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Tiffany, Week #23: The Real Reason I Wanted To Slim Down

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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!


Tiffany, Week #22: Why I’m Excited To Turn 40

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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!


Tiffany, Week #22: What We Usually Forget When Setting Goals

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People have asked me: “How do you do it?”  My response is: “How do you eat an elephant?” I usually get blank stares back followed by an awkward silence. Then I add: “One bite at a time.”

For me, the question isn’t “How do you do it?” but “What do you do once you’re done?” I know all too well about setting a big goal, achieving it and then finding myself in the middle of the road thinking, “Now what?” All the glory is gone and just stuck. This happened to me in a very big way last year.

Back in 2010, my good friend Jenny encouraged me to go out on a freezing cold October morning and volunteer for a marathon. My job was to take off racing chips and hand out medals to the finishers. I saw the joy and pain in the runners. I also noticed some women who I was shocked to see finishing this race. I had just started writing my own blog because this weight loss journey I’ve been on has been on track for years. So I decided shortly after the marathon I volunteered at that I was going to do a half marathon. In October 2010 I was tipping the scales somewhere on the 270 range. I’m only 5′ 3″ so all that on my frame is way too much.

In the year I trained for the race I got down to 227. In the process of training I developed what is called jumpers knee and had to cancel a lot of the races I signed up for because my sports medicine doctor was not going to let me run in the races. I was devastated and I was a crying mess but I was determined to finish the half marathon. I spent all summer in physical therapy and was released to do a run-walk routine for the half.

I completed the race and I had no other plan in front of me and just like in the past I packed the weight back on. I experienced what’s called “post race blues.” I didn’t fail, I met my goals. But where I did fall short was making a future plan. I still had all this weight to lose but no plan of how to get it off because I was tired. Training can be exhausting if you let it.

Plan for success, plan for fun, plan for work. Just like in everything if you have a plan of action, passion and a willingness to accept constructive feedback then you have no choice but to be successful. This life and my weight loss journey is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Just like being a good wife, mother and friend you have to respect, listen, seek information and be willing to do things you really don’t feel like doing but in the end you’ll look back and be so thankful for the experience.

I am so thankful for my post race blues. It taught me that how important having a plan is.

What do you need to make a plan for right now? Post a comment and tell me!


Tiffany, Week 4: What Is A Healthy Weight?

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I know how hard it is to want to be a certain weight on the scale. While that is important, it isn’t the be all, end all.

I’m finding that as women we put so much weight on that number that flashes up to us from the scale. What I’m learning is that the percentage of fat and the circumference of my waist line, hips, thighs, etc is what is more important.

I have fallen into the trap of: “If I eat less, then I’ll lose more.” Well that will work for a short amount of time–however, rather than losing fat, I’m going to lose my muscle mass. I want to keep my muscle and lose the fat. I’m seeing how important it is to strength train. Forever I thought if you want to lose weight you need cardio, cardio and more cardio…WRONG. While cardio is important for heart and lung health, it isn’t going to sculpt muscle and get rid of fat.

If cardio was all it took to lose desired weight and be lean, I would be 125 pounds. I love all things cardio…I ran a half marathon last year, love to work on the elliptical, kick box, do boot camp type workouts, etc.  I LOVE to sweat and if I don’t leave a big mess on the gym floor then I don’t think I’ve done my job. But I’m learning that it isn’t always necessary to sweat like a pig to get a good work out in.

I guess what I’m really trying to get across is: Don’t let the scale determine your worth.  How do you feel?  Do you feel healthy?  What is your body fat percentage? What is the circumference of your waist? Don’t let society tell you what you need to do. Be the best you, be the healthiest you, love who you are and love who you will become. Greatness is yours for the taking…all you have to do is grab it!

Post a comment and tell me how you determine how healthy you are.