Knowing How Far You’ve Come

Sometimes we don’t realize how far we’ve come… Four years ago I saw my health decline and my weight increase.  I was sick all the time and didn’t have any energy nor time to workout, run or take care of myself.  And then my mom had a stroke… I knew at that moment it was time for me to make changes in my life.

See my earlier post: The Decision I Made That Changed My Life

It was a slow start the first year or so.  I lost about 20 lbs., but gained 10 of those pounds back ’cause I didn’t change my eating habits and mindset.  I got frustrated and lost my motivation.  But then I had a friend who challenged me to walk a 5K, a cousin who introduced me to Advocare and a coach who suggested to change my environment by surrounding myself with people who lifts me up and motivate me to keep going.

I have finally found a lifestyle I could live with.   The past two years I have really focused on my eating, running, exercising and rest.   People always ask me what did I give up to get where I am today.  I don’t look at what I had to give up, I look at what I have gained.  I have gained confidence in my abilities, strength, endurance, awesome trainers and fitness friends.  I also have a better understanding of who I am when I eat.  I am not the emotional eater anymore.   I keep to the 80/20 rule of healthy eating.   It has helped me change my habits and thinking as well as helped me to discipline myself on what I choose to eat.

So here I am today to celebrate how far I’ve come with a few transformation photos and accomplishments.

5Ks

My first 5K was in 2011, when I weighed more than I do now.  I walked majority of it and finished it a little under an hour.  A couple of weeks ago I had my first nighttime 5K race and finished it in 32:24 minutes!

5k transformation

Drop a Size

I set a goal to drop another size this year and I did it!  Size 12 to size 11.

Drop a Size

 Here is another two year transformation photo.  The 2012 photo was taken when I started my first 24 Day Challenge.

two year transformation photo

Whatever you are working on and however far you still have to go,  I want to encourage you to keep going and be proud of your achievements.  It doesn’t matter how fast or slow, as long as you keep moving forward and enjoy each step along the way.

 

24 Day Challenge Journal – Cravings, Cheat Meals, Rest Days

I’m a few days away from completing the challenge and boot camp.  I’m very happy with my progress and excited to see more results.  Here is my quick video update.

Craving Day

Day 18 I wanted jalapeno popcorn, so I fix a bag for my mid morning snack.  I ate  two cups of it and gave the rest to my son.

Popcorn

Then I wanted bananas, peanut butter (natural), dark chocolate morsels and cinnamon roasted almonds.  I had this as my afternoon snack.

Food Craving - Snack

Superbowl Sunday

I try to keep to the 80/20 rule.  Eat healthy 80 percent of the time and enjoy my favorite foods 20 percent of the time.  (See link below on 80/20 rule) I had veggie snacks with multi-grain crackers and jalapeno dip. Plus cranberries, almonds, pecans with white chocolate chips.

The 80/20 Diet Rule – Livestrong

SuperBowl Snacks

My Superbowl Meal

Turkey Chili with Sweet Cornbread

I used the clean eating turkey chili recipe for a reference. (See link below) I love sweet cornbread so instead of using sugar,  I mixed Jiffy with applesauce and a dash of cinnamon to give it the sweet taste.

Clean Eating Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili and Sweet Cornbread

No Butter Flourless Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

I followed the recipe below except for the bananas and almond butter.   Very easy to make and tasty!

Flourless Banana Almond (or Peanut) Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Flourless Cookies

Rest Days

Whether you exercise to lose weight, maintain fitness or for any number of other reasons, we all need a day to rest.  Rest days are very important, here’s why.

Rest Days

Yoga and foam rolling is just a couple of things I like to do on my rest day.  I also like reading, watching a good movie and spending time with my family.

Well that’s a wrap.  I will see you guys in a few days.