Heart….

Ask yourself “how long am I going to work to make my dreams come true?” I suggest you answer, “as long as it takes.” (taken from The Human Spirit)

It is this quote I am taking into this next week. I will not have reached my goal weight before I go home, but I will be closer than when I stepped off the plane one week ago. All I know from today’s weigh in is that Leif (our trainer) said he is very pleased with my numbers. That is all I need to know to press on ahead. A great aspect of Fitness North is their follow-up program and I am excited to get home knowing that some foods are not an option but also knowing what foods ARE good options. The staff here at Fitness North will send me home with a meal plan, a goal weight and an exercise plan. I will report my weights in regularly and they will help me adjust my plan when (not if) my body plateau’s. I am grateful for their investment in this aspect of my life. It feels like they understand what it means to make a lifestyle change as opposed to being on a diet. Leif has said often that life is to be lived and enjoyed but some of that freedom of enjoyment comes after you reach your goal weight.  I can live in that reality and feel hopeful!

And so I am in the process of setting realistic goals this week for when I return home next week Sunday. I am focusing on goals that are attainable and am practicing saying “it just isn’t an option…at this time!” I am making a shopping list and asking my Mom to pick up a few things so I have the right things in my home. (Watch for that email Mom!)

Last night O’Neal reminded us that “A vision without a plan is an illusion”. I have carried an illusion around long enough. It is time to transform that illusion to a vision and all that is missing is a plan! Gotta love that!

And so, I will do what it takes, for as long as it takes…to live happy, healthy and well!

Exercise has a way…

Well, I am thankful to have completed week one at Fitness North. I have enjoyed the process more than I thought I would and now look ahead to doing it all again Monday thru Saturday next week. I thought I would take this blog to highlight some of the things I have learned this past week….

This week I learned I can easily get through the week by consuming only water as my beverage of choice…
This week I learned Sugar Free Bubble Yum brought many of us back to our childhood…(and I ordered more for overnight delivery ~ to arrive no later than Tuesday AM)
This week I learned I can feel fully satisfied on planned meals and NO grazing of the cupboards…
This week I learned Sunshine and O’Neal (Biggest Loser Season 9) are genuine, authentic, passionate and motivated by faith and conviction…
This week I learned a group of 10 people can gather and connect first on our struggles and within days transition to being connected by our strength…

This week I spent eight to nine hours a day working out. It was a morning walk, cardio circuits, three-hour hike, cardio circuits again and water aerobics. It only seems right that I also reflect on what exercise has taught me.

Exercise has a way of letting me know that many people (myself included) can waver between single focused intensity, laughter and tears within a matter of moments…
Exercise has a way of creating blisters and callouses in funny places (my knuckle from the band and the bottom of my big toe)…
Exercise has a way of teaching my mind the importance of nutrition and meals…
Exercise has a way of keeping me tough and tender…
Exercise has a way of understanding how to dress in all-weather…
Exercise has a way of allowing me to challenge and succeed alone and experience the support of my fellow warriors like never before…
Exercise has a way of giving you the can do attitude at the base of a mountain and the I did it celebration feeling at the top…
Exercise has a way of keeping me honest and kind to myself…
Exercise has a way of tuning my heart into the depth of my soul

And with that I am moving into a rest-day and hoping to feel fully renewed and refreshed tomorrow. I ask for your continued prayers and words of encouragement this week as I dig deep and push through more barriers and learn that my limits can be tested, my weight and measurements can change and life can be fully lived, experienced and enjoyed!