Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Strong Woman Challenge

Hello, its me...I know its been a while...but I thought it was time to check in again.

So, yesterday I embarked on a 10 week Strong Woman Challenge.  The Top 3 entries will get to go to San Diego for an all expenses paid trip, a makeover and a photo/video shoot!!!...AND will be one of 6 selected in North America to be the FACE OF CURVES.  How incredibly cool!!!  I would love that so much.  How cool to see what they would do during my makeover.

I have tried to encourage as many members as possible to enter this challenge as well...we are stronger together and we can do it far, I do have a few that have accepted the challenge...\I am so excited for all of us!

So, I am back to wearing my pedometer every day and making sure I hit my 10,000 steps and will be working out at Curves 6 days a week during the 10 week challenge.

I will be hitting the Curves classes hard and consistently.  Muscles are a beautiful thing!!

Latest update since last checking daughter Brooklin joined our 10 week running group and together, we ran a 5k race on Canada Day.  I was so proud of her.  What an incredible accomplishment and she rocked it the entire way, saying how much she was loving it.  She is very determined to get healthier and more fit.  From January 4, 2016 until now; she has lost over 40 pounds and has committed to working out at Curves every day after school.  School resumed yesterday and so far she is two for two.  Go Brooklin Go!!

In the past, she would have every excuse in the book why she can't workout, now she looks for ways and opportunities to get steps and exercise.  She walked from her high school to Curves in extreme heat conditions after long hot days in their non-airconditioned school.  Very impressive and she not only worked out on the circuit very hard, but also did the move between machines with awesome form and posture.  So proud of her.  She is super motivated, |I hope that she keeps her motivation and her dedication to being fit and active and healthy. 
So, my eating was pretty immaculate both yesterday and today.  Focus on balance of protein, healthy fats and carbs.  Feeling good so far. I was so close to hitting my 10,000 steps before bed tonight but not quite there, so I walked in my air conditioned bedroom until I hit 11,000...I was just feeling so good doing the Leslie Sansone one mile walk, that I just kept going, walking right on by my 10,000 step goal.  Time to let these muscles rest so I can start again tomorrow. |Night!

Friday, December 11, 2015

One Party filled with temptations and slip ups will not crumble your entire week.

Remember to forgive yourself and move on...

If a night out slips you up, remember to learn from it, brush yourself off, forgive yourself and get right back on track.

Think about what good choices did I make?  ...and celebrate that!

Then...lets reflect on those things that we could have done a bit better on...NOT for the purpose of beating ourselves up over, BUT instead to learn from it and plan to be better next time.

Let's look at my evening last night for example.

I attended a party directly from work after a long day at Curves.  My eating up until the party was right on track and I really had no intentions of falling off track but because I was at work all day; I really did not mentally rehearse or plan on my best party strategy.  That was my first mistake.  I went to the party famished and was completely at the mercy of the food options;...which were not good.  There were raw veggies, which I can celebrate, I loaded up my plate full with these...Yay for me.  The only other options were chicken strips and French fries; both of which were deep fried and not the healthy homemade version I would make at home...but I was starving and I ate it anyway.  The fries were not even worth it; rather cold and boring.  Number one rule is if the indulgence is not a 10 in your books; do not eat it.  I broke my own rule. 

In reflecting, I could have just had the chicken because at least it was protein, even though it was not the healthiest of choices.  Until the item is on your plate, you cant really judge if its a 10 and when you are super hungry, you may be tempted as I was to eat it anyway.  I could have filled up plate with veggies and simply took one small chicken strip and a couple fries to see if it was even a 10 or not.

Whenever possible, its a great idea to bring a contribution to the party which is something you know is healthy and delicious to be able to fall back on.

Also, if I wasn't flying there directly from work, I could have eaten before I arrived so that I was not so crazy hungry or even had a Curves protein bar or shake in the car on my way there so that I would have been more in control.

Today, I got right back on track and worked a bit harder on my Curves strength training workout.  We started 12 days of fitness this week also which really upped my game as I joined in with multiple groups of members doing the fitness moves for day two and day one.  I think that made up for my one meal that was not so perfect.  I've learned to jump right back on track without the blink of an eye and it probably will not even affect my weekly or monthly results.

Its also a good idea to drink a ton of water the day after a slip up.

In summary, forgive yourself and get right back on track and write down on your food journal your reflections and strategies for next time you find yourself in a similar situation.  Celebrate all progress and any little thing you may have done that was even a tiny bit better than in the past.

Plan for success!  Its ok to slip up...its what you do after your slip up that matters!  To err is human!  There are no mistakes as long as you learn something. Nobody is perfect.

Remember that one little slip up will not ruin your whole plan.  Avoid giving up on yourself or your week.  Don't turn a slight detour into a U-turn heading back in the wrong direction.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

We think we are eating on track in our head...paper does't lie!

Okay, let me just put all the cards on the table....when we are not recording what we put in our mouths, we are probably NOT on track.  I can fool myself into thinking that I am following my Curves Complete eating plan but somehow whenever I am not recording my food and beverage intake, the scale fails me.

Magically, as soon as I start recording what I eat, the scale moves!!!

So, I am down 5 pounds from last week and the major difference is that I AM recording what I am eating!

There is no beating around the bush.  I know that we all think we "eat healthy"...I cannot tell you how many times a day I hear that from people...but when we really start writing down exactly what they eat, we always discover something!!...from going for too many hours without food; sometimes like 8 hours without food to mindless popping of this and that throughout the day and night...mindless eating is not calorie free, although I wish it was.  By the way, going without eating for long periods of time is the perfect formula for slowing down your metabolism.  So, to recap...if you want to GAIN WEIGHT...then SIMPLY GO FOR LONNNGGG periods of time without eating. 

WE HAVE TO EAT TO LOSE!!   Hardest concept to grasp, I know! Even though I have an extensive educational background in nutrition; and I know this inside and out...there are times when I want to just jump on some "starvation diet" for a few days....It never works...You may lose a few pounds at first but guaranteed you will gain it all back and then some more and more!!!

Tip for the Day:  Write down or record what you eat and when, starting NOW!!!!

It works!

FACT:  Studies have proven that those that write down or record every bite or drink they consume lose 2 times as much weight than those that don't!  If that's not enough to motivate you to pull out the pen and paper, I don't know what will.  You can do this!!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Back by popular demand...Lifelong goal Achieved☺

It's December 8, 2015

It's been a while since I've blogged but I am back and more determined and excited than ever!

Why the excitement?

A little over one month ago, I fulfilled a lifelong run a full marathon before I turned 50.  On October 25, 2015 (my 50th Birthday I might add)...I ran the 26.2 mile Niagara Falls International Marathon. It's starts out in Buffalo U.S.A. and you end up in Niagara Falls, Canada.  I cannot describe the feeling of running across the Peace Bridge into Canada.   Freedom, joy, empowered, proud, excited...some of the emotions I felt on that day but strong and determined took the lead.

What heightened the experience even more was I had two other strong and determined women by my side.  One was a very successful member of my fitness club whom has become a very dear friend. The pride I felt seeing her take on this monumental endeavor with such confidence and courage moved me.  You see, she lost 143 pounds and just two short Yeats ago; running would have been the furthest thought from her mind.  I had the privilege of being her coach.  She would accept any challenge I gave her: week after week; we would meet for her coaching session and week after week we would set a couple new goals and low and behold; week after week she would achieve those goals.   The lesson here is to be coach - able and you will be successful!

The other strong woman by my side was Jeanette; one of my best friends from high school.  She was my strength, my supporter, cheerleader,  my rock.  Being a much stronger and faster runner than I, Jeanette could have run  circles around me but she ran this race "for me".  She never had any desire to run a full marathon.  She did it to support me in fulfilling my lifelong goal.  God Bless Jeanette.
  She had run multiple half marathons as have I, but the difference was I yearned to complete a full.  She always said she never wanted to run a full until she discovered it was on my 50th birthday.  She felt it was meant to be and committed right then and there.

What an amazing friend!

So, here I am...I lived to tell the tale.

The after marathon journey is now upon me.  My next quest.  Get back down to my wedding day weight again, zip that dress back up and renew my wedding vows with my husband of 16 years.  On our 17th wedding anniversary which is 11 months away.  I would like to renew our vows on the beach in Cancun at the Grand Carribe Resort where we stayed on our honeymoon.

My have my wedding gown be shortened to a sexy length to show off my soon to be muscular sexy legs.

Hold on tight.  It's going to be a journey you will not want to miss.
Curves Complete
Epicure Good Food Real Results
Organo Gold coffee
Curves Circuit Strength Training Workout
Curves Workout with Jillian Michaels
Curves Pilates
Curves Yoga
Training for a half Marathon - April
Training for  a Triathlon July

I would like to challenge you to set a big's fun and exciting to work towards something big.  In July...I hope to have inspired 100 or more people to Try a Tri.  Will you be one?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Planning Ahead

Planning is key...

What is that ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?

While a night of planning is worth a day of success.

I am telling you...If you plan out exactly what you are going to eat the next day...

Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Snack and Dinner...

You will set yourself up for success, guarenteed...Better yet email that menu to me or someone else...That pre-planning accountability is amazingly even more successful.

Plan out your activity for tomorrow , today too!

Is it a cardio day or a strength training day?

If its a cardio day...Do 2 min easy followed by 1 minute of all out give it all you got cardio...back to 2 min. of easy to moderate, then another 1 minute of cant work any harder cardio.

So, if you are walking, walk at a moderate pace for 2 min. then walk like you have never walked before,,,wiggle it and move, swing those arms and give it all you are made of.

If you are at Curves and its cardio day...lets see some fun movement on the recovery boards...Boxing, jumping jacks, whatever is pushing it for you... then recover on the machines.

But, if its your strenghth training day...and you are on Curves Smart...lets see you giving those machines everything you are made of...flashing green lights all the letting up...then just recovery on the recovery stations...dont waste energy on the recovery it all for the machines..

When are you working out...tomorrow what time? and is it cardio or S/T?

Plan your menus and work them in.

Plan your workout and workout your plan...

and you will soar all the way to the top of the Tree of Success and fly with the eagles.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


We can all justify anything!

Actually we are really good at it.

But, do some honest, deep sole-searching and find out if your EXCUSES are disguised as reasons.

While life is challenging, and time and money demands are tough...we have to keep ourselves real. Make a committment to being 100% honest with yourself and those around you when it comes to reasons vs. excuses.

We can come up with a million "GOOD REASONS" why certain things will not work for us. Why not come up with a million reasons why you ARE GOING TO MAKE IT WORK!

A man once told me. Never say "I cant afford" because its the language of the poor. Instead say, "I choose" to spend my money on healthy food then on that diamond necklace...its not that you cant afford that diamond necklace its just that feeding your family is a little higher on the priority list. Thank goodness.

He said that everyone can afford a cadillac. You may have to LIVE in it but everyone can afford one. Of course he was joking...but it makes you think. Its true, we just have to be real and be positive.

My point is...try to be real and think of 10 reasons right now why you will be successful. Focus on what you want to achieve and you will get it...maybe not instantly, but keep the focus and it will come.