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Day 51……… Training on the Go

April 2, 2013

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This is a picture from early on in the competition that goes to show you that even at the office on a break, you can find time for some high intensity workouts.  There are so many things that we can do that are activity based that we don’t do because we get lazy, not because we don’t have the time.  I am the first to say that this describes me.  I am not going to be in this competition looking down on people who aren’t doing what I’m doing to be healthy now, because 51 days ago, I was right there being unhealthy.  I am changing these things in my life and have a few exercises that you can do in a work environment, or on a break, or with just a few minutes here or there.  One is jumping jacks.  I started doing the Jillian Michaels Shred video at home, and was really surprised that one of her core exercises is jumping jacks.  May I just say that jumping jacks get my heart rate going in a hurry.  I guess I think about them as a kids activity, but they kick my tail.  Another variation that she uses is “jumping rope”, but without the rope.  You stand like you would be jumping rope and you jump still moving your arms like you have a jumprope in your hands.  You might look silly, but this also gets the heart rate up there.  Push ups, whether you can do 10 at a time or 50 at a time, or only 5 the cheating way, spread out over your day, doing this will give you a good workout.  You can do like my above picture shows and do stairs.  It’s amazing to me the line of people you see waiting for elevators and escalators.  Again, until 51 days ago, I was guilty.  Take the stairs, then take them again.  Do 10-12 flights of stairs, and you have yourself a nice workout going.  Lunges and squats, even with no weights are a great exercise, again, something you can do in a work environment, or with little time to spare.  At the end of the day, it’s not so much that we don’t have the time.  It’s that we truly aren’t motivated to make the changes we need to make, happen.  I have had more energy these last 51 days.  I’ve played with the kids more. I’ve felt better physically and emotionally, and who doesn’t love to get all the complements.  The key will be to stay motivated after day 60.  It is always a good idea to surround yourself with great accountability, and I feel that I have done that.  When this contest ends, I plan to lose another 90 pounds over the next year.  It’s exciting to see numbers on the scale that I haven’t seen in 6 years.  Thanks Genghis Grill for encouraging me, and many others to get into a healthy lifestyle.  Check out their website http://fcrps.me/2lh.2z3Q.  I highly recommend making Genghis Grill a part of your weight loss plans.  They have done wonders for me.  Can’t wait to push it through the end.

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Top 3 Goals…Day 13

February 23, 2013

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I have many goals during these 60 days of Health Kwest 2013 and beyond.  I think my three biggest goals are to get healthy, get to my goal weight, and be able to maintain.  Goal number one, to get healthy, revolves around my eating and exercise habits as a whole.  Before the contest started, I would go days, if not weeks without eating fruits and vegetables.  Pizza and carbonated beverages were the norm.  Since I have started Health Kwest, I have only eaten fruits, vegetables, rice, lean meats, and smoothies.  That’s right, there are the 5 food groups.  I haven’t seen the 5 food groups together like that since science class.  After the contest, I would like to be able to have an occasional snack food, but I want to keep the healthy lifestyle.  I have logged more miles of exercise in the past few weeks than I have in a long time too.  Exercise is one of the keys to make this weight loss happen.  Even if it’s only thirty minutes a day, it’s important.  The second goal for me, is to get to my goal weight.  I would like to get to my goal weight of 235 pounds.  I know that this will not be possible over the 60 days, but I know in the next year or so, it is definitely attainable.  My last goal is to maintain.  Once my goal weight is reached, I want to maintain that weight by remaining healthy.  I see so many time, people, including myself, diet, and then just gain it all back or add more weight.  I want to be around to watch my kids grow up and have kids of their own, and I want to be an example to them of what a healthy lifestyle looks like.