2018 Resolutions : Get healthy and strong

New year, new resolutions

2018 is here and I have made some resolutions. One of them is to get healthy and strong. Because of that I am taking on the Live Fit Challenge by Jamie Eason.

I know, I know. Millions of people try to get healthy every year and fail. I have many times, including my 2016 resolution to complete 52 hikes that year, although I have pregnancy complications to blame for that one. In 2017, my only resolution was to keep the baby alive…Success on that one!  But here we are in 2018, and I am feeling the need to prioritize myself a little more and really get back to being healthy and strong.

And just for clarification, this goal is not about loosing weight, it’s about making lasting changes that will hopefully pay off in the long run.

Bad Choices + Bad Genes + Bad Luck = Bad health

Bad health can come from a variety of situations, but usually it includes bad choices and/or bad genes and sometimes bad luck. In my case it’s a mix of all 3.

I made horrible choices from my mid-twenties to my early thirties letting work take precedence over everything in my life and by not taking care of my health. I ate poorly, did not exercise at all, and allowed my stress level to go to a critical point. My emotional health was just as bad as my physical health.

With all those bad choices. I gained an insane amount of weight – 40 lbs, my weight was constantly fluctuating and I was suffering from back, neck and shoulder pain. I had carpal tunnel and tennis elbow (whitout playing any tennis!). I slept poorly and was suffering from anxiety, depression and even panic attacks. I was really unhappy and unhealthy.

At some point, something was going to happen.

And it did. After several warning symptoms and misdiagnoses, I finally learned that I was pre-diabetic. Around the same time I also had an emotional breakdown. I cried for no reason, felt isolated and had trouble breathing (which I later found out was a panic attack). I sought the help of a counselor and she pretty much told me on my first visit to quit my job. That was the tipping point. I had to change my life.

After many bad choices, I finally made good ones with the support of my husband. I quit my job, relocated to Colorado and started taking care of myself. I got rid of stressors in my life, worked on my anxiety and my happiness. I ate clean and exercised. I lost 25 lbs and found true happiness with a lot less money. But I was still pre-diabetic. According to my doctor, I was just handed down some bad genes. Thanks Dad!

I went on medication because I was determined to delay diabetes. After a few months, lo and behold, my numbers were back to normal. I could have stopped taking the medication, however, I got pregnant, so my doctor thought it was best to keep me on it to try to prevent gestational diabetes. Unfortunately, I had pregnancy all day sickness for the first trimester –I lived on nothing but crackers, bread and boiled pasta which are not good for diabetes. I couldn’t exercise either due to nausea and later from pelvic girdle pain from the second trimester on. I gained 38 lbs during pregnancy and had Gestational Diabetes. Call it bad genes + bad luck.

After delivery, I continued taking medication and started breastfeeding. Within a couple months I was off diabetes medication and had dropped most of my baby weight. However, I suffered several set backs from delivery which led me to physical therapy for several months. Add to that a Thyroid infection that led me to have hyperthyroidism and now hypothyroidism- loosing 10 lbs one month and gaining 15 lbs the next- and you can see how I’ve now paid for several years of bad choices, bad genes and bad luck.

So now, here I am in 2018, still dealing with diastases recti from pregnancy, a tail bone injury from birth, hypothyroidism and pre-diabetes (again!). It’s time to get healthy and strong!

This is not a pity party, it’s just motivation that if I can do this with all that is going on, you can do it too!

Starting Stats and Picture

The best way for me to stay accountable and to measure my progress is through pictures and stats, so here is my starting point.

 

The Jamie Eason LiveFit Plan

This plan is awesome! I mean, it has changed my outlook on workouts forever. I used to hate the gym. Running in place or doing the same old boring routines everyday were not my cup of tea. The worst part is that it took forever for me to loose weight, I always felt deprived of food and getting toned was like a dream, even when I lifted weights. Sound familiar?

Three years ago when I did this program for the first time, I only completed the first 2 phases and still I was the most toned I have ever been. I saw results fast, I wasn’t bored and I didn’t feel hungry or deprived. I loved it!

This is how it works

During the first phase (4weeks), there is no cardio and the exercises vary every day. Plus there are recipes, a flexible meal guideline and even a grocery list. The best part though, is the amount of information provided. Things that had never been explained to me by any other personal trainer or dietician ( I hired a few in my lifetime).

During the second phase (4weeks), cardio is added, and the emphasis is on lifting heavier. In this phase, I started really seeing my muscles. My clothes fit better and I actually lost 10 lbs. I liked flexing my biceps during this phase!

During the third phase, it’s carb cycle time- i.e burn fat or blubber as I like to call mine!!! I never got to this phase last time because I ended up taking a trip to Indonesia and eating plenty of carbs for 3 weeks. After that I got pregnant. So I am looking forward to getting to this phase this time. Fingers crossed!

These three phases are completed in just 12 weeks. When I think about that, I get super excited! As opposed to most exercise routines that don’t have a set end date, this one does. You can repeat it for the rest of the year or just keep going with phase 1 and 2 for the rest of your life.

This 3 months timeframe also coincides with how long it’s needed to see a change in A1c results, so I will be able to share with you my final numbers. Hopefully, I will be healthier and stronger too. I will share with you my progress and results, including my A1c numbers. I will also share some recipes and tips and tricks I learn along the way.

Here is where you can find more information on the Jamie Eason Live Fit Plan

The Bodybuilding.com site requires a subscription, but if you don’t know if you want to commit just yet, here is a site that contains a lot of the information you need to complete the plan. If you decide that you need a community, access to the full plan, and app, then a subscription is the way to go.

Do you have any 2018 resolutions? If so, do any involve getting healthy and strong?

 

 

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