The 'why' is a variety of reasons. It started out with just a very simple desire - I didn't want to gain anymore weight or go up (again) in my clothing sizes. I was out of control with my eating and lack of ANY type of exercise - I simply didn't give a crap. I would wake up in the morning and my back would ache so badly that I often had trouble taking those first few steps out of bed. I 'blew out', as the doctor put it, my calf muscles in December 2010 when I turned suddenly - this happened at work, in front of a bunch of people and I was so embarrassed that I was in horrible pain and couldn't walk from turning my in a quick manner - GEESH!! We lost a family member last year to cancer, she fought her ass off and would have given anything to have a healthy body. I felt guilty for having basically a healthy body and letting it go to shit.
I officially starting working toward a 'better me' on July 25, 2011. The hubby and I had planned weeks before to take that entire week off for a family stay-cation, so I figured that would allow me more time to think about how and when I was going to exercise as well as plenty of time to think about what I was putting into body. Not only was I able to spend lots of time talking to my hubby about things, we signed up for a membership at our local YMCA and I also was able to grab lunch with a dear friend that has an incredible physic and is very conscience about what she eats (and what her kids eat). Our lunch ended up in a grocery store looking at different foods. I was inspired, excited and determined!
How Much Have You Lost?
I have lost 45 pounds and am currently the size I was when I graduated high school (over 20 years ago). I wish I would have took my measurements before I started losing weight, I think those numbers would be VERY interesting. My silhouette has changed the most - my body has never looked like this - EVER! I attribute the dramatic change in my silhouette to the weight training that I do.
Wednesday: 1 hour of BodyPump
Thursday: 1 hour of Zumba
Saturday: Occasionally, I do 1 hour of BodyPump
Additionally, I got a snazzy new bike last Christmas and plan to do plenty of riding once the weather begins to cooperate and I have just begun to train (term used very loosely) for a 5K run. also.
Where Do You Work Out?
I work out at the Blue Springs YMCA. During my stay-cation week, I visited all the local gyms before deciding on the YMCA. Some of the gyms were too big, some didn't have the opportunities that I was looking for my 11 year old and some had classroom schedules that didn't coordinated with my own personal schedule - and the Y is a mere 5-7 minutes away from my house.
Baked sweet potatoes
Kale chips (duh)
Boiled eggs with hot sauce
Black and blue salad (salad topped with 3 or 4 thin slices of grilled steak and blue cheese crumbles)
How did you get your kids on board with your new eating habits?
They often are not 100% sold on some of the items that I serve them; sometimes there is just no way they are going to eat what I put out. But OFTEN after the 3th or 4th time of me putting something on their plate and seeing their parents enjoying something they will give in. In fact, my 11 year old daughter loves kale chips just as much as I do and my 4 year son won't eat normal french fries anymore; they have to be 'orange' fries (aka sweet potatoe french fries). I also post a menu for the week so that EVERYONE knows what they can expect for dinner. They also see and hear my hubby and I talk about fitness and eating habits all the time - we are leading by example. They are doing very good with all the changes and I expect that it will pay off in the years to come.
I'm Just Getting Started, What's Your Best Advice?
Don't expect instant results. It's been proven time and time again the slower the weight falls off, the more likely you are to keep it off.
Use milestones and baby steps to move forward on your own journey. If jogging a mile is too much, start with jogging 1/2 mile instead and then the next 3/4 a mile and so on.
Reward your successes with things beyond food.
Get the support of anyone and everyone you can; having a little bit more accountability works wonders.