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Getting Fit Fridays {vol. 7}–Food is what? or Hello, McFly!

chasing the ice cream truckYou know how you already know stuff (or think you do), but then you need a BAM! In your FACE! reminder to really drive it home? Yeah, well that is what happened to me this week.

Think Biff in Back to the Future…Knocking on George McFly’s head…I felt like that. “Hellooo? Hellooo? Anybody home? Huh? Think, McFly! Think!”

Last Sunday afternoon, I went and met up with my Biggest Loser Ladies for our workout. We were doing a run/walk for half an hour and then hard core circuit training for an hour. All hosted by our very own Jillian Michaels (AKA Rene). We love her. We don’t love her. No really, we love her.

About an hour and twenty minutes into the workout, I started feeling lightheaded, clammy (I was sweaty already, but this was different), and my hands started to tingle. Then, I thought I was going to puke all over the kettle ball I was flinging around. Yeah, it was kinda scary. I have never felt that way before (let’s clarify: during a workout). I had to sit down, sip some water, and try to let it pass. Then try to get up and walk it off. Then sit back down. Took me about 15 minutes to start feeling better. So weird.

One lady asked me, what did you have for lunch? I told her. Lo-carb wrap with turkey and cheese. And an orange. Then she suggested that I had eaten some good protein, but maybe not enough carbs to give me energy for  the workout. This woman, who was talking to me, is diabetic and so she really has to think about what she is eating and how her body will use the food she eats. It is imperative that she eat the proper foods to keep her blood sugar in check.

Wait, what? *insert rewind noise here*

Hold up just a minute. Food is fuel? 

What a novel concept. (Hello, McFly!!)

“Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.” ~ Hippocrates

I learned a long time ago that food is NOT my friend. Thank you, Weight Watchers. And I recognize that I have used food as an emotional crutch or to just eat recreationally. (You are not a farm animal, so stop grazing like one! Thanks again, WW.) So, while I recognize that I need to eat mindfully and healthfully, which is great, I had not really been thinking about food as FUEL for my body to use and function properly, as FUEL for my body to use when I am working out or doing laundry or just hanging out with the fam.

Wow. This was a newsflash. Or a “DUH” moment. Whichever.

And truly, feeling the way I did the other day was enough to really make me start thinking more about the foods that I eat—not just to lose weight, but to get the most bang for my buck for my body! I do NOT want to feel like I am about to go bad. Ever. Again.

Yeah, so DULY NOTED!

I have paid more attention to food as fuel this week. Really taking note of what foods are carbs and proteins, etc. I am trying to eat foods that are not just low in calories, but also that I know will sustain me through whatever I need to do that day. And I have felt very good—aside from general soreness from workouts. I have had good workouts this week…well, besides that one. Thanks to the support of the BL Ladies.

Tire and HammerI continue to notice improvements in my balance and how I feel overall. I noticed this week that my pants fit me better. I am seeing some changes in some of the girls I workout with and they are so inspirational. I feel like a broken record, but I could not do this alone!

I have also discovered a really fun dance fitness class called WerQ (think Jazzercise, only, well, jazzier). Lots of fun, lots of cardio, lots of calories burned, lots of great music, oh, and lots of sweat. Check and see if you have this in your area. It is a blast!

Today is the first of the month and that means WEIGH IN time! Since my first weigh-in back in January, I am down 8.6 lbs. I have lost a total of about 4-5 inches (waist/hips/arms/thigh combined). And maybe those numbers aren’t huge, but I can tell that things are changing. And as I continue to work (or WerQ), things can only get better. I call that a SCORE!

What do you eat before a workout? After a workout? How have you SCORED this week?

Getting Fit Fridays appears weekly here at Red Van Ramblings to chronicle my fitness journey and more importantly, to increase my accountability. Do you need to get back on the wagon? Do you need some help and encouragement? Join with me, if you’d like. We can do it—together.


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Getting Fit Fridays {vol. 2}–Rolling Rolling Rolling

What a week! Getting back into this healthy-mindfulness-about-what-I-am-eating-and-moving-more groove has been interesting.

Getting out and taking a walk is not hard for me to do. In fact, that is the easy part for me. It’s the food part that I find tough.

In order to not be so rigid, my goal for this past week has been to eat HALF of what I had previously been eating…which was a significant amount. A significant amount of mindless, recreational eating had been occurring. I think I’ve done pretty well with eating half this week, so I feel great about that.

It is hard not to get into beating up on yourself when you KNOW what you need to do to get the job done and you have not doing it for the better part of 2 years. So, I just have to tell myself that I am doing something NOW and keep pressing on. As Timon the little meerkat from Lion King would say, “The past is in your behind.” So there! Take THAT, guilt! Boo-Ya!

This week, I joined up with a fantastic group of ladies who are doing a Biggest Loser Challenge. They meet throughout the week for workouts and encouragement and among them is my friend Cris, who I mentioned in volume 1 last week. Let me tell you, these people are not kidding around! It is a workout complete with someone yelling at you, the flipping of a giant tire and running while pulling a tire behind you. Yeah, that’s right.

Thankfully, no one has puked or passed out.


This is the kind of commitment that gets results, people! And these are just the kind of folks I need to maintain that accountability that I know I require to be successful. Please enjoy this frightening photo that some lovely person snapped of me in  the midst of my pain:pullingthetire

You’re welcome.

So, the big question: Did I drop some pounds this week? Well, the answer is, I am thinking yes, but I don’t really know. The Biggest Loser Ladies are only weighing in once a month. The objective is health and inches lost and not obsessing about the number on the scale. A good plan. But very hard for me. My mindset is to weigh in once a week at Weight Watchers and measure my success that way. (Don’t get me wrong, I love WW. It is a wonderful program!) I wanted so badly to weigh in yesterday. It was hard to resist, but I did. So I will wait and see what the scale shows and what the measuring tape shows in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, I struggle with my own human weakness and my desire to eat whatever, whenever. I also battle against my physical weakness which says to me, “You can’t do any more squats. You can’t run for one more second.” I know I don’t have that dig down deep willpower. At least, not in my own strength. I must rely on the truth I find in God’s Word (2 Corinthians 12:9). I must rely on and draw from His strength and not any that I may or may not possess on my own.

This is not a sprint, y’all. It’s a lifelong marathon. I. can. do. it! And so can you.

How has your week been?

“God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect. He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights. He trains my hands for battle; he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow. You have given me your shield of victory. Your right hand supports me; your help has made me great. You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping.” ~Psalm 18:32-36 NLT


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Getting Fit Fridays–Start Me Up

It has been a while.

I find that life has a way of getting away from me and if I don’t lasso it in every once in a while, I would probably never get a single post written!

Life has gotten away from me in more ways than one…heck, in about 15 different ways. But today, I will address only one of those ways. Today I will address that life long battle of the bulge.

Something you may not know about me, especially some of the newer readers, is that I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers (WW). If you are not clear about what that means, let me explain. Quite a few years ago now, I lost weight with WW, reached my “goal weight” and then maintained it, within 2 pounds, for six weeks, at which time I was awarded Lifetime status. I then went to WW and weighed in once a month, and if I remained within 2 pounds of my goal weight, I did not have to pay the fee. Never mind that I am now 60 pounds overweight; I still hold my lifetime key. See, they can never take it away from you…they can just make you pay.

But I digress.

Not only was I a Lifetime member of WW, but I also took a job with WW, as a weigher/receptionist. I was the happy face that greeted you, took your money and weighed you, among other things. I loved it. I loved being a cheerleader for others and I needed the accountability of maintaining my weight. It was, most definitely, a win-win.

Then, we moved. Halfway across the country.

And my eating and exercising habits went all to heck.

And I proceeded to blow up.

And occasionally, over the last 5 1/2 years, I would make a somewhat feeble attempt at getting back on the wagon and would fail. Always.

For the better part of the last 2 years, I have simply given up. Not tried at all. Not cared what I ate or that I did not exercise at all. I’m sure there is some really messed up reason behind all that, but I couldn’t begin to tell you what it is. No doubt I need some therapy…

But recently, I started caring again. I just don’t feel very well. I feel tired. And I am tired of having hurty feet and creaky knees and a bulging midsection.

And then, recently, I saw my butt in some pictures that were taken over the Christmas holidays.

YIKES! is all I can say. No, DOUBLE YIKES!! is more appropriate.

You know, it isn’t often you get a view of yourself from behind. It was downright scary!

And in the interest of full disclosure, here’s proof:

The ever-enlarging booty, noted at the 3rd annual flag football game this Christmas. YIKES!

But even though I was caring, I still felt paralyzed. Like I knew I would fail before I could start. I wanted to start, but just couldn’t make myself. And I have prayed and asked for God’s help to somehow dig out of this hole.

Then, I got a phone call. A truly divinely inspired phone call.

My friend, Cris, who blogs at hiddenbeloved, called me one day earlier this week, and extended an invitation to me. An invitation that was the swift kick in the ever-enlarging booty that I needed in order to say, YES, I can do this—if you will do it with me.

I want to be around for my kids. I want to be fit. But I cannot do it alone.

So we met up yesterday, Cris and I. We did our first weigh-in together,  prayed together and committed to encourage each other and keep each other accountable. It is time to put the failure and shame behind and get going. No more excuses.

This morning I went for a walk. I am on my way.

Thank you, Cris, for being obedient to the prompting to call me and ask me to be your buddy on this journey. I am so grateful.

“When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” ~Will Rogers

Getting Fit Fridays is going to appear (hopefully) weekly to chronicle my journey and increase my accountability. Do you need to get back on the wagon? Do you need some help and encouragement? Join with me, if you’d like. Let’s encourage each other. We can do this—together.


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