Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, July 16, 2009
"Before working out, I felt tired all of the time. I looked flabby and fat. I had to purchase bigger clothes, and when I would walk for any length of time, I would be out of breath while walking especially upstairs and hills. My back bothered me constantly, as well as my knees.
The time came for me to get long term health insurance and I needed to get blood work taken, and when my results came back, my cholesterol was 245 (my mom's side of the family struggles with high cholesterol. Even my aunt, who is in pretty good shape, has to make sure she watches hers VERY CAREFULLY...). This made me realize I needed to change my eating habits, so I started cutting out fattening desserts, I started eating healthier and I stopped going to the donut shop during my morning at work. After doing this for a few months, one day I put on a pair of jeans and found that they were so loose that I was afraid that they would fall off! When I got on a scale, I found I had lost 13 pounds! So, I continued to chance my eating habits even more. Four months later I had lost a total of 25 pounds.
In February of 2008, my son began a program with Beachbody.com called "Power 90". He introduced me to the "Tony and the Folks" DVD, which he had bought for me for my 60th birthday. It was a program that Tony Horton had put together for his parents and was designed for people 55 and up. I like how it limbered up my body, helping me to get ready for a more difficult program. I found the exercises to be very beneficial for someone getting back into an exercise regimen. After using that DVD for 2 months, I felt it was time to proceed to a more difficult program, so I began using "Power 90" myself! I saw the results my son had with it, so I knew it would work for me. Sure enough, I lost more weight.
However, it was not always easy for me to lose the weight that I wanted. Being 60 meant my metabolism was slower than it had been 9 years ago, when I was exercising regularly. I also found that having gone through the "change of life" seemed to have effected how fast I could lose weight as well. Plus, I was not as coordinated as I used to be (although, coordination has never been one of my fortes...)
I feel since using those Beachbody programs that my balance has improved, as well as my ease of movement is much better and I am not tired from walking long distances like I had been!
Since I am a musician, my singing has improved because the ab work and cardiovascular training has helped my breath control.
I have had a lot of success in my healthy eating and exercise regimen. Since the beginning to now, I have gone from a size 24 to a size 18 (in woman's, that is). I know that this is not a huge amount, but where there is smoke, there is fire. I know people my age that haven't done that, and I have aspirations to inspire people my age (or any age) to change their lives, and that is why I am a Beachbody Coach!
Life before exercising was not easy since I was getting older. For instance, things like getting up from tying my shoes was a difficult task, but now my back pain has lessened since exercising, and my core strength has increased as well, so doing menial tasks are not as difficult as they used to be.
My son, who is also my Coach, has been a good influence and motivator to encourage me to keep working to attain my fitness goals.
Since Power 90, I have graduated to using programs such as Power Half Hour, 10 Minute Trainer, and Slim in 6."
If you have been inspired by my mom's story, perhaps today is the day that you can make a change in your life. It takes a life time to create bad habits, but it only takes a moment for you to say "No more unhealthy foods" or "I WILL exercise everyday!" You don't just stumble into success; it takes focus, commitment, and dedication.
Perhaps you have interest in checking out the fitness library at Beachbody.com where many fitness programs such as P90X, Slim in 6, Turbo Jam, Hip Hop Abs, and more are featured. You can find out about them or order them online by clicking here. The founders of Beachbody.com have a dream to help 100,000,000 people become healthy and fit. Decide today what steps you want to take to change your body and your life. Look at the Beachbody programs, find what one you'd like to try, set your goals and keep pushing play. You can always ask me if you'd like help finding a program, or if you have any other questions.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Allow me to share with you this important factor that is often misunderstood when it comes to good health: eating about 5 or 6 small meals every 2-3 hours is VERY important for a healthy metabolism. Because I am a self-made guinea pig, here's what I learned by observation: I am thinner than I was a year and a half ago, and it isn't just due to exercise. I have don't experience the "fat happys" others often do when I eat...you know, that thing that happens when you eat a lot of food and then want to take a nap, like I used to do. Even when I consume something like PASTA which is LOADED with carbs, instead of crashing, I feel energized.
Research shows that irregular meal frequency leads to changes in daily energy intake and negative metabolic effects that absolutely contribute to obesity and insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes is the proof of the matter).
The very first meal of the day needs to be breakfast. The body is in a catabolic state when one awakens, so the body needs fuel to operate correctly. This catabolic state is basically your body fueling itself off of your own muscle, so protien, whether in solid food or whey/soy is vital to reverse this state. Because either soy or whey protein shakes are absorbed rapidly, they are probably your best bet to getting protein fast. I don't know about you, but when I drink a protein shake, my energy level soars, in a good way...better than coffee! AND as an added bonus, protein helps you feel full.