It’s that time of year, where everyone is filled with holiday cheer, but it’s also the time of year where people gain the most weight!  I want to get through this season feeling good. To be honest, the past 4 days I haven’t been doing so hot. I have gone to yoga, which is great, but I have also been drinking and not eating well, bla. The great thing is, we have the power to change our lives with the snap of a finger.

BAM, just like that, I have decided to make choices that support my desire to be as healthy and vibrant as possible! I’m hitting up day 21 of my 30 Day Yoga Challenge at Semperviva! The great thing about doing yoga everyday for 21 days, is that even if you eat bad- yoga makes you feel better immediately. Maybe it’s the cleansing breaths, the wise words of the teachers, or getting re-centered with yourself. I don’t know, but I am feelin better than I normally would after a weekend of beer drinking!

Here’s me in a mean trianlge pose
In 21 days I have done Hatha, Yin, Kundalini and Vinyasa Power Yoga, with all kinds of different amazing teachers. Looks like I could use a spray tan though!

Next up is Marianne! We have been tracking her goal achieving progress one month at a time! If you are just checking it, Here you will see our First chat and our Second chat. She has lost a huge amount of weight, but had obviously gained in so many other ways…

And now for our 3rd chat!!!

Where are you at in terms of your ultimate goals?

Since I started this challenge, I’ve lost very close to another ten pounds!!  That means I’m 20lbs away from my ultimate goal of 150lbs but puts me in the home stretch!  I am so close to that finish line I can almost taste it!  It’s been at least five years since I’ve been at this weight and I feel FANTASTIC!

Are you where you thought you would be?

I did expect bigger losses at the scale.  The unexpected payoffs have been the most rewarding for me though – I’ve dropped a pants size, I can run 10K, I feel strong and confident and all of those successes are just as huge a measure of how far I’ve come!

Looking back when you were your heaviest, what would you tell yourself now?

I would tell myself that yes, it’s going to be a lot of work but it will be completely and totally worth it, and I AM completely and totally worth it.  I would tell myself NOT to put it off until a Monday, until a stressful time passes, that it’s a commitment to a healthy way of life at the start of every day.  That it’s time to stop feeling sorry for myself, forgive myself and love myself enough to choose to make my health a priority.

Do you think this next month being the holiday season, it will be extra hard?

Holiday cheer could become a convenient excuse for me to slack off – so many parties with goodies and tastey beverages.  But I am determined to make this my best month yet!  I’ve come a long way in these last few months and I don’t want to undo all my hard work with overindulgence.  I won’t deprive myself of ALL holiday treats, but I will exercise moderation and keep my eyes my goals.  I am going to encourage my family and friends to get active with me and hopefully remind them (and myself) that we don’t have to celebrate the season only with food.  Let’s make the holidays about really just spending quality time together!

Have your goals adjusted at all?

I feel it may be unrealistic to announce that I will lose my last 20lbs in this coming month, but I’m going to see how close I can get in a healthy, non-extreme way.  I’m going to continue working with my trainer, keep pushing myself with running and in my group fitness classes, and be especially mindful of my nutrition as we head into the holidays.

I know that this is going to be an ongoing journey for me that doesn’t end on December 29th –this is a commitment I’m making to me and my health that I’m going to continue to renew all year!  I know that I will reach my weight goal soon, and that I will set more goals in the New Year that will continue to challenge my fitness (half marathon?!).  Every step I take is all part of this process in the journey towards ultimate health!

Ready for the picture of this warrior???

Holy Crap! She looks beautiful! She said those were a pair of pants she had in her closet for 4 years and until a week ago, she could never do them up.

Congrats Marianne. You look amazing and definitely inspire me! Thank you for so openly sharing your journey with us. We will check in with you on Dec.29 (your 29th birthday:) and see how you are doing. I can tell that this is now a lifestyle for you, no longer just a quest for a certain number on a scale. The important thing is you are healthy, you are glowing, you look fantastic and you must feel incredible.

I am ready to make Dec. a great month too. What are your goals for the last month of 2010?

Daily affirmation- No person, place or thing has any power over me, I am free! – Louise Hay

3 Responses

  1. Diana on 29 Nov 2010

    This is cool!!! How inspiring!!!

  2. Cherie on 29 Nov 2010

    You look awesome Marianne!! And I love the bright orange background!!

    Keep it up, you can do it! You Rock!

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