Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Thing About Social Media...

... is that it gives us the ability to motivate and inspire each other.

Two months ago I posted this picture on my Facebook and Instagram. I tagged The Color Run on Instagram, and two weeks later, they asked if I would like to be a Color Runner Hero. 
After texting everyone I know for their opinion, I agreed.
Right before Christmas, I got an email that said my story would be posted soon and they would keep me updated.
While at work last night, I checked my Facebook, and was sooo surprised when a highschool friend I don't have the chance to talk to very often tagged me in a comment on this post:
The Color Run
The Color Run
I am blown away and so encouraged by all the positive feedback!
Thank you!!!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Thing About Weight Loss...

... is that the journey is different for everyone.

Different views of different points of my journey start at different times, but losing 125 lbs in 10 months physically started on Dec. 17, 2012. This is the date of my first session with my trainer, Jered. I paid for 3 intro sessions the week before because they were on sale (of course they were, it was right before Christmas). The plan was to save the sessions until the beginning of they year or whenever I was ready, after all, I had six months to use them. For whatever reason, the session got scheduled... 8 days before Christmas. Although I cannot say the first one wasn't miserable, I realized that I was more than capable. Jered told me to come in for 30 minutes of any kind of cardio when we didn't have a session. I think I might have surprised him more than I surprised myself when I showed up the next day and headed for the elliptical. 5 minutes in, and my head was spinning. Physically, I was fine (just super winded), but I did not think I could go any longer. 40 minutes later, I felt so amazing and tired (and sore from the day before), and that was the moment I realized this was different. My body, although in pain, felt more alive than ever and it was strangely craving to be nourished... not fed with whatever junk I usually went for... but actually nourished.

Nutrition can be a difficult thing to wrap your mind around. There are a myriad of different diet plans (some healthy, some not) and choosing which one is right for you is up to you. My advice is to start with the basics, a stable foundation, and build from there. Research everything for your self (the internet provides us with endless resources), try everything for your self (unless it is unsafe), and be aware of what you are doing. Jered gave me nutritional basics the first day, and we didn't talk about it again for several months. When it finally came up, he said he trusted me because he saw the results. The truth is, I took what he told me and added on to it. Every week... every month... I tried something different or new, but the foundation never changed.

The basics that I started with:
1. Calorie Counting (Jered suggested My Fitness Pal, and it has been the love of my life every since) You can use any app that's out there, or if it seems too difficult, just write it down. Recording your nutrition and exercise, at least in the beginning, is probably the most important thing you will do. I look at it like a bank account. If you aren't writing it down, you won't know. There is always a check you forget you wrote and then you are confused when you have negative results.
I personally prefer My Fitness Pal because it not only has a huge calorie database, but it is customized by your personal information and goals. There is also the recipe feature which is my favorite. Put in all the ingredients and how many servings, and it will give you the nutritional value on each one.
2. Start your day off big and end it small. Not only is breakfast the most important meal of the day, it should be one of the biggest. I haven't looked at my meals the same since Jered drew (a version) of this picture for me.
3. Meal Planning (prepping), or as Jered said, "Chill and Grill Day". This is mostly for your own convenience. Even if you don't want to plan and prepare your entire weeks worth of meals, you can bake extra chicken with dinner so tomorrow you'll only have half a meal to plan.
I celebrated the beginning of 2013 (New Year's eve last year) with a dear friend and her family. I had been eating healthier for about 2 1/2 weeks at this point. When she told me they were grilling for dinner; my response was, "Awesome!! Do you mind if I use the grill when we're done?" I stopped at HEB on my way to her house and hijacked the grill at the end of the night. This was my first "meal prep".

This was the beginning of my journey, and I hope it helps you with yours.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Thing About January 1st...

... is it is the first day of the rest of your life!!


Last night was a time for celebration; today was a time for regeneration.

I have had the idea to have a fitness party for a few months now, and there is no better way to start the year!!
Sorry about the poor picture quality, my phone is not so great with them plus I took pictures before I set everything up completely. : )

My fitness party went down like this:
I had everyone bring $5 (and whatever exercise equipment they had) and I provided healthy food, bottled water, and an awesome group workout!!
We prayed, talked, ate, talked, ate, exercised, ate, talked... ate! (Just kidding)

I set up four exercise stations (and one food station of course):
3 exercises at each station, 20 reps of each exercise, lunges between every station.......... 3 times!!

    BANDS: Bands of Death by Bob Harper
    The barbecue pit served as the anchor for the bands.

    Situps (with optional yoga ball)
    Crunch Twist (with optional ball weight)
    Plank (with optional balance pods)

    ARMS: We had a collection of weights ranging from 2lbs to 15lbs.
    Triceps Kickback
    Dumbbell Bent-over Row
    Triceps Press

    Step Ups (with optional ankle weights)
    Jumping Jacks
    Jump Rope

Since not everyone is on the same eating plan, I always try to grab a little variety without compromising health. We had chicken wraps (romaine lettuce or whole wheat tortilla with pulled chicken breast topped with fresh made guacamole, salsa, shredded cheese, or one of the greek yogurt dips) On the side, fresh veggies and fruit, berry kabobs, vanilla greek yogurt, string cheese, lara bars, Justin's natural nut butters, almonds, or pretzels.

This was an extremely fun way to kick start the year, and we were all sore for days!