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Two Years and Still Going

This month marks two years since I started on  the road to health and wellness, and I couldn’t be happier.

I never in a million years thought that I would be 35 and in the best shape of my life.

As I’ve mentioned before, I spent the majority of my life overweight and unhappy. I would start a new weight loss program, become frustrated and go back to my unhealthy ways.

Every January 1st I would join Weight Watchers or the gym, like the rest of America, only to fall off the wagon by Valentine’s Day when chocolate took over the stores.

What is it that made this attempt different? I’m not sure exactly, but something just clicked. I did approach things differently this time and maybe that was the key.

I set small goals for myself instead of only focusing on the big picture. As I hit those goals, I felt my confidence grow and a new excitement take over. I liked working out and I liked how I felt when eating healthier food. Before I knew it I decided to take on P90X and that was a true turning point for me. I finally saw what my body was capable of and knew that I had the power to break the cycle and become a healthy & fit individual….I haven’t looked back since.

Since starting on this journey in May of 2009 I have completed:

  • P90X – 2.5 times (I had issues my 1st attempt & some workout ADD)
  • Insanity
  • Turbo Jam
  • 10 Minute-Trainer
  • ChaLEAN Extreme (I’m currently on my second round)

I have also done some Zumba, completed my first group workout (I have a phobia of working out with others), started jogging and become a vegetarian.

Was it easy? Heck no! There was a lot of sweat and tears shed (not to mention some vomit spewed during Insanity), but all of the above have helped me to lose over 100 pounds and completely change the person who I was.

I owe a lot of that to some amazing people I’ve met along the way. Without them I may not have come as far as I have. They’ve all inspired me to be my best and keep pushing forward.

However in the end, only I had the power to make the changes that needed to be made. It was up to me and no else to find the time, to make it happen and to reach for the happiness and health I deserved.

What’s my advice to those looking to make the change?

  • Start off slow You didn’t gain the weight over night and you’re not going to lose it over night. Plus the slower you lose it, the longer you will keep it off. You need to form a healthy lifestyle, there are no miracle pills.
  • Set small goals –  Don’t obsess over the total amount of weight you need to lose. Set 5-10lb goals for yourself.
  • Reward yourself when you reach those goals – You will be working hard to achieve this and you should reward yourself. It’s not easy to wake up early to fit in a workout or give up some of your favorite junk foods. Celebrate the victory!
  • Surround yourself with positive people – This was a big one for me. It’s hard to keep an “I can do this” mentality, when the people around you call you crazy, offer you foods you are trying to avoid or are waiting for you to fail. You need people who are willing to support you and cheer  you on. This is one of the hardest things you may ever do. You need a good support team.
  • Believe in yourself – Hands down….The. Hardest. Thing. – especially if you haven’t done the above mentioned yet. Most of us psych ourselves out before we even try. You need to embrace the “I got this” attitude. Get out of your own way!

I could keep listing things but to me, these are the most important. The majority of the changes are going to be mental. I didn’t realize this when I started and I am amazed at how many road blocks I have hit along the way. I thought this would be purely a physical challenge but to be honest…that’s been the easiest part, especially when I listened to the last bit of advice and stopped being my own road block.

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Hybrid Time: Ditching the Routine

This week started a new chapter in my fitness journey…the hybrid. For those of you that do not know what a hybrid is, it’s a mixture of different workout programs, usually a combination of strength training, cardio exercise and stretching. Some of the #insanecrew are doing a P90X/Insanity Hybrid which I posted on here. As for me, I’m doing more of a “best of” or “greatest hits” hybrid. I am basically winging it and have just set up dedicated cardio and strength days (following the same hybrid), however I decide that day what workout I’m in the mood to do. I felt like being a little more whimsical this round and enjoy myself after Insanity.

This morning I decided to try Zumba. Yes, you heard me, Zumba!  What’s Zumba? Well, Zumba is a dance fitness method based on salsa and other Latin dance moves, performed to Latin and world music beats, and choreographed to allow people of any fitness or dance experience level to enjoy a fantastic workout. Two twitter friends of mine are very into Zumba and would like for me  to attend a class with them. I however, am NOT coordinated and while I have some rhythm it is not up to Zumba class speed. So, yesterday I borrowed a Zumba DVD set from another friend and gave it go today.

I started off with the Zumba Basics DVD which basically runs through all of the moves you will do over the course of the program. They do each step in three stages increasing speed each time until you are at the speed of the actual move. Sounds great right? Maybe if you are capable of moving your feet, shaking your hips and adding “flavor” with your arms all while keeping the beat! I would do great until easy beat 3, then I would over think everything, lose the beat of the music and trip over my own two feet. It was quite a site, I truly could have ran my own comic relief show in my bedroom this morning.

After the Basics DVD I decided, what the heck, let’s see what the Zumba 20 Minute Express is all about. Surprisingly, when I don’t have time to over think, I do pretty darn good! The salsa stuff still tripped me up a little but with time, I’ll get it….I hope! Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to run to a gym and attend a class filled with people or anything (those poor people would all pee their pants have broken toes from me stepping on them!). I was however, pretty darn proud! Maybe this white girl can develope some rhythm and hang with her latina friend for a class one day (probably not, but hey, allow me to day dream here).

I felt a great abdominal burn while doing the routine and it was F-U-N! I am definitely looking forward to doing Zumba again and showing myself that this white girl CAN dance. Maybe I will even celebrate completing this hybrid by going to take an actual class….with other people in it…GASP!

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Here is a taste of the Basic’s DVD I did this morning:


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