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iFit Workout, Becan, Mexico

August 27, 2015


Becan, Mexico

Day 2 of my journey ūüôā Today I added just a tiny bit of mileage past 1 mile. ¬†I ended up completing 1.26 miles today, following my walk-run-walk program. ¬†Today was a hectic day and usually I put my workouts towards the back of the day (hence why I ended up not doing them!). ¬†But today I did it as soon as possible so that nothing could get in the way. ¬†Below is my graph for my workout.


The scenery was very shady with visions of some of the Mayan structures in view. ¬†Most of the map was through a park like setting. ¬†It’s really nice to do these workouts when you have a tablet as part of the equipment and you can watch photo slides of the different areas. ¬†My times are slow and once I get up to speed I will post them. ¬†I have to remind myself it’s all about the baby steps in the right direction!

iFit Workout and Run Disney Information

August 26, 2015


Tulum, Maya Site

Well I am back at it! ¬†I am going to post my workouts as I prepare for a 10k run at Walt Disney World in April, 2016. ¬†I am starting at ground zero. ¬†Literally! ¬†I haven’t done any jogging since my back surgery 5 years ago. ¬†Most of my training will be using NordicTrack’s X9i incline trainer. ¬†I am following the Jeff Galloway¬†training program, which consists of a run-walk-run program. ¬†He writes many of the training programs to help Walt Disney participants complete their 10ks, half-marathons or full marathons. ¬†Here is an example of his training workouts for some of the upcoming races at Walt Disney World and Walt Disneyland (training).

So today I just did a very easy 1 mile workout.  The workout I chose took me around the the Pre-Columbian Maya walled city.  You can click on the link under the photo above for more information.  The route was very scenic and relaxing.  It consisted of views of some of the Mayan ruins and the white sandy beaches and beautiful ocean.  My legs were wondering what the heck was going on as I picked up a short jog here and there to get back into the swing of things.  Below is a chart of my workout showing the incline and elevation.


All in all, I’m glad I now have a challenge to works toward. ¬†Here is the race information for the Walt Disney World Star Wars Events. ¬†Check out the site¬†¬†and¬†you can find other races, not only on the east coast, but on the west coast as well. ¬†If anyone here is preparing for one of these events, your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Moving it forward…..

June 14, 2015


The statement above is one I have been asking myself for way to long. ¬†I have not been doing what I need to do to be closer to who I want to become. ¬†I have been doing just the opposite! ¬†I started this blog to hold myself accountable on my journey to a better life…… physically, mentally, and spiritually. ¬†I need to lose weight and have procrastinated to the point I have gained weight. ¬†Mentally the only reason I am not stressing or going out of my mind is because I have changed my sleeping pattern to staying up all night and sleeping during the day (so peaceful at night, but so wrong to do!). ¬†Spiritually is probably ¬†the only area I have come close to making some changes. ¬†I have been reading my daily devotionals and Bible readings on YouVersion. ¬†However, I can’t say that I am really grasping what I am reading. ¬†It is like I am just going through the motions, which really does not bring me closer to God, my higher power.

So where do I begin?  I always answer this with one baby step at a time.  Getting back on track and/or making changes in your life requires small steps to adjust to the changes.  That is not to say that some people have not had to make drastic changes overnight or in a short time frame.  I just lost my mother-in-law about 5 weeks ago.  The moment of her death, life changed, especially for my husband.  Some changes are sudden, but when you have changes that you can space out, one day at a time is the best thought process to put into action.

So that is what I am doing. ¬†Taking it one day at time….baby steps along the way, to get back on track. ¬†I am going to use the fantastic treadmill I have, eat clean as often as possible, read my bible daily, and journal here about my feelings, my workouts, my regrets, my accomplishments and all. ¬†This may be boring reading for some, and I accept that. ¬†This is for me and anyone out there that may relate to starting over or are on a journey to a better life.

If you have a blog about getting back on track with life’s goals, let me know and I will follow you. ¬†It’s great to have a support system! ¬†Wish me luck as I get off the bench on this journey I had started awhile back. ¬†It is time to move forward and get my life back on track.


May 13, 2014

We all have those day: Up late at night, hungry and are craving sugar or something salty. There on the shelf is a bag of chips and some ice cream in the refrigerator!! Next we know, we are sitting in front of the TV eating all these calories to no avail.


You go to a party and know you should be eating all the healthy snacks (like veggies, fruits, grilled chicken) but the temptation is just to great and you end up eating the little sandwiches made with real mayonnaise and while you’re at it, nibble on the dessert as well!


I’ve been there. Haven’t you? When you stay to a strict, clean, eating plan eventually your body is going to crave what it misses. It always strikes at just the right moment when those certain forbidden foods are made accessible.


There are several ways you can avoid the dreaded binge monster:


1) Ask yourself why you are bingeing. Are you craving sugar, salt, etc? Are you eating out of emotional feelings? Are you a late night snacker? Are you feeling pressured into eating?


2) If you know you are prone to bingeing, then have a plan.


3) Clean out your cupboards


4) Have some raw veggies or fruit available to snack on


5) If you have to have chips, crackers, etc., read the serving size. Put only that amount in a dish and slowly eat it.


6) Allow yourself one cheat day a week. If you are craving chocolate, or dessert, or pizza, etc., go ahead and have it. The cheat day could also be because you are going to a party, out to dinner, etc.


7) Don’t ever feel pressured into eating what you know you can control. This is your chance to do something for yourself. Don’t give others that control. Stand up for yourself and choose accordingly.


8) Remember after you binge, it’s always a little more difficult to get back on the wagon. At least I find it hard. I feel so disappointed that starting back seems a little more difficult, which brings me to number 9.


9) Forgive yourself!!!!!!!! We all make mistakes. It’s going to happen to the best of us. Be strong. Log what you ate and move on. Check it off as a cheat day and get back in the saddle.


10) Log your food. By logging your food you will see all the calories you consumed for that day. If you are right at your calorie maximum intake, that in itself may keep you from bingeing.


11) Pray to God (or your higher power) for help. There is much greatness in the power of prayers. God will help you stay the course and when you fail, he will be there to put you back in line.


Just remember, bingeing is part of the recovery process. It didn’t take you overnight to gain weight and it’s not going take you overnight to loose it. We will hit rocks along the journey and then need to pick ourselves up and move forward, not backwards. ¬†¬†emoticon

The Biggest Loser’s Biggest Lies

April 30, 2014

This is a great article about the Biggest Loser and what is actually happening on the show. It’s not all it appears to be!

Bill Phillips Fitness News

Biggest Lies

In the wide, wide world of ridiculous diet and weight loss BS, The Biggest Loser‚Äôs ‚Äėweekly‚Äô weigh-ins take the cake. If you‚Äôre familiar with the TV show then you know it‚Äôs not uncommon to see the contestants lose 12 to 20 lbs a week from their exercise and diet efforts. The first time I saw this, I couldn‚Äôt believe it. I‚Äôve been researching, practicing, teaching and writing about health, weight-loss, and fitness for over 25 years and I‚Äôve never seen weight come off that fast. It‚Äôs something that I get countless, continuous questions about, from my students, clients, and even doctors.

‚ÄúHow on earth are The Biggest Loser participants losing so much weight so fast?‚ÄĚ That‚Äôs the question that is so often asked. As it turns out, the answer is: ‚ÄúThey aren‚Äôt.‚ÄĚ Let me explain‚Ķ

You might be surprised to discover that there is a closely guarded secret to those…

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Happy Birthday to me :)

April 27, 2014

happy birthday

Happy Birthday to ME!


Another year quickly goes by and I find myself celebrating another birthday (which beats the alternative!).  I look back at my last birthday and remember so many things that use to get to me, that I have now learned were just simple stepping stones in life.  So what have I come away with to start this new year?:

1) Laugh more often. ¬†It’s not always as bad as it seems.

2)  Smile at others.  Just a simple smile can brighten someones day.

3) Be thankful for what I have.  So many are out there homeless and lonely.  Be thankful that I have a roof over my head and friends and family that love me very much.

4) Don’t be so hard on myself. ¬†We all have our “bad” days and those days don’t last forever. ¬†Pray. Ask God for guidance and strength and always look forward, not behind.

5) Self Image. ¬†I am not perfect. ¬†As a matter of fact there are more imperfect people in this world then there are “perfect” ones. ¬†I may not like the way I look, but there is always someone who has it worse than I do.

6) Goals.  Set mini goals and strive for them.  When one is completed reward myself.  Set medium time frame goals and long term goals.  The bottom line is set goals which are achievable to feel good when the accomplishments are fulfilled.

7) Don’t complete a goal doesn’t mean to give up. ¬†Brush myself off and get back in the game.

8) Say ‘I love you” more to those that are close at heart. ¬†You never know what tomorrow may bring.

9) Remember those important dates in someone else’s life. ¬†Like birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, milestone dates. ¬†It takes just a minute to send a card or pick up the phone to ¬†let them know you are thinking of them.

10) Don’t pass up the little things in life. ¬†Some of the most beautiful discoveries are the most precious moments that quickly pass us.

11) Take a moment, daily, to thank God for all the greatness he has bestowed upon myself and my family.

12) Take better care of myself.  Eat cleaner, workout, journal and reflect on the good things more often.

13) And most important, love myself.  I often forget to do this because I am constantly criticizing myself.  I am a child of God and I have a purpose.  I may not know what that purpose is, but there is a reason I was made in his eyes.  Everyday I shall start the day with three positive self reflections and end the day the same way.

This is just a list I have for myself, and others may find it helpful as well. ¬†Life is to short not to rejoice in the moment. ¬†If you have some other thoughts you live by, please share. ¬†I’d love to hear them.