Celebrate Health and Fitness

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Today marks my 1 year anniversary of joining my fitness club.  I took a picture of my first day.  I'm always motivated by seeing remarkable transformation pictures and hearing stories of real people.  I decided to put together a recap of my year of working out.
I remember going to the store to try to find a sports bra.  I was frustrated because I was only able to find small sizes.  I thought to myself, what only skinny people can work out and they don't have a lot up top to worry about anyways.  I went to three different stores and found my xxl purple sports bra at Kohls.  I felt like I struck gold.
I joined the fitness club by myself and dressed to work out that day.  I had shoes that were not proper gym shoes but I made the best out of them.  The staff member gave me a tour and she was surprised when I said I was ready to work out now.  I got on the Elliptical for 20 minutes.  I recall joints hurting and being out of breath.  I also recall my heart pounding in my throat.  In two months, I followed up with my doctor and was put on high blood pressure medication.  I was able to get off of high blood pressure medication in 6 months cause of my weightloss. My joints stopped hurting over time. I scheduled working out every day during the week and drew a smiley face when I accomplished my goal.

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To keep me motivated, I posted my gym picture on facebook.  It was kind of like an accoutability check in.  I had friends join the fitness club too, but we never worked out together.  People on facebook were so supportive and encouraging.

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I met new friends there and we cheered each other on with work outs.  I was able to do a group fitness workout with my new friends.  I loved it and felt like I had a new family.  I still feel that way today.  My fitness club were so excited about my results that I got to tell my story on a you tube video on how I lost 70lbs.  Having that experience made me want to work harder on my goals.  I make fitness a priority because I have seen great results.  I have seen results in my mood, stability, flexibility, strength and endurance.  I had to work up to a 30 min cardio and 30 min weights routine.  It didn't happen over night.

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If your looking to feel better about yourself and lose weight: start small (at least 10 mins of activity every other day) and schedule it in your phone or on your calendar.  Tell others of your plan and ask them to check up on you.  Then over time increase your time.  You don't have to join a gym to get fit.  On youtube you can find free work outs and some local libraries have free work out DVDs.  I also have seen Family Video carry free workout DVDs.  Walking in place while watching TV is a good start or while you talk on the phone.  I use to do water aerobics at my park district.  I maintained my weight back then because my eating habits were unhealthy.  Working out is only 20% of weightloss.  You need a solid healthy eating routine too.  I mentioned in my last post to start writing down what you ate.  How is that going? 

Now start adding more fruits and veggies to your eating habits.  You can do it!  You are worth it and deserve to be healthy.

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