My first blog, what WILL it be? I’ve been struggling with what to write…it needs to be perfect, clear, have a strong statement…but all of the stress where did that get me, NOWHERE, literally, not a written word for over a week. I thought about how it’s the same way I use to procrastinate with going to the gym or eating healthfully. I would put it off, make excuses (I want to lose weight before I go to the gym, I’ll start tomorrow, I’m really hungry, just one cookie…or 5) until the pounds kept coming on instead of off and time was passing me by. Taking a step, moving forward, not caring how or where or how big, like Nike says, “Just Do It”. Getting started is the biggest challenge in so many things in life, but with exercise it’s the mental game we play that hinders us most.
So, committing to that game I wanted to share my story with you. I was in college majoring in athletic training. Learning about being healthy, surrounded by athletes every day I was literally the picture of un-health. I smoked a pack of cigarettes a day, ate more than I even like to recall now (my favorite meal: a large chicken parmesan sub on garlic bread and french fries…that was one meal!) and let’s just say my workouts were comprised of walking to and from classes. All of these elements together were no ideal and over my time in college I had gained over 50 lbs! I’m 5’1″ and was weighing in at over 180 lbs the day I graduated from college. I vowed from that moment that I was going to change my life, I was going to get healthy. I knew what I needed to do to lose the weight, but I hadn’t taken any action to get to that place. My first step was to change my eating habits. I began counting my calories and eating foods that were low in calories, mainly fruits and veggies and whole grain bread, lots of tuna and low fat substitutes (it was 2000, it was the fad at the time). Over the next 3 months I began adding in 2 hour cardio/weight training workouts and lost about 35 lbs. I held my weight at about 140-5 lbs for the next 5 or 6 years.
In 2007 I began taking a group exercise class called intenSati. This class revolutionized my life. I lost another 20 lbs, quit my job, got certified as a trainer and holistic health coach…my world became and now is what I had wanted it for so long to be. I am the picture of health. I live how I want to live, feel amazing and now I want to share it with YOU! This is the best part. I’m not going to pretend to be all high and mighty. I have my moments of indulgence, but knowledge is power. How can you expect to know things that no one has shared with you before? What is a calorie, how much should I eat, what should I eat? How should I workout? What’s the best (food, workout, fill in your own blank)? I have so many answers to share with you. I’ll be posting my thoughts, helpful tips and new information I’m learning along my own journey of getting healthier every day! Thank you for being here, for reading and for knowing that you are getting better and stronger each and everyday. Today do something for you…just take a step.
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