Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
- The past two-and-a-half years of exercise have put me in better shape and it's showing in the class.
- I'm one of the heavier ladies in the class, but I'm keeping up with thin girls - due to #1.
- While it gets tough at times I'm able to keep up and I'm not dying when it's over.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
- Been tracking my food.
- Drank at least 64 oz. of water daily, and more many days.
- Making much better food choices, both in portions and types of food.
- Pushed myself in exercise a few times this week.
- Made some serious decisions about what needs to be done to finish what I've started.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
When did you become interested/concerned about getting healthy?
Before I turned 30, I always heard people say "Everything changes when you turn 30." I thought it was a silly thing to say, UNTIL I turned 30! I realized I couldn't eat whatever/when ever I wanted to. To be totally honest, I saw a picture of myself and at first glance I thought it was my older sister. At that point, I knew that I wanted to keep my weight down, and be healthy.
Did you have any health issues that lead you to change your lifestyle? No.
Have you ever struggled with your weight? After I had my daughter, who is now 10, I was determined to NOT stay at my post pregnancy weight/pant size. Being a size 12/14 at the time devastated me. Because my family has a tendency to be overweight, I try to stay aware of my weight gain.
What are your must-have foods that you keep on hand at all times to keep you "on plan"? Fresh fruit. One way I get myself to drink more water is to keep sugar free singles to go on hand.
What part does exercise play in your life? I know if I don't exercise, I will not maintain. Plus, exercising is something that I do for ME. In the summer, I would get up and take a 3 mile run before the kiddo's got up. Now that school is in, I take my kids to school and head to a neighborhood to run.
What kind(s) of exercise do you do and how often? I run/walk 3-5 miles, four or five times a week. If I have extra time, I will go to the gym a couple times a week.
Was it hard to begin exercise, or have you always been an active person? My husband and I started running on the treadmill in India, when we had a lot of "free time". At first, I couldn't run for a continuous 5 minutes. I worked up to run a 5 K, then I ran my first 10K a year and a half ago. I will be running my 3rd 10K this weekend! :)
Do you have a family? A job? I've been married to my wonderful husband, Aaron for 16 years and we have two awesome kids, ages 14 and 10.
Do you find it hard to stay "on plan" or fit in exercise with all the duties of being wife and mother? Not really, because I am a SAHM, I am blessed to have the time toexercise, cook and have healthy dinners for my family.
What have been your hardest struggles, physically or mentally, while living a healthy life? It's kind of funny. You know the saying "A second on your lips....forever on your hips." ~ I try to remember that. I have found myself taking a snack, lets just say, a candy bar. I'll open it and set it on the counter...take a nibble here and there...then I'll realize that the WHOLE thing is gone and I didn't even REALLY enjoy it. I ate the candy bar because it was there, and then, because I don't "remember" eating the sugar, I'll go to the pantry looking for another snack. I try not to eat on the run anymore. When I want a snack, I'll sit and enjoy it. ~
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Hello to all of “My New Ending’s” readers! I am included in that “reader” category, but feel even more blessed to have known Leah for many, many years! Some of you may remember me from last year when I did a guest post for Leah on how much Leah and her healthiness journey means to me. Today, however, she asked that I talk about a few things regarding my own weight loss fight. I hope that in some way it can encourage, inspire and uplift those of you who are continuing your own weight-loss/maintenance adventure. So without further ado-I will answer away!
When did you become interested/concerned about getting healthy?
To be quite honest, I wasn’t necessarily concerned with the “healthy” part of weight loss when I first started in April of 2009. I had just had my daughter and decided that after my 8-week checkup, I was going to do what needed to be done to lose the 40 or so pounds that I had gained with her and my son. It wasn’t until about a year later that I started learning about what healthy really means. Don’t kill me here, but I started watching The Biggest Loser on-line and Bob and Jillian’s approach intrigued me. Interestingly, as a side note – I was listening to one of her podcasts and the thing she said bugged her the most about BL is that there was a lot of hype and drama, but no real information. I just laughed! That was exactly what I felt about the show and so started digging on my own for my own information, and THAT’S when I started the concern for my health – not just a skinnier body.
Did you have any health issues that lead you to change your lifestyle?
I have been incredibly blessed with a very healthy body – one that has not been sick very often and will do just about anything I ask it to do. That being said, it has been interesting to remember how I felt having the extra weight tagging along with me. I was just getting to the point where my knees were starting to hurt a little and I was VERY uncomfortable in my own skin. I was somewhat embarrassed by my body and did not dress very well. I did not get heavy enough that it hindered my daily activities, but I definitely felt the extra weight.
Have you ever struggled with your weight?
Boy howdy – Leah and I have talked this question over a million times huh buddy?? I have not and never will be the skinny little nothing standing next to you with the size 0 skinny legs and arms! In saying that, I have always viewed myself as heavier than other girls/women. (some of that view is because of how I am shaped – I carry all of my extra weight in my upper legs and always felt they made me look fat.) I have struggled to lose weight and yes I have struggled keeping the extra weight off. Some of that is perceived overweight-ness (is that a word), and some of that is real excess fat. One thing I always loved about my mom growing up is she never said anything about me being overweight (cuz lets be real – I wasn’t THAT overweight as a kid), she always just reminded me that I needed to keep moving and watch what I eat. Never diets or anything like that – just kept me involved in ballet and PE and called it good.
If you needed to lose weight, what steps did you take to begin?
Wow – that is a heavy duty question! Looking back now, I may have done some things differently, however, this is all about lifelong learning and I have learned many valuable things since I started my weight loss 2 years ago. I think the first and most important step was deciding that I was going to do it and then putting some small things in motion. For example, I knew that after I had my daughter, I was going to lose the weight come Heck or Highwater. So to do that I decided I was going to count WW points (I didn’t join at that point) and was going to start exercising. I didn’t say how often I was going to exercise, but knew I needed to get at least 3 days in to make somewhat of a difference. Those were the only things I “decided” on and I did them.
What are your must-have foods that you keep on hand at all times to keep you "on plan"?
My must haves include:
- Fage, non-fat, plain, Greek yogurt (I do my own mix-ins and currently hate the ones with added fruit or whatever – sorry)
- Plain walnuts and almonds
- Craisins (cuz I like those better than raisins)
- Frozen blue or mixed berries
- Kashi Go Lean Cereal
- Flat-out wraps
- Sliced turkey or roast beef
- Chicken breasts
- Green leaf lettuce, tomatoes and carrots
If I have all of these in my house I can eat for a week or more! (course it may be the same thing, but I could do it!)
What part does exercise play in your life?
Exercise now has played a huge role in me being able to lose the weight and inches I’ve carried with me since I was in high school. ( Shhhhhh – don’t tell but I’m in a smaller size now than I was in high school!)
What kind(s) of exercise do you do and how often?
I do a Jillian circuit workout 3 to 4 days a week (mostly 4) and then run on my 5th day. I try to keep my workouts between 45 and 60 minutes each.
Was it hard to begin exercise, or have you always been an active person?
I have to say I’m not a huge fan of exercise, but knowing that it is an integral part of weight loss/maintenance I have come to terms with it. I have to say that I am not an outdoors type of person – never have been. I would rather be inside reading a book. But I love what I’m doing right now and it’s working. I’ve always done some sort of activity, whether it be ballet and swimming when I was younger, being a football stat’s girl (and running my butt off while carrying equipment around), aerobics while I was in college, or running as I’ve gotten older, I have tried to keep myself as active as I can so that I can be in shape.
Do you have a family? A job?
I am so blessed to have a wonderful, supportive husband (who also just lost the last of about 70 pounds and looks hotter than when we got married – no joke) and 2 beautiful kids who keep me on my toes. My current job is running the family household and that is enough for me at this point in my life!!!!
How has your healthiness journey impacted your family life?
It has been a huge blessing for me to have a husband who has always counted physical fitness as a must. He used to be a personal trainer and is more in-to the weight lifting and body building aspect of activity. It has always been fairly easy for him to lose/gain weight. So in turn, it was easy for me on my journey to healthiness, because he just jumped right along. Of course there were times where I thought I was gonna strangle him if he asked me if I wanted ice cream for the hundredth time!!! But we have both come to a place where we are ready to do some research and figure this stuff all out so we can help some other people who may be struggling too! And my kids are young, so it has been fairly easy to just incorporate healthier foods and activity as a part of our lives.
Do you find it hard to stay "on plan" or fit in exercise with all the duties of being wife and mother?
When I first started, I did have a hard time fitting in all that is required for weight loss. I had to go through the whole mental struggle of “I need to do this so I can be strong and healthy to take care of my family.” Once I found that I needed to do this to make a difference for my family, I have made it a priority to buy the nutritious food that is needed and making the time every day to get my exercise in.
What have been your hardest struggles, physically or mentally, while living a healthy life?
I think one of the hardest things to overcome for me is getting the mental image of the “fat girl” out of my head and realizing that I am worth taking care of both physically and mentally. It is ok for me to need some time to do this for myself. I struggle a little with “boredom” eating and am working on how to move that out of my life. And the final thing I struggled with was learning that the ways I perceived food and “how much” you should eat or “how little” or what to eat when, was very skewed and it has taken me some time to get those back into right perspective to make sure I maintain all that I have worked for.
If you could narrow it down to a few helpful hints to being healthy, what would you say?
I would say:
- Make the time to do this for yourself and your family
- Drink LOTS AND LOTS of water (I drink over 100 oz a day and I’m 5’0 feet tall)
- Eat every 4 hours so your body does not go into starvation mode.
- Keep your trigger foods OUT OF THE HOUSE!
- Keep some healthy snacks in your house for you and your kids.
- Make yours and your families lunches for work and school if possible.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I lived on the other side of the country when the twin towers were attacked, but I'll never forget that day.
Friday, September 9, 2011
- Eat only when hungry and until satisfied, not full.
- Pick healthier food options.
- Drink at least 64 oz. of water daily.
- Exercise 4-5 days a week.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
When did you become interested/concerned about getting healthy? I became interested in becoming a healthy eater when I saw how much it could and would impact my weight; something I never even thought about until my son Isaac was born.
Did you have any health issues that lead you to change your lifestyle? Yes my mother has Celiac Disease and the older I get I seem to be inheriting some of the problems that go along with that. It definitely has changed my desire to eat the things I shouldn't because I feel so miserable after doing so. I also am in perimenopause and that has had a lot to do with my weight going up and down; and emotionally it has been a challenge that I am slowly over coming. I have seen that the wrong kinds of food ie. lots of sugar and heavy carbs have made my symptoms much worse.
Have you ever struggled with your weight? I never even thought of "dieting" until my youngest child was born. It went downhill from there until I decided I was tired of complaining about it and went to a very informative health class at my local Sprouts. It was there I learned about low glycemic and lower carb foods and the impact they have on your blood sugar, and how that affects your weight.
If you needed to lose weight, what steps did you take to begin? I think the most effective plan for me to help keep my weight down (and yes I still struggle at times) is to eat my vegetables and fruits and lower carb (notice I did not say No carb); and I try to eat smaller mini meals 2-3 hours apart.
What are your must-have foods that you keep on hand at all times to keep you "on plan"? Nonfat Greek yogurt is my favorite. I eat it with honey or make a smoothie with frozen strawberries and spinach. Its a great meal as well as a low calorie snack. Boiled eggs are an easy go too with fruit. I also love hummus with mini peppers. I always try to combine a lower fat protein with a good carb, usually peppers, cucumbers, and salad. If I could have the high fiber pasta I would eat it too, but I can't :( . It bothers my digestive system too much. 100-calorie pack of nuts are also a great snack idea.
What part does exercise play in your life? I can eat great but if I don't exercise I don't lose, so it's definitely a neccessity! Plus I feel so good when I'm done.
What kind(s) of exercise do you do and how often? It varies on my mood. haha Right now I'm into running. I've never been a runner, started out just walking with my husband, but he pushed me into doing interval run/walking and now I"m really liking it a lot. I just ran 3 miles for the first time ever in my life in 30 mins and it felt awesome. I have some good dvds I pop in for variety, mostly a mix of cardio and weights. I'm trying for 5 days a week sometimes I only get in 4 though.
Was it hard to begin exercise, or have you always been an active person? This was a tricky question for me cause I'm a very active person, but because of the hormonal activity or lack of it in my body it was very diffficult for a while to get motivated to get out and exercise, which is what I needed to feel better. Once I got started it was easier to keep going. My husband started exercising with me too and that was a great help to me.
Do you have a family? A job? Yes I have an awesome husband that I have been married to for 17 years and 4 kids ranging from 15 to 7 yrs of age. Lets see, I am a wife, mother, chauffeur, house-cleaner, Pastor's wife, referee, cook... Oh wait I'm a stay at home mom! Thats a full time job! I just started a part time job that is only a few hours a week, just enough to give me a little extra spending$.
How has your healthiness journey impacted your family life? Much to my kids chagrin! One of the biggest changes we've made is hardly ever eating cereal, now we eat oatmeal, eggs, yogurt, things like that. I have tried to various degrees to try to eliminate "processed " foods. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. We don't eat out a lot and I'm always sneaking veggies in sauces and smoothies. We eat lots of fruit and although I can't eat the whole grain stuff thats what I feed to the rest of my family. As a result my dear hubby lost 20lbs without even trying.
Do you find it hard to stay "on plan" or fit in exercise with all the duties of being wife and mother Sometimes. Over the summer I felt like I slacked off a lot in my excercise and even eating healthier; as a result I didn't feel that good. I was really tired and sluggish. Now that the kids are back in school I have been able to focus once again on taking care of myself, watching what I'm putting in my mouth. I have more alone time to go ahead and make that commitment 4 or 5 days of the week to go running/walking.
What have been your hardest struggles, physically or mentally, while living a healthy life? The hardest thing for me is realizing that if I don't stay on target with my exercise and eating healthy, and yes that does include portion control, those extra 20lbs come on way too quick. I've made the mistake of being extremely disciplined and losing 40lbs only to have it come back because I got lazy. So I see its a lifestyle that I must maintain. Its not easy but it is rewarding.
If you could narrow it down to a few helpful hints to being healthy, what would you say?
- Get your exercise in, even if its only 20-30 mins a day, you are worth the time for yourself!
- Take a break every once in a while.
- You might have to say No to some things.
- When you feel "snacky" have some fruit and a little protein, it helps.
- Drink Water its good for you.
- Last but not least you need a good friend to encourage you. I have been very encouraged by my friend Leah and her blog and I cherish her friendship in so many ways!