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The body of my dreams

Original Weight: 167.5lbs

Today’s Weight: 163lbs

Total Loss: 5.5lbs

Medical Recommendation for height (5’7): 121 – 159 lbs/ Ideal Weight for medium frame: 148 lbs

I’m 11 days in and 5 lbs down. To be honest I’m not doing anything too fancy (yet), my workout regiment consists of finding time to sweat once a day and being more conscious of what I eat. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t cut out every indulgence, the difference for me has been in moderation and really being present to what is going into my body. I have noticed a clear shift in my thought process around eating, I have become more intentional with how I am fueling my body. An Ah-ha moment for me was exploring Health Canada’s website (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/using-utiliser/plan/make-faire-eng.php) and learning what I was missing and getting too much of. I started from scratch; teaching myself what a person with my lifestyle should be taking in (vitamins, calories etc) and from that started preparing meals and drinking far more water than I ever thought was possible. Then came the work out, for those of you that know me well, the gym was and will never be an option, so instead I went to the extreme and did the unthinkable, I joined the Endorphin Junkie 365 Challenge (http://ejelements.com/). After meeting some of the other participants last night I have come to the conclusion that this challenge can do nothing but set me up for success. It is designed to include balanced activities, nutritional counseling, a true assessment of my fitness and supported workouts that will carry me to the body of my dreams. I have committed to this for the next year (and possibly longer) in my quest to change my lifestyle to one that I can maintain successfully.

So here we go! A new challenge, a new thing to celebrate (and rant about). Let’s see where this one takes me.

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Hey again, well I made the decision that since I decided to do any overhaul on internal-Oli, naturally the next step would be to take a look at the external. Just so we can get them out of the way  thought I would start with clearing the stories I have been using as a crutch for last 27 years: I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I could blame it on a few things (and I have), but the reality is I don’t know how to eat a balanced diet, I don’t often make time to live a balanced life and I often eat for the wrong reasons. My metabolism is probably pretty confused, in fact it’s probably even more confused than I am.

What was the straw that severely injured the camels back? I’ve done a little thinking this week on what in my life is still holding me from being as ‘top-shelf’ as I feel. The reality is that my self-image is skewed and directly impacts my confidence level in many areas of my life. Which includes reaching my goals and making my 10-year vision a reality.

Side Note: I also woke up this morning and took a good long hard look in the mirror (naked of course). I did a series of what I call ‘giggle jumps’ (jump naked and seeing what giggles; which I’m pretty sure I got from the Simpsons). So I made a choice. A choice to change what wasn’t working and try something different to see if it would change the way I feel and see myself.

So stories are gone! let’s lay out the facts:

Weight: 167.5lbs

Medical Recommendation for height (5’7): 121 – 159 lbs

Ideal Weight for medium frame: 148 lbs*

*As much as I appreciate all the research that has gone into concluding what my ‘ideal’ weight looks like, my personal goal will not be defined by a number it’s more of a feeling. That feeling looks like: being comfortable in my own skin and creating a new (permanent and friendly) relationship with food and fitness.  I also want to fit into a pair of size 6 jeans (vain I know).

So here we go….it’s all out there. Follow me, join me, comment and let me know where you’re struggling. This is about being completely honest on the outside and not just the inside, as well as creating a new healthy lifestyle that I can maintain and stand for.

Next up: The Plan. Endorphin Junkie’s 365 Day challenge.

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