Thursday, April 28, 2011

Fit After Forty

Ladies, Dont' settle for the myth about not being able to keep up with a changing body. Years ago, as women aged they gave up on physical fitness, sports competitions or losing weight. I don't ever remember my mother exercising when I was growing up. We now know that as we age, it is even more important to stay fit. At twenty years old it was fairly easy to keep a girlish figure, but after 2 kids and over forty years old, it is something I can't ignore. I have to work at it everyday! Us forty something year olds, need to have at least thirty minutes of exercise each day just to maintain our weight. If you do not change your diet as you age you will gain weight.

Exercise is important for our bodies at any age, but even more so as we get older. As we age our joints get stiffer, muscles are not as flexible and our balance decreases. Exercise can help with all these aging signs! It doesn't matter if you are 17 or 77 exercise can improve the way you feel and look.

There is no reason to throw in a towel just because you are over 40. Being physically fit and living a healthy lifestyle can make life so much easier. You will feel healthier, have better movement, and love the way you look.

Turning 40  is a reason to celebrate, so make sure you do something special for yourself that will ensure you have many more birthdays parties to attend in the future. Begin an exercise program today!!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Fat Clothes

I have about 20 more pounds to lose, and these last 20 are harder than the 35 pounds that I already lost. I am struggling with giving away all the clothes that don’t fit me anymore. I have been stuffing these clothes into garbage bags as I grow out of them, and putting them into the attic. They are labeled “FAT CLOTHES, JUST IN CASE”. I’ve read many times that keeping your FAT clothes is an incentive to put the weight back on again. I have size 18 to size 12 stuffed up there.

My neighborhood is having a garage sale May 19-21. I have pulled these clothes out and have started pricing them. I am living a healthier now. Working out 5 days a week and eating healthier. This can never change. Especially if I am selling all my clothes. If you are in need of clothes sizes 12-18 please stop by May 19 – 21.

Because I am NOT going to allow myself to ever need them again in my entire life!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring Training Anyone?

Make a change today, like this client is!

I have been overweight for many years although my stamina stayed strong,
that is up until a few years ago.  My life and specifically my weight was
out of control.

As I wallowed in misery I happened to notice a Lighten Up program in the
News Herald.  At first, I thought all those people were nuts putting their
body specifications out for everyone to see, but I was hooked and followed
everyone's progress.  By the end of the program I was determined to sign up
for the 2011 competition.  The one person I continually watched was
Charlene Sintic.  I don't know why, I did not even know Charlene.  Between
last years competition and this years start, I kept thinking about what I
would do to compete and what would make a difference in my life.

I have never liked to exercise and the thought of getting into the contest
was frightening, but this year also brought a challenge to me that
increased my need and want to take the plunge.  Last year, one of my
grandson's was born with only a half of a heart.  He fought a great battle
and had many people praying for him, but he only lived for 102 days.  In
his memory my family decided that each May we will walk or run for the
Heart Association.  So now I really know I need some help.  I could
probably walk a mile but 3 or 6 that was out of the question.  What was I
going to do????

I still kept thinking  about that Lighten Up contest, but this new
motivation took president.  I want to walk with my family in my grandson's
memory.  As the Lighten Up was being advertised for 2011, I saw that
Charlene became a trainer for Slim and Fit.  Was this a sign for me to go
there - I wanted to meet her and I needed help.

Well, here I am, NOT part of the 2011 Lighten Up competition, but I am
working out.  Yep, I have met Charlene and she is my trainer.  I am doing
something I have never done in my life.  I can't take all the credit for my
motivation, it is Charlene that helps make the difference.

If I were working out on my own I would be quitting every 5 or 10 minutes.
I get tired fast and always feel weak.  The thing is Charlene encourages me
every step of the way.  She has shared stories of times when she found
working out difficult and makes me really believe in myself.  Charlene is
always telling me how strong I am.  I don't think of myself that way, but I
am loosing weight and inches.  I have only been working out for 6 weeks and
I have to say I am starting to look forward to my workout dates.  I am
being pushed and I certainly feel it while I am lifting those weights, but
once I leave I feel great.

As I said, this is my first experience in working with a trainer and it is
awesome.  Charlene makes things interesting, she rotates the routines and
is always changing something.  I think I can actually become addicted to
this type of workout.  I don't know if I ever want to exercise alone,
especially if Charlene is the trainer.

If we were voting on trainers, Charlene would certainly get my vote.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Why didn’t I think of that?

I recently purchased an air rope. Your asking what is an air rope, aren’t you? It is the coolest piece of exercise equipment, and I am just mad I didn’t think of it. You use it like a jump is the best part. You can never miss, so you can jump as long as you want without stopping. If you can do it for 10 minutes you are a pro! After 2 minutes, you are going to be wishing for a standard jump rope so you can miss and catch a breather!

Jumping rope burns more calories per minute than most forms of exercise. 10 minutes of jumping rope is the same as 30 minutes of jogging. You can do this exercise anywhere. It is fun and entertaining. No matter what your fitness level, you can do this at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. 

This is a picture of me with the air rope.


Kids love it to! Here is a video of my son using the rope.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

FitForce Fitness

If you are dealing with obesity, I created FitForce Fitness to help you stay accountable at an affordable price. Obesity is a disease and I have also dealt with it. I don’t care if you belong to a gym or do Zumba, Jazzercise and kick boxing twice a day. It is not a one-on-one with someone who is there just for YOU. A certified fitness professional that can help you stick to the process as you go through your journey. I wear different hats being a personal trainer, lending many clients a shoulder to cry on, and a swift kick when you need it most. It is just for you. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, how many programs you have tried and failed at, or what size you are. What matters is today!

It is never to late to take the plunge and get on the right track. Don’t let this disease rule your life anymore. Get started and regain control of your weight. Make your dreams of a healthier lifestyle a reality. Make time for you!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Bragging Rights

It’s my blog and I can brag if I want to! This is no April fools joke...I ran four miles on Friday April 1st and I ran four miles today. I didn't want to post this on Friday in case it was a fluke and something messed up with the treadmill, but because I did it again today that confirms it. This is such a great feeling of accomplishment. I have not ran over 3 miles since the 2010 Johnnycake Jog last July. I still remember the pain of that race. It was horrible and I said I would never run 5 miles again. I may have to eat those words! If I can run 4 miles and still function through out the day, then with a little more training I can do the 5 miles again. I was always one of these people that could never catch their breath when running. I have finally passed this stage. I CAN BREATH! Maybe I am experiencing this runners high that runners say they get. I am not sure but it feels great. For those of you who say you can not run...I am here to tell you, that you can. If I started running at the age of 46 you can do it too.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Client Review

I have been training with Charlene for  about 3 months now.  Char and I have known each other for about 20 years and have shared our weight struggles.  We have been through weight watchers, gym memberships and the YMCA.  Alone, I have tried the WII Fit, treadmills and Nutrisystem.  After all these attempts at weight loss I had achieved nothing but a feeling of failure.
What a shock when I opened the news herald to see Char signed up for Lighten Up Lake County. I thought "Is she crazy?  Putting her weight out there for the whole county to see.?"  But as I followed her progress a new feeling emerged...Jealousy.  Soon I was emailing Char to find out how she did it and soon after that I was a client. 
                                                                Slowly but surely I have replaced my feeling of failure with a feeling of accomplishment.  With Char's help I have regained my faith in my own body.  I feel proud of what it can do. My muscles can do more than I thought.  I can do more than I realized and I am strong.  Who would have guessed?
All of this has been achieved through Char's example and dedication.  She knows what she's doing so I don't have to think about it.  I do what she tells me and I see the results.  How much simpler than spending hours obsessing over programs that ultimately have no staying power.
If I sound like my life has been changed, it has.  Nothing like success to help with those pesky self esteem issues.  I have a long way to go but with Charlene's help I will get there.