Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Why Joline Went On a Fitness Bender

This post was graciously written by my brave husband who isn't afraid to speak truth.  For upon sharing his life with others, he has been able to help other men who struggle with depression.  This is his take on why the decision to become a Beachbody Coach and the necessity of my starting and completing my first 90 day fitness journey has been absolutely essential as we continue to fight this often misunderstood illness.

Joline’s 90 day makeover and  beginning the Fit Club at our church have become her “life lines” when calling a friend or a street shout out just won't do (Thank you, Cash Cab).  18 years into marriage I experienced a bout of depression that came on like a tidal wave, and has remained like that of an unwelcome home guest for the past 18 months. Thankfully, we have a strong marriage and faith in Jesus Christ, and while those provide a firm foundation, Joline was still crumbling both physically and emotionally.  ChaLEAN Extreme provided her with some much needed “me” time and helped her to focus her energy in a positive direction.  So many of those married to a spouse who struggles with depression can lose themselves also - often without even realizing it.  Exercise has and continues to provide a life-preserver for Joline, and now she is tossing it to others in need.  I am blessed to call her my wife.  

When I emailed George to express that I was in tears reading this statement, he responded with:

You are my density.


I'll have you know that George is now training for a 13.1 trail run, and working out to RevABs - yes, another Beachbody program.  He is also drinking Shakeology every day which provides him with the B vitamins that are important for those who fight depression, as well as taking medication.  It has taken my 90 days to show him that he too can get back into shape - but this was not something I could tell him.  He needed to figure it out for himself (thank you, Glinda).

Please cheer on my husband as he confronts depression head on and does the physical work needed to drop 40 lbs.

And while you're at it . . . I'm starting Turbo Fire on Monday . . . would you mind cheering me on, also?

And how about you?  How can I cheer for you today?


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Finish Line

Day 90.

This photo was taken just moments after completing 90 days of ChaLEAN Extreme. I am beaming. I am proud. I have just tackled a huge giant in my life. But you don't want feelings. You want cold, hard facts. Stats. Ok, then. Here goes.

From Day 1 - Day 90, I lost 10 lbs, and a total of 10.5 inches.

So, as weight loss goes, many of you may think, "Well, that's not so impressive."

This is where we've become slaves to the scale!  We rely on it waaaaay toooo much.

I am CELEBRATING the loss of those 10 lbs, but moreso the loss of those pesky inches.

But wait.  There's more.  Ever heard of body fat?  I used to have 20% body fat on my short frame.



I LOST 7% body fat.

Here are some visuals. Yes, I'm brave.


This week, my husband George will join us on Cuppa Fit to share, in his words, why I did this.  For he knows better than anyone why this physical change was uber important in our lives.  He cheered me on every day.  And while I've shared with you why this has been an absolute necessary change for me, I have asked him to pen some thoughts.  But, for now, I leave you with this!


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ease and Convenience: Two Fair-Weathered Friends

So, you announce that you are going to eat right and get healthy.  Perhaps, like most, you tend to make this same resolution every January 1st.

You begin January with a strong bolt out of the resolution gate. You stick with what you know. Thirty minutes on the elliptical. Maybe hop on the treadmill. Sprinkle in some strength training here and there. The intention is there. The thought is "I'll just ease into it." An actual plan is nowhere to be found.

January turns to February and the workout gets monotonous. The food becomes blase. You take a day off.

A day off turns to two days, three days, suddenly you're in a slump.

This has happened to me. Not in January, however. My rough patch goes from October (candy corn season) through Christmas. I can make excuse after excuse as to why downing an entire bag of candy corn (which I hide in my car) is actually acceptable in October. I OD on them and then, get right back on the wagon. Right? Well, not quite. That bag of candy corn just drives my sugar addiction and thus, after consumption, I fall into a coma. A coma which zaps my energy and my desire to take any more steps towards healthy living.

I know myself.

Do you know yourself?

Here's the thing. I was pondering ease and convenience in the shower the other morning after conquering ChaLEAN Extreme's Burn Intervals which took me a good 80 some days to actually finish without stopping. Every time I "pressed play" I tried a little harder. Did one more rep. Pushed myself. Pushing myself is new to me - other than when training for a half-marathon.

Think about it. You want to make a change. You want to get fit. How does this happen? Simple. By actually making a change. Duh. Wait. Give me a moment.

When I train for a half-marathon, I up my mileage every week. If I didn't, I'd never reach 10 miles prior to race day. Without that 10 miler, I don't have much stamina built up to even think about finishing a race of that distance. I can't keep my training at a maintenance pace, running 3 miles, say, 3 or 4 times a week, and really expect that doing so will help me conquer 13 miles.  No, I have to increase every week.

Same goes for "working out". I can't say, "I'm going to make a huge change in my life," and then continue doing the same maintenance routine that has become my habit. The goal is to CHANGE A HABIT. For me, I wanted to make a lifestyle change. One that encompassed daily exercise. I wanted to see muscle definition, an increase in leg strength, and I wanted to find a new energy in my life. To do this, I had to get out of maintenance mode. This meant finding a workout that would force me to CHANGE my schedule, CHANGE my routine, and, ultimately, CHANGE my perspective on fitness, rather than finding one that would jive with my current short-term thinking approach. Does that make sense?

Committing to making a change means that you must be willing to make changes.  Change of this magnitude isn't easy and it isn't convenient.

My entire family helped me make changes. I announced my plan to them.  We watched ChaLEAN's intro DVD as a family.  I told them that THIS was going to be the new norm.  Now, they either sit with me during workouts, join me in those workouts, or vacate the room while I'm grunting and moaning. They do NOT engage me in conversation or even think that I will come and help them set up their Playmobile figures while I'm in a squat. It took about 90 days to set up this system. They are now on board.   And so is Dad.

For those of you with young children, this may not work.  But, what will?  Waking at the crack of dawn might be what has to happen.  Or, when Dad gets home from work, maybe he needs to do dinner duty so you can get at it.  Something has to give.  Get creative.  All hands on deck.  You gotta actually make a change to experience change.

Let's move on to eating. I have a gripe with the pre-packaged and convenient foods that have become staples in American households. Not only are they full of chemicals, dyes, and HFCS, but they are expensive.  These are not deals, people.  No deal for your health or your wallet can be found in individually wrapped snacks.  We are suckers for fast and easy. Our nation's obesity rate continues to rise every year.  Kids go to school with gummy "fruit snacks" and juice - as if these snacks will really sustain them through a school day.  We can blame corporations and the companies who make this stuff, but instead, why not admit some personal responsibility and quit buying them.  That's what we've done.  Ok, yes, my kids get candy and ice cream and Popsicles and other high sugary doodads every once in a while, but, for the most part, other kids are bored in our kitchen.  Mine included.   They get over it.  We have a health-care crisis in America.  Anyone else think that the foods we eat are linked to the increase in diseases and illnesses both of the physical and mental variety?

That was a question.

My 90 day journey hasn't been easy.  Changing the contents of our fridge, freezer, and pantry wasn't easy - and our meals aren't convenient.  I didn't pick an exercise and nutrition plan that conveniently fit into my lifestyle.  I chose a plan that would force me to CHANGE my lifestyle in order to experience success in this area of my life.

I'm digging the changes.  Ironically enough, becoming fit and healthy has made life easier.