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Everyone knows that walking is a great way to lose weight but sometimes it is hard to know where to start. If you have never been one to walk on a regular basis the idea of getting out and walking can be very daunting. It doesn’t have to be. Just by getting up and increasing your steps everyday you can start yourself on a journey to a better you! We have created a handy Walking Weight Loss Printable that you can keep with you so you will always know what the game plan will be. This will help you on your road to success and soon you will look back and realize all you have accomplished.
I think people automatically think about physical equipment when I make reference to Cheap Exercise Equipment however the thing I need most when exercising is someone to guide me. I need someone to push me. I usually go to the gym but when I travel or when the classes do not fit my schedule I found an alternative. I found online fitness classes. They are easy to organize, they fit my schedule, and they are varied for my ability and my likes. They also help you to get real about your fitness goals and dispel “The Lies people tell themselves”.
Finding a way to get my healthy eating and activity levels back to balance has always been hard for me. We all get off track whether it is the holidays or a family crisis, there are times in life when we just don’t take care of ourselves as well as we should. For me from past experiences I know what does and doesn’t work. Having a goal to get healthy is too vague and doesn’t give me anything concrete to work towards. Instead I know that I need a hard deadline and a very clear achievable goal. I also need a plan. Now it is time to lay out my game plan for achieving this goal. I need to focus on eating right, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep.
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Twelve months. 365 days. 8760 hours. 525, 600 minutes. 31,536,000 seconds. One year ago today (November 11, 2013) I made the decision to take control of my health, wellness and lifestyle. I accepted the gift of the 24 day Advocare Challenge kit from my friend Amee and was ready to start the challenge. Stepping on the scales that Monday morning I choked back the tears, shame and deep sadness as the number stopped at 285; it was time for a change. Suffering under the physical and emotional weight of a severe food addiction that I tried to keep hidden for over 20 years my body hurt, my heart ached, I was sad, ashamed and full of fear; I felt as if I had reached the end of my “rope”. Within a few days I began to notice changes in my physical body as my emotional self, my spirit began to awaken. Each day I would take a “selfie” to document the changes that were taking place. One particular morning I struggled to figure out what was so different about the image in the mirror. After staring at myself for a few minutes I realized that there was less makeup on my face and my hair was straighter than before. There staring back at me was a new emerging version of myself; I no longer felt the need to hide behind the mask and big fluffy hair. A friend referred to this change as Karla 2.0 or K2 if you will.
As of today, I have lost 88 pounds, dropped 5 clothing sizes and have a renewed spirit, a healthier body and more energy than ever before. Life is better than I imagined. In honor of this particularly special anniversary I’ve put together a list of lessons (ahh haa moments) learned this past year.
As I embark on year number 2 I look back at the past year and give thanks for all I have been blessed with. The journey is far from over but the trip so far has been one of hard work, determination, deep faith, steadfast prayer, un-ending love and support from those who love me unconditionally; so awesome.
To my dear friend Amee, I can never thank you enough for blessing me with the gift of Advocare that put me on the path to better health. More importantly I am grateful for the gift of your love and friendship. To my husband David words cannot express my love for you and the gratitude I have for your patience, for taking up the slack and allowing me to focus on myself. I love you with everything that I am and everything I am yet to be. To my children, Melinda and Christopher you make my world beautiful. Thank you both for loving me and encouraging me to keep going. I am honored to be your momma. To my coach and friend Alfred, thank you for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself, for answering countless questions, encouraging me to push just a bit harder, for keeping in touch for sharing your knowledge and never giving up on me. To my gym family who makes me laugh hard, think deep, run faster and farther and keeps me on my toes. You all make my workouts more fun. To my special friends (you know who you are) who pray for me, encourage and love me unconditionally I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your presence in my life is a gift that I cherish.
As I look forward to the next twelve months I realize that my first goal of 80 pounds lost has been met; it’s time for a new goal. After much thought and lots of prayer I have decided to set a new goal of a total of 135 pounds lost; only 47 more to go. I have also decided to begin to train for a half marathon (13.1 miles) in mid-April. I am excited about the next “leg” of the journey and what the future holds for me. Every day is a gift that I treasure.
I encourage you to take time for yourself; make the decision to get healthy. For me Advocare gave me the jump start I needed to get going in the right direction. Whatever you do do it for yourself and do it well. Life’s a journey to be enjoyed; enjoy it.
I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!
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