My #80lbJourney - 8 Week Challenge in review!
Okay, I really need to get back to weekly blogging about my journey. Not only does it keep me accountable, I hope it also helps keep others inspired and on track.It has been over a month since the last post, and I am truly sorry it has been this long. Many things have happened and I will recap for you with results, accomplishments and barriers. As you all know, this is a long term journey for me. There is no quick fix or magic solution. It is a learning experience and lifestyle change. If you have been following along, you will know that I joined an 8 week challenge with Deb of Journey to Wellness. During the 8 weeks, I received all the tools I needed to start fueling my body instead of just eating, exercising challenges to keep me motivated to stay active, and a support system that included Deb and a private Facebook group of other women to share with and support. My results in pounds and inches are noticeable, I lost 18 lbs and 22 inches, but what I found the most rewarding about this program was the way I felt during the entire process and the knowledge I carry with me now about how to listen to my body and work FOR it, instead of against it. Trust me, there were ups and downs, and when any of us had downs, the Facebook group was amazing. By sharing our experiences, goals and achievements, we were able to support and encourage each other on the rough days, the days we fell off the high of achievement, and felt defeated. We celebrated every little hurdle, and I truly enjoyed meeting all these ladies virtually. Deb checked in personally each week and provided feedback based on what I sent her. My meals and my thoughts for the week. She is a wealth of knowledge and understands first hand what it takes to be happy and healthy while also running a household with children. THANK YOU Deb for being an inspiration to us, and for sharing your training and knowledge with us, so we can continue to be healthy in the future. My only wish with this program was that I was in the Halifax area and would have been able to join in some of the classes Deb offers in Fall River. If you are looking for a fitness program, check out her page here. Here's what Paula had to say in our Facebook group, about how she felt after 8 week challenge we completed: "Deborah Hann, Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you, from the bottom of my heart thank-you for taking me under your wing. For teaching me how to nourish myself, for teaching me the difference between eating and nourishing, for showing me that, even with my beat up old body, I CAN EXERCISE!!! For making me believe and understand that I am beautiful, for helping me understand my value. Thank you for helping me realize the mental strength that healthy living gives me. Yes I lost lbs and inches!!! I'm so happy for that, but I am so very happy and grateful for all of the things I have gained from this wonderful, life changing program. Deborah, you are an amazing teacher and a wonderful loving person. I am so thankful for having you in my life. All that I have learned from you will continue to be my everyday way of living. (Yay!!! No more binge eating!!!) To all of you wonderful, bootilicious, powerhouse women; Keep on keeping on!!! I love you all so much, you have enriched my life and made this past 10 weeks, inspiring, funny, encouraging......xoxoxoxo"
FOLLOW UP: What's happened since the 8 week challenge?Since the challenge ended I have struggled with keeping on track. I gained and lost a couple pounds here and there, but still linger around the same weight. I have not remained consistent with exercise, and that is where I need to focus these days. This month I have set a goal to eat as best I can with parties, visiting, and some family meals planned. I know it is possible to stay on track, and my realistic goal for December is to maintain my weight.
Moving forward...In January I will be getting back on track and working with a friend locally to stay on my journey to better choices and healthier ways. I look forward to sharing what I am doing and encourage you to share what you are doing as well. In January, I will also be launching a Facebook group for those who want to follow along and join me in the journey. I continue to receive positive feedback from my readers through emails expressing how I am inspiring them to make changes. It is an amazing feeling knowing that just by putting my journey out there, it might help just one other person decide to make positive changes. So keep going, no matter how many times you take backward steps, you can always keep moving ahead. One step at a time, one bite at a time, one push up, or carrot....whatever it is that challenges you, keep pushing forward!
Check out my other #80lbJourney Posts here:
- My #80lbJourney Week 1a: the starting point to a healthier me
- My #80lbJourney Week 1b: Over the Years - Turning Point
- My #80lbJourney Week 2: Keep Moving
- My#80lbJourney Week 3: Calories
- My #80lbJourney Week 4: One Month Results & Thoughts
- My #80lbJourney: Cheesies, Hickory Sticks and Beer! Oh My!
- My #80lbJourney week 6-7 : it's not easy, but it can be done
- My #80lbJourney: Food, Fuel & A New Perspective
- My #80lbJourney - Getting the hang of this, I think