Michele continues on her journey with week 7 and accomplishes some pretty awesome healthy lifestyle victories. (And just an FYI, I did not bribe Michele into writing that last sentence in this blog!)
Every Monday when I write my blog, I reflect on the past seven days, my goals, and my happiness! I think “I could not possibly be happier with my progress” and then I have a week like this week! I have more happy news!
Best report card EVER!
Last week I went to the doctor for my 8- week check-up and for once, I was not horrified to get on the scale. My doctor was happy when he saw that I was down 15 and a half pounds lighter than I was at my February visit. I believe there may have been a high-five involved! He didn’t believe the nurse’s report that my blood pressure was 116/78 so he did it himself and sure enough – 116/78. I may have received a high five them too! The reason for my follow up appointment was to discuss the high blood pressure I had only 8 weeks ago. I was so happy to know that a weight loss of “only” 15 and a half pounds made such a different in my health. I then scored a “perfect” on my EKG. I was so happy to leave his office without prescriptions that I was not even worried about my stop at the lab for blood work.
A few days after my visit, I got a letter in the mail from my doctor letting me know that not only did my weight and blood pressure go down, but my cholesterol and blood sugars went down too! I am thrilled! It’s been hard work but in a matter of 8 weeks, I have completely changed my health. I don’t think I have ever received a letter from my doctor signed “very good!”
I am more determined now than ever to keep up my healthy lifestyle! I know I’ve said it before but if I can do it, you can do it!I hope all of my friends and readers who want to lose weight and /or get healthy look into coming to A Healthy Balance for nutrition, bootcamp or personal training! It works (and they are so nice!)
Leave a comment: What non-scale victories have you experienced because of adopting a healthier lifestyle?
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Have you ever wanted to run a 5K? Why not sign up for one and give it a shot?! Michele took on a 5K this week! She crushed it and, get this… ENJOYED it!!!
I did it! I completed my first 5K! To those of you who don’t know me, this is a huge deal. Fitness is something I never thought I’d achieve. I’m only halfway through A Healthy Balance’s Rockstar program so I am not there yet but I am moving in the right direction. I am at a point in my life where I know I want to be fit and I am working toward that goal. I feel like everyone has my back: Alicia, Kara, my bootcamp mates, family, friends, coworkers – it’s been awesome support.
I am not a runner but I have been running for the past 5 weeks. I run. I trot. I walk. I jog. I am moving forward (usually). Because this was my first 5K I did not have a baseline race to use when determining my time frame/goal. I do wear a pedometer when I practice so I had a general idea of how much time it would take me to complete a 5K so I set a goal for myself.
Post race jubiliation!!!
Coming up to the finish line, I felt a little emotional after seeing the beautiful face, on the posters of Charlotte, the little girl we were running for. I was also emotional because I couldn’t believe that I accomplished what I thought was the impossible. When my friend Kim, who completed the race before me, yelled out my time, I couldn’t believe it! I exceeded my goal by 11 minutes! I am not a runner (yet!) so I certainly didn’t break any speed records, but I was happy just the same! I now have a baseline and I will beat it in my next 5K! Yes, I believe I am hooked. I was told I would be and it’s true.
Back at home, I took a giant leap and donated the clothes that no longer fit. I am not going back there. At my 4 week check-in, I learned that I had lost 4 inches in addition to 5 more pounds. My clothes are fitting differently and some are not fitting at all! I don’t have much in my closet that fits correctly so I will have to work extra hard at eating right and exercising so I can shop for new clothes. I want to wait until I hit goal to do a big shopping spree so my wardrobe is limited at the moment. I hope my coworkers like my new black dress pants because they will be seeing them a lot of the next few weeks!
Closet clean out time!
This is not a diet; this is a long term lifestyle change. It is amazing to my how quickly pounds add up, but how slowly they come off. There is a lot of exercise involved to lose 1 pound! The nutrition tips I have learned from Kara will stay with me indefinitely. I am already planning healthy menus for summertime pool parties! Maybe I’ll even wear a bathing suit!
Be Healthy. Be Balanced.
Week 5 and Michele is already taking on some exciting new challenges and adventures…
I believe one of the most surprising emails I have ever received was yesterday’s confirmation of my registration for a 5K! I’ve always said I wanted to do one and now I am going to do one. I don’t expect that I will come in first place, but I do expect that I will finish and I will try my hardest along the way. I plan to participate in upcoming 5K events and I have high hopes that my finishing times will get better with each race. After only 4 weeks of exercise and determination, the athlete in me is coming out. To my amazement, I have exercise gear and running sneakers on my birthday gift wish list. I have never before wanted these things and now I can’t get enough. My after work and weekend wardrobe is changing from comfortable pajamas to yoga pants and sports bras. Who is this woman?!
I don’t dread bootcamp like I did the first two weeks (yes Alicia, I dreaded it although I’m sure my enthusiasm hid it!) but I actually look forward to it now. I feel confident in my abilities and don’t really mind if I’m the least athletic in the room. I am there, I am focused and I am making an effort. Finally. While I certainly don’t find it easy, I do find it easier. When I’m not at an after work bootcamp, I am out running (or attempting to run!) to get ready for the 5K. I wear a pedometer and always try to beat my time from the day before. It’s a challenge that I actually look forward to. The trunk of my car looks like a disorganized aisle of a sporting goods store! I have exercise wear for all types of weather, an iPod, sneakers, socks, etc – I’m always prepared to accept an invitation to workout.
Now that my Rockstar blog is live and “everyone” knows that I’m doing, the comments are coming in and they are positive. I have people telling me “you’re an inspiration” and “you’re motivating me to get fit” and “you look great!” I never thought I’d hear these things directed at me! I know I have a long way to go and I intend on keeping it up!
I can’t wait to share with you how I do on my 5K. If I can do this, you can do this!
Be Healthy. Be Balanced.
Michele continues on in week 4 with a non-scale victory!
It’s been four weeks today since I started “working” with Alicia and Kara at A Healthy Balance. It is so great listening to their advice, expertise, and support. Alicia keeps me on track with my exercise and Kara keeps me on track with nutrition. I definitely have the motivation to do this, but knowing I have them behind me, I know I won’t slip.
I hit a milestone this week and while I knew I’d do it at some point, I didn’t realize how great it would feel! My friend, Sue saw me in my favorite Talbots jeans and said, ” I can definitely tell today that you are losing weight and you CANNOT wear those jeans another day! You need a smaller size.” Off to the store we went and she was right! I did need a smaller size. I could not believe my eyes in the dressing room when I buttoned and zippered and saw that they were a perfect fit! I couldn’t open the door fast enough to model for Sue.
New jeans on top of old jeans!
While this size is certainly not my goal size, it’s exciting for now. I am keeping my old jeans as a reminder that I do not ever want to wear them again. They are folded in my gym bag and whenever I need an extra dose of motivation and encouragement, I will try them on. Bootcamp is hard, but the thought of wearing those jeans again is not an option. I will gladly (ok fine, maybe not gladly!) struggle through planks, lunges, pushups, and whatever else Alicia throws my way because I know the end result will be worth it. If I felt this good trying on these jeans, imagine how I’ll feel when I try on my goal jeans?
Be Healthy. Be Balanced.
It takes awhile for healthy changes to become a lifestyle, but Michele is on her way at week 3!
It’s official. Now that my blog is up and running, everyone will know what I’ve been doing in my spare time. I’ve been hinting on Facebook that big things are happening and that I’ve been motivated, healthy and finally committed to doing this but I’ve been vague about the details. I feel like now the “secret” is out — there is no turning back and I like the pressure! I can do this. I am doing this.
A few friends have known about this challenge since day one and they have been unbelievably supportive and motivating with a little nagging thrown in. Thanks to Kim for inviting me to walk at the crack of dawn before the mall opens, to Sue for bringing hand weights to work to offer strength training during lunch hours, and to both for recipes, meal ideas, motivational quotes, and other get skinny tips!
At the end of a busy day, I am not much of a TV watcher or the type who likes to relax. I’d rather be up and doing something productive whether it be running an errand, doing laundry, going for a walk or a bike ride. I am so active that I should already be thin! But now, I’ve taken it to a whole new level. I’m constantly on the move. I dance while I am washing dishes, I have my daughter timing my planks, I use resistance bands while watching the news and I’ve caught myself incorporating some kind of exercise into everything I do. I hope I never lose this motivation. I am going to print this block of letters and read it every morning and every night. I am going to live this mantra:
In addition to exercising whenever I can, I also continue to food log and meal plan. Three weeks ago, I didn’t consider salad a meal; I considered it something that came free with your dinner or something you ate at a wedding because it was the polite thing to do. I’ve now had salad for lunch every day for the past 3 weeks and I look forward to it. I never thought I’d see the day that I craved salad.
Changes are happening and they’re good!
Be Healthy. Be Balanced.
Michele takes on week 2 with a little hiccup in the form of an injury to make things interesting.
This week was a little more of a challenge for me because I had a knee injury and had to strictly modify my exercise plan. I was disappointed when my doc gave me the news that I would have to rest in order to heal, but I was also determined to stay the course. I did the bare minimum physical activity at home so I made sure to concentrate on the nutrition plan.
The prior week I was a little surprised (read: disappointed) to see that my weight stayed the same despite four days of (grueling) boot camp and two days of walking. During my meeting with Kara, she explained to me the importance of trying to meet the calorie intake set for me, instead of trying to restrict my calories. I was vigilant about tracking my food intake, adding protein, and getting to the calorie level I needed to succeed. I was a little nervous getting on the scale because I knew I had consumed more calories than the week prior and was thrilled (read: surprised!) to see that I had lost 3 pounds! Eat more, Lose more?!?! That I can do!
I’m already noticing some of Alicia’s challenges at my one-on-one training session were a little easier to perform this week. I was able to hold a plank for one minute which beats I-don’t-know-how-many-seconds from my first week! (Let’s hope Alicia doesn’t read this and decide to up it to 2 minutes!) I can’t wait to see how much easier this gets once my weight goes down and my strength goes up. It’s these little bits of progress that keep me motivated so I intend to keep them coming!
Leave a comment: What do you do when an injury throws you off your game plan?
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