Good Morning! Hope you are well!
The reason I started this blog is so that I could inspire and encourage more people around the world than I could ever do on a one on one basis. Through the medium of computers, I can be in China and Australia all at the same time. However this is a lifestyle blog as well, so you get some normal everyday stuff I do…along with the “let’s get pumped up and reach our goals” posts…….
Like this one…It is a “let’s get pumped up and reach our goals” post!!
I want you to meet Marianne. She is a wonderful friend of mine who is brave enough to share with us her goal to ultimate health. She has already made significant gains and is going to take us along for the ride for the final 3 months.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your struggle
I was a very active teenager – Ukrainian dancing kept me fit and I worked out on top of practices and performances to keep myself in fine form. When I stopped dancing, I didn’t replace that activity with anything else, I didn’t adjust my eating habits appropriately and my weight kept creeping higher throught my twenties. Nearly a decade later, I find myself continuing to struggle with my weight. I’ve tried a number of diets: points systems, cabbage soups, some that worked for a short time, others that just left me feeling more frustrated that I was originally. I’ve set deadlines for myself, started a collection of “goal weight” clothes, made excuses for myself, and tried other “quick fixes” but haven’t, until recently, after reaching my highest weight of more than 200 pounds, been able to make any of it stick.
Here is Marianne at her heaviest-Christmas 2009
… you have taken the first step, congrats! how did you take the first step in achieving your goals?
In april, I met with a naturopath who put me on an eating plan to resolve some uncomfortable stomach issues. In less that three weeks of her ‘clean’ eating program, I lost 18 pounds, had nearly zero of the painful symptoms I’d been experiencing, and I felt a renewed sense of desire to reach my goals once and for all. I dedicated myself to my gym workouts and together with my eating plan, I have lost a total of 31 pounds so far! I feel that making changes for the sake of my overall heatlh, rather than an event or a pair of jeans, has really helped to motivate me in a new way. The West Coast Trail this summer pushed me to physical limits, I would never even have attempted alone – I don’t know that I could’ve done it without the encouragement of some of the most amazing people in my life. I truly walked away from that hike realizing that it’s when i’m pushed outside of my comfort zone that I really grow, and knowing that I can do anything I put my mind to! Especially with an incredibly support system.
Here is Marianne on The West Coast Trail (2nd hardest maintained hike in the world!!) and when she was about 18 pounds lighter!
Well Marianne, you definitely have our support. We totally believe in you and are very proud of you.
Here she is now, 30 pounds lighter…wow!!! You look amazing!
So….. the Plan now?
So here it is. The final time that I resolve to lose my extra weight, and be in the best ultimate health of my life. 29 has always been a lucky number for me. I will turn 29 years old on December 29th this year, and I have 29 pounds to my ultaime goal: 150 pounds. (a healthy weight goal for my height i promise!)So there it is, my goal is to be 150 pounds on Dec.29/2010. I am choosing to continue with my naturopath’s eating plan (restricts dairy, sugar, wheat and gluten as these all negatively affect my insides), and am committing to at least 5 workouts per week – gym classes including spin, strength training and cardio rebound are my favorites! – I’m also adding in more running and hiking. The work i’ve done so far has absolutely paid off and i’m starting to feel more confident in myself and so very proud of what i’ve accomplished. I am so very thankful for an opportunity to share this final stretch of this journey with my dear friend Amanda, and all of her faithful blog-followers! Let’s do this!!
Marianne, you ROCK. Thank you so much for taking us on this journey. One of my favorite quotes is, “Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you will go.” I have no doubt that you will not only reach this goal, but ANYTHING else you put your mind to!
ok team…are ya pumped? I know I am.
We will be checking in with Marianne from time to time to see how she is doing. It is extremely brave of her to share this with us. Talk about integrity and honesty!!!
Please feel free to share your comments for Marianne, and share your goals with us as well!!
Have an amazing, inspired day:)
Daily affirmation- “I go beyond fears and limitations.”- Louise Hay