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For the last few weeks I’ve been trying to write a blog post about getting back on track. I spent May working really hard and was rewarded with fabulous results. Then June hit and life got crazy hectic again but I maintained my weight loss. And then July…oh July! I had all four kids home all day, we went on vacation, had a sick little one and there were many sleepless nights. I managed to gain 3 pounds (read: drank wine, wine and more wine); I was still eating well with splurges but my exercise has gradually decreased. Trying to keep the house clean, taking care of ALL the kids ALL day, preparing food and everything else that comes along with life made it difficult to find the extra time and energy.
This seems to be a common trend with my clients, too. We are truly motivated and committed until transitions happen in life and then it is hard to find our footing. At this point we must re-evaluate, re-focus and re-commit before we are too far off our path. I’ve allowed myself to consciously veer knowing that my time would come very quickly to figure it out again! And here we are!
One reason I was so successful in May was because I really felt the support. My husband made some tough adjustments to his schedule (which we both agreed would happen for a month) to open up space for me to train more and have time to prepare more food. There were also a lot of people joining and supporting me on this journey. This was a realization I needed to get back on track.
Earlier today my sister, brother and I committed ourselves to our very own (very made up) “bikini body challenge”. I put together a 7-day meal plan for us, fired it off to my husband to get him on board and then sat down for the evening which is where, serendipitously, I found my new focus.
Tonight, my husband and I started watching Extreme Weight Loss (we don’t often watch this) and I was in awe. This woman was 315 pounds and lost 94 pounds in 90 days! How amazing is that? Not only had she lost a tremendous amount weight but her high blood pressure was now under control WITHOUT any medications! I have always believed strongly that the key to health and ridding our society of lifestyle ailments (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.) rests acutely in taking care of our bodies. True, this amount of weight loss isn’t realistic for all of us BUT what was truly inspirational was her mindset and the commitment she engaged to make such a HUGE transformation in such a short period of time. Even more inspirational was the support her husband showed her — he embraced a more healthy lifestyle while she was away at bootcamp and saw amazing results for himself. Remarkable.
I now recognize my great support team and will focus on opening myself up to accepting this support (which can be hard for me). I’m looking to surround myself by people who would like to have a nice bowl of fruit and enjoy iced green tea with me by way of eliminating the temptation of pizza, beer and ice cream! Just think about the differences we can make in our overall health with a little exercise and a clean diet!
I’m always motivated by challenge! So…here we go again! Let’s jump back in and do this!!!
My BIG PICTURE Goals:
- Muderella September 5th
- Half-Marathon on October 26th
- Lose 5 pounds by August 31st
How will I get there?
- Clean eating
- High-Intensity interval training 3-4x/week
- Run 4x/week
- Cross train 1x/week
- Rest 2 days/week
Who’s with me??? What are your goals and how are you going to achieve them?? Put it out there — you can do it!!
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In January 2013 I realized I needed to do something to improve my health. I spent 2012 on maternity leave and often neglected taking care of my own health (sleepless nights and caring for a tiny human will do that!). Not to mention the many years before that where health was at the bottom of my list of priorities. Luckily, I discovered Lisa's 30 day green smoothie challenge. The recipes were incredible and a green smoothie drinker was born! But I didn't stop there. Starting each day in such a healthy way led me to consult with a naturopath (it would have been Lisa if we were in the same city), do an elimination diet, and discover that I have sensitivities to wheat and milk. I changed to a whole foods-based diet (most of the time) and took up running. In the span of 8.5 months I went from being tired and sluggish on the couch (literally - I could run for one minute at a time before having to walk) to having enough energy to run the Detroit International Half Marathon. I actually RAN the whole thing! And I lost almost 60lbs along the way! Thank you, Lisa, for being my catalyst. Your challenge kept me interested in a new way of living and saved me! I continue to drink a green smoothie every day for breakfast. What a wonderful way to start each day!
Thank you thank you thank you!!!
Imogen Meloche Windsor, Ontario