For me the joy of my job is to see a person flourish and at 64 years old (yes she wanted me to make sure you all knew how old she is and that there are no Spanx under that red dress!) Carol has started to sparkle. Her confidence has improved so much in the last few months it has been wonderful to see. She even lists her confidence boost as something that has surprised her the most about her journey. I always say that you cannot lose weight in a silo and Carol is another great example that all areas of her life have seen change and improvements right along with her health. What started as a way to get her cholesterol numbers in check as to not go on medication has grown into so much more. Our wellness is a journey and we should always be looking for ways to be a better version of ourselves. Carol is doing just that with new goals of working on her blood pressure medication, continuing to work on her bodyfat, and improving her balance.
Carol, like many people, may not have been significantly overweight, yet she was not where she feels the happiest at. In this situation support and understanding of why behavior change is important can be lacking from others, especially if your circle of influence may not be the healthiest themselves. To combat this remember to always go back to making change for yourself and keeping your goals and your why in the forefront of your mind!
For Carol we overcame a lot of excuses like living 30 minutes in the country, traveling a lot to visit family, splitting time at home and at their cabin which made meal planning hard, and family preference of eating a certain way. We kept peeling the layers away and overcoming those barriers. Once she started to see success that really fueled her to continue making changes. Carol has lost 14 pounds, 11 inches, and 8% bodyfat.
What is the biggest thing that you have had to change in order to be successful?
I had to make exercising a priority. To keep myself on track at the beginning, I made a spreadsheet with all the exercises listed, and actually wrote down how many reps I did on what day. Then I gave it to Ashley when we met. It made me more accountable. (And yes, I’m an organization freak.) One tip she gave me was when I didn’t feel like working out, to say to myself, “I’ll work out for 10 minutes.” Her theory was that once you get started and do at least 10 minutes, you will usually finish the workout. That works for me.
There are still days when I struggle to make it priority. I have a full life, and always have something to do. I just tell myself that no one else can do this for me, and if I don’t take care of myself, I can’t take care of the people I love.
What surprised you most about this journey?
I’m surprised at how strong and upbeat I feel. I’m basically a happy and confident person, but I had forgotten what it feels like to be in good shape.
What is your favorite workout/exercise?
I LOVE the circuit training I do on the treadmill! When we are at our cabin, I don’t have a treadmill, so I just do the same routine outdoors. Actually, I first became faithful about doing it regularly because of being outdoors. I do this routine a minimum of 3 times a week and spend a little over an hour doing it. It was originally a 30 minute workout, but I keep expanding the time between exercises and increasing the difficulty and number of exercises. Listening to music on my headphones is a BIG help in motivation!
What advice/suggestions would you give others who are struggling?
Remember for whom you are doing this! It’s you!! Don’t let other people or that little inner voice distract you. YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!