Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Journey 2 Fit {Day 25} Just Thinking...

...about how I got to this position in my life.  It took a long time actually to get here...and TODAY it slapped me in the face, that it is going to take a long time to fix it.

I didn't just get fat all of a sudden.  I had to take care of "the fat."  I had to nurture it.  I had to feed it.  I had to give it what it wanted to grow.

Now that I know that I have not been nurturing my "healthy self," I have to really let "the fat" step aside.  The "healthy me," wants it's time in the sun.  NOW I will nurture it!  NOW I will feed it.  NOW I will give it what it needs to grow and be strong.

I don't want anyone to get the idea that I think fat is bad.  Fat is not bad, it can be abused though.  I have used it in that way, abusing myself with over indulgences.  I have allowed it to get out of hand and rob me and my family of a lot. 

I deserve BETTER...SO do you.

So get moving!  With me or not!  Eat aware! No matter what it is you are eating, be it a spinach smoothie or a triple-decker burger...KNOW WHAT YOU ARE PUTTING INTO YOUR BODY!!!

Thank you so much for your words of support.  It's working for me!!!  I hope I am being as helpful as you.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Journey 2 Fit {Day 23-24} Changes Noticed

Yesterday was a rest day and I took full advantage of it, knowing that this was going to be my week of harder work and even greater dedication.  So today I did all of my "scheduled" workouts and 3 miles. 

I'm Lovin' this feeling"

Today, my little one noticed something I hadn't really paid any attention to.  My Pants.

My PJ bottoms seem to be A LOT looser and very baggie. That got me thinking about, what am I going to do with all of this extra clothing? 

Being that I have been overweight for so so long and I have not been really into shopping for myself, I have not bought a lot of cute stuff for me.  I just didn't/don't have a eye for fashion at my current size, but things are changing.  With my clothing not fitting and I am starting to look droopy, I need some up-to-date stylish outfits.

Where is your favorite place to shop?

So changes are being noticed and that is the best feeling when others see your hard work and you don't have to even say a word.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Journey 2 Fit {Day 22} Weigh In #3

This week was a challenge and I was expecting to gain at least 3lbs. back of what I lost since last weigh in.

But to my surprise I gain CONFIDENCE and stayed right where I was last week.  HOOOOORAH!!!!!

That was scary!  I wasn't sure if I could handle Thanksgiving and all of the holidays.  Everything was so good.  It helped that I did the 5k, I am 100% sure of that.  So I am pretty sure that there will be another one that I will have to sign up for before Christmas.  Hopefully the boys will get up and go to this one.

So next week the game plan is to truly stick to the meal plan for the week and work a little harder with the exercises.

Thanks for checking in on me. 

By the way, I am trying to find non-traditional exercises you can do on a treadmill...Do you know of any?

Friday, November 25, 2011

Journey 2 Fit {Day 21} Habit or ????

I hear it takes 21 days to make or break a habit.  Is that true?

21 day!!!  That's all!!! 

So in the past 21 days I have:
  • Exercised~ I physically moved my body in some way be it stretching or cardio, I've exercised.
  • Food for thought~ I conscientiously thought about every bit of food I consumed.  Trying to make the better choice.
  • Kind words~ I have thought and said kind words to myself about my journey, hopefully giving myself encouragement to be better.
I think I still need a few more days to make all of this concrete, but I think I might be on the right path.

What habits have you created or let go of in 21 days, be it health or otherwise?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Journey 2 Fit {Day 20} Happy Thanksgiving & 5K

  • 4:30 am wake up
  • 5:00 am get out the gear for the race
  • 5:30 am drink my protein drink
  • 5:45 am start picking up all of the other 5k-ers
This was so exciting.  The last time I did a race was the "Love your body" race and it was AWESOME.  This race I really wanted to just enjoy it and take in everything that was happening around me.  I was go glad that I did this one with a group. 

As I do every race, I always vow to make a new friend.  This year I met Gary Bohn.  He usually runs the 10k but had surgery two weeks ago and decided to walk even probably against doctor's orders.  He is a wonderful man from what I learned.  He wasn't sure if he would make it the full 3.1 miles but as we all talked we realized that we had made it by the end.  It was wonderful.  I am so grateful for him and JaNean.

This was a first time 5k for a lot of people in my group (Matt & Melissa Harris, JaNean Frandsen, Jessica & her husband and me) and they did awesome.  They got bit by the bug and already want to do another.  Matt wants us to put one together, call it "Run the West" (after all we are in "West" Valley).  Definitely something to think about.

I hope this Thanksgiving we can all just be grateful that we have each other and that we all are healthy.  I am grateful to all of you who visit my little blog and support me. 

Happy Thanksgiving and hopefully I'll get to see you at the next race.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Journey 2 Fit {Day 19} Falling and Getting Back Up...HELP

This week so far I have not felt like the lbs. have been moving as quickly, but 5 lbs. is one week is a lot, right? And that pace REALLY could not have continued, right? 

I couldn't wait until Saturday, so I stepped on the scale an I have gained 1 lbs. of the 5 I lost back...and I know exactly how I got it back.

Yesterday, I made a dessert for my Spanish class and my intention was to "just" share with them not partake.  I partook and then last night, my little one decided it was opposite night for dinner and so dessert was on the menu.  I made peach cobbler for "dinner." 

As a matter of fact, it's 10 til 6am and I hear my hubby warming some up in the kitchen right now!!  I will hold my ground and not eat any...not because I am trying to "deprive" myself, more like, Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I want to be able to enjoy it and "not deprive" myself.  Deprivation doesn't work anyway.

So I have fallen and I am getting back up.  Does anyone out there have any words of encouragement?...I need some right now. 


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Journey 2 Fit {Day 18} Gratitude for the Support

Everyday I look to see if more people have "joined this site" to check to see how many miles I will need to do.  As I look at all those wonderful people's names and even one anonymous, it makes me get a little quiver in the lip.

Support in anything is key to much of the success.  I am so full of GRATITUDE for all of you who believe in me and support me.  I hope that what I am accomplishing here is an inspiration to all of you. 

I will support you also in your efforts.  Every single mile I  walk/run, I actually think of those people, there to the right.  For me they are saying, "Nakia, I believe in you."  I know that sounds corny but that thought keeps me taking each step.  I am especially GRATEFUL when those voices come to my mind when I really want to stop.  It helps me to keep pushing!!

Thank you!

I would love to walk more miles to say "Thanks."  So I ask you to please tell your friends and family what I am trying to accomplish here and "join this site."

Monday, November 21, 2011

Journey 2 Fit {Day 17} Positive Progression

They say the hardest part of any thing is getting started.


It is day 17 of my journey and I reflect on the the 1st day.  For some it may not be a big deal, but for us who have struggled this is a HUGE deal.

I got up PUMPED to start, but the first time I did the plank I wanted to cry.  I think I did  a little.  Now I can hold the CORRECT position for nearly a minute without struggle.  At first I shook like a leaf in a windstorm, but I feel stronger now.  I don't shake as much.

It was a little thing.

A little thing that was added upon other little things and here I am able to do it.  I am so PROUD that I have stuck to this passed Day 15. 

Today as I walk on the treadmill, I thought to myself that this is so what I need, so what everyone needs, time to see the positive progression of the things.  This is going to make getting up at 4:45 am to workout a lot easier for me....I hope it works for hubbs too.

What positive progression have you seen in your life?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Journey 2 Fit {Day 16} SAD Rest Day

It's a rest day!!!  YEA!!  But I will probably do some walking on the treadmill anyway...I just gotta be ready for the 5k on Thanksgiving.  In my last post, I said I would write a little about SAD.

I was going to put it in it's on post but thought today was just as good as any so here ya go.

When I first heard the word SAD as it relates to diet, I perked up to hear the rest.  I like everyone else love a great burger and don't get me started on my addiction on a certain "golden" french fry.  I actually would go to the restaurant, buy a large fry, several days in a row and hide in my car in a church parking lot,under a cloak of darkness, where no one would see me and eat them all, so I wouldn't have to share them with my kids!!!  I am not really sure if eat is the right word...it was something else.  I only would curb my visits down when the husband would notice that I was frequenting a certain "burger place" from the bank statements.

Now that's SAD!!!!

Over the years I have been faithful in my dedication to the S.A.D.  I have even subjected my family to it. 

So I have been doing my own research as to what S.A.D {Standard American Diet} is and what I have found has given me pause to think about what I am doing to my body and the bodies of my husband and children. 

The results of my faithfulness can be found HERE and HERE.

We spend a great deal of time talking about the obesity problem in this country and many diseases that are caused by it and some of the things we do contribute to it like eating:

•High in animal fats
•High in unhealthy fats: saturated, hydrogenated
•Low in fiber
•High in processed foods
•Low in complex carbohydrates
•Low in plant-based foods
(I found this information HERE)

Many of us are subject to this stuff, in the things we buy at the store, because these are usually the least expensive items we can find and in this economy you have to get what you can afford.  Some of us don't read labels.  I was that person.   Some of us are confused by the catch terms used on labels like, "light", "fat-free", and the infamous "reduced".  I was that person too.  But I had to learn and still am learning about food.

The one thing that I do know is that processed foods are not good for you.  I KNOW THAT!! With that little nugget of info I have really started cooking from scratch.  Learning how things are made and how I can make them better...this is not what is the norm.

But I am sure that there are ways we all an improve on the norm.  I have been trying to limit the animal fats in my families diet, making things from scratch because I know what I put into it, I have added more veggies to our meals and cut the amount of sugar and salt in those dishes. 

I am doing all I can and all I know.  And I will every once in a while enjoy a juicy burger, or some pretty delish fried orange chicken. 

It all boils down to MODERATION.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Journey 2 Fit {Day 15} Weigh In #2~ROCKIN' RESULTS!!

UNBELIEVABLE!!!!  UNBELIEVABLE!!!  Today the scale told me I lost 5.5lbs!!!
  • I'm not hungry
  • The exercises do not hurt!!!
  • I'm not bored
All key to my success thus far.  Heck I had pizza last night (homemade of course) but, I had pizza!!  Which I thought would blow anything I had done the  week prior.  This only goes to show that if I am "good" the rest of the week I can splurge on the weekends.  Not go crazy but, enjoy a little of SAD (Standard American Diet).  A post on that is coming.

This is motivating!!!  Join me I would love to have a few people doing it with me.

My only question at this point is... Should I post pics?

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Journey 2 Fit {Days 12-14} I'm doing it and it's working!!

Missed DAYS!!!!  How did that happen. 

Anyway all is GREAT.  I am feeling so good.  Last night I went to Zumba with a gal pal and it was so much fun, especially doing it with someone you know.  My toe didn't like it so much but my hips sure did!!!  I see how people get hooked on it.

Fit2fat2fit is so much fun and I am seeing a lot of success.

I am getting excited to step on the scale tomorrow!!

I think I need to post pics of my weekly progress...What do you think? {It's only week 2 and I see changes!!!}

To help me be more physically active, I signed up to be on a team for a 5K.  Wondering if I should wear my Getting {figure}d Out T-shirt?

I feel so positive today!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Man of Wonder and Will

Never thought that this would be the place that I would record something about my husband other than his help in getting{figure}d out with me on my health goals, but alas, I write about him.

A lot of people have trouble speaking in front of groups.  I am not one of those people.  However, you take away my native tongue, throw in a curveball of a sick child ten minutes before depature, computer network shutdown as you stand to give your presentation....

...and you have a nervous breakdown in the making.

But today I was saved.

I go blank staring at my note cards and then I look up to see him. 

My man of Wonder.

A smile as bright as the sun, holding our sick son in the back row of the classroom.  I can feel his belief in me and I see no one, but him. 

Willing me through.

I could not even say my own name, but looked up again and saw him mouthed, "Babe, you got this."

My voice cracked with each utterance, but I saw only him and I regained composure.  The presenation went on and I nailed it.

I have been blessed with a great Man of Wonder and Will.  His support and dedication to helping me reach my goals and dreams is beyond my imagination. 

But that  is and has always been the man he is.  

Journey 2 Fit {Day 11) ~The Cook is off Duty Tonight!!

Missed a post day, but I think all is well in Denmark.  The last couple of days have been pretty good with minor slip ups.  Last night I noticed that I wasn't cavernous for carbs.  Dave cooked dinner and as always he heads straight to the spaghetti whenever, I am off duty in the kitchen. 

Being the supportive wife that I am, I told him good job and took a couple of bites and I was done.  I did eat the steamed cauliflower and broccoli though. 

I think I need to have a cooking intervention with him.  He admits that he is completely lost in the kitchen when he has to cook something...even when it is fully stocked with all kinds of good eats.  I guess that is one part of the change that I will have to bring about.

What does your husband make when put on the spot?  What is the one thing you'd like to teach him to make?

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Journey 2 Fit {Day 9} Weigh-In

This is the day that I have been working for, right?  The day to see if the work I have put in gives me the results I've been looking for, right? 

This week I have lost 2.5lbs!!!  That is motivation enough to keep me believing in this journey.  I know that there will come a day when the number will either not move or even possibly go up, but today, this number says, "Nakia, girl, you can do this!!!!"

Yesterday, was my rest day, so I have to make up for that by working out today.  I think I will do all of the stretching and core strength exercises that are assigned for today on fit2fat2fit. I will also spend a little time getting my groove on with the Wii and do some Just Dance with the boys.

I feel so good!!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Journey 2 Fit {Day 8}

Didn't get anything done today.  Spent most of it working!!!  Tomorrow's my weigh-in and I am very nervous because I have eaten like crap last night and earlier today.  I've exercised everyday, so maybe that will help me.

Friday, November 11, 2011

G{f}O Inspiration

There is a great paradox in life. What we SEEK is not around us but IN us! This world of contrast around us exists to EVOKE from us the pure essense of WHO we ARE, WHAT we ARE, and WHY we ARE!! Our infinite unfolding toward, and manifesting of, this truth is our Divine calling! Seek it today, express it now!

Today IS the day!! Today IS what it IS! It IS what it IS, and it's OK!! It has to be OK, becuase it's all you have!! And the truth is... You CAN get THERE from HERE. You CAN get ANYWHERE from HERE!! But you must start HERE, in your NOW, where it IS what it IS and it's OK.  NOW is your moment, THIS NOW is where your power IS, NOW is where the magic happens!!

NOW is THE moment! And NOW will always be the only MOMENT! The only MOMENT that is real, the only MOMENT that counts! People, things, and circumstances will come and go, but YOU, YOUR moment, YOUR passion, YOUR chance is just that, YOURS! No one can take it, YOU'RE the one who will make it! The moment is NOW, it's IN YOU, it IS YOU, take it, it's YOURS!! Are you trying to change something? It's really an effort in becoming!

Consider these lines of thought and action... "if I looked like I wanted, how would that feel?", and pursue that feeling and all the action and resources that align with it, from the smallest inkling you can generate NOW, to the fullest experience of it at completion. "What would I be doing?" Do it NOW even in limited ways, ev...en in your mind, read about it, move in the direction of it until life unfolds and you emerge to experience it as you want it. "How would I be acting?" Act like it NOW to the extent that you can, becuase it's IN you, it IS you, until you've become the fullest expression that you desire.

Just know this, there IS NO I'll feel this way WHEN!! I'll feel happy WHEN, I'll feel strong WHEN, I'll feel hopeful WHEN!! If you don't begin reaching for the feeling, even inklings of it, in your NOW, then you won't! And you won't get there. But you CAN get there from here if you seek, find, and nourish those seeds of possibility that ARE there if you will but look for them. The seeds that once grown connect here to there. It's here, it's in you NOW, it IS YOU!!! Again, take it, it's yours!!~ J.J.M

Thoughts? Comment below. Thanks. I can actually pass them along to the author!

Journey 2 Fit {Day 7}

Last night Drew posted the grocery list!!!  I love how everything is something I already eat or like.  Also, the bonus is that I can cook the same stuff for my family.  That is one major obstacle when making a lifestyle change is getting everyone else on board.

I've been up since 4:30 and have been working, but all the while all I can think about is doing a plank or a sumo squat. 

I guess it is starting to get into my system.  2 Days until I get on the scale!!!  Nervous and excited!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Journey 2 Fit {Day 6}

Today was not as hard as I thought it was going to be.  David got up with me again.  Yea!  Does anyone else think the plank is the most torturous exercise in the world!!!??!!!  It is so hard, but I keep doing it because I feel tightening in my belly.  I love it and I hate it {...the exercise that is}.  The side planks are just as arduous. 

I am planning on participating in a 5k walk/run this Thanksgiving.  Anyone in?  Leave me a comment so I can contact you and we can plan...maybe have a team.  The race I am thinking about is the Utah Human Race.  If I get a group together, I would need a least 4 other people besides myself and I need to know by the 18th. of November.

Do you want to join me as Team GFO? 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Journey 2 Fit {Day 5}

The novelty of the experience is starting to wain.  This is the true test of commitment.  But I am up and getting ready to do my exercises.  I will say that I already feel a tightening in my belly area and I don't feel so hungry.  I think...I hope that I am adjusting to the portions I am supposed to eat.  I haven't visited the scale yet, but so want to, but I am going to wait until Sunday.

Here's a little nugget:  For a boost of protein...add a TBS of peanut butter to your spinach smoothie...AMAZING!!!  I'll write up my recipe later today if you want to try it. 

When you try it I would love to read your comments on how you liked it.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Journey 2 Fit (Day 4}

So today is day 4 and yesterday was not as difficult as I had planned it to be.  I was hungry a couple of times, but I figure that was the growling I have always answered to and over did things.  Yesterday, I listened to it and then drank water and that calmed it a bit until I was able to get home and eat something more healthy.

Pretty sure it will happen again to day, but I am prepared to let it be.  Do you think with time it will be less aggressive or am I in for a hurtin'? 

The exercises were KILLER.  I still feel them today.  Hubby, got up on his birthday and did them with me...not sure if he's going to make it a repeat performance...he's in bed right now begging me not make it get out of bed and be "tortured" again...He's getting up!!!  We are in this together.

What are your thoughts so far folks?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Journey 2 fit {Day1}

Hardest day ever!!!!  The first day is always the hardest, right?...It can only get better, right?  I started off great, but then the Halloween chocolate bucket beckoned me and I did eat...A LOT!!  So, here I am 5:40 in the morning of {Day 3}  So hoping it will be better...yes I skipped a day so that I can be on track with everyone else...CAUGHT UP ON THE JOURNEY!! 

See you tomorrow to let you know, if this day was any better and how I feel about it.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Journey 2 Fit

I know it has been a while since my last post.  Doesn't  mean that I have been nothing during that time.  I've gone on some walks with the hubbs, spent a day in my teenager's dance club.  Yes, he's in dance club.  They are putting together a samba routine they are preparing to perform in about a month and a half, and the last thing I have been doing is searching for the best way for me.

Well, I've heard about this guy named Drew on 97.1 ZHT a little while back and he is a personal trainer who "was" super fit and decided that in order to understand his clients struggle to lose weight he needed to do it from their perspective.  

So over the past 6 months Drew has gained something between 70-80lbs.  Unbelievable!!  I never thought one could gain so much in such little time, but I guess it can be done.  Ironically, that is roughly the same amount of weight I have gained in the last 16 years.  

Anyway...Drew has just started the back to fit phase of his journey and hubby and I are going on it with him.  You can follow our part of the journey here, but you can do it with us and get the details from Drew's site, www.fit2fat2fit.com

It is super informative and I really like the fact that he breaks is down for men and women.  So excited, mainly because hubby is going to get up in the mornings and do this with me.  Definitely need a buddy.  

So leave me a comment if you think you will join the journey, or just follow us or need someone to be accountable to...I will be accountable to you too.  I need someone to call me on my crap in the area of my life. 
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