I have struggled with my weight for the last five years – long LA commutes, a new baby, a desk job working 10 hours…and a passion for ice cream that I’ve had since a kid (Goodrich was replaced by Cold Stone).
During that time my weight fluctuated from 99lbs escalating to my highest high of all time-a whopping 177lbs!! By the way, I am not much taller than Smurfette. I was content with the weight because my loving family never complained about it (to my face at least). Now that that I think about it — it was because I was baking all sorts of great cookies and cakes and pies; frying foods, and handing out cups of sugar loaded fruit juice. The sugar and fat comatosed them – they were incapable of complaining or objecting.
THE CATALYSTS FOR CHANGE
One day driving to work I happened to not be paying attention to the grade in the pavement – usually I am pretty careful about potholes and bumps. Well I hit this bump and my ENTIRE mid-section ROLL-BOUNCED multiple times. The feeling of layers of blubber for the first time was nauseating. To make matters worse, a few weeks later I was in the call center visiting a partner department head. Someone waived across the large room and I waived back. Normal right? Something flew past my peripheral view! I thought a bird or bat had just flown past me in the call center (seriously I did). In slow motion like a movie, I look to the right (I am right handed), I see my arm waving and my flesh flapping back and forth violently as I waived. ARRGHH!
so not helpful to a weight loss plan…
Fortunately, it was only three blocks away.
THE PROGRAM FOR CHANGE
So one night I was up late working on a massive stressful project for work, the TV was on for some background noise. This infomercial came on about P90X. I remember seeing Tony Horton talk about the program and how easy it was to follow. I also remember seeing a lot of the success stories that motivated me to get started on my weight loss journey. I ordered the package and it let it sit for 60 days. It was literally next to the DVD player; and I still did not put it in. I was hoping magically through reverse-osmosis or some sort of fairy dust that I would wake up at least 30 lbs lighter.
GETTING STARTED AGAIN
What was I thinking?! I couldn’t even lift my leg up to walk up stairs from this jacked up C-section. How was I ever going to do this? Then I remember Tony Horton saying, “It’s Ok to modify.” Well I told myself I would modify modify modify. The infomercial was on every night and the success stories just kept coming of women just like me. I got remotivated.
I trekked down to the gym literally across the street from work. I got a company discounted membership to use the treadmill and the pool. It was horrible. My C-section scar was compounded by an immunization I was given in the hospital. It caused transient arthritis. My joints became inflamed in response to the immunization (which turns out I didn’t need anyway). So the arthritis progressed to the point that I could not walk from room to room in my home or even to my car or around the office. I had to use the walls to help me walk to the company restroom. Nonetheless, I kept trying, sometimes tearfully (“Honey Badger Don’t Care!”) 5 mins, 10 mins, 15 mins, 20 mins, 25 mins…slowly. Over time, I was able to move to other activities from easy treadmill walking to interval training to plyometrics. [I was never a graceful, coordinated girl. P90X accomodates for those of us who are not.]
A YEAR LATER
Now I can do 500 crunches! I can run at high grades and high speeds on the treadmill. In 12 months, I went from a size 12 to a size 4!! Over the course of a year I was able to shed 40+ pounds! I ran my first Susan G Komen 5K in Temecula, CA October 2010!
CHANGE IS GOOD
I learned how to eat healthier. I learned about proteins shakes (TRY SHAKEOLOGY!!). I incorporated MUFAs (monounsaturated fats) and fiber — things like brown rice and avocados into my diet. I have a new love – dark chocolate almonds! I love cooking with Olive Oil! I started eating at Whole Foods in El Segundo, CA and Irvine, CA every day for breakfast and lunch!! I tried all sorts of new healthy options like Lavender cookies and even Lavender soda. I tried Indian and Mediterrean foods – full of turmeric and cumin which are super healthy spices. I tried rice crust pizza. I learned about spirulina. I learned about Krill Oil and Flax Oil and Omega 3-6-9! I no longer drink water out of plastic water bottles! I buy organic foods. I no longer drink hormone loaded cow’s milk. It was contributing to weight gain and gynecological issues. I learned that many of our health issues are a result of inflammation and hormonal inbalances. I was even able to have an excuse to shop for new shoes – my feet even lost weight! I now have a DSW Club card. I incorporated other colors beside black in my wardrobe – even my car and desk accessories were black.
BEACH BODY – P90X CHANGED MY LIFE
P90X and the BeachBody family changed my life! It worked for me! I know it will work for friends and family you know interested in a support system and tools available to help them with their fitness and healthly living goals.
MY FITNESS COACHING WEBSITE – www.beachbodycoach.com/nalla24
I am on a mission to encourage others who are having trouble getting motivated and sticking to their goal of weight loss or healthy living. So if you know someone who needs some support or encouragement; or looking for a reputable exercise and diet plan seek out check out my new coaching website. Follow me as I upload pictures, add tips — grow the outreach.
START A FAITH-BASED FIT CLUB TODAY!
There is a faith based program called Body Gospel if you know a church that wants to start a fit club to get FIT for Christ. I have attached a post card flier in case it something you want to share with any faith based organizations of which you may be members.
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT) And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.” Genesis 1:29 ESV
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT)
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.” Genesis 1:29 ESV