Thursday, October 10, 2013

My 9-Months of Health & Fitness Update!

7-Months of Health & Fitness
(Sorry, I need a photo of me at 9-months!)
I haven't had the chance to write about my health and fitness progress for a little while, so today's the perfect day!  Previously I wrote a 5-month health and fitness update, a 100-day health and fitness update, talked about how I turned around my family's health and nutrition in 2 months, and how I lost 15-pounds by tobogganing!  I don't have a photo of myself at the 9-month mark, so above is a photo of me at the 7-month mark (that's my hubby beside me).   

If you haven't been following along, I made a New Year's resolution on January 1st, 2013 to turn around my family's health and nutrition, as my weight and lack of physical fitness was making me unwell.  My kids were also following my poor example and I only had myself to blame.  I started by eating healthy, getting 1 hour of daily exercise, and eventually joined a fitness club.

My Health & Weight Loss Progress
Since I embarked on a healthier regime 9 months ago, I have lost 70 lbs.  To me this is just a number, but I am now feeling stronger, no longer experiencing aches and pains due to excessive weight, and I can keep up with my kids during physical activities.  I am also feeling more confident in regards to my body image.  In terms of clothing size, I went from a size 14, and I am currently a size 8 (went from a size extra-large to medium).    

My family recently changed homes, and with the move, I also lost my fitness club.  At first I wondered if I would be able to stay on track with my new lifestyle, but I'm happy to say that I keep active walking about 1 hour daily!  In my new neighbourhood, there are many opportunities to get out and get active.
Back to the Basics: My New Snacks!
My New Snacks
I still continue on with my healthy eating regime (fruits, veggies, no junk food, no processed foods, no take out, portion control, etc), and only treating myself with extreme moderation.  I still snack daily, but on dried/roasted edamame beans (soybeans), a handful of almonds, dried barberries, dried/sweetened cranberries, dried/roasted/unsalted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), or granola mixed with yogurt.  In times of extreme desperation, I now reach for a glass of chocolate almond or soy milk.

Yes, I still think about chocolate bars and bags of chips, but I am no longer obsessed by thoughts of snacking.  I am proud that I now have FULL control of my eating. 

A Surprise!
Expecting that I would never fit into smaller sizes ever again, I had donated the majority of my "old self" wardrobe, only leaving my most favourite pieces in storage.  Recently I wondered "what if", and pulled out these great pieces.  What a surprise: my beautiful pieces now fit me again--after close to 9 years!  It felt SO good knowing that I had accomplished this on my own, only by sheer will and determination!

Future Goals
My health and fitness goals for the future are to continue eating healthy and staying away from junk food, processed foods, take out, and foods with a high salt content (sodium does not agree with me).  I also plan to add more nutritious recipes to my repertoire so I can cook more often for my family.  In terms of physical activity, I hope to schedule in more exercise for myself, and slowly drop another 10 lbs--or until I have a little less around the middle.  

Have you ever achieved a goal that you were extremely proud of?  What was it, and what did you have to do to achieve your goal?  Do you have any health or fitness goals?

32 comments:

  1. Way to go! 70 lbs is more then just a number, try carrying around 70lbs and you know just how much weight it is! Way to go, keep up the great work. What a wonderful example you are setting for your kids.

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    1. Thanks Little Miss Kate! I am very proud that I am teaching my kids by example, and as a result they are reaching for healthier choices. I was carrying around my 3-year old yesterday and he was heavy...then it dawned on me that I used to carry around the equivalent of over twice his weight!

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  2. Good for you! Amazing progress! Love those healthy snack ideas.

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  3. Wow, good for you! This is amazing and inspiring. I would like to lose some weight but I haven't done anything about it yet... you make me want to! Thanks for sharing and congratulations!!! :)

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    1. Thank you, Bonnie! Things really had to get "serious" before I kicked myself in the pants to make a change. I felt that I was at an all time low, and if I didn't change things for myself I would remain unhealthy and even sink lower.

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  4. Congratulations! You look phenomenal! What a great example you are setting for your family too.

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    1. Olivia, thanks a lot! It has been great to include my family in this, and I love when my kids now make healthy choices on their own.

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  5. Great job! I started my fitness and better/clean eating August ninth and I have lost 20 pounds in two months thanks to change if eating habits, my trainer and exercise classes.

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    1. Christine, congratulations on a wonderful achievement! 20 lbs in 2 months is wonderful, and so is your better eating habits and increased exercise!

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  6. Way to go! You have done great. I need to get back on track, we are soon moving back to our condo for the winter and I am going to try and get back on track. (Judy Cowan)

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    1. Thanks Judy! Condo living can be great for getting back on track: the pool and fitness room can be a great asset!

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  7. You look amazing! and this with the photo at 7 months! I can only imagine what you look like a t9 months! Great work! I've recently set out on my own healthy eating regime, ( I am soo sick of not being able to lose the baby weight) So Ive started by cutting out all snacks after 4pm, and I try to get some sort of extreme activity each day. So far so good Ive lost 7 lbs. What Ide like to know is where do you find dried barberries never heard of them before.

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    1. Thanks so much, Amy! Congratulations on your healthier eating regime, fitness, and weight loss!

      I found the dried red barberries in the dry snack section of my supermarket (with the nuts, banana chips, craisins, etc)...you may be able to find them in Bulk Barn They cost less than $2 for a small tub at my supermarket. I originally bought dried barberry without doing any research, and I find out now that barberry is high in vitamin C, is good for digestion and might have anti-bacterial properties. They are smaller than cranberries, and a little tart.

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  8. Back in the day, in law enforcement, I trained very hard about 20 hours a week. Those days have long gone! Now I am starting all over and it is very hard to "get back in the grove" of it all. I am 55 now and it is more important than ever to stay in shape and make good nutrition a "HIGH PRIORITY! :" So my new journey has started also.

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  9. This is so wonderful ...Congratulations ! I'm so happy for you.
    I really need to do the same. Would you be willing to share your regime ? An indication of what you ate for breakfast, lunch & dinner would be so helpful to me. Thank you ! ( Jan Dempsey)

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    1. I have gone "back to the basics" with eating and try to eat very simply. Some of the foods I regularly eat include cereal and milk (something basic like Corn Flakes), granola with yogurt, brown bread with peanut butter, skinless boneless chicken, salmon with lemon, and other very simple dishes. I try to make use of fruits, veggies, grains, seeds, nuts and berries whenever I can, and try to stay away from large portions or very heavy meats.

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  10. I lost 70lbs last year, but gained it all back. I've been doing this since I was 15 and its really difficult to get off of this ride!

    Congrats to you and your healthier life! You are beautiful!

    Anne Taylor

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    1. Anne, I understand first-hand how difficult it is and I sympathize. Thank you for your kind words!

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  11. You're a true inspiration. I've played the yo-yo game with my weight for far too long.

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    1. Thank you. Weight, sadly, can be a lifelong battle.

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  12. wow! congrats jenna! you look fabulous. I have yet to get that kick I need.

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    1. Thank you very much! You'll know the kick when you feel it!

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  13. GREAT PROGRESS!! Are things still going as well? It's getting a little better on this end too! I have added a few minutes to the daily routine and started taking the dogs for walks also!

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  14. Yes, CricetJean, things are still going well I'm glad to announce! Walking the dogs are great for you and the pups!

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  15. Again, I am just wowed by your accomplishments! You are such an inspiration. My life is a bit crazy at the moment, but I really want to set goals and reach them like you have. I guess step one would be pick a date to start a new healthier living and take it from there. I need to learn to stick to a plan, which is my biggest problem. I can plan things out just wonderfully, but I never keep to them :(

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  16. I need to read this to get back on the wagon tripped and fell this last week Chandra Christine O'Connor

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  17. Jenna: I haven't been by here in a bit other than to pop in and comment on a giveaway or review. So this morning I sae one oif those little teaser pix at bottom of your posts and I thought - Let's see how Jenna is doing fitness wise. Amazing, Amazing journey. You must be so proud. I can recall when I first met you and you don't even look like the same person anymore. The transformation is extreme and extremely incredible. This is really inspirational for so many. I love what you have said about this being not about anyone else or numbers on a scalle. Fantastic results and I send kudos to you.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, Paula! That photo was taken 4 months ago (although it was a 9-month update, it was a photo of my 7-month progress). Since then, I've continued eating well and getting 1 hour of daily exercise. In those 4 months, I look drastically different to the photo shown in this blog post. Here I am at the 11-month mark: http://www.snymed.com/2013/11/sorels-joan-of-arctic-boots-put-winter.html

      Jenna

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  18. Amazing,I like the snacks you have chosen

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  19. Wow,i am so proud of you and keeping it off is the best and you also are teaching your children to be kind to their bodies

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