Friday, May 31, 2013

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Today's exercise: 20 min ab workout, 1 hour of swimming
Today's diet:
2 eggs, 1/2 half cup oats
Snack: greek yogurt
Lunch: tofu with veggies
Snack: orange
Dinner: chocolate shakeology with natural peanut butter

Thursday, May 30, 2013

rest day

Wow, first rest day in about 40 days (I lost count).  I realize that my body did need it (although I'm dreading trying to sleep on no exercise).  I am going to swim tomorrow (the doctor said that's okay), so I got a 7 day pass for a gym with a pool, and I'm hoping my foot will be fine by then.  I haven't swam for exercise in a while , but I'm a strong swimmer because I used to be a lifeguard, so I'm looking forward to it. I'm trying to make the best of an injury.
Lost of people say they've gained weight due to an injury....don't even let an injury sideline your goals....find an exercise you can do (something low impact) and watch that diet carefully!
Take your rest days as you need to.  People should exercise 4-5 days per week , definitely 5 if you need to lose weight.  The duration and intensity varies based upon your fitness level and goals.  Sometimes your body needs a mandatory rest day...meaning that you are so tired , burnt out or sore, that you might be using bad form on exercises.  If you are in this  You will be more productive the next day for it, and possibly avoid injury.

Today's exercise: none, rest day
Today's diet:
egg whites with spinach, wheat toast with natural peanut butter
snack: plain greek yogurt with blueberries
lunch: black bean burritos
snack: orange
dinner : strawberry shakeology with fresh strawberries and a banan
snack: 10 raw almonds

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013


So today , one of my worst fears happened...sidelined with injury for a few days ( yes, I know , there are worse things that can happen, but April without exercise is a mean April....stay away).  Exercise is such a stress reliever for me and I hate taking days off.  I hurt my foot running and thought it was fine until zumba this started to hurt worse and worse.  Turns out I find out from the doctor that I have strained some tendons in my foot and torn a ligament.  It's wrapped in an ace bandage, have to ice it when I'm sitting....and stay off it.  oh boy!
My first panic....I might gain weight...nope. No panicking.  I can handle this.  Here's how I'm going to get through the injury without gaining and what you can do if you are ever sidelined (and I hope you never are).
-Journal what you eat.  This is always a good strategy, but even more so if you aren't exercising.  I'm writing down everything that goes in my mouth...can't take in any extra calories.
-DRink more water or green tea (unsweetened).  This will help you feel less hungry.
-If you can do an alternate exercise, do one.  I 'm taking a total rest day tomorrow, but Friday I will lift weights, and I'm hoping to swim at a friends (my dr. okayed this...don't just do it without asking).
- Consider a meal replacement shake like Shakeology.  It will keep you full without adding calories to your diet.

I can get through being sidelined...and so can you if you have to (again, hopefully you won't have to:)

Today's workout (before hurting myself): weight (back, chest, lats, abs) , 1 hour of zumba
Today's diet:
Breakfast: 2 eggs with a half cup of oats
Snack: greek yogurt
Lunch: skipped, only had green tea (not a good choice but I was waiting at DR. for x-ray )
Snack: grapes
Dinner: chocolate shakeology with natural peanut butter (1 tbsp.)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

to weigh or not to weigh

So coming off my successful last weigh in, I wanted to add a short article about when to weigh in, and when not to weigh in.  We get so obsessed with that number, that it can drive you crazy, sometimes to the point of overeating.  (this is why I'm a WW dropout....having to get on that scale every week no matter what made me cry).  Here's a few weigh in tips to keep you sane.
-DO NOT weigh yourself more than once a week.  Numbers fluctuate and you will literally drive yourself nuts.
-WEigh yourself at the same time and day weekly.  The morning before you eat is preferable.
-Ladies, I'd advise you not to weigh yourself when you have PMS...why torture yourself?  Just wait.
-Don't stress over small amt gained (like 0.2) under 0.5 could be water retention or that you ate too much salt.
-Use other indicators of weight loss (measurements, clothing size,etc) to measure progress.

Make peace with that scale and have a great day.

Today's workout : Insanity the Asylum plus 3 mile jog
Today's diet:
Breakfast : egg whites with wheat toast and natural pb
Snack: greek yogurt
Lunch: veggies with tofu
Snack: cantaloupe
Dinner: strawberry shakeology with fresh strawberries
snack: baby carrots

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Monday, May 27, 2013

motivate others motivate yourself

Ok...before I get to the point of this post....I must do a brag tag lol (it's not conceit, I'm proud of myself)
This month's totals: 12.2 lbs lost, 11.3 inches lost, 40 straight days of exercise and I feel awesome .  All my clothes are loose:).
Ok now to the point of this post.

I feel super motivated since I have become a Beachbody coach.  I love helping others get to their goals, and as I run my facebook challenge, I feel like I have to follow the rules I give them.  I have to be a good example, and I have to be working on my own goals to inspire them.  They are inspiring me to as I see them change before my eyes , both physically and their habits, which is actually more important.
In my first month as a coach, aside from my stats above, I also made enough money to pay my car insurance and car payment, a week of groceries and car money, and two nice pairs of shoes (Ok, not responsible, but a girl's gotta have fun too).  This month I will do even better.
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Today's workout: weights: shoulders, abs, biceps, triceps
60 min on the arc trainer

Today's diet (btw woke up very late today)
Breakfast (which was more like lunch time): 2 eggs , 1 cup of oats
snack: banana
Dinner: strawberry shakeology with fresh strawberries and blueberries
snack: celery with hummus

Happy Memorial DAy and God bless those who have served/ and are serving our country.  Thank you for our freedom!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

my sunday "routine"

One thing I attribute my success in losing weight to is my sunday routine:).  Every Sunday I go to church and go for my long run (or if it's really horrible weather, I do a longer indoor workout).  This gets my mind , body, and spirit in place for success.  I never deviate from that beginning of the week routine.....sometimes friends gets upset if they want to hang out on Sunday...I'll say , I can't until after church and my run.  I just can't skip those things....they start my week off right.  (And those who love me understand that anyways:).
Start off your weekend with a routine and see how it helps your goals.  You're less likely to go off track if you start the week well.  Healthy eating and exercise on the first day of the week.....see if it helps you make a change in your life.

Today's workout:
7.5 mile jog, 1 mile walk (shorter than I intended.....someone almost hit me with their car, had to jump on curb and my foot hurts....icing it now)
30 minute body combat DVD

Today's diet
Breakfast: egg white omelet with spinach and tomato, 2 pieces wheat toast w. natural peanut butter
Snack: apple, 10 raw almonds
Lunch: tofu with veggies
Dinner: chocolate shakeology with natural peanut butter
Snack: fruit salad

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

surviving memorial day picnics without blowing off healthy eating

Ahh holiday weekend...three days off for many people.  But does that 3 days off lead to extra calories? It doesn't have to. 
For me, I abstain from picnics...I'm not saying you have's a personal choice . I do hope my willpower someday is where it needs to be.  But for now, I don't go.
If you do have a picnic planned , here's some survival skills.

-Bring a healthier option.  You'll be surprised how many people eat it.  WE had a staff breakfast (I know different scenario but still) and a slim co worker walked in with her fruit salad...well that fruit salad was gone (guess everyone was inspired by her being slim) .  But also, that fruit salad was good.  Bringing fruit, salad, turkey burgers, etc can be a healthy option for you and other guests.
-Eat before you go.  A client told me he does this all the time (and he's lost a lot of weight) .  You don't have to tell anyone you did this.  Then he picks one thing he really wants and just drinks water for the rest of the picnic.  If you circulate and mingle (bonus.....a few calories off for moving around) then truly no one will notice you aren't eating.
- one cares what you're eating.  WE worry so much about offending people by not eating their food....there are other people one is looking only at you.
 Above all else, if you do indulge, stick to 1-2 things you want in small portions, eat healthy the rest of the day, and bring a ball, volleyball , etc to engage everyone in some exercise.
Happy holiday weekend and happy health!

Today's exercise: zumba, insanity DVd, plyo circuit (burpees, steps, walking pushup , etc.)
Today's diet:
Breakfast : 2 eggs, wheat toast with natural peanut butter
snack: banana
lunch: salad with grilled chicken
snach: rice cake with natural peanut butter
dinner: strawberry shakeology with blueberries
snack: air popped popcorn

Friday, May 24, 2013

Is your mind ready to lose weight?How to know if you are and what to do if you aren't.

I want to come out and say that you have to be ready to lose weight to do it.  So many people say they want to, and really, it's only going to happen if you are ready. If you're consider this question as you read this, I want you to do the following:
GEt out a piece of paper and a pen.  WRite down all the reasons why you are overweight or need to lose weight.  I'm going to share the list I made a while ago both as an example and with the hopes that you learn from it.
1.  I experienced a trauma and did not deal with it appropriately.  I need counseling, instead I used food to soothe myself.  This was a pattern in my life.  So I guess I 'd summarize this reason as lack of coping skills.
2.  Addiction to sugar.  This probably makes me sound out of control.  AT the time, I was.  One taste of sugar and I was eating as much as I could.  I love cookies, candy, cakes, you name it.  Someone close to me died and I ate an entire can of frosting ( I know, gross, but I'm be honest.)
3.  Far too much eating out or getting take out.  AT minimum I was eating out or getting take out 1-2 nights a week.
4.  Too much drinking.  I don't mean this to imply I was an alcoholic.  2-3 drinks each of the 1-2 nights I went out added up to lots of calories.
5.  Doing minimal activity and purposefully choosing easy activities. I would walk every day, the same distance , the same speed.  My body was used to that and adjusted to it quickly.  I was burning no calories.
6.  Using food as entertainment and to show love.  The only thing I did when I went out was go out to eat.  I used to cook a huge , calorie laden Sunday dinner for a ton of people who came to my house.
7.  Not taking time to take care of myself.  I spent so much time doing things for other people and not using the word no that I didn't have time to exercise or eat healthy.

There are probably other reasons, but those are the standouts.

Now take a look at your list.  Are you willing to change the behaviors that make you overweight? ARe you willing to change the ones that are hardest for you (because those are probably the real contributors to your weight gain)?
I'm not writing this to discourage anyone, but I know that many times people aren't ready to change the habits that truly make them overweight.  If you go out to eat all the time, and you aren't willing to change that, you'll probably remain overweight.  Do you make excuses not to exercise?  If you don't stop that behavior you will probably not lose weight.
So if you are ready to lose weight, do not pass go without going to to purchase some great products , emailing me at to ask for advice, or joining my FB online challenge (friend me April Robinson).....half joking:).  If you aren't think about this....will your life be that bad if you change negative behaviors?
I think of myself : I'm so happy I steer clear of sugar...I don't feel like an out of control pig like I did before.
Not eating out?  WEll, it's cheaper, and I've found other things to do with friends.  I bowled the other you know how fun bowling is ....who knew?  All that time I wasted at restaurants.
Doing minimal activity? well ok....I mean I'm a marathoner proud of myself am I?  I can do something most ppl wouldn't even attempt.  And plus my addiction to Body Combat DVD's./...could I even live without them?
Using eating to mask emotions? Again, I feel much less pissed off after I exercise than I did after polishing off a bag of oreos.

-Get the point?  Think of all the good things that come out of turning a negative behavior into a positive and you are ready to go!

Today's exercise: weights/plyo-legs and abs
45 min on Arc Trainer
Today's diet:
egg white omelet with spinach and fruit
snack: greek yogurt
lunch: chicken burger, wheat roll, steamed broccoli
snack: celery and cucumbers with hummus
Dinner: chocolate shakeology with a banana
snack: orange, 10 almonds (I was hungry today, but I chose pretty wisely)

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

"women's help" for weight loss :)

So sorry to say that this post is mostly for the ladies (usually I post fot both sexes).  I hear a lot of complaints from women about how hard it is to work out during that "time of the month".  I agree that it isn't easy , but I want to give you some tips and reasons why you should take on working out during that time.
I remember that before I started working out, I had more cramps and bloating.  The main reason women have cramps and bloating is water retention.  Exercise helps with that.  Exercise also releases feel good endorphins, which help you to feel better afterwards.  Most women feel better after exercise during their cycle.
Now...I know the girls ache sometimes , so you might want to do an exercise that doesn't have bouncing around....I do sometimes do a half jog, half walk during my cycle, or ride the stationary bike, or do yoga.  But lately, I've found I don't need to change my workout at all.  I have been so active that I haven't really had cramps or bloating.  It 's great....try it and see.
Cravings- Feed your body well during your cycle.  Most people crave carbs, so give your body some healthy carbs to fend off cravings.  Some wheat toast with natural peanut butter gives you some sweetness but doesn't totally throw your diet out of whack.  Better to eat a bit more and eat healthy than to binge on cookies later on in the day.
I swear by an evening primrose oil pill to help with PMS symptoms.  I've recommended it to lots of people and everyone loves it (also great for women dealing with menopausal symptoms.  As with all supplements, read and see if it affects any meds you may currently be taking.
I hope this women we are we can get through that bad week too.

Today's workout: 1 hour of Body Combat
today's diet: wheat toast with natural peanut butter,2 eggs
snack: greek yogurt
lunch: tofu with veggies
snack: banana
dinner: strawberry shakeology with blackberries
snack: raw broccoli with hummus

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

looking at yourself in a different light while losing weight or after a weight loss

One of the hardest things for me today is seeing myself as the person I am now rather than the person I used to be.  I've lost 125 lbs, and there are still days I look in the mirror and I still look the same?  Everyone can tell you that you look better, but it's so hard to see it yourself.  Sometimes I feel like I can ignore all the compliments I hear, but the negative comments stay in my mind forever.  Here are just a few popping into my head this very second.....I didn't have the nerve to tell the person that the comments were hurtful, and I'm sure they didn't mean them to be, but I just had to include what I was thinking after the comment in parenthesis (virtual venting)
-Is it uncomfortable for you to know, you're like a bigger runner. (I didn't know there was a distinction btw. bigger and smaller runners)
-I really wish you would be skinny. (Why would you like me better if I was ?)
-When are you going to get to your goal weight? (Forgot my crystal ball today, but you'll be the first to know when I figure that question out.)
-How can you be a Beachbody coach when you don't have a Beachbody yet? (They don't have weight requirements for jobs FYI)
-Are you sure you ran a marathon? (No, I've actually run two marathons)

There are more...but these are the ones I remember stinging the most.  But , just in the last few months actually, I realized no one's opinion of me matters more than my own.  I need to be more confident to avoid comments like these.  Just recently, I started making changes to the way I feel about myself  and I've noticed that I care less about what others think and more about how I feel about myself.  Here's some actions I've taken (and you can to) to improve your self-image.

-Think of all the things your body has done for you....because you need to love and be grateful for it.  My body leads me through over an hour of exercise daily.  It dropped weight although I abused it and put weight on.  My body is a machine, and I'm grateful for its power.

-Do something to raise your body confidence.  I took boudoir photos for my birthday.  No my body isn't perfect, but guess what , seeing it that's pretty damn good.

-Stop talking about your flaws.  What's good about you inside and out? Focus on that.
I have pretty blue eyes and nice legs.  I'm smart and talented.  I'm a beautiful person because I help people daily and I've raised lots of money for charity.

-See the beauty in others. If you're negative about other people, how do you think they look at you?

Change your perception of yourself to change others' perception about you.

Today's workout: weights -chest, lats, back, abs
Today's diet:
egg whites with spinach
fruit salad
Snack: greek yogurt
Lunch: black bean burrito on wheat tortilla
Snack: apple
Dinner: vegan chocolate shakeology with a banana and a teaspoon of natural peanut butter
Snack: sugar snap peas

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

my intro to summer running (and your intro to running period)

A good friend told me I once said I would only run if someone was chasing me (I admit, I do vaguely remember saying that ).  Well 125 lbs slimmer and 2 marathons later I am a running addict.  I do other exercises, but I will always be a runner.  Today the temp went from the 50's yesterday to the 80's today...holy intro to summer running.  It was a slow run (I am a winter runner...I drag in the heat), but I did it.  4.5 miles (and a 1.5 mile walk btw. warmup and cooldown.)
Do you want to start running?  When I started I could only run about 30 seconds. Here's how I transitioned.
Beginning week
5 min warm up walk
run 1 min, walk 4 minutes
Repeat for a half hour.
When you can do that well
Run 2 minutes walk 3 min
Repeat for a half hour
(Never forget your 5 min walking warm up and cool down to prevent injury)

Run 3 min walk 2 min...repeat for a half hour.

Continue this pattern until you run for a half hour straight.  Don't worry how fast you are or how far you go , just build stamina.....once you get to the half hour you can decide to increase distance or speed.
***Stretch after you run, not before.

Try it and let me know how it works!
Today's activity: 4.5 mile job, 1.5 mile walk
 2 eggs, half cup oats
Shack: greek yogurt
Lunch: pork tenderloin, corn, potato
Snack: pear
Dinner: strawberry shakeology with fresh blackberries
Snack: air popped popcorn (no butter)

Monday, May 20, 2013

fitting a healthy lifestyle into a busy life

Running my facebook challenge has been enlightening to see how hard people think it is to fit being healthy into their lives.  I realized today that for a long time, I didnt make healthy a priority.  It seemed like everything got in the way of being healthy: work, friendships, relationships, just plain ole laziness.  Having lost over 100 lbs, I realize that being healthy is really the most important thing.  How can you be a good parent, child, sibling, worker, student, whatever roles you are filling if you don't have your health in the state it should be?  It took me a long time to realize this , but now I do.
I set goals for myself every day , and I adhere to them as though they are part of my schedule.
I figure out what type of workouts and when I'll do them on SAturday , so I am "set up" for the week.  Any commitment I make to myself I'm firm on and if I said I'm exercising, I'm exercising.  I prepare healthy meals that can stay refridgerated on sundays when I have more time, and actually, Shakeology has cut down on my meal prep time (so much easier to run the blender than cook). 
A really good tip I would give anyone trying to squeeze in exercise is to try to do a few days in the morning before work...especially your "long days" or Mondays or Fridays , when we tend to be most tired after work.  LIke right now, I'm thrilled that I already did the Monday am workout.
I prioritize being healthy every can you.

Today's exercise: weights-shoulders, triceps, biceps, abs
Insanity Speed and Agility DVD -35 minutes

Today's diet:
egg whites with spinach
fruit salad

Snack: greek yogurt with fresh strawberries

Lunch: black bean burrito
Snack: celery with hummus

Dinner: Chocolate shakeology with a banana

Snack: baby carrots

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

rainy sunday at the cheshire healthy living expo

I spent my Sunday selling Beachbody products at the Cheshire Healthy Living Expo.  I usually run the 10k race every year, so I was a little bummed not to run, but I loved the chance to meet new people, and hopefully help new people get to their weight loss goals.  It's so hard to explain to people how much better they will feel when they just dig deep and decide to go for it and lose weight.  I'm hoping to get some new members in my facebook challenge...the more the merrier, and seeing others push pushes me.  This was the 30th straight day I've exercised with no rest and I feel awesome.

Today's workout:
Power Kata from Body Combat 45 min, Shock Plyo from Body Combat 30 min, body weight exercises 20 min

Breakfast: Fruit Salad
Lunch: Chicken fajitas
Snack: celery with hummus
Dinner: strawberry Shakeology with blackberries and strawberries
Probably a plain rice cake with natural peanut butter this evening
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Saturday, May 18, 2013

one of the harder lessons I've learned along the way

I was reflecting this morning (while for some odd reason I could not sleep) on everything I've learned (and continue to learn) along my journey to weight loss.  I want to share everything I can to help you do the same, and I want to continue to learn from my own experiences...and mistakes in many cases.:)
Something that has been hard for me is realizing when to let go of people in your life who aren't making it better.  This can be interpreting wrong, so I want to  explain.  By making it better, I don't mean loaning you money or being at your beck and call...I mean supporting you , encouraging you, just putting a smile on your face when you need it.  
I'm also not suggesting turning your back on someone when they need it,,,everyone goes through rough patches, and I definitely have been through my fair share. But do you know that person is your life who is always miserable?  Who is always complaining about what they don't have or what they need to do , be it lose weight, find a good partner, a new job, make more money...but then does nothing about it? This is who I'm talking about.  If you think about it, everyone has someone like this in their life....friend, family member, co worker, etc.
It's so hard to let people in your life go....I'm thinking of someone I was around for a long time.  Always complaining about the same things, but then continually putting themselves in the same situations.  Never striving to make positive changes...always talking about what went wrong in the past and how this is everyone else's fault.  Then I looked at my own behavior around this person.....when I was around this person, I tended to complain more, I thought about unhappy moments in my past....I wasn't being productive.  To help myself , I had to distance myself.  I still do some calls and texts (admittedly, it's probably with the hopes the person with change....and they may not) but once the negativity begins I move away.  Remember, you can't help anyone else until you yourself are happy.  I know I'm still working on being the best me I can be.  I would be doing myself a disservice by letting anyone drag me down.
How does this relate to weight loss?  Don't listen to anyone who says "Again" or "that won't work" when you are losing weight.  Who cares if you failed before?  WE learn a lot from failure.  And everyone fails at something.....the only real losers are the ones who are scared to fail so they don't try.  And if you screw what?  Don't let anyone else (or yourself) discourage you.  Everyone screws up...I screw up multiple times daily:).  Learn from it and push forward. 
Many people in my online Facebook challenge have said they're scared to tell others they're trying to lose weight because people say "Again".  My thought......good for them to keep trying.  What you think about yourself is most important.  Think of three good things about yourself today and celebrate those.
Here's mine: went from couch potato to athlete, great motivator, enthusiastic.
What's yours?

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Thinking about the past and how to help others

One of my passions right now is helping others to avoid getting to the state I was (or help them if they are already there).  I remember myself 125 lbs ago (not to be definately takes self control every time I turn down chocolate:).  I had no idea how to go about losing weight.  I wasn't happy with myself, and I tried every diet known to man.  LOL, here's a short list...I can't even remember them all: WEight WAtchers, ATkins, grapefruit diet, the Hollywood flush (or some similar name, can't remember), and I'm ashamed to admit I did try several diet pills: OxyElite Pro, Dexatrim, Jillian Michaels diet pills, Roxy Lean, and probably more.  All of these worked to lose 10 lbs and then gain it back plus
Really, I am happy that I decided to use Shakeology. It's a nutritious shake that keeps me full , and at risk of sounding like a pig, I love the chocolate vegan shake because it gives me that little taste of chocolate that I love and helps with cravings.
I sell Beachbody products now, and it's so hard to convince people that this will work...but I know it will, literally nothing worked for me (lol see list above) besides this.  I hate seeing people do things like take diet's such a temporary fix, and so bad for you, and I don't want them to have to learn the hard way like I did.
I guess today's wondering is how to help others get on the path to getting healthy.
I know I've started out correctly....I became an exercise instructor to help those who are overweight, and I know I have made some changes there (one of my clients got to his over 100 lbs lost last week), and I'll keep thinking about how I can continue to help others. 
I'd love feedback...if you lost weight, what was your turning point to change?
If you are struggling, what would help you change?

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Today's victories: 4:30 AM workout, 30 minutes of weights (legs and abs), 40 min on elliptical, 10 min of yoga and stretching
Lots of practical exercise moving my things in my classroom to a new office for next year (I'm a reading specialist too:).
Breakfast: egg white omelet with spinach and low fat cheese
Snack: greek yogurt (plain with blueberries added)
Lunch: black bean burritos (homemade- just a wheat tortilla with black beans and fat free cheddar- just a sprinkle)
Snack: grapes
Dinner:  haven't eaten it yet, but it will be vegan chocolate shakeology ( to check out shakeology with a banana and natural peanut butter (1 tsp)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

today's triumphs

LOl, last night I was hit by the craving monster....just a craving for carbs I didnt need.  I seriously considered driving to the store to get cookies (I purposefully don't keep things like that in my house).  I had to stop and think about why I was hungry.  I knew I had my shake for dinner early, and I didnt really want cookies...I just needed some food. I ended up having some celery with natural peanut butter instead and I was satisfied.
If you are about to eat something you shouldn't think about why and learn from it.  I learned yesterday that I need to keep my dinner time consistent to prevent hunger later in the evening...won't make that mistake again.

Triumph today: already worked out personal favorite workout Body Combat.  It's a combo of kickboxing and other martial arts.  Super fun.  Want to check it out? - click get fit
Shakeology  plus body combat plus insanity the secrets for shredding fat:)
Almost to goal.
How are you progressing on your goal?  Think about what you did today to get you there....nothing yet?  Well it's never too late.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

about my beginnings

Hi I'm April.  I've lost 125 lbs to date, and I have 27 to go.  I want to blog to keep me accountable, but I also want to help others who need to lose.  I thought my story might be helpful to I'm sharing.

I was always fit and healthy until I was violently assaulted when I was younger.  I felt alone, there was no one I could talk to about it.  I was embarrassed, I blamed myself, and I hated myself for a long time.  I decided one day I just didn't want attention from men anymore, and I thought a great way to do that was to gain weight.  It sounds ridiculous now, but I loved my fat for a was the blanket that sheltered me from the world and covered my pain. 
I ballooned up to 290 lbs, and I was then overwhelmed.  The doctor told me I was a walking heart attack at age 30.  I was physically in pain from carrying around the weight.  I signed up for Weight WAtchers and lost about 20 lbs. Then I got stuck...they couldn't help me to lose more, so I quit.  The cycle began again.
A good friend told me I needed to talk to someone about what had happened to me.  After a lot of arguing, I signed up for therapy. It was hard at first talking about what happened, but in time, I began to feel better.  I decided to try to become a runner.  Literally, I could only run for 30 seconds at first, but I built endurance. 
I had lost a bit of weight and trained for a half marathon .  After I completed that I decided to do a full marathon.  Everyone told me not to, that I would get hurt, that I couldn't do it.  IN the race, I felt like I wanted to quit around the 20 mile mark, but I told myself no....the quitting is over.  I finished, and I cried when I crossed the finish line....I was really happy with myself for the first time in about 10 years.  I was actually proud instead of ashamed.  I finished something...I achieved a goal and it felt great.
My eating still wasn't great.  I found out about Beachbody products and decided to try the Shakeology.  It was great......kept me full so I didn't purge on junk and my food cravings practically dissipated. to learn about shakeology if you are interested.

That brings me to life has changed totally.  I love my body (I bought myself boudoir pics for a bday present this year:)..just to show myself how far I've come, I've run 2 marathons and 4 half marathons, I teach exercise part time, and I am a Beachbody coach (Besides shakeology, body combat dvd's have helped me shape my body).
I'm vested in helping myself and others get to their weight loss goal.  I've started a 60 day go hard or go home weight loss challenge on facebook.  Let me know if you want to know more.
I lost 2.5 lbs this week/...and I actually can't wait until the next weigh in :).