Posts tagged ‘love yourself’

June 17, 2013

The Simple Life

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Hi, Friends! Do you ever have those moments where everything is working really well in your life? When events are spinning themselves out so smoothly that you swear (sassily and a bit smugly) that you really can do it all? I feel this way one day maybe every other week, if I’m lucky! Mostly I feel like the pieces of my world are like errant socks on laundry day—I reach down to grab a pile of dirty clothes to take to the washer, trying to gather all the whites, say, at one time. It’s a weird, OCD-ish game I play with myself, but if I manage to grab all the clothes at once without dropping any bits on the journey across the house, I win! Usually I end up dropping a sock or two, so then I lean down to grab the escaping footwear and more socks (unmatched, of course) jump out, along with a few panties. Aaaaack!

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We live in a busy, fast-moving world, and we are juggling a ton of things. Our days are filled to bursting, and sometimes just glancing at my calendar the night before makes me so anxious and panicked that I just wait until I’m back at the starting block the next morning, when I’m more mentally stable and armed with caffeine. Then the day starts, and GO, GO, GO! Things are moving along nicely, and then you remember you were supposed to call so-and-so. Then you make the call, and forget to allow for construction on your way to work. You miss your turn, and now you’re about to be late for a meeting. Lunch comes along and you haven’t packed a good lunch because you meant to go to the grocery store last night after leaving the gym and you just forgot. And so it goes. Before long, your equilibrium is off kilter and things snowball from there. If I find myself in a cluster like this late at night or for several days in a row, I quickly reach the end of my rope—tearful and exhausted, unable to cope with the smallest setbacks.

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In trying to help myself find my way back to sanity during these times, I’ve come up with a little TLC checklist—I call it my Love List. I use it to quickly check to see if I’ve taken care of myself well enough and to figure out where I’ve veered off course.

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1. Nutrition: Have I eaten well enough today? Have I had healthy meals at the appropriate times? Did I get my snacks in? How do I feel right now? Have I eaten enough healthy food to get me through all my activities?

2. Exercise: Have I moved enough today? Have I enjoyed living in my body today? How does it feel? Have I challenged it enough? Does it need rest and care instead of unrelenting activity? Do I feel strong?

3. Sleep: Did I get enough sleep last night? How did I feel this morning? Did I feel rested or was I dragging? Am I feeling good now, or am I in a fog?

4. Water: How much water have I had so far? What’s my goal? How do I feel? Would having more water help me feel better right now?

5. Care of the Soul: Have I prayed today? Have I had enough uninterrupted time to think or dream? Have I done at least one thing that has nurtured my soul? What do I long to do? What would make me happy?

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The answers to these questions provide clues to what’s out of whack in my life. They also give me a structure to do one thing at a time to heal my crazy ways. I don’t know about you, but if I don’t go step by step, I soon get lost in the rat’s nest of mental and psychological chatter in my mind. By reviewing my Love List, I can breathe easier and get my grip back. Maybe this list (or your own special creation) will come in handy when you find yourself adrift.

Have a wonderful and simple week,

Brooke

May 24, 2013

Get bikini ready the healthy way

I took the hard road but years later I have finally learned how to get bikini ready the healthy way.

I took the hard road but years later I have finally learned how to get bikini ready the healthy way.

We all want to look and feel our best this summer. I know that many people still think that by skipping meals, you are doing a good thing. It’s always a hard concept to grasp that eating more and more often can actually help you lose weight. Only eating lunch all day is not a good thing.  I think that’s just unfortunately a mentality many of us women have had since our youth.  We often equate no eating to weight loss.  Yes, of course you can lose weight if you don’t eat, but you feel terrible and you’re not setting yourself up for success long term. Trust me I know this all too well, I had an eating disorder in college.

I was a National Champion track and field athlete at LSU and the pressures to have my body a certain way for competition were fierce. If you weren’t performing as well as you were expected to, losing weight was usually one of the first things that was said needed to change.  For example, “she’s not running fast enough I think she needs to drop some weight”.  Problem is that when you’re training and competing at such a high level, you are hungry non-stop and your body needs so much fuel.   I would of course try not to eat much, which in turn would typically set me up for a binging episode later on that day.  I used to have four hour workouts in the middle of the day, and was being to only eat a couple of fruits for lunch, to try and help me drop the pounds.  I look back now and wonder how I allowed myself to take that direction seriously.  During our extensive warm-up routine one day I was doing walk over hurdle drills and can vividly remember having to stop because I was having such bad hunger pains. When I expressed out loud why I stopped, I was told that it was normal and that my stomach was just shrinking and that it would eventually go away when my body would got used to it.  WHAT?  Why did I actually try to do this? This is when my unhealthy relationship with food started.  I was trying so hard not to eat that all I could think about was food. I am that person who never gives up to a fault and I tried that mentality even with my “not-eating”.  I wanted so badly to excel at the highest level and any direction I was given I took to heart and tried to 100% implement. However, even at that time I couldn’t stop myself from my binging ways. I was hungry and my body screaming for energy.  Therefore this started an unhealthy bulimic struggle for me, which I did a lot of work on then to overcome. The beauty of going through something like that is taught me some valuable lessons and since learned so much that I don’t struggle with that disorder anymore.  I also learned the right ways to keep my body healthy and looking/feeling its best. Am I sometimes still guilty of mindlessly eating? Yes. However, when I find myself getting in that emotional-eating place, I work really hard to stay present while eating; instead of trying to solve my emotions while binging on comfort foods.  In case you have never experienced it, eating basically a whole tub of ice cream does not make you feel better.

With all that being said I understand, all too well, the pressures of trying to obtain the ideal body and how the pressures of trying to do so can often times can create us to have unhealthy relationships with food. Bulimia didn’t do anything except for make me look bloated and feel terrible. I also saw first hand how not eating enough caused me to lose that precious muscle that I had worked so hard to build.  I needed my muscle to compete my best.  Even if you’re not a hard core athlete, muscle not only makes your body look healthier and pretty, but also the more muscle you have the more your metabolism increases.  I could talk about this subject for hours. However, to get back to the main reason I started this blog; in order to lose weight, you need to snack regularly to keep your metabolism up.  I’m not talking about any snack but healthy snacks. My go-to’s used to basically consist of a protein shake or almonds, and occasionally fruit. Marzia has a helped me to really expand my snack options, along with my own research and experimenting.Remember that in order to keep the muscle you’re working to gain, it is important to combine a lean protein with a clean carb together at each meal.

I often get asked what some good, quick snack options are and here are some of my favorites. I am on the go a lot because I am in sales, so I pack my snack in the morning and then keep in my car.  With my protein shake I will put the powder separated out in one of those kid snack containers. The one I use is perfect for carrying the protein powder. It has three compartments and an opening that makes it easy to pour out the powder. I am a picky eater so keep that in mind as you read my top five favorites options:

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  1. A piece of fruit and a kind bar
  2. Green drink (my juicing mix of fruit and veggies) and almonds
  3. Almond butter (I like Justin’s and it comes in travel packs) with celery or apple slices
  4. Whey protein shake and a handful of almonds
  5. Turkey slices (not packaged of course) and carrots (or any veggie)

Looking at different snack options always helps give me ideas that I then tweak and make my own.  I hope you enjoy a great, long holiday weekend.  Remember that planning ahead so you don’t skip meals is key.

Loren Silas

May 10, 2013

Let’s Celebrate Mother’s Day

My mini-me

My mini-me

What a special weekend this weekend is! I want to say Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mom’s out there. And if you’re a mom, I hope you can relax this weekend and enjoy the love of your own family.  Instead of running around this weekend with crazy Mother’s Day plans, I am hoping to try and relax and celebrate the women who mean the most in my life.

I have a three year old and Mother’s Day now takes on a whole new meaning to me. I feel

Mom, myself, and Grandma

Mom, myself, and Grandma

so blessed and so much love being a mother to my little girl.  I can remember my first Mother’s Day with her when she was about three months old.  She got dedicated at church that weekend and it was such a special weekend. I can remember how proud I felt as Icarried her in front of the church that morning. She makes my heart warm and she is such the light of my life.  Yes, some days can be challenging and I can get frustrated at all of the mundane tasks motherhood entails, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  It is the small things that I appreciate on mother’s day. I am looking forward to “muffins for mom” at my daughter’s school and seeing her face as she hands me a craft project that she has made for me.  It’s these moments that I want to hold close to me forever. I am also fortunate enough to celebrate Mother’s Day with my 85-year-old grandma, mom and step-mom. They all hold such a huge place in my heart and have all sacrificed so much to make me the person I am today.  If they are reading this I want to say, thank you and I love you all so much. When I was growing up, I can remember loving making my mom breakfast in bed. She always pretended like she was so surprised and like it was the best breakfast she had ever tasted.  I have a step-mom, a mom, a grandma, and so many wonderful friends in my life who I have been blessed enough to consider like friend/moms to me.  Women take the heat a lot for beating each other up, but I feel like most women really look out for and take care of each other.  I love appreciating all of the strong women out there who are mothers in their own right. As women, we are oftentimes the glue that keeps the family together.  We dedicate so much of our lives working hard to love, nourish and take care of our family unit. I wouldn’t have it any other way and love all of the sacrifices I make to be there for my family.

A mother isn’t just a woman who has given birth to children. Mother’s can come in many different forms. I looked up the definition of a mother and here is what was listed:

My step-mom and Landry

My step-mom and Landry

A person who is pregnant with or gives birth to a child.

A woman who adopts a child.

 A woman who raises a child.

A female parent of an animal.

A female ancestor.

A woman who holds a position of authority or responsibility similar to that of a mother: a den mother.

Roman Catholic Church-  A mother superior

Whether you are a mom to a golden retriever or a grandma with 10 grandkids, Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you and your loved one’s have a fabulous day. You deserve it!

Much love-

Loren Silas

April 19, 2013

The on-the-go workout

picI’m in New Orleans for my friend’s wedding and I’m trapped in the hotel. The weather outside is nasty and I’m camped out in her bridal suite today.  Even if it is only for 20 minutes, I still try my hardest to keep up my workouts while on the road. It’s important to maintain a routine while on the road to keep your metabolism going and get to your blood pumping daily. I know there are always treadmills in hotels but I can’t stand treadmills.  I am one of those people who will only run outside.  So luckily I always bring my jump rope because you never know when it will come in handy. I typically incorporate jump rope when I work out on the road. Here is a picture of the buff bride. She is used to doing crossfit workouts, but this morning we both did my hotel workout.

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Summer is right around the corner and I’m sure a lot of you will also be getting out of town soon. So I thought I would share with you the quick workout that we did this morning.

Quick Hotel Workout

2 minute jump rope

15 push-ups

35 air squats

1 minute plank hold

1 minute lunge jumps

Repeat 3 times

Hope you guys have a great weekend and remember to love yourself to a healthy lifestyle!

Loren Silas

April 12, 2013

Girl Power in Hollywood

signI just spent the week in Hollywood to help pitch show ideas and WOW what an experience!  The only time I have ever been to LA was for a track meet but I have never actually spent any real time there.  Before I left Dallas people kept wishing me luck, but I didn’t know what to expect and didn’t go into this week with very high expectations. Well, let me clarify on that point; I did think that there was a good possibility that a new fitness concept show could come out of the meetings. However, I was skeptical that what the producers would want wasn’t something that I fully believed in and would want to be a part of. It was all a little intimidating at first. We were lucky enough to get in front of some of the biggest production companies in the industry. I don’t know much about Hollywood but I do know you don’t have multiple chances to pitch your concept.  You have one chance to make a first impression, sell yourself and your concept.  It was a lot of pressure and I admit that I let Hollywood get the best of me that first day.  I thought that if the producers initially had one vision that out of respect for the people who were responsible for me being there, that I didn’t have the authority to step up and change the direction of the meeting. So that first day, I sat back and didn’t challenge the direction because I felt like it wasn’t my place to freely speak my mind.  It was frustrating to say the least.

 

After that first day of meetings we went out to dinner with some of the people involved in this project. At dinner we discussed what happened that day and strategized on ways to improve our pitch. The feedback I was getting was that I was coming across too shy and needed to be more outspoken.  I agreed that I had been kind of quiet but the reason why I had remained so quiet was because I didn’t believe in the direction those first meetings were going. I was able to express why I was quiet and at that point got permission from the agents and others that is was ok to speak up, even if that meant standing up against their own vision. Woohoo! That’s all I needed to hear.  

 

I felt like somehow we had been getting pigeon holed into only bringing value at a superficial level with nothing else to offer. That made my skin crawl and I wanted nothing more than to at least stand up for ourselves and walk away with our heads held high. Even though I think it would be cool to be on tv, I only want to be on tv if it’s positive and empowering to women. I think there is enough on tv that is degrading towards women.  As women we have much more to offer than our looks and cat fights.  What did we have to lose by standing up for what we believed in? Maybe a show but we agreed that we wouldn’t want to be on a show if it wasn’t what we actually believed in.  I couldn’t stomach sitting through one more meeting feeling degraded. So with nothing to lose and everything to gain, that night we went back to the room and strategized how we could best present ourselves and our ideals.  I felt like in some small way we were making a stand; not just for ourselves but for all women.

photoSo the next day we were fired up and ready to go represent. I was focused like I was about to run a race. We were both determined not to let anything get in the way of us standing up for our convictions and getting our points across. Turns out our three meetings the last day went great. We went out with a bang and with our heads held high.  We completely turned the direction around and I was so proud of Marzia and myself. I was hearing Beyonce women empowerment songs playing in my head all day. What a crazy experience! There was lots of interest that last day for our show and only time will tell what happens next.  But no matter what happens, I feel like we both grew from the experience. We listened to our guts, fought for our beliefs and convictions and showed that women do have way more to offer tv than cat fights and superficial qualities.  At the end of the day, we high fived and both knew that even though it was risky, we did the right thing.  We’ll keep you posted on the outcomes. The possibilities seem super exciting but we know it’s a long process ahead. I am very thankful for this amazing experience and to those who included me in this project. No matter what happens, we will keep pushing forward.

 

I hope you had a great week! 

Loren Silas

 

March 29, 2013

Breaking the post-baby blues

ImageAs I’ve previously stated, I gained a decent amount of weight when I was pregnant with my daughter.  My doctor cleared me to start working out 6 weeks after I gave birth to Landry. As much as I was determined to get back into shape the thought of leaving my newborn, even for an hour, was SO hard for me. However, it was necessary. I’m lucky enough to have AMAZING friends and family who stepped in to make sure that I got out of the house, back into civilization, and back to feeling like myself. Without their encouragement and support, I would not have done it alone.  Accepting the offers of support from your friends and family during this time is so important!

One of my friends, Ashleigh, had been going to a boot camp in-town named Boot camp Dallas. She persuaded me to start this 6 week camp with her.  Then my other friend, Taylor, stepped in and offered to stay with Landry, when my husband couldn’t, so I could start working out. I don’t know what I would have done without my friends and family through this transition period in my life. Long story short, accept your friends offers of support, it was my saving grace.  .

After I made it to my first boot camp and I was hooked.  It was just what I needed to jumpstart my system again. I had found a great boot camp, was going with one of my best friends, and I had an amazing instructor (who is now still one of my best friends). It was a win, win, win!  I even ended up being the biggest loser in my camp. Taking these few hours a week for myself was key in getting back to feeling like myself again.

Once you accept the support from your friends or family, there are many choices on which exercise method to use to get back in shape. However, I’m sold on jumpstarting your system with a great boot camp. Here’s why:Image

Support and accountability– Much like any program or association, when people are all going through the same thing together a common bond is formed. Boot Camp is no different and you will likely form new friends within your group. This helps you stick with your workout program and provides you with instant accountability partners. The boot camp I did has as 95% retention rate, so a lot of the participants are returning campers and can help encourage and provide guidance to a new enrollee. Everyone is working together to help keep each other on target.

Fast Results– The mix of strength training and cardiovascular training is called cross training. It’s been shown to be a great method to build lean tissue, burn fat and provide all round fitness for day to day life. In a boot camp, you are always doing new workouts and drills that help push your body to new limits.

Getting outside- You don’t have to go into a smelly gym with fluorescent lights. Put on your sunscreen, get outside, and get some vitamin D! Studies show that people who are exposed to regular amounts of sunlight do not need vitamin D supplements because sunlight promotes sufficient vitamin D synthesis in the skin. Studies also have shown that vitamin D plays a crucial role in strengthening bones, fighting depression, boosting immunity and potentially even speeds up the body’s ability to lose weight.

Helps you push yourself– At the beginning of most boot camps, they take your measurements and weight. It is really motivating to see your hard work pay off by the end of the camp when you have lost inches.  Most people rarely push themselves as hard as an exercise professional will, especially when you’re in a group setting.

Whatever your workout is, take your friend and family support and get moving! Take baby steps to getting back into the real world and feeling like yourself again.  You can do it and you will feel like yourself again in no time!

If you are wondering what boot camp I did it was Boot camp Dallas. I am a huge fan of this boot camp. Boot camp Dallas consists of running, bleachers, plyometric drills, high intensity training, weights and core work. The owner and instructor is Jovone Kordoban, she started one of the first boot camps in Dallas and has a very high client retention rate because of the great results her members achieve. Her camp is held at Jesuit high school. If you want more information you contact Jovone at bootcampdallas@aol.com.

Have a great weekend and love yourself to a healthy lifestyle-

Loren Silas

March 15, 2013

Start your day off right!

 

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People tend to give me a hard time because they assume that the only way I stay so fit is by taking valuable time away from my family, work, or both.  Well, anyone that knows me knows that is a false statement.  90% of the time I wake up and work out before most people ever get out of bed.   Oh, I can hear you now. You are saying, “But I’m not a morning person.”  Truth is, I am NOT a morning person either. I have had to train myself to be.  Even in kindergarten my mom put me in the PM class because I was such a late sleeper.  However, since having Landry, one of the main reasons I started working out really early is because I already work full time and don’t want another daily commitment that takes away from my precious time with her. Besides that main reason, I have learned that there are so many other benefits to working out in the morning.

Here are some top reasons to get moving in the morning:

Weight loss

 Countless studies have now proven that weight loss increases most during the early morning hours. Exercising first thing in the morning can burn up to 3x more fat because your bodies main energy source, carbohydrates, are depleted throughout the night. A before breakfast workout forces your body to use its stored fat cells as energy instead of carbohydrates. Morning workouts can also help you to burn extra fat throughout the day. You are also boosting your metabolism and forcing your body to use energy to re-generate during the day. Exercise can improve your resting metabolic rate, which can make your body more efficient at burning calories.

Better Performance

 As an athlete my reason was easy, I knew that I would positively affect my performance and attitude. Getting up early requires discipline and athletes with discipline are typical successful. Scientifically it makes sense that our body is more efficient after a good rest, so by the morning your body is firing on all cylinders and you can get a better workout in.

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Ensure you fit it in

How many times have your good workout intentions gone to waste because your day became too hectic, leaving you with no time or energy to take care of your body? I hear from so many people who say they PLAN to workout but, over the course of each day, things keep adding on to their to-do list and exercise falls off as a priority. By getting up early and starting your day with a workout, you are lessening your chances from derailing from your plans.

Relax and Energize

Those who consistently workout in the morning, have been found to have a better sleep pattern. Exercise helps you relax better by releasing endorphins, which are like your body’s own personal happy pills. Your body craves oxygen, and exercise helps to increase the amount of oxygen to your brain and body. It’s better than that coffee you reach for when you wake up. For 4-10 hours after you exercise your mental sharpness and energy is increased.

However, we are all different and as long as you are fitting your workout in somewhere, do what you need to do.  Just make an effort to be consistent and don’t let excuses stop you from being the best you can be.

Love Yourself to a Healthy Lifestyle-

Loren Silas

March 8, 2013

Let’s Burn Some Calories

DSC00878One of the biggest frustrations that I hear from women is that they have been working out and eating better but they still aren’t seeing the results they want. You might even be asking yourself why you are spending all of this effort to make it into the gym if you aren’t noticing any changes in your body.  Maybe it’s time that you try something new and start incorporating some high intensity cardio workouts into your routine.  I often have people ask me what types of workouts I do to tone and lose body fat. There are tons of different workouts you can do.  However, I have found that getting back to the track for a few high intensity cardio sessions each week really helps me sculpt my body better than anything else.

 So many of us have had it drilled into our brains that in order to lose fat we need to have longer cardio sessions. However, studies show is that interval training may reduce visceral fat greater than steady state cardio.  And that calorie expenditure was also greater in the 24 hours following a high intensity workout.  So instead of doing more and longer steady state cardio sessions, try mixing in some high intensity workouts.  I don’t know about you, but I love burning more calories in a shorter amount of time. I also LOVE the feeling of fatigue after I’ve just pushed my body during a hard interval workout.  You may not ever love that feeling, but burning more calories might be reason enough to give intervals a try. You can still do your favorite cardio exercises, but try mixing in some high intensity cardio workouts a couple of times a week.

 Here are just a couple of my favorite high intensity track workouts.images

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Run stadium steps 10x

-1st set run up every step, jog back down, then go to the next aisle, repeat on each aisle until you reach the end, then jog or walk back to the start

-2nd set run up every other step, jog back down, then go to the next aisle, repeat on each aisle until you reach the end, then walk or jog back

Repeat until you hit 10x.

*For a more advanced stadium workout you can add on two legged hops every step and then every other step

-Walk/ jog 2 laps around the track to cool down

 Track Workout

Jog the curves/ Sprint the straights for 2 miles (8 laps)

Warm up by jogging 2 laps around the track.

-Go to the starting line and sprint/ stride the straightaway to the finish line (100 meters).

-Depending on your fitness level jog/ walk the curve

Repeat for the entire lap.

-Walk/Jog 2 laps around the track to cool down

*Build into your speed. Start slower on your sprints and build up your straightaway intensity each lap. Your last lap around the track should be at full speed.

We all have different fitness levels and it’s ok to modify these workouts to tailor them to your needs. If you are a beginner, then ease your way into these workouts. Even if you have never stepped foot on a track, you can do this.  Now is the time. No matter what high intensity cardio workout you try, remember to keep changing up your workouts and challenge your body. This will help you achieve your best results.

Love yourself to a healthy lifestyle.

Loren Silas

February 21, 2013

NEVER GIVE UP

My progress each year

My progress each year and still going!

Hi everyone!

My name is Jen and this is why I am a Healthy Housewife:

I had a beautiful baby girl in November 2011, however, I put on a lot of weight throughout my pregnancy to the tune of 14 stone!! I did not know where to start to even attempt getting the weight back off, I then discovered HIIT training and was introduced to weight training too.  I did 15 minute HIIT workouts everyday of my maternity leave and completely overhauled my diet, I started lifting weights twice a week as well, it took me a year to get back to where I wanted to be but I learned sooo much along the way that I want to share with everybody.

Crreating a vision board helps me with my progress

Crreating a vision board helps me with my progress

I am now back at my pre pregnancy weight and want to share everything I learned with as many people as possible, especially new mums! I post new daily workouts to my site everyday specifically designed to help tone and lose weight without spending hours in the gym, the workouts are 15 mins long and you can do them at home!! I hope my site helps as many people as possible reach their goals! I sent my pictures in to bodyrock tv not so long back and they made ‘bodyrocker of the day’ I was so chuffed, my message to everyone is no matter how bad you think things are NEVER GIVE UP! everyone can get fit!

Attached is the you tube link to my weight loss journey video! Thank you sooooo much for your support!https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=whtUC8ookXI

So proud of how far I have come! NEVER GIVE UP!

So proud of how far I have come! NEVER GIVE UP!

You can follow my health & fitness journey at: https://www.facebook.com/TotallyLeanFitness1

If I can do it, so can you! Thanks for reading my blog!

Jen

February 20, 2013

I LOST 75 LBS. IN 8 MONTHS!

11 months into my journey

11 months into my journey I changed my life

Hello there! I have been a Healthy Housewives follower for sometime now and want to share my story so that you know that you are not alone.

I have been through so much in 2012. There was a time in my life that I was unhappy, unhealthy and depressed. At the time I was working around the clock and raising two kids by myself. My life was a roller-coaster. I ate junk food everyday and ordered McDonald’s breakfast every morning on my way to work. After a long days work, I would come home and drink wine every night to relax and wind down! I was so depressed. I would conceal it with a smile, but deep down inside I was so ashamed of myself. How could I let myself go? I couldn’t even look at myself in the mirror anymore. I would take pictures of myself and crop out my body.. Humiliating, I was so embarrassed! I wouldn’t go anywhere for the fear of some on recognizing me and the weight I had put on. I had to do something, I had to change my life or I would die, I was already dying inside!

What got me started on my journey was seeing the results of a co-worker. She was on this crazy (Ideal Protein) diet. She lost a remarkable amount of weight in one month, I think it was like 20lbs or close to that number. I was blown away, needless to say I had to start the diet too! The diet restricted alot of GOOD food and number of calories. I think the limit was 500 calories a day. That is CRAZY! I was starving my body, no wonder I was losing the weight fast and (Unhealthy) might I add that too! The minute I would eat something that wasn’t on the diet menu, I would regain all the weight! It was terrible! All that hardwork and dedication all went down the drain! LOL! Then I started doing my research on what way is the best and healthiest way to lose weight. Eating clean (Food without and preservatives and additives) and  exercising!

I started walking 3 miles a day on my lunch break at work. It would take me a whole hour just to walk 3 miles. I was so out of shape, I remember thinking to myself, “I am only walking and I am so winded.” It was a terrible feeling. I didn’t let that stop me though, I wanted to beat my time every day. So everyday  I would walk a little bit faster and a little bit faster. During a session of my speed walking, Mother Nature decided to bestow her mighty winds and nasty storm weather upon me. I didn’t let that stop me either, I decided to join Anytime Fitness and I fell in love with the staff and facility! They made me feel so welcomed and the members that attended the gym were regulars. I turned myself into a regular. I would always workout on my lunch break and after work some days I would go back to the gym for another session of cardio, strength, or a class.

I was falling in-love with myself all over again. The praises, compliments and accomplishments was keeping me motivated. I was able to put on clothes that I couldn’t fit in before! WOWSERS, what an amazing feeling! I would wake up early in the morning an try on jeans that had been stashed in my closet for years. Tried the jeans on and it would fit, I would dance around the room like a MAD woman! “Giggles!” Did I fall off the wagon and cheat and eat unclean sometime? Yes, it happens. We are only human. “Dust yourself off and get back up again,” is what my Grandmother always told me.

If I can do it, so can you! You can follow me and check my progress at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Healthy-Housewives/221907394505946?sk=messages_inbox&action=read&tid=id.488832194511873#!/fitsquadNOLA

Thank you for reading my blog!

Martini