Fitness Journey

Welcome to my fitness page.  It has been a journey…and always will be.  I am AT my goal, but now really want to take it to the next level.  Join me, give me ideas, and LET’S DO THIS.

My road to fitness & Health

January 14th 2012 I woke up and said, “I have to get myself together”.  I was feeling old; high blood pressure (in my 30′s!), weary, weak feeling, and just a defeated yuck feeling (that’s a technical term).  I had been fully diagnosed as having gluten and lactose issues, and although had been living 80% without them already, knew that I had to go 100% and feeling sad about it.  Basically I was unhappy and unhealthy.  And on the wrong road as I head into my 40′s.  I want to live, really live, and enjoy not just my kids but my grand kids.  I want to enjoy my life.

Now, this isn’t the first time I have said I was going to get in shape.  I am sure for a lot of you, you have made a plan and jumped in it, then fell out of it slowly.  At least I know I have.  I have tried diets.  Workout regimes.  Even Jenny Craig.  All worked, sort of.  But none of them made me feel better and none lasted.


I have lost over 30 pounds pounds since January 14th 2012.  I AM OFF OF MY BLOOD pressure medication!  I have more energy.  I feel great. I am at my goal and now in the maintain phase (for life).

It has come with some obstacles.  From my herniated disc, to pleurisy, to a pulled muscle in my back/shoulder and a pinched nerve.  Each time one of these things has happened I have told my self to stop my routine.  To just rest.  Other people tell me to take it easy.  But the truth is, I am not being hard on my body.  I listen to my body.  Truly. This journey has been a strengthening test for not only my body, but my mind.  And the injuries?  Well it is frustrating to be sure, but I am beginning to think they are tools that are strengthening my mind. Building my spirit.  At times I felt like it was being torn down (my spirit) but then reflect on how I felt as I worked through each obstacle.

So what have I been doing?  Well for one not giving up my grapes.  That is for sure and my only vice.  Well, mostly.

And I do eat.  What I want and when I want.  I just make different choices. My ten commandments are below.  Take what you want from it, trash what you don’t, add what you think works for you.  But I have one piece of advice; do something.  Fitness is not just your body.  It is also your mind, your spirit.  If all three are not connected, you will never, ever feel good.  And one thing is for sure; a lot of people don’t feel good.

Keep one thing in mind; just losing weight is not the main point (though a GREAT ONE).

I want to stress, that although I am thoroughly enjoying my new size, size is not the most important thing to me.  Looking good on the outside is a side benefit.

So..before anyone pursues a road to health and fitness it is least in my eyes, not to look at the magazine models or most TV actors and think, “that is how I need to look” cause each of our bodies are made in a certain frame and not all frames are alike.  My size 4 is someone else’s size 10 or someone else’s size 2. The number is not important…what is important is what you are doing to your body.

I started yoga in January 2012 2012.  Fell instantly in love.  It has played an important role in my life change.  I also started crossfit in December of 2012.  Fell instantly in love again.

One key to sticking to a program?  CHANGE IT UP.  Don’t just go to the gym everyday.  Or run everyday.  Keep it fun and creative.

The road is not easy.  The truth is, before you can do anything you have to do the hardest part.  Choose.

Choose to do something.  To change your life.  We only get oneONE life.  If you are lying on a hospital bed and decide to make changes..that is great, but why not do it before then?  Why wait till a doctor tells you to stop or start something.

I know we all know what is healthy.  Or rather we know what is unhealthy.  So why do we choose it each and everyday?  Cause it is cheaper (yes junk food is pretty cheap)?  Is there really a price for your life?  For your health?  Will you think that after you have had a stroke, or heart attack, or organ failure?  Will you wish you had made other choices?


I am so excited each day to wake up and think about what I am going to do or eat!  Never before did I think that living healthy would be fun.  It is.  I look forward to my life again.

Me and my youngest.

First know that just because this is working for me, does not mean I assume it will work for you.  But what will work for you? To choose to do something. Take what you want, trash what you don’t and feel free to share what is working for you.

My ten commandments of health and fitness

  1. Never drink calories (except wine, of course).  I only drink water.  All day long.  I do not drink milk, or tea, or Gatorade, or juices and never, ever drink soda.
  2. Count calories (I still do this everyday though not with the intent to cut back necessarily). Before you count calories you MUST make healthier choices though, so read on before you think this is the answer to losing weight.  Knowing how many calories you put in your body each time you eat is education.  Educate yourself.  But more importantly choosing what you put in  your body is critical.  To count calories I use a fantastic free program, my fitness pal (it is also a free app on your phone-which is how I use it).  This is also how we control our moderation (we can make healthy choices but all for naught if we eat two tons worth in a day).
  3. Eat veggies, veggies and fruit.  Yes everyone knows to eat vegetables and fruits. Do you do it?  I will tell you to eat more vegetables and some fruit (like melons and berries).  Fruits are high in calories and yes, they are natural sugars, but sugar is still sugar and should be in moderation (listen if it is a choice between a banana or a HO HO, pick the damn banana).  Vegetables on the other hand are SO good for you and very low in calories.  And yes…you can make them taste good.  Delicious. It’s all in the seasoning.  Meats are fine in small portions; red in low moderation.  I stick mostly to turkey and fish but heavy on the veggies.
  4. Use fresh.  Always, if at all possible, use fresh.  Fresh vegetables and fruit- not canned (frozen if you have to), fresh herbs (I have my own garden but you can have something simple and small in your house even, or grocery stores sell fresh herbs).  Do not buy the processed stuff.  Use organic when you can, especially with your veggies and meats.
  5. NO PRESERVATIVES.  This is easier for me due to my allergies, but everyone can do this.  If it has preservatives in it, skip it.  Do you know what preservatives are?  To preserve.  To last.  To not break down. How the heck is your body supposed to break it down then?  It can’t.  Not effectively anyhow.
  6. Remove the gluten and dairy.  I have to do this.  But research and other fitness experts will tell you they do it also, but for health and fitness reasons, not allergy reasons.  These are two things that are not only high in calories, but very hard for your body to process and break down into nutrients.  Don’t make your body work so hard to get what it needs to flourish. LIMIT STARCHES TO VERY SPARINGLY (potatoes, rice, bread, pasta).
  7. Important vitamins and stuff.  Yes stuff.  I have slowly added, moved, changed and finally settled on the things that work best for my body.  You will have to do the same.  These things help my body function its best, which affects my energy and my bodily functions (yes, I now poop much much more- which is a good thing albeit not fun to point out or discuss thank you very much).  My list:  *daily liquid vitamin (our body absorbs liquid way better than pills), *daily micro-lingual B12 and D (melts on your tongue for better absorption- I do this at lunchtime for an extra kick in my day), *hemp and chia seeds in my fresh fruit smoothie each morning and occasionally in my cooking so my family gets it too, a daily food based calcium vitamin, and lastly a daily pro-biotic.
  8. Lose the caffeine.  Can I tell you this was one of the hardest?  My morning cup of coffee was integral to my day (oh ok, my two or three cups a day on some days)!  My iced tea was integral to my day!  It took me months on my road to fitness and health to finally do this. I am so glad I did.  It was the turning point in not only losing weight (my weight starting falling off- literally), but in how I felt.  This isn’t a popular choice, and one I would have reversed if I hadn’t seen and felt dramatic results. I do drink decaffeinated detox tea each morning so I’m pretending I have my hot coffee.
  9. Do something active everyday, and purposefully active three days.  I don’t care if it is walking, running, biking, swimming, hiking, tennis, whatever.  Be active.  Do not sit in front of the computer or TV all day. Do something every day.  Do something purposeful a minimum of three days: Yoga (for me it is hot yoga and I LOVE it),  a fitness program, circuit training, personal coaching.  I do yoga four times a week and weights three days a week (in compliment to yoga) though I started at 5-6 days a week.  I still however rarely work out longer than an hour per day and most days 45 minutes….though the minimum should be 30 minutes.
  10. Get rid of artificial sweeteners.  Really get rid of all sweets.  I occasionally will have something sweet (like a once or twice a month birthday cake or special treat- though it is gluten and lactose free still).  But never, ever use the fake stuff.  Not in your drinks, your cooking, nothing.  This is coming from someone who lived on Splenda.  I did all my cooking with Splenda.  But after doing my own research I realized what I was putting in my body. Use the real stuff folks.  Just in moderation.  My favorite?  Agave Nectar.

So there you have it.  I am not an expert on fitness and health; I didn’t attend classes and am not certified in anything. I am not selling you anything or getting you to join my cult.  I am sharing what worked for me via my own online research, conversation research and trial and testing on myself.

I invite you to do the same.

Share with me too.

13 thoughts on “Fitness Journey”

  1. I can’t believe we spend so many years buying into “Sugar-Free”, weight loss pills, fad diets, fat free when all it really boils down to is the choices we make everyday to put JUNK in our bodies. This is awesome that you lost 24 pounds in 6 months!! That is an inspiration to myself on days like today when it’s slightly harder to make the right decisions! Keep up the fantastic work!

  2. Love the 10 Commandments – amen sister!

  3. i am lactose Intolerant too…it sucks cause I love cheese and chocolate!

  4. I’d love to drop a couple of kilos but I just don’t know if I can give up coffee. I’m vegetarian, I eat well the vast majority of the time & like you I enjoy a vino or two. But to remove coffee? I doubt I could. Congrats on your weight loss!

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