Thursday, April 9, 2009

fitness role models

I had to edit this post to just put it out there the reason I have chosen inspirational women with fit physiques is because I just had one a couple of years ago too , it is not unrealistic obviously from this photo of me , this is where I am headed again , ok maybe not back to the size 4 but thin like in this photo , and they is feeling good , no one likes to feel bad do they ? As I sit here eating my salad lunch I am feeling inspired yet not striving for perfection , I do have energy to accomplish many home improvement projects maybe I need to turn the focus on me now , I have to admit that blogging has taken time that I should have been giving back to me while my children are at school , I am just gonna do it and that is it .

I am younger than both of these inspiring women , yet they run circles around me in their youthful appearances and health , worst of all a couple of years ago I could have compared myself , now I only can aspire to be as fit and youthful as they maintain constantly,
that is my issue maintaining , I can lose the weight and get in shape but I have a maintaining problem .
I am back on the journey to become my true self the girl I can look in the mirror at and recognize , I do not like who I see , but I will get there , this time I will stay there .
I am adding a 30 minutes of cardio 6 days a week, as well as light weights , and eating well , and less that is crucial , no more time to hide under winter wear it is time to dust off the thin wardrobe wasting away and get back the me I like to be .
My daughter saw a photo of me two summers ago when I was a very healthy weight and said "I WAS hit " notice the was , well I sure did . It is time to make time for me and to be a good role model by showing my daughters how to be a healthy woman.




Have you lost the real you in your busy life ? join me and make some healthy changes.


Don't worry I will be back to decor speak soon enough , sometimes interiors, sometimes family, sometimes baking, sometimes personal , today its personal .

Do you have any great tips for me to be successful? I would love to hear them.



26 comments:

Stranded in Stepford said...

I'm with you!! My daughter just turned 8 and is firmly in the "my Mommy is beautiful" camp but reality is going to have to hit her soon if Mommy doesn't lose a few!!
One thing I can say is that the women you've highlighted seem to have the benefit of trainers etc. I can't currently afford that luxury so I'll have to be my own motivator (unless you'd like to help- I'll do the same for you!!)

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me? I am inspired by YOU...your energy, enthusiasm, warmth, imagination and abilities just blow me away...I do believe that you are already a very healthy, youthful woman in order to be able to accomplish all that you are, and all that you do! Keep up with healthy eating, get your exercise, but do not compare yourself to women whose looks are their livelihoods and have the bank accounts to maintain their million dollar glow! Remember, they too are insecure about their looks! You are a role model, hero and rock star just as you are! are!

mel said...

Good luck to you on your way to a new healthy you!! I know it is so tough. I lost 70 pounds on Weight Watchers my first go around and like you had the maintaining issue. Now I have lost 17 pounds on Weight Watchers so far since late Jan. It is a great program and I would recommend it to anyone. I am currently doing the program online. Best of luck!

Mrs. Classic said...

The biggest thing to do is count calories. Weight watchers is a simple easy way to do so. It's really basic if you make it. Eat less calories than you burn to lose weight. You will feel better so fast!
Also plan ahead! Something will ALWAYS come up, especially with a family.

Anonymous said...

I dont think Kelly Ripa is a good role model can you imagine what she looks like in person when she is a stick on tv? Love her though

Just eat less, more sensible really and exercise easier said then done right? I am going to join you I have to get in better shape too.

Thanks for the inspiration

G said...

I agree with the comment above - you are a role model and definitely my inspiration! I have been trying to get back to my former shape and self, one that I really liked but could not maintain due to a muscle injury. I am making the commitment now to take better care of myself as well.

beth said...

I hear ya! I also have a really hard time staying at a healthy weight. It is really hard in the winter time when the weather is cold, and you don't want to get outside. You just feel like hibernating and eating everything! I have gained ten pounds this winter, and I'm starting to think about losing the weight. Again. It's so hard when you are a food lover like I am. I couldn't imagine living the rest of my life without sugar and cheese! I wish you luck with your weight loss, and don't focus on it too much or it will drive you crazy. I think the best piece of advice I could give would be to not focus on weight loss necessarily, but focus on how to stay healthy. What foods make you feel your best, and have the most energy. And what makes you feel happy, healthy, and well.

Mrs. Limestone said...

I have no tips for you but wish you all the best.

PS: I think you look like a pretty hip momma already!

Courtney said...

Lack of Maintaining a good/healthy weight seems to be a consistant pattern among women, including myself. I am just trying to fit in the gym as many times as I can in a week (w/ summer right around the corner) and for me portion control is huge and WHAT I eat too. So more fruits/veggies the better. Stay busy and active like you are and I'm sure the pounds will come off in a hurry! =)

diana said...

Good for you... taking care of YOU! I agree with all of the other readers... you are an inspiration to us... but we are behind ya 100%

Anonymous said...

I'm a long time lurker on your blog, I love your style and admire your gutsy approach to tackling projects. I read your post earlier today and i can't get the nagging feeling to go away that I should respond...as a mother of a daughter with an eating disorder I want to caution you and every mother to be very very careful of the message we give our daughters of the way we view our bodies. I would never have dreamed we would be in this situation, I didn't even let her buy fashion mags and always stressed healthy self esteem and unconditional love. Our culture is obsessed with appearance and it is causing untold grief to millions of young girls.One in ten with an eating disorder will die.Please be careful of the message you are sending your girls.

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

I had to leave a quick comment and say I started my own "Be heathly for me" program on Monday and I already feel better. I think it is a mental thing but just getting into the mindset has made a difference. It's time for me to lose about 15 lbs. I am not delusional enough to think I'll get back to my pre-kids weight but I'd like to feel better about myself.
Good for you that you will be taking time for yourself. We all need and deserve that.
~Michelle

Emily said...

Good for you! My advice would be to make it a habit, that's the only way I can workout weekly. Good Luck!

Annette said...

calories in/calories out...it seems to be the only tried and true formula to achieving a healthy weight loss. i recently lost 40 lbs myself...simply by monitoring what i ate and how much i worked out. lately, i have found myself drifting back to my old ways, and while i haven't gained any back...it is sure easy to see how i put the pounds on in the first place! keep up the good work, and think of what a wonderful example you will be to your children!!

Anonymous said...

Like you I am not really liking what I see in the mirror lately. I had the motivation for 5 weeks to excercise and blew it one day last week. I had even lost 4 pounds! Ok well, I can start again. My self discipline has become a reckless renegade! LOL. I would say I am eating more of everything, like its my last meal or something. Hang in there Chris, you are so pretty and so talented! Thanks for being there!

Pearl Maple said...

Your blog is a delightful spot of inspiration for all kinds of things. As women, mothers, wives, we are trained from birth to give all our energy to caring for others, it is an important reminder to take time to make the best of ourselve for ourselves.

Anonymous said...

Water...they did a study on two twins where they had one drinking lots of water and the other not so much and then compared the results. With the one who drank a lot you could visibly see she looked younger, she felt better, and she had more energy.

The only other tip is focus on all the positive things you do. Anyone who reads your blog must be inspired by you. You're very creative and talented. Plus, you deserve to feel good about yourself!

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Anonymous said...

I know exactly how you feel. It's hard. See, I'd never really had to work at being skinning in my younger days...therefore I never established good eating habits or a good work out plan. Now that I've had three babies...well, to say I miss the good ol' days is an understatement. I can't eat whatever I want anymore... etcetera. I don't really enjoy looking in the mirror anymore either. I've have been working on it but it's a constant struggle. However, if anyone can do it...it's you! You are such a go getter, once you put your mind to something...it's done! (hence your fabulous, self created home) so get after it Missy.

Power to ya!

Anonymous said...

that would be skinny...not skinning??!

Cote de Texas said...

I don't know - some woman get skinnier as they age, others get, well, heavier. Unfortunately, I've gotten heavier too! but - heavier older woman don't get osteo as much, don't break bones, and they wrinkle less - two very positive things about being bigger. AND, older women sometimes just look healthier with a little extra meat on their bones. do you think I have enough rationalizations not to lose weight? haha. You look great. no worries. at all.

joan said...

Oh my goodness, I could have written this post. I am here from Rhoda's site. I lost about 30 pounds 2 years ago and have gained about 15 back. I have trouble maintaining also. I have been beating myself up for my lack of control lately and looking at the beautiful smaller size clothes in my closet and wondering if I'll ever get back into them. I am going back to WW just because it's the only program I was able to lose weight on. I wish you lots of luck and I will be trying to lose this extra 15 pounds right along with you!

Simply Dandy said...

You have hit a subject that is so sensitive to all women. I applaud you for taking control again...I am doing the same thing, I worked so hard and lost 37 lbs only to gain 20 of it back. Thanks for being so honest. I wish I wasn't a food lover. My husband says he only eats because he is hungry, it's true, men aren't emotional eaters like us. Keep us up to date on your progress and good luck and thanks for inspiring me. By the way, your house looks fab!!

LeAnn:)

Glasgow Dentist said...

General body health is always the first step to look active, beautiful and to maintain a slim healthy body.

CJ'SMOMMY*KIMBERLY said...

Kelly Ripa is not a good role model.She is too skinny! She used to look healthier with more meat on her.Now she looks sickly sometimes and like a stick.

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