Finding the Inspiration to Make a Healthful Transformation
Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger Theresa Walker – BeachBody Coach
that I first needed to get healthy. I
was 29 and had never been an athletic or active person. But, I didn’t want to be a mom who would get
tired out from playing tag for a few minutes or who loathed playing soccer in
the back yard. I wanted to start to
enjoy being active. I knew a big part of
why I wasn’t fit was my diet at the time.
I worked full time, and like many, I ate a lot of fast food or
convenience microwave meals. I didn’t know a protein from a carb,
nor did I know why it mattered. BEFORE Picture:
me get to a healthy weight. I was never
a believer in doing something like Slim Fast or any fad diet. I wanted to create a life style that I could
maintain long run. I knew I could never
give up dessert completely or pizza now and again. I was a foodie, I loved food! Not surprisingly, I still do.
my habits. Many friends and family have asked me over the years during my
transformation from someone who was very NON-active and un-fit to someone who
now runs half marathon’s, how did I do it?
How can THEY do it? And how do I manage to maintain, because it
can be easy to lose weight, but it’s not always easy to keep it off.
at once. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend it.
Pick a few things to start with, it is more manageable and you are more
likely to stick with it. I recommend
keeping a journal, with your starting weight and how you feel (are you tired,
sluggish, have digestive issues etc.).
You can log what activity you do each day. This gives you something to look back on as
you accomplish your goals and gives you a sense of self-pride where you can see
your improvements. You can
start with small goals and as you accomplish them maybe choose one big reward for when you reach your final goal. My final reward was my first Coach
purse. This helps with motivation! I can’t tell you how many times I thought
about all of the reasons I was doing this and it helped me stay on track. I even wrote down these reasons in my journal
and would read them if I was feeling like giving up and going back to old
weight and lifestyle over the past 10 years:
snacks a day. This included a healthy
breakfast each morning full of protein.
spaghetti noodles, wheat bread etc.
and found a few recipes I liked. Tilapia
is a very easy fish to cook and has a mild flavor. One fish meal a week replaced a red meat
beef! Even my husband liked it.
started steaming, vs. canned options.
mist of olive oil.
was eating. I started to use measuring
cups and spoons. I even bought a small
including some brands that make good low calorie versions of snack food like
Laughing cow cheese, Skinny Cow ice cream and VitaTops. These treats made my taste buds feel like I
wasn’t being deprived.
out I liked hummus, avocado and even though I hated all beans growing up, that
now that I was older I enjoyed black beans and chick peas. The more new healthy food I incorporated into
my diet, that left little room for my old “comfort foods” which was mainly
potatoes of any kind!
up fast food other than an occasional stop.
And once a month turned into once every 3 months, to now maybe I go once
or twice a year. Going out to eat less
affords us the ability to eat at a nicer restaurant when we do go out. I’d rather have quality over quantity now!
that when we did go out, I could make a smart choice. I didn’t always get a grilled chicken and
rice etc, however; by looking at all my options I could choose something “middle
of the road”.
mouth. A few bites or nibbles of this or
that through-out the day can really add up!
and behavior. I found when you added
them all up, it made a BIG difference! Of
course, I added in some exercise as well, which I also recommend. It can be anything you find you enjoy that
gets your heart rate up.
over this journey, is that I didn’t have to be afraid of being healthy. Healthy food doesn’t have to taste bad, I don’t
have to be starving or feel deprived.
I used to hate to be sweaty, I couldn’t even run ONE mile in High
School, yet now I run 5 miles on the weekend for fun. Exercise and activity doesn’t need
to be a chore, you don’t have to dread it.
If you can find a friend to do it with you, even if you are doing it separately
in your own homes and you just check in with each other each day, you’ll be
amazed at how much more fun it can be. You
can swap stories at how hard those burpee’s were! There are even Facebook groups you can join
for motivation, inspiration and accountability, I actually recently started one
called Inspired Health and Fitness.
best we can each day. Life is so busy,
especially when you are a parent. Time
is in short supply, yet in demand. It’s
easy to forget about doing what is important and matters for your own well-being
and instead easier to put everyone else first.
But that’s an easy excuse that we use.
That’s why I created the group, as a space for people who want to get
healthy and fit yet may not know where to begin. You may need just that little extra support
to help you along the way. Please join us if you do!
can inspire others to reach their own health and fitness goals. There’s nothing more rewarding for me than
being able to make a difference in someone’s life, no matter how big or
small. I’d love to hear from you if I can make a difference in your journey.