Wanting to Change. . .

Many people, including myself, reach a point of deciding to change. It’s easy to lose weight, then gain it back within a year. It’s easy to say an exercise routine is good, but easy to let life get in the way.

copyright Kai UL
My son took this picture of me, and I didn’t recognize the person in it.

My wake-up call happened with an innocent event. My son took a photo of me during a photo shoot, and I was shocked at what I looked like. I had known there was a weight issue, but stopped looking at the scale when it read 178 lbs. My brain couldn’t comprehend that I needed to change my lifestyle. I think I probably reached somewhere around 200 +/- lbs, though I never stepped on a scale.

Weight loss only works if lifestyle is changed. One can be on the best weight loss program in the world, but it will only be temporary results without lifestyle change. I did change my lifestyle enough that I lowered my weight to about 155 lbs. 

Recently, I’ve notice the weight creeping back on, and I’m at 164 +/- lbs. It’s time for another change, and this time I’ve chosen a program to use. So far, I’ve watched my weight drop to around 160 lbs, in 3 weeks. It’s good to take the weight off in a consistent manner. I will be sharing more about my newest adventure. . .

So, what are the steps to successful weight loss?

1 . A commitment to make the lifestyle changes for yourself, your health, and your well-being. This is a change for one’s self, and cannot be done for another person.

2. Find a support group of friends, family, or others that encourage success. Strive for the change, and remember mistakes will happen as we learn. This is a process, not an instant change.

3. Change dietary habits. The food we eat is fuel for the body, like gas is fuel for a car. Know what ingredients are in your food.

4. Find an exercise that works with your lifestyle. Our bodies are made to be active. Inactivity contributes to obesity, health issues, and clarity of thought.

5. Have faith. A healthy lifestyle can happen at any age.

So remember. . .be patient with yourself, and believe you will accomplish your goals. . .Karen

Who Am I & What Do I Know About Fitness. . .

copyright Karen Ulvestad

In the late 1980s I studied to become a Fitness Instructor, and passed the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Certification tests. This was the culmination of years of competitive swimming, life guarding, swim instruction, coaching, water aerobics instruction, and personal fitness routines. After my certifications, I worked as an aerobics instructor, fitness instructor, personal trainer, and wrote fitness newsletters.

So, why did I leave?

I had an opportunity to pursue another, more powerful dream. . .photography. I left fitness to be in a position to become a Flight Deck photographer for Boeing. It was a dream job. The job never happened, because of extenuating circumstances. Then, I left Boeing.

I continued my personal fitness routine, until I was side-lined by major, emergency surgery. It took me a long time to recover, and the journey has been interesting. I learned a lot along the way. I learned that wellness and fitness are a balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit. This also applies to maintaining a healthy body weight.

My journey included events like falling down a flight of stairs, and injuring my body. I learned what it was like to be completely stressed-out and over-whelmed by circumstances. I think I even lost my spiritual path for a while. It was a journey to finding myself.

The mind piece of the equation is one’s ability to process events mentally. What is the perspective or point-of-view that we see the world? I have always worked on being a positive force. I have learned enough to know that nothing happens without a heart-felt view of Gratitude.

The body portion of the equation relates to our body weight, lean body mass, injuries, and over-all feeling of well-being. Pain is not a normal way to live, and is an indication that something isn’t right. Muscle pain from working out is different from joint pain that hinders our mobility.

The spirit (soul) slice is our belief-system. It can be defined by a Religion, or simply a way to live one’s life.

Welcome & let the Holistic Lifestyle begin!