Shed and Share
How long have you been on this weight loss journey? Seems like all my life.
Weight Loss/Inches: Throughout my adult life who knows. Generally in small amounts but up and down, mostly due to poor nutrition and horrible eating habits
What was your “low point”? I have had a love/hate relationship with food since I was a young adult. It was my reward and my fear. Needless to say, my food choices were horrible. And because I viewed it as my reward, I would skip breakfast and lunch so I could eat more at night. Unfortunately, my food choices even then were poor and did little to nourish my body properly. I have never been much of a cook and my dear sweet husband has never asked for home cooked meals. We both worked and fending for ourselves each night worked for us.
By the time I reached my mid-fifties, I began to realize that I needed to rethink not only my diet, but my whole idea about what it meant to be “fit”. I had always equated fitness with being thin but as I approached 60 I finally began to change that view. And as I did I suddenly realized I had no idea how to tackle this new goal of being fit or even if I still could.
How did you get started? About 5 years ago, a few of my coworkers and I started walking every day at lunch. Not very far – maybe three quarters of a mile, but at least we were moving. When I retired I continued walking and actually worked up to 3 or 4 miles a day. I had also began spending time with my Mother out of state who was in her 80s and was finding it difficult to get up and down and to get around without assistance. This gave me the extra nudge to realize walking alone was not going to help my “aging” muscles gain strength. Now I had the desire but no clue what to do! I kept thinking of finding a trainer and a place where I could learn how to build muscle. It became a sort of bucket list item I wanted to do for myself.
Then one day I saw a post shared by a friend about a small group weight training class for women. I emailed Amanda Hughes and signed up. That was last July. Shortly after I joined LiveFit and started personal training with Amanda. I learned about nutrition and for the first time in my adult life I actually starting eating a healthy breakfast every day and something for lunch (but I am still not great with lunch!!).
I started Cycling, then Pure Power and Bootcamp. I joined my first Challenge this past April and gained an awesome group of supporters on my team. I still have classes to conquer, but I have come to realize that it is true that showing up is 90% of the battle.
What is your workout routine and eating plan? I try to do at least 5 classes a week. Cycling is always one and at least one Pure Power. I try to eat 5 or 6 small meals or snacks. That way I don’t have time to get too hungry. Water is pretty much all I drink and I avoid sweets except for special events. My biggest downfall is coffee. I love my cup of coffee throughout the day. At least I switched my afternoon cup to decaf.
What are your top 3 (or 4) favorite resources that helped you along the way?
1.) The instructors at LiveFit who are always helpful and encouraging. They have helped me do what I thought was impossible. All because they believed in me more than I did.
2.) My workout friends – all made at LiveFit. They have supported and advised me since my first class. Some I have come to know in classes and a special group I met during the 2018 BL Challenge. My No BS Team.
3.) And of course, my personal training and nutrition sessions with Amanda Hughes. She introduced me to weight training and good nutrition. Without her encouragement, I would not have gained the confidence to try.
4) My “My Zone” belt and the entire Biggest Loser Challenge.
What one piece of advice would you give to someone who is sitting on the sidelines and waiting? It is true that the first step is the hardest. And it may be a little intimidating at first if you have never worked out in an organized environment. But everyone at LiveFit is so supportive of everyone else’s efforts that by the end of the first class you will forget all of your reservations. So just this one time “go for it.” You won’t regret it!
What one piece of advice would you give to someone who is in the process but is feeling discouraged? When I feel discouraged for whatever reason, I have to give myself a reality check. I look at how far I have come and remind myself that change takes time. And I look to my LiveFit family to bolster my confidence in myself.