Fitness Challenge Update

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Barbra k. 37, Greenwich Connecticut, mom of 3 writes,  “After giving birth to beautiful healthy twin boys in January, I went through a bit of post-pardom depression. I was drained, exhausted, and 46 pounds overweight.  For a once fit and toned dance instructor I was very ashamed of myself.  I love my boys and my husband but needed to do something for myself to feel good again. I logged on to SCW and the post was ”Take the 30 day fitness challenge”.  I took it as a sign and committed to working out 3 times a week. My husband is a chef and has put together a healthy meal plan for me that includes chicken, fish, rice, salads, fruit, and no fast food.  It’s been super tough, but I’m hanging in there and have lost 6 pounds in three weeks the goal is to loose 40 pounds by the start of summer in June.  Thanks SCW for lighting a fire under me.”

SCW: Wow Barbra, that’s awesome.  Thanks for sharing such a personal story.  I’m sure other women will find inspiration from you.  Congratulations on your twin boys, keep up the good work, you can do it.

Susanna  R. 28 Sao, Paulo Brazil, mom of 1 writes,  “Of my three sisters who are skinny minnies, I’m the one who is a little more big boned shall we say.  I’ve never been thin, I’m a single mom and I’m ready to date again since finishing college and having my son four years ago I’ve gained at least 20 pounds.  In Brazil we are more comfortable with our bodies than Americans, so that would be okay if I was comfortable with that.  But I’m not.  I’d like to get back down to my pre-college, pre-baby, weight which is about 160 pounds, I’m 5 ft 8 in.   I’m 183 pounds now.  I was 186 when I accepted the challenge so I’ve lost 3 pounds.  It’s not much but it is a start.  I jog mornings while my son is at preschool.  My other challenge is food.  I still want good tasting food but I ‘d like to eat less.  Any ideas?  For food that taste great with a smaller portion.  Thanks SCW.”

SCW:  That’s great Susanna, keep up the good work.  Changing my diet was very hard for me as well.  I was a meat and potatoes girl.  The first thing I would tell you is be patient it takes time to see progress in a habit you’ve had all of your life.  But it’s doable and this post will include some healthy great tasting meals I know you’ll enjoy.  Thank you for sharing.

Katelyn  H. 41 Scottsdale Arizona,  mom of two writes,  “Finally our oldest son is away at college, my daughter who is now 16 will not be far behind him. I’ve gained weight since I was married 20 years ago.  I’ve tried to stay active, but I’m still about 15 pounds off from where I want to be.  My husband and I have worked hard to build a nice life for ourselves.  Our plan is to travel once my daughter leaves for college and I want to look good for my husband again and maintain it.  I lost and gained, lost and gained. Do you have any advice for keeping it off.  I’d like to slim down by Mother’s day.  My girlfriend’s and I love your blog, thanks SCW.”

SCW:  Actually your goal is very doable, we have a little over a month and a half before mothers day.  As we age it gets harder to lose the weight.  So at that point you need to commit to a lifestyle of fitness. Tell yourself this is what I’m going to do for myself and stick to it.  Otherwise you’re just going to go up and down for the rest of your life.  I think for you, consider a personal trainer at least twice a week to give you that little extra push you need to maintain your weight.  Also your eating habits will have to change in conjunction with the exercise.  Over time your stomach will get use to eating less.  It takes times but I know you can do it.  Thanks for sharing.

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     6 ways to Jump Start your Fitness

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        Commit to fitness as a couple

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    Consider a personal  Trainer

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    If time is a factor.  Do calisthenics at home.

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    Replenish.  Drink lots of water

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       Make it social.  Buddy up.  Join a gym and be consistent.

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      Make a plan, track your progress.

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   Healthy take along meals for the woman on the go

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Verse of the day: 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Do you not know that your bodies are the temple of the holy spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own.”

 

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