My Fitness Journey
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
As a teenager in highschool, I was always involved in sports. I played softball, basketball, and was in track (but was very lazy and just did what I could to get by in track!), but always felt I was bigger than others (5'4 135). Looking back, I wasn't THAT heavy, but I sure didn't eat right (lunch was doritos and donuts and supper was a Hardees bacon cheeseburger, fries and a Dr. Pepper) but being active kept me from being too overweight. (These meals were mainly after my Mother passed away my senior year).
After I graduated highschool, I had an office job and sat all day. My eating was still very unhealthy, and I became inactive and gained about 35 lbs over the next few years. (I have never had children, but I have stretch marks from gaining all that weight). In 1985 I weighed about 170. I lost 20 lbs just by "dieting" (bad word!). Then one day I saw a commercial about real people that had lost weight, I ordered the program "The Sybervision of Weight Loss" and followed it. It basically taught you to eat right and exercise. It came with tapes, a workbook, and food log (nothing like Spark people, but it was a start!). I followed it and lost about 30lbs.(I was flown to California and did an infomercial for them too!) I kept most of the weight off until 1999 when I visited Australia and gained 10 lbs the month I was there and couldn't lose it.
In 2001 I read the book "The bible cure for Muscle Gain and Weight Loss" by Don Colbert and applied the principals in it to my eating and was able to lose about 10 lbs and keep it off. I also began working out 5-6 days a week, and in 2004 I took up running. Running is the main thing (along with proper eating) that helps me maintain my weight loss.
In 2007 I became a certified personal trainer to help others in their journey to better health. At my YMCA I am a fitness trainer and I show many ladies my photos of "before" so they can see that if I can do it, they can too. Although I was not "obese" at 170, I was still overweight and unhealthy. I try to inspire them to be healthy and make better choices.
Although weight loss has been an outward result of eating right and exercise, the main reason I try to be fit is for my future health. Both of my parents died in their 40's, (I am 44) and both were lifestyle related (in my opinion). I feel that both of them made decisions that affected their health and ultimately their lives. Their lifestyles of smoking, drinking, eating fried foods, not exercising, affected them in a negative way, so anything they did, I do not do, and anything they didn't do (exercise) I do. At my last physical, I passed with flying colors, and it is due to hard work and dedication. Fitness isn't just something I do, it is my way of life.
I maintain a healthy weight of 110-113 lbs, and eat 5-6 meals a day. (Joining Sp in 2008 helped me lose that last 8 lbs and keep it off, and stay healthy) The things I have learned over the last 25 years have helped me in my journey to a healthy lifestyle. My passion is sharing this with others.