Tuesday, June 04, 2013

My 5 Months of Fitness & Health Update!

In Progress - My Look After 5 Months of Fitness
If you've ever been mistaken for a pregnant women--when you were not--then you will know where this blog post is coming from.  If you walk into the room, and your extended family is always on pregnancy watch, then this post is for you.  If you remember what it was like to have a flat stomach, and now you have rolls of fat touching one another--then we are on the same page.  This was how I would have described myself 5 months ago including a new double chin, a backside like an extended minivan, a fatty back connecting to love handles, and thighs that my kids would shake and jiggle because they were like jello.

On January 1st 2013 I decided that if I didn't take my health, fitness and nutrition into my own hands, that I wouldn't be able to keep up with my young family.  Have you ever tried running after 5 kids aged 2- to 7-years old--all running in 5 different directions?  It left me red, winded, and tired.  Even worse, I thought that I would make myself sick because I was growing so heavy.  And of great importance, my children were learning from my poor example to be sedentary and make poor food choices.  I decided that all would change by making simple changes to my lifestyle.

The simple changes to my eating habits included cutting out junk food and fast food, cutting down portion size, adding a fruit and a veggie to each and every of my meals, and only eating at meal times and designated snacks.  I also was very careful about choosing nutritious foods for my family at every meal.  The simple changes that I made to my fitness, included being active for at least 1 hour every day.  In the winter it meant tobogganing to stay active, walking outside or at the mall, swimming, and eventually working out a gym 3-4 times per week.

My health and fitness journey has not been very hard, but it has all been about consistency and making good choices each and every day.  My journey has not been about a number on the scale or even a clothing size, or how other women look in comparison to me--it has been about me and me alone, and my quest to look and feel better for myself.  As a result it has been a very personal journey, and I am proud of my efforts and the results.  Click to see my first 100 days of fitness here

If you are reading this and looking to start your own health and fitness journey, allow me to encourage you!  I can say without doubt that if you increase your activity level, cut down on the unhealthy food, make healthy food choices and eat moderately, you will reach your goals!  If you need to, just start off small: a daily walk at the park, nature trail, or at the mall.  If you can't get out, there are plenty of activities you can do inside your own home: marching on the spot, using an exercise bike, or doing exercises by following along with a fitness dvd.  Make the first step TODAY by going through your pantry and throwing out all the junkfood so it's not in the house to tempt you.

For those who are interested in hearing about results, in 5 months I have lost over 2 clothing sizes, and about 50 lbs.  Not bad for a chocoholic with an allergy to all sports and fitness!  I still have a long way to go on my journey, but it is only getting easier!  If I did it, you can do it too...just take one step at a time!  Today's a great day to start looking and feeling better!

What was your favourite sport or physical activity when you were a child?  Do you still participate in the same activity?  What are your health, fitness or nutrition goals?  

19 comments:

  1. WOW you look AMAZING!!! But more importantly you FEEL amazing and are able to be more active with your family, this is inspiring!

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    1. Julie, thanks so much for the encouragement!

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  2. you are rocking this!!! you look amazing!!

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  3. Jenna you look totally amazing! You have inspired me to loose my 20 lbs! I remember meeting you at ShesConnected in October- what a difference! Good for you!

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    1. Thanks a lot, Lyne! Losing 20 lbs in the summer is a very obtainable goal! Just get active and have fun!

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  4. You should feel so proud of your accomplishments! Way to go!! I began a similar journey, but rather in January of 2012. It's amazing how great you feel once you begin leading a healthier lifestyle. You are a fabulous role model and inspiration to not only your family, but your online readers too. Way to go!! :)

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    1. Nicole, thank you so much for the encouragement! I have seen photos of your progress over the past 1.5 years and you've done fantastic!

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  5. You're looking fabulous!! I have dropped 100+ lbs in the last couple years and have some to go still though I've been stalled by health issues and waiting for surgery...but your post inspired me to "get back on the horse" as soon as I am able too. :)

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    1. Erin, what an incredible achievement! Congratulations! Hopefully you're health issues will get corrected soon so you can get on with your regular life.

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  6. Lookin' good, my friend! Lookin' good! You should be very proud of all the amazing work you've done! Love this post!

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  7. You just look amazing. Kuddo for taking your health in charge. We try to walk everyday or kick the ball

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    1. Thank you very much, OFW! Kicking around the ball is excellent physical activity!

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  8. That is just amazing! I have been wanting to lose weight for the longest time now, and get back to the way I was when I was 16 (10 years ago). When I was 16, I was thin until I went on the needle birth control, and gained 20lbs in one month. I have been going up since then. Those steps that you mentioned that you took to lose the weight sounds so easy and simple. I have been trying, but not hard enough. I am going to start following your steps and see where that takes me

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    1. Kayla, since this blog post I've lost an additional 20 lbs and I'm at a good weight for myself (70 lbs lost in just over 9 months). I've done nothing radical except eating moderately and getting a reasonable amount of daily exercise.

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  9. you look great! For me I just wanted to stay under 200 and when I slowly starting approaching that number I had to do something. So I eat very small portions and I walk at least 1hr. Thats it.

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  10. I love reading your blog you are so inspiring!

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