I will not tempt fate again! I'm sold!

I am a Believer! 240 may not sound good to some, but for me it means a lot! Anyone who knows me, knows that I've been struggling to get to 240 and stay there or under for a very long time now. As you know, I stopped my workouts with ChaLEAN Extreme after my 25th straight day of workouts. I had quite a month and I was beat!

So, I reverted to my usual eating habits, determined to gain the 5 or so pounds that I'd lost back and then some.

I know, self defeating behaviors. In fact, I had just gotten under 240--finally when I stopped! So, it was perfectly fitting that I would destroy all the hard work I had accomplished. Right?

It's a week later now and I made the bold decision to see how much weight I had packed on in my despair. Low and Behold! I had not gained even 1 pound! Not one! In fact I'm down a few points! Unbelievable! In the past I would have put on a solid 10 pounds in the same week of binge eating and such.

But not this time! My progress stayed and now I'm beginning again! The dedication to my workouts does pay off and it's not just more of the same old thing! I will not tempt fate again! I'm sold!

Month Two Another 30 Day Challege

I did them all and I'm still alive! Things couldn't be going better for me! This month has been tough, but I've made it this far. I'm looking forward to a strong month of May! I'm starting Day 1 of the second month tomorrow! Stay Tuned! 

30 Day Workout Challenge... What is Beachbody Doing for Me?

“Fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands…”  Keep Going!!!
Quote: James Corbett

I'm doing a 30 day challenge to keep up with my Beachbody workouts!
Anybody out there want to join?   

I started the Beachbody Workout, Insanity: Asylum last month, but suffered a two week setback with an illness. I accomplished about 12 days of daily workouts total in March. Even though I had the setback; I have not given up! I'm totally in love with the program!

I've found something that doesn't break my body down & put me into recovery for days at a time!

When I was walking for exercise I found myself having to spread out my walks to every 3 days or so. I wasn't able to keep up with it because my body would be hurting so bad I couldn't walk the next day. It seems that everything I've tried over this last year has put me laid out in bed for days at a time!

Since I've started with Beachbody I haven't had one day that disabled me & kept me down!
Not one!

I think the reason I'm able to keep with it, in spite of the Fibromyalgia, is the way in which the Insanity rotates it's workout through different areas of the body each day & since beginning with Beachbody, my life has changed in dramatic ways. I'm eating a mostly raw food diet and I haven't smoked in 11 days! Even my family is getting in on it.

I will be posting a photo of me every day from my workouts and sharing them here. 
Help me be accountable...

I had a setback last month but I'm back in the swing of it! I would love for anybody out there to join me with a commitment to workout or stretch every day for 30 days! You can join any day or time-just join and together we can change our destiny's  one day at a time!

It only takes 21 days to form a new habit! 
Let's put that to the test! Shall we?

I'm now a Beachbody Coach!

Click Here: Become Coach Today & start receiving all the discounts and benefits!

Before I even became a coach; I fell in love with the Beachbody workout I'd ordered! I was sure it would be way out of my ability zone, but I was determined to try anything. I can say with 100% confidence that my Insanity: Asylum work out is the best one that I've ever tried!
I was amazed by my ability to do some of these outrageous moves! I was sure I couldn't do it. True, I'm not doing them full out or as many reps, but I AM DOING IT!

I was even sick for a week and when I went back to the workouts I was still better. Where I had done 2 progressions; I now could do 5!

I've lost 10 more pounds since starting the Beachbody workouts! I haven't been able to get past 240 pounds for a year! 

My agility and flexibility is measurable every day and this is the one workout that doesn't break my body. It seems that the way they move the exercises around the body keeps fatigue and injury away! It's simply amazing!

Now that I'm a coach; I have the potential to earn an income, doing something that I love AND the BEST part... Getting in shape while I do it! Do I have a smile on my face? :) Yes, I do! I get super great discounts and make money at the same time!

There is something so different about these workouts!
A BeachBody workout is better than anything I've ever done before

One Year Update

It's coming up on one year. I have lost 15 pounds over this year. I had hoped for more, but I'm happy to 15 pounds lighter. I have worked out a lot of the bugs this year and I'm excited to see what this next year brings. I've done most of the work on the inside and I feel I'm finally in a great position to really kick my weight loss into high gear. Join me for another successful year!

"The Biggest Loser" on Line.

This is what I wrote on my profile:

I was in an auto accident almost 7 years ago. The journey back to getting fit has been a long one. Just 3 years ago I couldn't even walk stairs. Now I'm finally able to work out. There a many painful days and sometimes I get really discouraged, but no matter what I keep working. Each year since the accident I have been able to do more and more. The doctors diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia and left me to fend for myself. I am no quitter and just today I was able to do 110 sit ups and I can walk up to 5 miles on a good day. 

My first great success was two summers ago when I backpacked 50 miles over 17 days. I thought I would never see my favorite water falls again, but I did! I can remember two years before that I stood 500 feet up the trail unable to go any further. That is when I began getting serious about giving everything I had to change my physical circumstances. At least three times a week I would go to the trail head where one of my favorite swimming holes was and hobble down to the water where I began working out in the water. Two years later I was standing at the water fall 6 miles up and crying my eyes out. It was the happiest day of my life!

It was no easy feat getting there, but that moment would mark a new beginning back to health. I have been working on my weight solid since April of 2012, but so far I have only had small achievements. I wish I could be on the show because I feel that I'm really ready and I could really use some help now. I've done a lot of work, but I really just need that extra help.

I was hoping to sign up for the new season tonight, but I must have been too late.  I was unable to find the link to sign up. So, I created a profile and have begun using the tools there. 

I just love the site! I've been tracking my calories and exercise today and it's working out really well!

I would love to be on the show, but last night when I went to sign up, I couldn't find the place to do it. It was so discouraging because I feel that I'm finally in a place where I could participate and be successful. Maybe I could actually be... The Biggest Loser!

It's the Determination in the Message...

Life is about cycles. We have times where things seem to come easy and then times when they do not. My task is to stick with my goals and plans. No matter if I have several days where my lifestyle plan seems impossible; I need to remember that the dietary plan I've come up with is a plan going forward. I appreciate that there will be setbacks, but I have to be dedicated to meeting the challenge with a long term perspective. 

These past days have been a struggle as far as the diet is concerned, but I'm happy to report that I'm still here and still participating. This in itself is a good feeling. I'm not giving up! I recognize how important changing my dietary lifestyle is and that even if I have to stand alone, I must stick with it! Even if I only lose 1 or 2 two pounds a week that is a loss (a healthy one at that) I should be proud of it. I'm deciding today to stick with it for good! I hope you are too!

For All of Us Who Are Stuck...

You are not alone! There are more people stuck than not when it comes to weight loss. For instance, when I woke up today, I told myself I was going to stick to the plan and really attack my dietary goals. As it turns out, I'm finding it to be a difficult task and I'm wondering when this "Frogger" will actually be making the jump? 
Get the Lead Out!

Do any of you recall watching The Biggest Loser? Did you ever see the trainers tell contestants, "Oh! It's okay! You take a break. Don't worry about your weight loss goals; the pounds will just come off even if you're not working?" 

Heck No! Blood, sweat & tears are the only thing you'll see on that show! Whenever someone wants to slow down or stop, the trainers are hard and harsh! That's what we need to do with ourselves! 
Get Tough!

Today I want to be with you wherever you are. Next to the couch. In the drive-through line. At your lunch table and in your kitchen!

No more of this sweet, nice talk! Save your excuses for something else! Today is the day we make the jump and we continue until we've reached our next weight loss goals! Let the tears roll on out, but don't give up! I wish I could say there's another way to meet your weight loss goals, but there isn't! 

Get rid of the negative self talk and take control!

Every other web site out there is going to feel warm and fuzzy, but it's just sweet nothings! Sometimes we need to hear a harsh word and be held to a higher standard. What we're trying to accomplish is over ridding years and years of habits. This is not an easy task! If it were we wouldn't be reaching out for help in dramatic ways and constantly struggling. 

Personally, I'm unraveling 18 years of bad habits. My hope is that it won't take that long to get back to where I was before my habits changed causing my weight gain. 
I can't afford to be luke-warm!

When I think of all the years I've taken putting on these pounds! It's easy to get complacent, but I have to be tough and stop making excuses! I have to drink my water, take my vitamins, eat the veggies and change EVERYTHING from how I've done it in the past!

So, today when you're going about your day, just pretend that I'm right there screaming at you! I'd be quite annoying! When you start bargaining with your choices just think of what your own personal trainer would be saying?
"No! Don't give me tears and excuses! 
You don't get a break!

"Frogging" A New Idea in Dieting.

Instead of working for a year trying to reach my goal weight, I will make my first milestone within 10 or 20 pounds of where I am today. Just as a frog jumps many times to the finish line, I too, will take smaller more achievable leaps. I want to make these changes lasting and I feel that if I discipline myself to do maintenance stops at strategic milestones; I will make better, longer lasting progress. 

I want to purposefully create resting points where I bring my caloric intake up to a maintenance level and hold it there for a short amount of time. Rather than becoming discouraged and worrying about plateauing after several weeks of dieting; I can take planned stops, making sure that I'm not falling back into my old habits and gaining back all the weight I had lost plus more. Yo-yo dieting is just a plan I cannot live with anymore!

When searching for a long term solution, I find it necessary to institute a multitude of great ideas. I don't stick to just one diet plan, but use the best from many ideas and then add my own flavor to them. In my search to find accountability partners on line I came across a helpful website to keep track of my caloric intake and daily exercise at: Everyday Health. There I found it easy to sign up and use the tools they have there. 

I want to make lasting changes and for me, "Frogging" will be the style with which I attack this plan. So, for now, my goal is to get to 240 pounds. I hope you will try a goal that works for you too and may we all find great success together!

Today is the first day of the rest of my life!

Since the delivery of my second son in 1995, I have struggled to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight and shape. I have attempted every diet known to man and had a few successes, but never fully got to the goal I was attempting or kept the progress I had made for very long.

Today marks my latest attempt. I am running out of time to make the changes needed before I get too fat and too old to really do something about it. I will walk every day and curtail my diet to healthy choices and rewards in small amounts rarely.

It's do or die trying! As long as I can walk; I will walk! As long as I can watch my food intake; I will watch my food intake! I can no longer accept this body I have created and it does not fit into my plans for the future! I will succeed! 

I'm adding walking to my daily regimen day I walked 5 miles. I'm sore, but I'm not too sore. Things went well and I'm looking favorably into the future! 

Better than Meats the Eye!

A Vegetarian Sandwich that I Love!

When I was working at an office in downtown Portland Oregon, USA years ago, I stumbled upon a little deli. It was there I was introduced to this most Fabulous Vegetarian Sandwich!

Whole Wheat Bread-2 slices
Neufch√Ętel cheese or cream cheese-2Tbsp.
Alfalfa or clover sprouts-liberal amount
Cucumber slices-As many as you want! Go for the Gusto!
Onion Slices-Optional

And the secret ingredient that makes this sandwich so delish...

Sunflower Seeds-Raw, Roasted, with salt, but best without!

Of course you can add any other veggies that you love!


The "I Wills" that "I Will" Today!

After an extended weekend; I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day! I am rededicating myself to my weight loss goals and getting motivated!

Today I got up, got dressed, filled my water bottle and headed out for a walk before I could talk myself out of it. What a blessing! The air was fresh and most yards were full of life and color.

I've had a lot of time to formulate my strategy and renew my resolve. There have been so many triggers identified in the last two months that I have gained ample insight as to why I eat the way I do. My desire to keep going runs even deeper and with that being said I want to rededicate myself to all that I've begun.

When thinking of all the triggers that have come to light there is one that really sticks out for me. The fact that I overeat when I'm experiencing pain, whether it's the physical pain or the emotional pain, either one triggers the unhealthy eating and bad habits. Looking over the last two months has shown me that stressing out about my diet super charges the triggers to more bad habits. I have also found it difficult to stick to drinking my daily amount of water and taking vitamins seem to be a turn off over time.

So, what’s the solution?

I don't think there is any magic bullet, nor do I think a secret shortcut exists! In keeping up with all the latest trends and trying just about everything under the sun from past to present, I'm convinced of some very basic designs when it comes to weight loss.

For me, the only times I've ever lost weight in my life, the things that worked best and produced the greatest results were simply these:

1. Cutting Calories. No weight loss has ever happened without a serious reduction in calories.
2. Reducing Eating Times. When I lost 65 pounds one time around 2005, I had decided to eat only 3 simple meals a day and one small evening snack. 
3. Plain old walking has also been one of the best successes for me in the past.
4. Keeping the self-talk positive, Always!

I have also lost weight on Weight Watchers and Curves, but the real evidence has been good old fashioned healthy living. I realize I’ve developed some really bad habits over the last 17 years and getting them out of my life will be the greatest obstacle. When I think of how I ate and the level of activity I used to have; I realize how much things have changed. Sugar coating any of these facts will only be a disservice to the goals ahead of me. Most importantly, I must remember…

Today is a New Day!

The 2 month mark is quickly approaching and my desire to lose the weight is stronger than ever. With that being said I'm restarting my diet guidelines and fast-forwarding into health and wellness. My current weight today is 250.9 which considering the back-slide recently is pretty darn good. 

It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again! So, Today “I Will”…

“I will” begin again and limit my food intake and eating times. I will eat breakfast between 7 and 9am, lunch between noon and 2pm, dinner between 5 and 7pm. I will reserve a yummy snack for the hours before bed, but it will be very small and very yummy!

“I will” drink a minimum of 6 twelve ounce glasses of water and take all my vitamins.

“I will” not eat in between the meal times I have set. In the past I have thought of the in-between times as fasting times and it has helped.

“I will” walk and/or complete a workout twice today.

“I will” get to bed at a regular time, preferably one that reduces my chances of eating. I figure after the 10 or 11 o'clock new will be good.

These are my “I will” commitments moving forward...

So, please join me and let's make a new commitment! We don't need a special occasion or a certain date. What we need is to begin each and every day with a commitment to our lives! We all know what we want, now let's get out there and get it!