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2 Years of Health & Fitness
2 years ago I made a New Year's resolution to my family and I to get daily exercise, and eat nutritiously and moderately too. How the time has flown by, but I wanted to provide an update to everyone wishing to do the same. Hopefully I can also provide a few words of inspiration and encouragement!
After having had 5 babies over a period of 5 years, I had not taken care of myself and let my health slide. I weighed 215 lbs, wore a size 14, my knees hurt when ascending the stairs, and I was easily winded. Back then, I was sedentary and my diet consisted of fast food, junk food, unscheduled eating, and unreasonably-sized portions. I was a poor role model to my children, and they were emulating my poor habits.
I had recently turned 40 years old when I realized if I did not make a lifestyle change, I would become more and more sickly and have a hard time digging myself out of a self-made hole. That is when I threw out all junk food in my kitchen, did a "healthy" shopping, and began exercising for 1 hour daily with my 5 young children--summer or winter did not matter.
After hard work, determination and will-power, I lost 80 lbs and rested at a size 6 clothing. I did not follow any diet or exercise plan; I just used common sense and did it together with my husband and kids.
2 Years Later...
I'm proud to say that I have held onto my convictions for 2 years now. In order to keep up with my healthy lifestyle, I have tried to take each day at a time and have made the best choices at each and every meal.
A Bumpy November & December
Halloween and Christmas break were the two hardest months for me in recent times. This was because 1) I gave into the urge to eat sweets during these months, and 2) a change in routine (Christmas break) prevented me from getting my usual amount of exercise. (The kids were home for the holidays, as I was concurrently working full-time in my career.)
Problem #1 would have been averted, had I insisted on keeping the sweets out of the house as usual. Once I know that the sweets are in the house, I have a problem with impulse control. If sweets are out of the house, I will not actively seek them out.
Problem #2 will no longer be an issue, as the kids are back in school--and I can now return to my previous exercise schedule. It may be hard to keep up with my exercise routine as the temperature continues to drop in Toronto, but this is now my third year of intense winter exercise. I WILL PREVAIL.
The consequence of my actions, is I have gained back 10 lbs--although I'm happily back on track now. I know I will feel better about this bump in the road over the next few weeks, as my pants start fitting me better again...tee hee.
One the note of pants, I got a great tip from a former The Biggest Loser winner on maintaining long-term weight loss! She said that rather than stepping on the scale, she would put on her "skinny" jeans once per week to see how they fit. If they were getting tight on her, she knew to exercise more and eat better. And that's exactly what I'm doing!
My Goals for 2015
I know I've said this months ago, but I need to find a gym or exercise classes in my area. We are still members of the YMCA, but we moved houses and that location is just too far to visit regularly. I really enjoyed using the exercise equipment, going for a swim, or attending an exercise class to round out my routine.
Are you also on a journey to improve your health, fitness or nutrition? What are your health goals for 2015?