Tuesday, September 03, 2013
I just passed my 4 year anniversary on SparkPeople. Woo Hoo!
I guess if I wanted to pass on some type of inspiration at this milestone I would say allow yourself to be human on journey. Allow your journey to be unique.
I certainly haven't been perfect over the last 5 years of my journey (4 on spark and one before). I'm not at my ideal weight or shape in my mind. Some people want to give up after 4 weeks or 4 months, but you need to realize that it's a lifetime, lifestyle that you are going for. So while this 4 year anniversary is a blessing, it's just a drop in the bucket of what I'm going for.
You need to develop an attitude that will not allow failures on any day to stop you in your tracks. I've gone up and down from 95 lbs lost to maintaining at least a 75 lbs loss. At 95 lbs I was losing muscle and had a higher percent body fat. At 75 lbs lost I just got the best rating I could get on a life insurance policy due to my lab results and stats. So what is in a number? Quit letting the scale dictate your success. Get healthy.
This just needs to be your daily schedule. Eat right, workout, be awesome, repeat. In order to do that you have to have healthy food in the house, a plan, and some will power.
You have to have accountability partners. I have many of them and without them there would have been many days where I just skipped my workout.
No one can make you do it - you have to want it and do it and get over your excuses. Unless of course you want to stay over weight and out of shape. I'm currently working on getting past my obstacles of the last couple of months.
Life is never perfect. Family, friends, job, children, environment will never be perfect. Quit expecting perfect or saying when this or that changes then I can focus on me. If that is your expectation then you will never get around to it.
Just finishing up with the thought that you are worth it so don't give up. Don't try and be exactly like anyone else on their journey. Do what is right for you.
I did try something in August that was on my bucket list - wouldn't have been able to do it 5 years ago. I went paddle boarding with friends and family. This was an exciting day for me and I plan on going again. Set some goals and try new things.
I love my fitness life now. I've completely changed my eating habits. Those things took time for me and for my family. Don't give up - you can do this one day at a time.
So I'm still here...plugging along one day at a time. Good luck to you on your journey.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Three years ago this month I started a virtual journey on one of my spark teams. The goal was to start from wherever you lived and journey by tracking your mileage to Forks, Washington. That was the place that started the Twilight Saga in the original book Twilight. In order for me to get there, I had to track 2,262 miles. This month I finished that journey.
Here are a few pictures from along my journey:
During the journey I trained for and completed my first and only half marathon. I did the Dallas Rock N Roll.
I did a mud run and a foam run.
I've run with tattoos, tutus, and finished in color from the color run.
I've lost count of how many 5ks I've done with my BFF and daughter in tow - we really loved the glow in the dark electric run.
Ha - not a big fan of running with head gear!
I love my Twilight Sisterhood and the support I've had from many of the women on the team. We've watched our kids grow up and seen our lives change over the last three years.
It's brought me great joy to know that I have impacted my children's lives by eating healthier and working out. My youngest daughter completed the Hell Run and has inspired me to try more difficult races.
This blog would be too long if I posted pics of everything. I think what I'd like to convey about the journey was that through the process of tracking mileage through walking, jogging, running races, swimming, zumba, biking, etc., etc., is that I learned how to make being active a consistent and routine part of my life. It's helped me keep off 80 lbs that I lost along the way.
I gained enough confidence to get certified as a personal trainer and a Fit 2 Fight boot camp instructor. I enjoy teaching a small group of women on a weekly basis now for more than a year.
Just a few pics to end the parade - life gets messy so roll with it and workout. Our foam fest medal, my medal from my one and only 5 mile race, and then joy of joys - a picture of me with my youngest and oldest daughter! Finally got my other daughter to do her first race with us!
I just celebrated my 51st birthday this month and I tried paddle boarding as my birthday party outing with daughters and friends in tow. At the end of the month I'll celebrate my 4th year here on SP. All of this rolls into a deep satisfaction that I didn't let excuses from life, health, age, and circumstances keep me from being active and achieving healthy lifestyle goals.
I'll always end these kind of blogs by saying if I can do this then so can you. If you need encouragement let me know. I'm happy to try and help those who want to help themselves and need some support.
This week I'm on vacation in Destin and I've logged my first six miles of walking on the beach to start my second virtual journey. Have you ever tried anything like that to help you stay on track? Why not start one today?
Many thanks go out to all the people who have encouraged and supported me along the way! In the end no matter who supports you, the workout will not get done unless you get up and do it. Set a goal and go for it! The reward is so worth it.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
One of my most faithful workout buddies over the last year.
Race for July - Splash Dash - this was the first race where both of my daughter's did the race with me. My oldest daughter doesn't usually like these things but I think she enjoyed it enough to want to do another race with us.
We're working out more - we're going to Destin, FL in August and we're all working to get in better beach shape. I say this is a good thing but then I did whine slightly when my youngest daughter drug me out of bed this morning to go running!
I did enjoy the run this morning and was totally happy that we got a workout in.
I feel like I'm doing better right now on eating and working out that I did in May. I'm coming up on Four Years! on sparkpeople so just know through experience that there are ups and downs and you just have to keep going no matter what happens in life.
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