129 A Day – Fitness Challenge in August

129 A Day – Fitness Challenge in August

2015-06-05-at-070744_18459458286_oAs many of you know I was crushed with the loss of Amber. She was wonderful and caring person who I loved like my own child. Spending time with her always filled my heart with joy. My children thought of her as a big sister.

My friend Alan suggested a fitness challenge to raise awareness to addiction, recovery and accidental overdose. We have an epidemic in our country right now. This year is expected to have more overdoes that last year which was a horrible year for overdoes. It is estimated that 129 people lose their battle each and every day to an overdose in the United States.

The challenge will begin on August 1st and end on August 31st, International Overdose Awareness Day. I am honored to be collaborating with Alan, Laurie, The Gym Pittsburgh and 129aDay on this challenge.

Please join the challenge by registering at YinzersGetFit.com/129aDay and receive daily challenges beginning August 1st along with a profile from 129aDay.org of a person who lost their battle.

Together we can raise awareness and money to help people suffering from addiction and celebrate people who are in recovery.

I Love The New Me

I Love The New Me

ImageToday was weigh in day. I am very happy to say I lose a few more pounds!

I am loving my new lifestyle. I do not binge like what I used to do. I would say I have NOT binged in a long time. I do have times when I slip and eat things I shouldn’t. I am much better at portion control that I have ever been.

I have a drive and energy to go to the gym on a regular basis. I find enjoyment at the gym and trying new exercises. I am also now feeling muscles developing more, feeling that difference in me is huge and makes me feel so good.

Having my wife join me at the gym and also watching what she eats make it easier and helps us both try harder to find better ways of eating and getting to the gym.

Friday, I was exhausted and stressed. I didn’t want to go to the gym. I wanted to sit on the couch and just do nothing. My wife said let’s go to the gym. We went for a short 20 minute workout. I came back feeling so great!

Having people involved in your journey makes a huge difference and helps you to succeed. Build a support network, share your goals on social media and just keep trying.

I log every single bite I put in my mouth. I find this extremely valuable to me. I also measure what I eat which is helping me with portion control

Find an exercise routine that you can do. I started with just walking. I would walk every day and strive to reach my goal. I started with low goals and then gradually increased them. Now I set a daily calorie burn goal and work hard to reach it every day. I make the goal reachable and add a little challenge to it.

I don’t want to set myself up for failure.

I want to succeed.

I won’t fail.

We won’t fail.

LoseIt! is starting a new #30DaysBestBody challenge on Monday. Join the #LoseItFam and together we can do it together!

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Get Healthy As A Family #TheHow

Get Healthy As A Family #TheHow

This is a life journey!

I am not just going on a diet, I am changing my life.

I believe that with all of my heart and I am trying very hard to move along this adventure. Failure is not an option and I will NOT fail unless I quit. I started this journey in November 2015 and have struggled through the holidays and many other occasions..

26429378714_2f5e3aa8ae_zMy wife recently talked about wanting to start on her own journey. I am so excited that she is joining me and we can do this together. She has been so supportive of me since I started. She would leave nutrition labels out for me to log and help buy healthy food and try to hide food that would make it difficult for me. Having the person you love join you and support you makes all of the difference.

She met with my trainer to discuss how her journey will start and joined the gym. We created an account on LoseIt for her to log her food and have already went together to The Gym. We tried a class together and are learning how to make this work together. Together we will show our children that you can accomplish anything that you put your mind to. We will show them that making a big change in your life is possible. We will show them that hard work makes things very possible.

We have different specific goals but the ultimate goal is the same.

A Healthy lifestyle!

We will be posting about her experience as well as my experience as I move to toning and with the weight training that I have now added to my program.

Below are two wonderful resources that I use for my journey. Please check them out.

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A New Me – How I Feel #LouLoss

A New Me – How I Feel #LouLoss

I have talked about my health journey and things that I am doing on this journey.

Today, I would like to talk about how I feel.

I have been on this journey for about 6 months now. I have more energy and a general better feeling. I enjoy going to the gym and exercising, even when it is hard. I push myself and feel proud of what I am doing. I do NOT feel like I am restricting what I can eat, I am just making better decisions about what I eat.

I don’t like to miss any workout, I consider a workout any physical activity that I would NOT normally do. I nice walk, longer than I have done. Using the rower at the gym and lifting weights. I feel stronger, happier and motivated to continue this journey.

I am meeting new people that have the same goals as I do and we all motivate and support each other. I think this is very important, some of the people I just know online through LoseIt and others I have met in person at the gym. Having a support system in place is so important in life and in any adventure that you are on.

When I complete a workout with a sweat covered shirt, it makes me feel proud of what I accomplished. Seeing the drop in my weight and seeing the difference in the mirror is an amazing feeling. I feel that my goal is within reach.

I am now creating new goals. I don’t just want to loose weight now, I want to get fit. I want to completely change my lifestyle and become a more healthy person. I want to keep learning how to be healthy and help others along their journey. I want to make better decisions.

I find myself looking for people that are on the same journey as I am on. Some have been on this journey much longer and are maintaining some are just started. We all help inspire each other on a daily basis through interactions that we have. This weight loss journey is NOT just about seeing the number lower but about feeling better about the person I am.

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My Lifestyle Change Journey

My Lifestyle Change Journey

My journey started in November of 2015. Two weeks ago I joined The Gym Pittsburgh and enlisted a personal trainer, Laurie. I have been following her instructions, including a meal plan and new workout routines.

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I have lost 10 pounds in the two weeks that I have been training with Laurie at The Gym!  She pushes me to try harder and expand my comfort zone. She teaches me the right way to do exercises so I don’t hurt myself. Learning how to use the equipment keeps me safe and ensures that the exercises are productive. If I did these exercise on my own and don’t know the proper way I can get hurt. I also wouldn’t get the results because of bad form which Laurie monitors and teaches me. I feel having Laurie is a huge value to my journey. She is a partner in helping me do the right thing.

I am changing my lifestyle. I am making it a habit exercise every day. This week I lowered my treadmill distance a little and added the rower to my routine. I meet with Laurie twice a week and she targets specific areas. Yesterday was CORE and shoulders. I was using ropes while doing planks! I couldn’t believe I did that!

26634295162_a8a4b4683a_oToday, I changed my daily calorie burn goal from 350 to 400. I have been achieving my 350 calorie burn goal for 15 days now. I didn’t want to go to far because I don’t want to set myself up for failure. I believe in small achievable goals that push myself.

My calorie burn is based on exercise above and beyond what my body burns just from living.

The How

I find using LoseIt.com a huge help on my journey. The community of people are friendly. We motivate each other and work together to achieve our goals. I set goals on LoseIt that I monitor. Not only weight goals. I have goals for Sodium, Protein, Sugar, Carbs and Fiber set. I also added goals for my waist and bicep size. Add this in with weigh in pictures that I track on Evernote and I have everything I need to help myself. I do not meet all of my goals, but I watch them and learn from what I am doing.

I go to The Gym as often as possible, sometimes for a short walk on the treadmill, sometimes for a full exercise routine with Laurie and sometimes for a class. I love the yoga class which helps me keep myself in the moment and stretch and recover.

I am part of a Facebook group that has a community of friends all working on this journey. This is another huge help on this journey to learn and motivate me.

What works for you?

Why do you want to change your lifestyle?

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