That describes my journey best. I may not have the body of a model but I have the heart of persistence! Making a lifestyle change isn't easy. Things happen, priorities shift, excuses set in. I want my health! Not so I look good in a bikini or can snag a man. I can do both at any weight. As I approach 50 this year I want my body to ache less and to have more energy. I just did a three day Herbalife challenge and lost 10 lbs of fat and gained 5 lbs of muscle. That's pretty darn good! It gave me the boost I needed so I'm continuing on, getting back up and pursuing what I want and need.
Honestly, I should think more of myself. I should have known I'd make it this far but I didn't. Lord knows I haven't been perfect. Ate some pizza here, had a snack there - but for the most part sticking to the program. Even if I didn't stick to the program at all the biggest success has been I've been preparing meals for myself and my kid/roommates for two stinking weeks! I haven't done that since they were in elementary school and I've never done it for myself. Here's what I'm learning:
Eggs are my best friend. I HATE eggs but when I hide them in a bunch of veggies and meat I can eat them. Sure does make packing breakfast a lot easier!
Prep Prep Prep! The first week I was spending every day after work cooking dinner then cleaning up from dinner and prepping for the next day and cleaning up after that. That was not going to last. Now I'm getting used to cooking more food than the 3 of us need and it's working out a lot better.
Sugar and carbs are evil. After I ate that pizza I felt so bloated! Not to mention the next day dealing with coming down from my sugar high. It showed up on the scale too and that didn't make me happy :
The good news is that I've lost 10 pounds! I was doing this for health reasons but I don't mind that my pants fit looser :)
So I began my epic adventure and crappy life happened. My 20 year old son was in a freak motorcycle accident and died. I've been a bit of a mess since then and dieting/exercise hasn't been on the top of my list. Last week I started following the paleo style of eating to support my friend, Lorne, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. I'm not doing it for the weight loss, I'm doing it for the health. Losing 10 pounds over the past week was an unexpected gift. Shoot! I ate hamburgers that I put bacon inside of and fried them on the bacon grease! It defies logic but I'm going with it. I'm not exercising or doing anything exciting, just packing meals for myself and my working kids. I don't feel like Suzy sunshine thinking I can do it when I don't know that I can, but I have to think somewhere in this journey I can succeed and keep succeeding. Cheers to that my friends.
So you saw, I've rebooted myself and am continuing on my health adventure. It's almost harder restarting after seeing success than starting from scratch. I decided to motivate myself this week by making some goals I could do. Work out 5x in 7 days - aw ya, I can do that!
Well Monday-Wednesday I had excuses. Thursday came along and I had a choice. Fail myself or try something crazy (for me). Normally I do yoga on Thursdays but felt like going to the gym. I put in a half hour on the treadmill and a half hour resistance training on major muscle groups. Good start! Now the crazy part - I grabbed a protein shake and a half hour rest then did my yoga class! I sweated like a pig, I was shaking for the tree pose and 2/3 of the way through wondered when we got to the part where we get to just lie on the mat. Afterwards, I glowed. In fact I'm still glowing.
Succeeding just for the sake of keeping my own word and making a change feels awesome. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself and hold yourself to it!
This lady reminds me of me. I have started going to yoga and the gym. Yoga seems so calming - all the movements are slow, they play mellow music, they talk slow. Why in the world then am I sweating like a pig in the middle of my sun salutation? lol I may not look as good as the other people in the class, or be able to be all bendy, or able to touch my toes BUT I'm getting the benefits from being there. Since putting aside my worries about looking like a bull in a china shop and just doing my work outs and eating right, I've lost 11 lbs. I'm so encouraged! You can be encouraged too. Getting in shape is not about anyone but you. I took time off to assess what I really wanted. I gave myself permission to be happy with myself overweight and came to the conclusion that it's not for me. So if it's not for me, then I needed to make some changes in my heart. I'm not saying that I'm not going to fall but I'm saying as I think of myself differently the healing in my body and mind come :)
I can't believe it! I would like to say I'm at my goal weight but I'm not. I have changed my life though and I'm not done. I do so many healthy things for myself without even thinking because they're a habit. I am not giving up, I'm still fighting. My encouragement to whoever reads this is just that, don't give up. Work hard, no excuses, do it! ( that was for me) lol
My pursuit goes on. I've stalled at 40 lbs but dang it, I'm still going! It's almost been a year and a half. My life has changed forever, just bringing the body along for the ride :) Keep on keeping on my friends!
Wow! I have been so busy! Quite sad when I don't have a minute to blog or even to do a load of laundry. Things have been awesome. I'm now down 3 dress sizes and shrinking. I'm enjoying my regular full time job and my Herbalife business is starting to show a return. Not only am I making money but I get to be part of helping others get healthy and that just makes my day :) Another perk is that my family is either taking product or becoming distributors which makes it even more fun!
I've been kind of at a standstill with my weightloss for the past month, however, I started back on my shake program and lost 6 lbs and 2% body fat last week. My next goal is to have lost 40 lbs.
What a week! Actually, what a couple of weeks. The transmission on my car went out and it was decided that it was much more costly to fix the transmission than to buy another car. Now I'm walking to work every day, which is probably what I should have been doing because I only live about a 1/2 mile from my work. Too silly to drive that short distance! I've wanted to get a workout in the morning because I had heard that was the best time to do it but I've been having a heck of a time waking up earlier than 5. Now I have a way to kick start my metabolism and not get up in the wee hours :)
I'm still writing 35 on my hand because I haven't gotten there yet. Frustratingly, I haven't been able to do my shakes in almost two months because of finances but I should be receiving my order tomorrow! I'm so happy to get back on my program! My goal is to buy my summer clothes 3 sizes smaller.
The other thing that has been awesome has been the Wellness Challenge I've been leading. Being able to be a part of other people changing is so encouraging. If you don't have a support group, I strongly encourage you to get one. Everyone that faithfully shows up every week is such an inspiration!
My name is Kat and I'm a single mom of two young adults. I have not always been overweight but after having children and going through some personal hurdles, let it get out of control. My philosophy about eating is this: Eat real food. Real eggs, butter, veggies. Eliminating processed junk as much as possible. I eat butter, not faux butter product because I believe my body can better process real food rather than chemicals.