Changes. . .

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Life sometimes happens, and it can be messy! Life decided to change my direction with a sudden jolt of changes. . .

First, I’ve left Beachbody for a number of reasons I (that I will not go into here). I am still on my path of health, fitness, and healthy weight loss / maintenance.

Second, my focus is more on my freelance writing and photography, and I’m working on expanding my client base. Yeah!

Third, I intend to continue with this blog on a regular bases.

The biggest message life is handing me right now is simply change is the only constant in our world. It’s time to embrace it, and move forward.

Wellness for All. . .Karen

 

What’s in a Number?

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What’s in a Number? Weight is a number. Body measurements are numbers. Calories are counted in numbers. Exercise is tracked in numbers. Time is recorded in numbers.

Our minds grasp numbers, and hang onto them. It takes time for those numbers in our head to change to current information.

I’ve been quiet for a while, because I’m struggling with numbers. My mind struggles to comprehend my current weight. It keeps trying to change the number.

I’ve accomplished reaching the 150’s, yet my mind keeps translating it as the 160’s. This change for me is harder than losing weight!

Why is this important?

It’s important, because we cannot keep the weight loss without thinking the correct weight. In other words, if we cannot believe or accept our new weight, we cannot maintain that weight. Our thoughts are powerful, affects our self image, and controls the changes in our lives. What we think, we are.

I decided to stay in the 150’s to allow my thoughts to catch up with my newly emerging body image. My thoughts need to reflect my actual weight and fitness levels. It’s one of the most important keys to maintaining weight loss.

More later. . .

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Weight Loss Takes Time

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We’re in the heat of the summer, and realistically it’s time to start thinking about weight loss for the Holidays. It takes time to divest one’s self of the extra pounds that gather around the middle of our bodies, or to gain physical fitness.

Looking to lose a clothing size or two?

Want to keep it off?

It takes some time to accomplish these goals. It requires re-learning how to eat, and nurture your body. These habits take time to become part of your lifestyle. Being a healthy weight and maintaining it requires changes in your life.

It’s easy to lose 10 pounds. It’s easier to gain 10 pounds. How many “10 pound” increments do we gain before we decide to change? One day, we wake up and realize we gained 50, 100, or 200 pounds. It can be depressing and overwhelming.

So, want to lose weight for the Holidays? Want to give yourself the best present ever?

Then, now is the time to start on your journey!

I am coaching a Shakeology Challenge the week after Labor Day. It’s free to join the group. The Shakeology cost depends on how much you purchase. Sample packets are $35 + shipping. A month supply costs $97 + shipping for coaches, and a little more for non-coaches.

The question is. . .Are you ready for a lifestyle change that will help you increase your wellness, self-esteem, and fitness level? Are you ready for your clothes to fit better?

Contact me either here, through Facebook, or send me an email (karen@fitbodyadventure.com).

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Wait a Minute. . .

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Wait a Minute. . .what do you mean my clothing from last year will not fit me this year?

This is what happens when divesting your body of excessive weight. It means those clothes worn last year that fit will be too big this year.

What an amazing realization!

I’ve lost 30 + pounds, and all the warm clothing I wore last year will be too big. . .really too big. I’ve moved down clothing sizes!

It becomes a journey of re-discovering yourself. All those amazing “little” clothes will now fit, and look good. This little fact requires a lot of change in how you view yourself.

What to do you do?

I went window shopping. I looked at all the really cool lacy tops and jackets, slowly realizing that I could wear them without looking like I was “stuffed” into them. I could wear the smaller sizes, and “feel” comfortable.

What does it mean to be smaller in size?

Besides the health benefits, there is a huge psychological boost. It becomes easier to look in the mirror and feel good. People begin to notice you in public, and say hello. Self-esteem comes back. It’s easier to choose to feel happy.

I think the list is endless, and different for each person.

Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .keep a record of the changes in yourself as the weight comes off. Take time to adjust to the changes. It makes it easier to keep the weight off, and make permanent lifestyle changes. Maybe, go window shopping, and try on clothing. . .

Wellness to All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Change Self-Image

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One of the biggest changes that happens when losing weight is the need to change our self-image. This is how we perceive ourselves. . .what we look like in the mirror.

Other people begin to see us differently too. It can be uncomfortable to be noticed by other people. How do we take the compliments that begin to come our way? How do we adjust our mindset to smaller sizes of clothing? Are we ready for the change?

Weight loss is so important for our health and well-being, yet there are big obstacles we face in our own thought processes that can sabotage our success.

It’s our self-talk. It’s all the comments that others make to us or we heard them saying when they thought we were not listening. It’s the looks that come our way in public or at family gatherings. It’s the unspoken “feelings” that come our way.

How do we rise above them? How do we change, and allow ourselves to thrive? How do we change, and be brave enough to continue on the path?

One thing I learned when I stopped drinking years ago is simply – when we change, everyone around us needs to change. Other people don’t necessarily like to change.

Many like us the way we are. Others will encourage us to lose weight, yet may not be willing to change their attitudes towards us. Others will embrace us for who we are, and happily accept our changes. When we lose weight, our true selves begin to show through. We cannot hide anymore.

We change. We look different. We feel different. We may act different.

What is this change worth to you?

Challenge to Those Who Accept. . .Think about why you want to lose weight. Is it more important than other people? Are you willing to lose some “friends” to gain new friendships?

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Baby Steps. . .

Are the pounds coming off slowly, but too slow?

Weight loss is a process of baby steps towards a greater goal. The end results are better health, more energy, and feeling better. Physical fitness is a key part of weight loss. That means exercise, and burning calories.

My fitness path is one filled with starts and stops and changes. I started as an athlete as a kid. Then, I moved into coaching, teaching, and finally becoming a certified fitness instructor. It was easy to maintain a healthy weight, and eat right. It was my lifestyle.

Now many years later, I am emerging from a weight struggle. After topping 200 pounds (2008) after an injury that put exercise on-hold, I am finally changing back to the healthy lifestyle. Yes, I’ve lost 20 + pounds since March 3rd (from 191). In part, it’s because I decided that weight loss was the most important thing in my life at this point. I decided that my family was just going to have to accept the change. This is for me! There is no option to fail!

This focus and determination fuels the weight loss, and fitness gains. I started out in February barely averaging 500 steps per day. This is truly horrible! I spent my days working in my home office at the computer, and struggling through the day.

Now, I am averaging 5000 to 6000 steps per day. I’ve made these weight loss gains through Shakeology, re-learning how to eat and how much, and increasing my movement. These steps are produced through walking 3 to 5 miles every other day. I find my body needs to rest a day in-between workouts.

In addition to walking, I’m stretching. Stretching is that part of the exercise routine that helps prevent injuries. I’ve built it into my life. I stretch my legs whenever they start feeling tight. It’s easy to do, even in line at the grocery store. . .

I’ve begun to add weight training into the routine. I haven’t added weight yet, and am using my own body weight to accomplish my goals. I should be able to add additional weights in the next 2 to 3 weeks. I LOVE weight training! It is one of the quickest ways to tone up.

These are all processes that can be used by anyone to attain their weight loss goals. The biggest component is to listen to your body, and progress in small measurable increments.

Challenge to Those Who Accept. . .Write down your goals, and visualize successful completion. Decide how important these goals are in your life. Then, proceed. . .

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Keeping the Weight Off

 

Whether easy or not, it can be challenging to keep your weight loss from creeping back! It is an issue for all who have experienced the extra pounds of fat stores clinging to their body. I am not an exception either.

It is important to know why the extra pounds accumulated on our bodies to begin with. It could be an injury, unresolved issues, medication side effects, or health issues. These are the biggest contributing factors.

So, how do we keep the weight off?

We change how we view ourselves, our past, our medical issues, and the medication we take. We change our attitude about food, and our relationship with it. We think about and make conscious choices about the food, drink, and medications put into our bodies. In short, we become aware of our lives.

Food intake is the biggest thing we have control over. With all the current research on food, pesticides, and nutrition, we have the tools to make healthy food choices. With a change in our relationship with food, it becomes easier to choose a healthy snack or meal. Our bodies start to crave fresh, raw foods, instead of processed food products.

Does this mean that some foods are no-nos?

That is a choice that each individual makes. I choose organic, because I’m allergic to pesticides. I do this to feel better, and live a healthier life. It is for myself, and benefits my family. Each person has the power to make these choices to fit their individual lifestyle.

Challenge to Those Who Accept. . .Make a list of the foods currently included in your diet. Look at the ingredients that make each of these foods. Decide if you want to put these ingredients into your body. . .

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach