HOW ARE YOU! Getting ready for Halloweeeeeeen?? I noticed quite a few costumes out last night, but also I walked to Tim’s to get a coffee this morning and I saw this guy who was clearly just making it home from a big party the night before. He was stumbling along the street in his police costume. His handcuffs were hanging out of his pocket. It was a pretty funny sight.
Along with your Halloween festivities, I want to share with you an update on Marianne! If you are unfamiliar with this story, click here to get caught up. Marianne is back a month later to let us know where she is at! She has a mission to reach her goal weight by Dec/29/2010 (Dec.29 is her 29th birthday, so it just works!)
What challenges have you faced?
I had an amazing visit with family a few weeks ago! I am so very thankful for the time we got to spend together, but I did find it challenging while they were here to get as many workouts in as I would normally, and I indulged more than I would if I didn’t have special guests. My challenge was to get myself right back on track after the visit was over, and not let myself get discouraged or feel guilty because I wasn’t 100% on target.(While I was up in Yellowknife, Mari still did a stand up job of making it to the gym!)
What success’ have you celebrated?
During one of my workouts, Kate had me do an exercise with a 30lb dumbbell. I realized as I was lifting it, that I’ve already shed more than that much weight off my body. It felt amazing to know that I’m lifting nearly as much weight as I’ve lost, and that I’m not carrying that extra 30lbs around on my body anymore! (wow, that is soooo frikin cool)
I also have a few outfits in my closet that I’ve been holding onto to track my success and keep me motivated. This morning, I tried on a pair of pants (one size smaller than usual) which, less than a month ago, I wouldn’t have felt comfortable wearing in public… not only was I able to do them up, I didn’t have to hold my breath! So rewarding to see in a very measurable way how my hard work and sweat is paying off!! (yessssss!!!!)
Woah, your totally airborne in that picture! What thoughts/goals keep you motivated and moving forward?
I feel extremely inspired by the people in my life who see changes in me that I maybe don’t see or don’t think someone else would notice. Every time my clothes get a little baggier it makes me want to work harder, and every time someone says, ‘I want to go to workout with you,’ or, ‘you can do push-ups on your toes?!’ it makes me want to push even harder to see how much more I can do! Most importantly though, I feel motivated by how strong and proud I feel – something I haven’t felt about my body in a long time – and how those feelings, along with my confidence, are going to grow as I get closer to reaching my goal.
Awww, that makes me emotional:( That is so inspiring! I suck at doing push ups on my toes!!! Good for you.
What can we expect next month?
I am at a point now where workouts are part of my routine. Whether it’s a session with Kate (my amazing personal trainer), spin, or one of my favourite group fitness classes at the gym, I feel like I’m in a really good groove there. This next month I’m going to focus on my nutrition. I’m going to track my calories, review (and get back to) the food plan my naturopath set out for me, try some new recipes, and limit treats to once per week. You can expect that I’m going to stay motivated and determined and that getting my nutrition in line with my workouts will help me power towards my goal!!
Any tips you have discovered you would like to share?
I’m learning the importance of keeping workouts fresh –not only will this prevent you from getting bored, it’ll keep your body guessing. I really believe that when we step out of our comfort zones we grow – in all aspects of our lives. I tried a kick boxing class this week – it’s not going to be my new favourite thing, but it had me using my muscles in a different way and I had fun with the other ladies I went with!
I’m also trying to set smaller goals for myself within my ultimate goal daily. For example, eat an extra serving of veggies, try a new recipe, or drink all eight glasses of water. Each positive choice I make helps me get closer to my ultimate health and fitness goals!
DOUBLE YESSSSS, NO..NO…TRIPLE YESSSSS! Keep it up! You are more dedicated than me right now….and I thank you again for doing this post and helping me (and others) get inspired.
My quote of the day is my favorite quote that I wrote in my high school year book…..
TAKE PRIDE IN HOW FAR YOU HAVE COME..
HAVE FAITH IN HOW FAR YOU WILL GO!!
Have an awesome Halloween Everybody!!!