Thursday, May 30, 2013

Happy Birthday and My Big Announcement!



Today is my 40th Birthday! Happy Birthday to me! While thinking about my upcoming birthday I started reflecting on the changes I've made in my life over the past few years. One of the main reasons I took this journey was to help ensure that I'm around to watch my kids grow up, but I was surprised to find an extra benefit. I found that I really wanted to share my story with others and help them on their own journey. So a year ago I started this blog and I've enjoyed writing here. I have found that it helps me stay motivated to stick with the changes I've made. I like reading other people's stories and offering/receiving support from others who are taking this journey too.

So this year I decided to take another step in that direction. I gave myself a sort of early birthday present and signed up to be a Beachbody coach! I am so excited about this next phase of my life! I am looking forward to having a more hands on opportunity to help others! Now you may wonder why I chose Beachbody. After losing some weight I hit a plateau, as most people do. I was more than half way to my goal but as soon as I stayed on that plateau for months I started to get discouraged. I felt like giving up. Not only giving up just on losing more weight, but on maintaining the weight I had reached too. I was beginning to feel like a failure and I wondered if I had been crazy to even think that I could really change.


That is when I was introduced to Beachbody. I approached a friend of mine for some advice on how to get off my plateau. At the time I didn't realize she was a Beachbody coach, I just knew she was knowledgeable about fitness and working out and I figured she would be able to help me. She recommended Slim in 6. I love this program! It really did help me move forward and reach my goal! I still use it often. As part of signing up to be a coach I ordered a new workout program, Hip Hop Abs. I'm excited to try a new program and start this new challenge. Join me and lets move forward together! :)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

New Year's Resolutions & a Challenge!



So it's been almost 6 months since New Years Day...how are you doing with your resolution? For me, June was always that month when I realized I hadn't achieved my goal, or even come close to it! This was always the time when I had to face the fact that I had not worked as hard as I should have, or could have. Usually I would just throw in the towel at this point in time because it was obviously too late to have a better summer body, so I may as well just enjoy the summer, right?

Well that changed for me, and now instead of throwing in the towel I find that the end of May is the perfect time to renew those resolutions! So, with that in mind I'm kicking off my very first Fitness Challenge! It is going to be a 30 day challenge and if you are interested in joining in leave me a comment and I'll contact you with the details!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Announcing....



I have exciting news! I think it's exciting anyhow! I'm taking a new step in my life and on my healthy life style journey. I'm not quite ready to make the big announcement yet, but it's coming! I hope all of you will join me in this next phase of my life!

So stay tuned....!!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Hospital food


So I spent most of the day at the hospital with my mom yesterday and I'm preparing to head back today. Don't anyone start worrying, she will be just fine. It's just going to take some time. But yesterday we joked a lot about the food they are feeding her there because overall it is not very appetizing. I mean, most of it sounds good, even kind of looks good....but the taste is not that great! When you get right down to it a lot of the food is highly processed and we all know that eating a lot of processed food is not healthy.


This is what was brought for lunch today (she didn't get a choice). So you have milk, canned asparagus, and a sloppy joe. Oh, don't forget the wheat roll on the side. Appetizing isn't it? Healthy? Well, I guess you can say a wheat roll might be healthier than a white roll. Asparagus is a vegetable, but I do believe it loses a lot of nutritional value when canned and then "re-heated". The sloppy joe? I'm not sure what to tell you with that one. I was told it tasted like left over meatloaf that was thrown on a hamburger bun. Doesn't sound or look very healthy to me.

We looked at the menu options for tomorrow and there is literally no option for something "light", even as a side dish. Meaning, there is no choice of a fresh fruit bowl or fresh fruit salad. There is no option for any kind of a deli-type sandwich. Most things on the menu are high carb, highly processed and highly likely to promote constipation. In order to make them more palatable they often need high fat condiments added, like the asparagus needed tons of butter added, you know that's not good. Now, granted when I went down to the cafeteria there were other, better options, but not many of them. But most patients aren't headed down to the cafeteria to eat!

Does this seem wrong to anyone else? I mean you go to the hospital because you are sick or hurt. Their job is to help you get healthy...but the food is working against that goal! Most hospitals even boast about how many dieticians they have on staff just waiting to help you make healthy choices...but how do you make the healthy choices when you don't have the options while in the hospital? Yesterday the nurse even joked around about how bad the food is. Not to mention the fact that the cafeteria closes at 2pm! What? So anyone there at the hospital visiting, or staying with a patient, has a very, very small choice in getting something to eat after 2pm unless they can leave the hospital (which just might be the better choice for food anyhow!)

This just seems ironic to me. I know it's difficult to provide good healthy food for 100's of people, but I honestly think there is a better way than this! If you ever watched Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution where he worked on replacing the processed foods in school cafeterias with fresh foods and meals made from scratch, then you know it IS possible to cook for hundreds of people and be healthy at the same time! Not only is it possible but Jamie Oliver was also able to show schools how to provide those meals at the same cost or less than the processed foods! If you haven't seen this particular program then how about Rachael vs Guy or Food Network Star? The contestants on these programs are often challenged to provide meals for large groups. Granted they are not always the healthiest meals, but they are not processed meals either. It can be done!
What's that saying about "An apple a day will keep the Doctor away?" hahahaha

What do you think? Should our hospitals provide fresher, healthier meals for the patients, visitors and workers?

Monday, May 6, 2013

Confidence Gained


The other night I had a long time friend over to visit. We had not seen each other in about 8 years, long before I started my successful weight loss journey. We reminisced about old times and one of the things we talked about was how we have each changed over the years. One of the biggest changes in me is the confidence I have gained over the past many years. Some of that is due to growing older, and hopefully wiser! Some of that confidence was gained through various experiences during that time as a wife and mother. Some of that confidence is owed to service that I was able to perform for others during that time, which ultimately helped me grow.


There is, however, a portion of that confidence that I gained through my weight loss. Not because being skinny automatically makes you more confident. I wish that was true! Many of my insecurities were there before I gained the weight, while I was overweight and I still carry them with me even though I no longer carry the extra weight. No, it's not being skinny that made me confident. I think it was being successful with such an overwhelming thing.

I mean, let's be honest. It was totally overwhelming to think to myself..."I have gained 90 pounds since high school". WHAT?? How on earth did it get to be 90 pounds?? That's more than the weight of two of my kids combined! To think about needing to lose that much weight can be downright discouraging and overwhelming. I know that for years I was just completely overwhelmed by the idea. However, as I worked at it and I started to succeed I gained the confidence that I could do it. In fact, I started with a goal to lose just 45 pounds. That sounds relatively small now, but each time I weighed in and saw that I had lost another pound, or even just 1/2 pound, my confidence grew.

By the time I reached my original goal I had decided that wasn't enough. I knew that since I had lost 45 pounds I could lose more! At this point in time I decided I should talk to my doctor to find out what weight was healthy for me at my age. I hadn't started with the doctor because honestly I doubted that I would really lose more than 5-10 pounds, ok maybe 20 pounds. I honestly did not think I was capable of losing more than that. My doctor advised me to set a goal for another 35 pounds, and no more. I knew I could do that, my confidence was strong.

The interesting thing is that it wasn't just my confidence in losing weight that grew, it was confidence in myself in all aspects of my life. I became more sure of myself as a wife, as a mom, as a neighbor and as a friend. I didn't really recognize that "gain" until I was talking to my friend about it, until we were talking about High School and the way things used to be.



I'm thankful I took this journey and gained CONFIDENCE! With it you can do just about anything!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Small Reminder

So in my last post I asked "What have you gained?" Well last week I had an experience that reminded me of something I have gained by losing 80 pounds. Last fall my parents came out to visit for a weekend and my mom brought some shirts from one of my sisters that she didn't wear anymore. Score for me! I haven't been able to get hand-me-downs from my family for like 20 years! Anyhow, the shirts were all low cut t-shirts that you layer. Well I didn't own any tank tops for layering. I was way too warm blooded when I was over-weight to wear layers. Since it was fall I had a difficult time finding tank tops too so instead I bought a couple of light weight long sleeve t-shirts to go underneath.

That worked great for fall and winter, but now that we are headed into summer I needed some tank tops. So last week I went to buy some. This still proved to be a difficult process. You would think that since we have been having 80 degree weather there would be tank tops all over the place, and there were! But many of them were all lace, or covered in sparkles, and they almost all had just the little spaghetti straps. They did not work with the shirts I needed to wear them with. My plan was to buy 2 black and 1 white since I had been lucky enough to find 1 white tank last fall.



I finally found 1 black one in my size and 1 white one. They were on sale, but it was a "buy one get one free" sale and I had no intention of buying a 3rd one at full price. There were no others in my size so getting a 4th free one was not an option. I was pretty frustrated with that, and then I had an idea...I remembered my little tiny sister (I say "little tiny" because her waist is about the size of my arm!) saying that she sometimes shops in the kids department because she is so small. Well I checked out the juniors department and was absolutely disgusted with the clothing I found there! There was no way anything in that department would work for the layering I wanted to do! So I took a chance and went to the little girls department.

I am still in shock to say that I not only found the exact kind of tank top I was looking for, but they had one that fit me too! AND....it was less expensive than the ones in the women's department! HAHAHAHA Granted, it is pretty skin tight, but since I'm wearing it under another shirt that doesn't really matter! It comes up high enough on my chest to keep me modest (I know, modest is a dirty word in today's society, but I still value modesty) and the straps are not the little spaghetti straps!

I'm wearing it today! :) 


If I had not lost my extra 80 pounds there is no way I would have been able to get new-to-me clothes from one of my sisters and certainly no way I could have shopped in the pre-teen department!