Hi there. My name is Janine – and I have struggled with fitness and weight issues for longer than I care to admit. I’ve always suffered with a poor self image of myself – probably because of the combination of the images we are bombarded with through the media and the expectations of others. I am 5’2″ and at my highest weight I was 195 pounds. Not a pretty sight to be sure. But I worked hard and lost 60 pounds. I can’t tell you how proud I was of myself! I felt great and was feeling so much more positive about myself as a whole.
But, I let my guard down and slowly the weight began to creep up again. I wasn’t exercising as “I didn’t have time” (we’ve all used that excuse) and felt that I didn’t really deserve to make the time to take care of myself. Everything else was a priority. So I gained back half the weight I worked so hard to loose. Talk about a slap in the face when I finally got the courage to step on the scale again! I was so disappointed in myself and of course, that simply fueled my negative feelings and lack of self worth. It is a vicious cycle, isn’t it?
So, I’ve decided that I no longer want to feel like a failure. I know that what a person weighs is not a determination of who that person is, but this time it’s more than just a weight loss journey. This time I am planning on doing things the right way and incorporating a fitness aspect into my goals. Before it was all about the weight. Fitness was not a priority, nor was it something that even remotely interested me. But I’ve come to realize that these two aspects go hand in hand – fitness and healthy eating. They compliment each other. And I have learned that in order to reach my fitness and weight loss goals, I have to make myself a priority. That I do deserve to take the time I need to travel to where I need to be. Not only will I be healthier, but I will also be happier.
In addition to cutting out sweets and processed food, I am on a high protein, low carb more natural diet. I don’t feel hungry and will hopefully lose my craving for sugar. I don’t drink nearly enough water [pretty much nothing - bad, I know], so that is another goal I have set for myself….more water. I know my body needs it. And, I started working out with Jordan at Snap Fitness River Heights.
Had my first workout with him today and he definitely made me work. I was sweating and trying to breathe the entire workout. He was so patient with me and made sure I was doing each exercise properly. He pushed me, had my heart rate up, snuck in cardio [which I told him I hate] and at the end of it all, I really felt a sense of accomplishment – especially when he told me it had been a tough workout. Thanks for that Jordan! You are definitely going to be an integral part of this journey.
I’m looking forward to sharing my journey on here – and am a little nervous about it too. I know I will have setbacks – that’s just part of life. But I know that I will have far more successes. And believe me, if I can begin a journey like this at 51, anyone can. It’s all about doing it for no one but yourself. And this is my time!
Hey there again everyone,
Well I did up a video, it not the best but hopefully I will get better at this…
I worked hard with Jordan this past week at Snap Fitness River Heights and sweat a lot, missed Zumba this weekend but I explain why in the video. I also cheated this weekend, again its all explained in the video.
I have never done this before and am not a youtube person typically.
I am increasing the amount I will be attending the gym, going to be adding in Sundays with Christina.
Anyways, hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend.
I know my 90 day challenge is done, but I figured since I’m still getting people following along and watching my video blogs, I’ll keep them up. That and I’m still pushing my May.
This is my update video from last weekend. I know I’m posting it a bit late, but it’s here.
I hope everyone is doing well, keeping healthy, and enjoying life!
Thanks for still following along on my journey. You do help me push and keep going.
Hi there everyone,
My name is Samantha and I just started working with Jordan almost two weeks ago at snap fitness on Taylor.
I have a gym membership at snap fitness on Taylor and started my journey there, I decided I had enough of being overweight and was time to do something about it. I got serious when there was a challenge for about a month and a half, at the end of the challenge I was first at Snap fitness on Taylor, for weight loss in this challenge. I did a lot of Zumba at home and in classes at Snap and went to the gym for weights a few times a week. I had started at 270lbs and lost 21 lbs during that challenge. I used my fitness pal app to help change my eating habits and to keep track of my calories every day.
I started a 90 day challenge at the gym with using supplements April 1st. I am not sure of my weight then as I was still doing the other weight loss challenge and was doing a weight in for that one when I signed up to do this one.
Ok so when I first met Jordan I thought he was a nice guy and he made me do exercises that I would not have done on my own at all. After the first day with him I felt that my ab muscles were worked and the back of my thighs had been worked really well. The next time I met up with him was for boot camp and he wanted me to jog, I looked at him and thought there is no way. Well he got me to do it that day and every day since. I am far from being able to jog a mile but I am able to jog longer now than that first day he got me to.
As of Friday I weigh 245.8 on Snap Fitness on Taylor scale, I have a long ways to go and am going to enjoy seeing the progress I make along the way. I am being challenged every day I work with Jordan and I love it!
I have lost weight fast during that first challenge and seem to have slowed down, which tends to be a little discouraging as I have been working out hard, but I must keep it up and keep on going. I am planning on adding in a day of Zumba at home on the Xbox and another workout at the gym. I am already doing three days at the gym, one of those days I do Zumba in the evening as well and I do Zumba on Saturdays as well. I work a fulltime job and a part time job as well, so sometimes can be a little tricky with how to organize myself to work in things that I need to get done as well, but I seem to manage it.
Yesterday, someone I have met off of online auctions and chat, had met Jordan and will be joining me at the gym starting Monday. Her name is Christina. She did awesome today with Zumba and some machines after! It was her first ever Zumba class… I have a passion for Zumba and think everyone should try it at least once. Most people I have introduced to Zumba have loved it. If you love to dance and like music you will love it!
Anyways, I hope everyone is enjoying life and hope to see you all at the gym sometime Samantha
Well, my “90 days” is technically done, but not done yet. I have started my May challenge, and added an ab challenge to it. So…still going strong!
I will probably mention this in my next video, but last night I decided instead of going to the gym I’m going to go for a bike ride. I told my mom my route, and told her I was taking my cellphone “just in case”. Said I would call if I couldn’t make it and she could come pick me up. I had wanted to try do a path on the floodway that runs from Highway 59 to St. Mary’s Rd. Then hit up St. Mary’s Rd. to another gravel road, and eventually back home. I had tried the trail on the floodway last year and was lucky to make it a little ways in. I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous about trying it especially with the wind. I’m not sure of my endurance yet, and didn’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere. BUT, I did it. I had the wind in my face, sun beating down, and I did it. I kept pushing myself, and telling myself I could do it, and I did. When I got home I stretched a bit, and then I clocked it on a site I found. It was in total apx 10 miles. It feels soooo amazing. I NEVER thought I would ever be able to just hop on a bike and go without being completely sore and breathless. As much as I had wished I could, I never imagined that I actually would…..and now I can.
Hope everyone is doing well!
Have a wonderful week and weekend!
My goal is to try post the video links closer to when I make the videos. Hopefully it helps.
Attached is my Week # 11 update. It is very short as I was a little tired, but I explain why in it.
I also wanted to add my new split picture of me dressed up. I went out Saturday night and did the split last night. I can’t believe the difference, and wanted to share it. They are still fun to do, and still keep me going.
I also wanted to throw it out there if anyone has any ideas for me for the 2nd year of mini goals or things to accomplish. I want to measure and weigh myself still and keep track of my progress that way, but any ideas of ways to keep track would be welcomed.
Thanks again for all the support and following my story!
Hey there everyone,
Here is my update from last weekend. I have officially hit my 1 year anniversary this past Tuesday (April 16th), and I will update and tell you about that this weekend. I take my monthly pictures soon, and once I do I will complete my one year splits and put them up. I did look at the “before” on Tuesday evening, and could not believe how much I did change.
It has been an amazing year, and although I am not done on this journey, I am truly proud of what I have accomplished, and am extremely excited to see what the next year will bring. I would like to thank everyone who has encouraged me, pushed me and to all of you for follow along and sharing this journey with me. It hasn’t all been an easy street, but all the sweat and tears has been worth it. There will always be trying times, but I’m confident this is just the beginning!
Hope you are all keeping healthy!
I’ll tell you a secret. I’m not a fan of body building. The sport that is. It’s confused a lot of people. Fitness models tend to be the people we see in the pages of magazines promoting 3 times a week, 30 minutes of exercise. The person demonstrating the workout is probably in the the gym for an hour or more 6 times a week.
So here is the question. Why not workout? Not necessarily like a fitness model, but enough to get your body healthy? Why not take steps towards being a more active person, full of energy. There is a lot that goes into being a fitness model, but becoming more active, losing weight, and being a healthier version of your current self. That’s pretty easy.
Make a plan to do little things. If you sit down to watch TV and nothing is on, go for a 30minute walk outside. Kids say they are bored? Go out at play with them. Stressed at work? Take 20 minuets at lunch and head outside, learn a few Yoga poses and use them to release tension.
Exercise, and health is not body building. There are ways to be healthy that are easy and you can work them into your day. With that said, I’d love to see more people in the gym changing their fitness level.
If you want a cover model body, it takes a lot of work. If you want health, it takes a few small changes and getting back to having fun. Start small, and change every day.
Find your fitness, and start enjoying a life of energy and less health risk.