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My Fitness Journey

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I am on a personal journey to become a fit, healthier version of me.  I began this journey in January 2017. I was at my highest weight, eating unhealthy, not exercising and pretty much feeling crappy about my self-image. I’d like to say I started this journey because of those reasons, but I would be lying. The truth is one of my dear friends convinced me to join her gym. She had been coaxing me for at least a year and I finally relented and went to an open house. While my gym (Trillium) has changed my life – I, in no way think you have to go to a gym to become fit and healthy. Would I recommend it? Absolutely. However, change starts with commitment and the bottom line is that no gym will ever make you commit – you have to do that for yourself.

So, here I am 9 months in and I am committed. What have I done so far?

I joined Trillium Fitness, a locally owned gym. I participated in Biggest Loser and am just about to start my 3rd FIT program, which I describe as teaching you the correct techniques for lifting weights while helping you tone your body.

I have given my diet a complete overhaul. However, I have not given up my favorite foods. I still eat pizza, bacon, chocolate, and drink iced coffee and wine. I just don’t make it my staples. Well, maybe my iced coffees!

I did the bike-run portion of Iron Girl – 18 mile bike ride and 5k run. Yes, I did say run but in all honesty, I walked the majority of the way. I did the ColorVibe – a 5k fun run. I did jog about half, it helps when you don’t have to bike 18 miles beforehand! I most recently ran in Syracuse’s Festival of Races and finished in 38:44.

ColorVibe 2017

What are my goals? Some are small and some are big:

Do one pull-up. I still remember middle school gym class when we were supposed to use this peg board mounted on the wall to lift ourselves up. I was the only one in the class who couldn’t do one. I will get there one day!

Run a mile. I mean actually run – not just walking!

Become more toned.

Reach my ideal weight – I would be happy with 140.

Complete a 5k.

Complete a triathlon.

Be able to deadlift my body weight. **Update this is DONE! Click the link to check it out!

 

So there you have a rundown of my current situation. What has made you want to become healthier? What are some of your goals?

 

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11 thoughts on “My Fitness Journey

  1. I’m so impressed by your progress! I’ve been saying for months that I need to yoga every day and I have yet to start. I need to get my act together 😩

  2. Great job on your progress! It can definitely be a challenge to stick to a healthy diet and exercise plan. It is wonderful that you have a friend to help you along the way!

  3. What attracted me to your post were the running photos. In an attempt to get more fit’ and also have a feeling of accomplishment, I started to ‘run’ 5ks about 3-4 years ago. At that time it was a fast walk-jog most of the time. I started to get the feeling of awesomeness for just completing 5k’s and it turned into when is there another one? It just made me feel so awesome and my body was getting healthy as well.

    Fast forward to today, this past weekend I have completed 75 local races (1 mile, 5ks, 8k, 10ks, 1/4 marathons – sometimes 3 races in a day) and 79 total as my husband and I have added out of town races when we go on vacation. It all started as a way to become more healthy and have goals to accomplish. I would love to know where you are on your journey a year or two from now….running is addicting for me although because of lower back issues, 1/2 and full marathons are out of the question.
    Congratulations on your accomplishments!

  4. Judean – congrats on YOUR accomplishments! If you would of told me one year ago I would be running in any race, I would have called you crazy!! I’m at the point now where it’s still a lot of effort but I am finding that I enjoy each race a little more! Running is addicting- but the good kind!

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