Monday, February 25, 2013

Hopping for Health Week 1 My Story

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Welcome to the Hoppin For Health Blog Hop!

This is just a fun motivational hop with one common goal- Getting Healthier!

If you have any get fit tips, healthy recipes and eating tips, or on a weight loss journey of your own feel free to join us!

Check out the below blogs who are all on a journey to live a healthier lifestyle! 
I have joined a group of wonderful woman who want to improve their Health and Wellness.  When someone makes the decision to change and head down the road to a more healthy, it is a journey that last for life.  As we make gradual changes in our eating, fitness, and minds we face struggles and amazing accomplishments.
Every week we are going to be linking up our goals, accomplishments, and struggles, so you can see how changes are not always easy, but needed.

In today’s fast pace convenience society, we have to walk against the current and get out of the box of comfort.  Some women are just starting down the road with little steps, while others have been making changes for years.  The important thing to understand is that diets don't work, a change in lifestyle is what works.  "Life" is the key word in Lifestyle, meaning this is not a couple months experiment, it is a living, breathing, conscience walk of "life", that will continue on into the golden years.

The wonderful thing about this "Hopping for Health" link up is that you will find stories and experiences of many women, and are sure to find inspiration and understanding.

My Story
I was always an active teen in Softball and Cheerleading, while one of my favorite hobbies was dancing.  During my first pregnancy I gained the correct amount of weight and lost it all within a few months after birth.  Once I was pregnant with my second child I started to gain unhealthy weight.  I never got back to be active and never lost all the weight.  With each pregnancy I gained body weights that expect accumulating.   During my fourth pregnancy, I noticed I was stronger and healthier, due to diet, than I had been in years but the weight was still a problem.  After Gabby was born I started to work out and started to finally lose weight.  This has been a lifestyle change.  I liked to be active, but when you are not in shape being active is not as appealing and was a challenge.
Now I am stronger, leaner, and healthier but I still struggle like all moms finding the time to get in my workout, and my workouts change according to the seasons.  While I have lost most of my weight I still have some to go.  I am hoping to lose the last 20 lbs. this year.  This is my challenge to myself to have my body back in 2013, this is my year!

I have been working on this since January, but really kicked it up in February.  This month I joined a month long race for wounded warriors.  This was a race that you do on your time and at your pace to get in 100 miles before the end of the month.  You would walk or run the miles and you logged them into the community challenge site.

I have logged in 88 Miles this month!
I learned that I actually LOVE to run and have the most fun running outside and on trails.  I would never have thought that I was capable of his challenge until I tried.  I have had a few injuries along the way, but the reward and self-discovery have been amazing. 
I have only 12 miles left to get in this week.  I was hoping to finish this weekend while running with my husband, at his parents’ house, but I am not a snow runner.   I will get my miles in tomorrow and finish before the deadline, but now the question is what will I do next?  I am someone who has to have a schedule and stay motivated, of all of life’s obstacle’s get in the way.  I have decided to continue with the challenge, but at a less demanding number.  I am also doing a Beach body workout on days that are not running. 
Week 1 measurement Losses, these are just from Mon to Mon this last week.
Left Up Arm:  NO Change
Right Up Arm: NO change
Waists: 2 inches!
Hips: 1.5 inches
Left Thigh:  ½ inch
Right Thigh: ½ inch
Rt Calve: GAINED ½ inch Yuck!
Lt Calve: Gained ½ inch YUCK!
Weight: 3 lbs.
 Check out the other Gals on this Journey!

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  1. I really need to get into running. I just can never bring myself to do it! And as to the gain in calves- that is just probably muscle from your jogging! Can't wait to hear how you do this week!

  2. This is so motivational! Way to go! I really need to get moving more myself...

  3. That is awesome, I am working hard to get healthier this year. I am happy that I am finally running again, not far, but still better than sitting on the couch.

  4. I would love to be a part of something like this, even if just for the motivation. Congrats to you for taking healthy steps!

  5. I think, no, I know I need to do something like this..I can imagine the support would be a huge help! Good luck to all, and I may join in!

  6. Wow that is awesome! I love running but hate the treadmill every day... I can't wait til it's warm out!

  7. Love the idea of logging your miles for a cause! Great job!

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  9. That's great! I can't run, but I started using a pedometer and I'm trying to increase my movement throughout the day.

  10. Wow 88 Miles thats's awesome!! I hate to run my goal is run a 5K this year. I know that's not much but it is for me since I hate to run! Good luck!

  11. That is impressive!! I've been working on getting healthier as well.

  12. Excellent your post. Keep it going!!!

  13. You are doing really good! I can't wait till it warms up so I can start walking on the track again.

  14. I think i might try to get back into running...or walking to start anyway. I need to do something!

  15. Good luck losing that last 20 pounds! You can do it!


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