Tag: Throwback Thursday

Getting Healthy: It Takes Two

For another Throwback Thursday edition of my Getting Healthy posts, I wanted to share a comparison picture of not just me, but me and my partner in crime aka the husband, Mike.  We are always so busy snapping photos of our kiddo that these pictures of the two of us are rare.  Over the Labor Day weekend we took a family trip and I took a pic of the two of us.  When I took a look at the picture later on it got me thinking back to when we first met and how far we have come.

May 2005 to August 2014
May 2005 to August 2014

Getting healthy is not just a “me” thing.  It’s been a family affair.  From the way we eat to the way we conduct our daily lives, a lot has changed over the past few years and it shows.  Before I ever began my process, Mike was on his own to shed pounds as well.  While he will never kick his love of sweet things, he became more aware of what he was eating.   And now, we are each other’s checks and balances a lot of times when it comes to what we eat or that push to get moving.

When you are in the process to get healthy it helps to have the support wherever you can find it.  In my own journey I couldn’t have done it without Mike.  From giving me that sideways glance to say “check yourself Tracy” to watching the kiddo so I can go for a run, he’s been a huge supporter and helper to get me to where I am today and he’s looking pretty good himself these days too.

To getting healthier and better with age!

Getting Healthy: Why

The word why is very important when getting healthy and losing weight.  You have to find your WHY.  Each person has their own.  I know I’ve touched on this before, but when you are wavering on motivation, you have to go back to those whys.

This beautiful girl is one of my whys:

1915858_1438293167217_4844792_nbut back then I didn’t realize I needed a why.  I hadn’t reached the point in my life that I really saw the importance of having a why.

When my motivation has weakened through this journey I like to come back to my whys.  Why do I want to be healthy?  Why do I want to lose the weight?

To show my daughter how to be a strong, healthy woman.  To see my daughter graduate from high school and college.  To see my daughter get married and have children of her own.  To see her live her life from a beautiful little girl into a successful, smart, beautiful woman.

My why isn’t just for my daughter, but it is a big one.  I have had many whys along the way.  Some that are constant – to be healthy for my daughter, husband and family.  And some that have come and gone….to get to the next goal, run the next mile, or fit into a certain size clothing.

So, remember your whys and they will get you through to the next wave of motivation that you can ride to your next goal.

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Getting Healthy: Throwback Thursday – From Insanity to So Much More

I’ve talked about it before, but I’m still trying to get used to my “new”, healthier body.  Some days it hits me, like, wow, I’m really this size and other days I still see myself as the 300lb+ woman that I once was and questioning whether or not I can fit somewhere or worrying about breaking a chair.

Lately, I’ve been continuing to deal with a lot of emotional and mental issues surrounding my weight loss and life in general.  Most days my current mental state is Anxiety/Depression 1 | Tracy 0.  In turn, this reflects in my movement to get healthy.  Literally.  Like, I don’t want to move.  I remind myself WHY I started this journey and how I feel after I workout or after I’ve had a good day of eating, but it doesn’t always work.  It’s a journey though, right?  Nothing is going to improve overnight and that’s what I remind myself of when it comes to my mental health, physical health, and overall health.

You are not perfect but you are on a path to improve yourself and to become a healthier, better version of yourself.

So for positive reinforcement and as a reminder of how far I’ve come, for a sort of Throwback Thursday, I wanted to look back at when I started Insanity until now.  In April 2013 I started the Insanity workout program.  I had hit the 250lb mark and had told myself that when I got there I would do Insanity.  A workout program I knew little about other than from infomercials, the web, and in my mind being the hardest workout EVER.  Well, it was the hardest workout ever, but I finished it and it changed my mental state.  Forever.  I went from being scared and not knowing my strength to feeling the strongest I had ever felt.

Completing Insanity propelled me into going after more fitness goals.  Becoming stronger.  Testing my limits.

I’ve realized now that that scared woman in April 2013 changed her mental state for good.  Despite the anxiety and depression that creep back, despite motivation and willpower that waver from time to time, I changed my perspective.  I changed my way of thinking.  I KNOW I am a stronger person now – physically and mentally.

Here it is – the first “before” pic I took in April 2013 when I started Insanity to the “after” pic I took last month after completing 30 Day Shred.

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Starting Weight: 317lbs | Current Weight: 183lbs | Goal Weight: 175lbs