I cannot believe the end of this challenge is here. I want to first thank Family Circle for believing in our family and giving us this opportunity. What an amazing experience it has been and we are so blessed to have been a part of this journey.
Thank you to our family and friends who have supported us in this journey. Thank you to the people we don’t know who have been following us online and in the magazine.
Thank you to the wonderful people we got to work with and meet along the way. WOW what a pleasure to deal with you. Your knowledge and strength is priceless. Thank you to the vendors who gave us all of the tools to make healthy living and weight loss possible and fun. Thank you to the photographers, make up and hair artists who made us feel like movie stars and for becoming friends.
While this is the end of this journey this is not the end of my ride, of our ride. We have a legacy to leave. We have two beautiful kids who we need to continue to teach how it is vital to use food as a means to fully live. God’s word says I have come to give you life abundantly. I believe that to my core. This journey so far has not only changed me/us physically but spiritually as well. We are to honor the temple God gave to us so we can serve. Serve those in need and serve Him. I have learned in this process that I am a servant and my heart is to serve those in need.
Honoring your body and making sure you’re healthy in your life is the best gift you can give to yourself, your husband, wife, kids, family, friends, etc. As I’ve said before, all it takes is a little time and planning. Deliberate actions get deliberate results.
If you’re telling yourself “I don’t have time to work out” or “I can’t leave my kids, I’ll feel guilty.” I’m here to tell you as a wife, mom, and full-time employee you make the time. If you have shows that you DVR and you sit on the couch and watch them, you have time to work out. Rather than fast forward through the commercials use that time to do jumping jacks, run in place, if you have the room jump rope, next commercial break do push ups, squats, use your dining room chair and do some triceps dips, etc. All it takes is a little imagination and determination. Do like I did for a long time, use your lunch hour at work.
Right now I’m still working very hard with my personal trainer that Family Circle provided for me so I work out with him pretty much every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The kids are used to this routine and they love it when mom gets her workout because while I’m a hot sweaty ugly mess I’m happy, I’m energized, and I’m fully present for them. Because I work so hard on my 3 days with the trainer I take the other days off but I still am all of those things because I’m feeding my body well and getting proper rest.
So if you say “I can’t,” get that word out of your vocabulary. Let’s pretend that word isn’t even a part of our daily lives. Don’t say I can’t but say I’ll try. Trying is doing and doing is success. So if you try and you’re consistent in trying you will be successful!
Outside of marrying the love of my life and having my children this whole process has been one of my best accomplishments. The past six months have personally touched my soul and I am forever grateful to Family Circle in giving us this once in a lifetime opportunity. In my last post, I recapped the first three months of the challenge. Things got kicked up a notch for the last three:
Challenge 4: Sleep Tight.
A good night’s rest is so vital in weight loss and over all health. If you don’t get the proper amount of sleep it could lead to weight gain, lower your immune system so you get sick or even impair your judgment. We won that challenge and we won new beds for the four of us which we’re loving. They are so comfortable!
Challenge 5: Get Fit.
Exercise goals were set by our personal trainers at Gold’s Gym. Anna was challenged to do an at home routine and lose a few pounds. Andy and I were pushed further than we thought possible and met those challenges and we even broke a couple of personal records! This part of the challenge was also especially hard for us as we had the most difficult time in our parenting lives. It made us come together and the four of us grew. While the road was hard it was a journey worth traveling and made all four of us better for the struggles. Because of us doing so well and the A-team (the Avaglianos) doing the same, we both got to choose a piece of training equipment courtesy of Dicks Sporting Goods. Andy and I chose the elliptical.
Challenge 6: Slim Down.
This month’s goals were just for me and Andy. It was to lose as much weight in a healthy way as possible and get points by doing activities together as a family, staying true to portion sizes and not using food as a reward. Find out how we did when the challenge ends, next Tuesday.
What did you love most about the last three challenges? Post a comment and tell me!
As I reflect on the past 6 months of my life I realize how blessed we are—blessed to have been chosen to participate in this challenge. It has been an amazing ride and we will miss it dearly. As we wind down, I thought I’d give you a little recap of the experiences we had and what we learned:
Challenge 1: Eat More Fruits and Veggies.
We loved all the food sent to us from Melissa’s produce and we realized that we were not eating anywhere near the amount of strawberries, oranges, yellow carrots, blueberries, kiwi, kale, you name it! as we’re supposed to. We were introduced to an amazing variety of produce that is out there. This was the month we learned about quinoa and we totally fell in love with it! I also learned that I love lentils, particularly in my salads. So yummy.
Challenge 2: Healthy Hydration.
We are big water drinkers. We love it. Can’t drink enough of it. We also learned that we probably enjoyed wine and beer a little too much as well. We were challenged to drink less wine and beer and to really focus on staying hydrated with water. We learned how much better we felt when we cut back. Clean and pure. Not that having a glass or two of wine (same with beer) is a bad thing but everything in moderation.
Challenge 3: Get Moving.
This was my favorite at the time. I jumped for joy when I opened the package that had our Fitbits in them. I have wanted one of these for ages but just didn’t want to spend the money for one. Moving is my favorite thing to do. If I don’t move it then I can be a bear to be around. It also brought competition with in the 4 of us to see who could have bragging rights with how much we moved. We won a gift certificate from SpaFinder which we’re really enjoying.
Which was your favorite of the first three challenges? Post a comment and tell me!
When we first began this challenge I had a pretty good idea of why I was doing it. I want the luxury of being able to go to White House Black Market, buy a dress and look amazing and then take Andy out on a date. Really, I wanted to go into any store that doesn’t sell anything larger than an XL, shop and have the clothes look good on me. I was tired of having clothes be a means to cover the excess energy–that is Lass’, my personal trainer at Gold’s Gym, term for fat.
But when I thought about it, I realized the true driving force behind our participation in the challenge was the legacy we leave. (What were we teaching Anna and Jack about how to live when they become adults?) Not to mention overall health. (There are so many illnesses that can be avoided just by being in a healthy weight range.) As I’ve shared before, my mom had a heart attack and had to have triple bypass at 60 and she’s in good physical health. Andy’s mom passed due to high blood pressure causing a stroke. Both of these women are in a normal weight range but were not very healthy. I’m happy to report today that my mom is very healthy, watches what she eats, works out and is living a full life.
Even if you can’t be a part of a challenge like this, think about your family health history and the legacy you want to leave your kids. Then sit down and write down some health goals. Don’t leave anything out. Be as vain as you want to (ie. I want to look hot for my upcoming high school reunion). But also set some practical ones that will uplift your family. Create a timeline and then get going.
What are your family’s get-healthy goals? Post a comment and tell me!
In January I will be celebrating a big birthday. I’ll be 40! Most women I know do not look forward to turning 40. Me, I can’t wait.
You’re probably wondering why. Well, I spent my first 40 years making a lot of mistakes and I want the next 40 of my life to be the best! I want to experience life without regret, be in peak physical health, keep on living my life to the fullest with Andy by my side and raise our kids and watch them grow into young adults, go to college, get married, etc.
What this journey has taught me is to be content. When I am content is when I’m the most happy. When I’m wanting something so bad and I have selfish motives I am not content and success is usually not on my side. However, when I think less about me and more about others, my life is far more blessed and full.
So here I am about to turn 40 and I can’t wait. I am so excited to see what my future holds and I’m so honored to have shared my life with all of you. Thank you for giving back to me and being so supportive. I couldn’t have done it if it were not for you knowing we have you cheering us on!
I want you to know that even though this journey is over we have only just begun. We have so much more in front of us. Not just in health but in life and I know that there will be trials in both but I can’t wait for them because I believe in struggle is when growth and success is right around the corner.
How do you/did you feel about turning 40? Post a comment and tell me!