and busy to fit it in. I gained 15 lbs over the next year. After joining Weight Watchers I lost some weight again and kept on jamming.
This type of cycle went on over the last several years. I kept working out with Chalene through Turbo Jam, going to the gym for Turbo Kick classes, and Chalean Extreme. I also tried running over the years but kept injuring myself with overtraining, bad form and ill-fitting shoes.
Earlier this year, my husband was laid-off. This was a devastating blow to me and I slipped into depression. Working two part-time jobs to pay the bills, I never exercised and my eating was completely out of control.
A few weeks ago I stepped on the scale and saw that I now weighed over 165 pounds at 39 years old. I asked myself “What am I waiting for?” My life is passing by and I am just wasting my God-given talents and abilities to love and help others. I decided right then I would start taking care of myself so I will finally take the steps to live to my potential. I am starting with myself – SLOWLY. This was key because I was so unhealthy that I would injure myself if I pushed as hard as I wanted to.
I set a goal to train for a 5K race. Using Podrunner Intervals on Itunes, I am now in my 7th week (out of 10) of training for a 5K. Six weeks ago I struggled to jog for 90 seconds. Now I can jog for 25 minutes! (Maybe longer, who knows?) My next step is to add in some PiYo (thanks again, Chalene!). I also want to add ChaLEAN Extreme and Turbo Jam back into my routine after a few more weeks. I am making permanent changes here and I want to make sure my body and my busy life can handle all the motivation and movement I want to add.
As for the future of my fitness journey… I want to inspire hundreds of people, the same way Chalene has inspired millions, especially me. I am soul-searching how I plan to do that. My dream is to be a part of huge changes that work to reverse the obesity epidemic in children and adults alike.
Thank you Chalene! I don’t know where I would be right now if it weren’t for you!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
It is so good to be back. I've been away from SP for most of 2008. I've missed you all, but I've been busy with life and then it just got hard to get back into the swing of things. I'm still not back in the swing yet, but I'm in my planning stage and plan to get healthy again with a New Years Day start date. Until then, I will be taking care of my house and organization so that I can focus on Lookin' Fine in 2009.
I'm eagerly awaiting my new program, ChaLEAN Extreme! to arrive to help raise my motivation to a new HIGH.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
3/19/08, 12:35 am
Last Friday, I began a downward spiral that turned me back into a possessed sugar junkie. I have sabotaged my efforts and taken quite a step backwards from all the great progress that I've made the last 5 weeks. I really want to kick my sugar habit for good. I've noticed that I am sluggish, moody, have insomnia (notice the time above), nausea, hopeless, rapid irregular heartbeat (scary!),...I felt so good when I removed sugar from my diet. Why did I let it back in? I have no good answer. I consciously broke my promise, repeatedly. I want to get back on track and conquer this demon in my psyche. I can't be all I am meant to be when I am on sugar. The next few days are going to be a challenge, but I will make it through. I will learn from this slip...starting now!
Monday, February 18, 2008
I have been on a roll! Since Ash Wednesday, February 6, I have been successful with tracking all of my calories, cutting out sugary foods, processed junk and desserts, working in strength training, and have begun to cycle my calories. My results in 13 days -- I've lost 3 lbs and I feel great! I have lost more in the last 3 days than I have in 6 months. I feel focused and determined. I don't know how long I have until my motivation and determination wane, but I'm going to give it all I've got until then!
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