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My Fitness Journey

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!
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    Great story! I'm 5'2", too and topped out over 160, as well.

    You're just a year older than I am, so we're pretty close! I'm happy you're moving on and upward with fitness!
    3136 days ago
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