Monday, February 10, 2014

Getting Fit

Having gained more pounds than I'd like to admit since moving here; my blood pressure and cholesterol being on the 'borderline high' side of things; having energy levels at an all time low.....

I decided to FINALLY make a change.

Interesting how suddenly one can just 'be ready' to make a life change.

So..... I decided to try the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge.

I will admit, I was skeptical.  I've tried other 'programs' before.  Some with success, some not so much.

Tending to NOT stick with things if I don't see immediate and fast results, I was nervous.  This was probably perpetuated by the fact that I USED to lose weight quickly on 'fad diets'.  (as well as gain back what I lost just as quickly, sometimes.)

I knew this had to be different.  I needed to make a REAL change.  This new way of eating needed to become my new LIFESTYLE.  It was not to be a diet.  It was to be a Way. Of. Life!

My adventure began.

I ordered the 24 Day Challenge.

What I liked about this program wass the focus on eating healthy and altering your mindset as well the supplements offered.  Granted the supplements help you succeed and stay on target, but for me, it was more about changing my 'thought patterns' regarding food and eating.

I like food.  It's tasty.  It's comforting.  It's also fuel.  It's hard NOT to eat more than I need.  THAT had to change.

Since starting this journey 2 weeks ago, I have lost 8 pounds and 1 inch each off my waist, hips, bust, and thighs and 1/2 inch off my arms and calves.

If that's not motivating, I don't know what would be.

I'm using food to fuel my body.  I'm being mindful of what I eat, when.  I'm avoiding high fat, fried foods.  I'm sticking with 'clean eating' for much of my calories.  I've eliminated coffee -- for now.

I'm.  Being.  Successful!

In addition to healthier eating, I've committed to daily exercise as well.  Not only for weight loss, but for my heart health. Especially in these higher altitudes.

My goals are lofty - I'd like to lose 50 pounds - but I know with God's help, I can be successful.  I've committed to staying the course.  Techno and the kids deserve a healthy, happy wife and mom.

Not saying it's been easy.  Some days are rough. Some days I want to eat 'junk'.  Some days I just. don't. want. to. exercise.

But..... I'm determined to persevere.  It's a marathon, not a sprint.

ONE.  DAY.  AT.  A.  TIME!!!

Want to join me on this journey?  I'll be posting my progress here, periodically.

Accountability IS a good thing, after all.


  1. Hi Liz - good for you, seeing this as a lifestyle change, not just a diet. Another resource that has worked for me is the website which is a program that started in Cincinnati and has since spread world wide. It is totally free and there are lots of resources, wellness tips, free exercise videos, etc. There are also teams you can join and receive lots of support and encouragement. I hope you will take a look at it; it is especially helpful for those plateaus and maintaining once you have reached your goal. Blessings on the journey! Hugs, Chris

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Chris. I think I joined sparkpeople in the past and just never utilized it to it's fullest potential. Good idea for support though. I'll need to revisit it now that I"m on a new journey. Sounds like it's worked well for you.


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