Week of November 27, 2011

Holiday Happenings

One holiday is out of your way. Only one more to go!  But wait . . . stay focused on your food choices, remind your friends and family to not say, “I’ll start eating better and exercising after the holidays.” Yes, holidays are stressful, and some of us reach for poor food choices and some drop their exercise routine. If you have a routine and you’ve been making great choices, why stop now? Remember, 3,500 calories equals one pound of fat. An extra 500 in poor calories each day for 7 days = 1 POUND OF FAT! Caution: don’t drastically limit your calories, you’ll body will hold tightly on to that fat, but grab healthier choices (whole foods). This leads me to preparation during this busy time. There’s no reason to stop at a store to grab something you’ll be regretting later. If you plan ahead and purchase plenty of fruits and veggies, just grab a bunch and go. Lastly, WATER, WATER, WATER . . . remember to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces each day, yes, each day!

It’s nice to hear that some of you organized group workouts over the holiday week.  You should be in great shape to hit it hard throughout December.  Looking forward to the pushes, the pulls, the whines, the cries, the jumps, the crawls,  and those who yell, “I’m gonna die!”

Karen G. from boot camp is running in her first 5k; the Santa Run this coming Sunday. From what I know, Laura G., Lisa S., Kelli L., Jenn D. and myself are running in this race. It’s SOLD OUT! There will be 1,200 of us dressed in Santa suits. Sounds like fun . . . pics to definitely follow! We’re proud of you Karen!

Class is this Monday and Thursday. Same time (6:30 pm). Challengers, don’t forget that the 50 Day celebration is on Friday, Dec. 2 from 6-8 pm at my house.

Great Holiday Gift: Concept2 Rower

Only 200 tickets or December 31, which ever comes first. That’s when the Concept2 Rower Raffle will end. The odds are definitely in your favor. Only $10.00 each, you can buy them online or at boot camp. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Here’s the link to purchase them online: http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1944844

Pass this on to friends and family because it’ll be shipped anywhere in the U.S. at no cost.  

Cruel Calories . . . Quick Bites = Long Burns

I know, I show the dark-side of food, but that’s what sneaks up on us. It’s hard to swallow (pun :-), but here it is . . . Sweat through a 30-minute workout and you can torch 200.  Take 3 gulps of a creamy cappuccino and you’re right back where you started.

Here’s more:

  • A 4-ounce serving of roasted ham will take 1.8 miles to burn
  • one large croissant is the equivalent of 2.5 miles
  • two cookies from the Betty Crocker mix takes 1.5 miles to burn off
  • a single gingerbread cookie coming in just below that at 1.3 miles
  • for a single 3-ounce serving of Hickory Farms fruitcake, plan on running 3 miles
  • a cup of eggnog, tack on another 5K

Story: Inspiration and Motivation

I found this story that ends with good reminders . . .

I have pretty much always been an athletic type of girl, but I never could be considered a fitness enthusiast. I played sports growing up and faired pretty well, but I didn’t quite hit my full potential because I didn’t take the whole fitness lifestyle seriously. I joined the army and stayed in decent shape because I had to, but that was the bulk of my working out-pushups, sit-ups, 2 mile runs. That’s it.

Once I got out of the military, I guess I let myself go. I had ballooned up to 285lbs. I would sit home and eat and eat and eat. I was that girl who said, “I hate how I look.” But I continued to eat the fried chicken and cheeseburgers. I bought the fitness magazines, the programs on TV, the supplements and I wondered why nothing worked. Looking back, now I realize that all of that could have worked if I had just changed my mind set.

You can say you want to get in shape and actually start to move in that direction, but until your mindset changes it’s all for nothing. It wasn’t till I changed my way of thinking and honestly got tired of the way I looked with my clothes off that I started to make the proper changes.

I lost 100 pounds in 1 year and 2 months, and I am in the best shape of my life.

I finally realized that if there is something about myself that I don’t like, I’m going to change it. I have continued to do so, and here I am.

I lost 100 pounds in 1 year and 2 months, and I am in the best shape of my life.

Question: What inspired you to make a change in your physique and your mind?

I would have to say that family is the reasoning for me wanting to make a change. I wanted to first and foremost set a good example for my children, to let them know that you can enjoy life and all the things it has to offer while still being healthy.

I feel as though I am married to the greatest husband and father in the world, so I wanted to make sure that he felt the same way about me. I want him to look at me and be totally blown away by what he sees.

Also, looking at my family (Mom, Dad, Grandparents, etc.) who all have some type of medical issue associated with weight, I wanted to break that cycle.

Question: What was the tipping point and pivotal moment where you knew it was time to make a change?

For me, there were two things that caused me to really evaluate my life and the route I was going, which was my grandfather’s passing and a picture of me.

My grandfathers passing really lit a fire in me to do something about my health. He was overweight, and I believe that a lot of the medical issues he developed over the last few months of his life were brought on due to his issues with weight.

I remember the other moment clear as day. I was at home going through pictures and came across one of me walking through the park. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I had ballooned up to 280 plus pounds. After staring at the picture for a good 5 minutes or so I decided that it was time for a change, and so I made a New Year’s resolution to do something about it.

 Here’s What Worked for Me: Top 5 Motivation Tips

1. Teaming up with others lets you know that you aren’t going on this fitness journey alone. Surround yourself with people who share the same goals and want the same types of things for not only themselves but for you as well.

2.Always give 110% in everything that you do. Whether it is weight training, dieting, cardio, or family, it doesn’t matter because you should strive to be your best self.

3.The key to success is consistency.

4.Remember that this thing called fitness is a marathon and not a sprint.

5.Find a quality workout and meal plan that specifically meets your goal. Find something you enjoy and look forward to doing; you should never dread training or what you’re eating.

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