New Changes, New Challenges, A New You!

In January of 2012, I had reached a point in my life where I was in a general slump. I had been battling postpartum depression. I hated the way I looked. I was notorious for going on junk food binges. I was a self-professed snackaholic, but in the worst way. I knew I had to do something about it. I needed to make a change going forward. I made a pact to start putting myself first. I can’t even begin to tell you how hard this was for me. I have never been one to put myself before the well-being of others. However in this particular scenario it needed to be done.

So that’s what pushed me to kick off my journey to start living a healthier lifestyle.

Once I had my heart set on my mission, I sat down and started writing out my goals. I used my blog as an outlet. I found writing openly about my journey helped keep me accountable.

I set goals and objectives for myself that were achievable. I knew if I set goals that were far fetched that I would just fall off the bandwagon. I focused on introducing a new fruit or vegetable to my diet slowly in place of a sweet treat. When it came to weight loss, I would set 5 to 10 pound mini weight loss goals.

It took about 4 weeks for me to start noticing changes to my body. 8 weeks for family and friends to start noticing, and 12 weeks for the world to start noticing. It was the first 4 weeks of the journey that I found it the hardest to stay motivated, and striving to push on. It took a lot of perseverance and cheerleading from my family.

To stay motivated and not get bored with my workouts, I made a point to switch up my workout schedule daily. I would never perform the same circuit or workout video two days in a row. If I did, I would easily grow bored. And well with boredom… you lose motivation.

I also sat down and wrote a list of reasons why I wanted to be fit. I would read this list whenever I would hit rock bottom or plateau.

Christmas of 2012, I found myself faced with a lot of personal struggles and a sprinkle of sadness. My Nana had lost her battle with ALS just 11 days before Christmas. After her loss, I found myself struggling to stay accountable and remain active. At the time I was a part of a challenge group. The challenge group was an online focus group of women with the same goals and objectives in mind. We all wanted to stay in shape over the holidays and continue to lead healthy lifestyles. Had it not been for this group I would have fallen straight off the bandwagon, but this challenge group motivated me to push on and not give up!

In January of 2013, I shared a transformation photo with my readers. I had lost 60 pounds since beginning my journey in January of 2012.

Here we are now in January 2014, and I am happy to say that I’m still on track. I may be 7 months pregnant, but I work out 5 to 6 times a week for 30 to 50 minutes each day.

A lot of people ask me why I continue to workout, especially now that I have achieved my goals. The answer is simple. I find it fun. I love the endorphin high that fuels my body after I kick every workout out of the park. It leaves me feeling like I can accomplish anything. I just feel stronger and happier. What better reason to etch aside 30 to 50 minutes a day to workout and enjoy a bit of me time.

Do you have a goal to get active in 2014? If so, don’t let anything hold you back! After all there is only one you in life. Make the most of it and give it all you got. Just make sure whatever you do along your journey that you just have fun and keep your head held high. Make your goals simple, practical and achievable! Remember the occasional cheat day is OK! We all deserve a treat or reward at minimum once weekly. Friday happens to be my cheat day. If you can find a workout buddy, you can support each other during your journey’s. If not, keep your eye out for local or online challenge groups. As I have found, challenge groups are a phenomenal way to stay motivated.

GoodLife Fitness and SportChek have joined forces to bring you the Your Better Starts Here Challenge. The month of January presents an opportunity to face challenges, make changes and work towards bettering yourself. The objective behind the Your Better Starts Here Challenge is help you achieve your goals and stay on track. All you have to do is keep it simple.

Each week participants of the challenge are provided with new challenges to complete.

Week 1 - Participants are asked to step into action. Making a list of goals and objectives that they would like to accomplish over the course of their journey.

Week 2 – Encourages participants to get social.

Each time a participant completes a challenge they are entered in to win a weekly draw and for the grand prize. There are 5 weekly prizes up for grabs.

If you are looking for a little inspiration and motivation, I encourage you to check out and begin week 2 of this FREE challenge!

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Comments

  1. sarah miller says:

    my hubby, we go to the gym together

  2. warmer weather…helps me want to get out and exercise.

  3. pat george says:

    my dog, he gets his walk regardless of the weather or if im tired

  4. SueSueper says:

    The great feeling I get after being active motivates me! This Cold weather has been de-motivating me! :-)

  5. Nice weather….so need more motivation during the winter months……

  6. I think the warmer weather might.

  7. I want to be healthy and fit so that I don’t have any issues in my old age (many decades away). I see the back problems and other issues my in-laws have because they’re not active, so they’re reminders about what not taking care of yourself can do and how it can affect your happiness.

    I also want to be fit as a mom so that I can do cool, active stuff with my kids.

  8. My hubby and I have been working together to lose weight. It so much easier when you have someone else supporting you than going at it alone. Hubby has a Goodlife membership and wants me to join as well. Winning this giveaway will help me get going.

  9. The energy boost I get after I work out is what motivates me.

  10. Christy Martin says:

    Life motivates me. I am still farily fit, but I too used to work out 60 minutes daily, 5 days and for some reason I just stopped about 3 years ago. I lost a job and I screwed my routine of working out prior to work. I need to get back into that, I need to find a reason other than health to motivate me. I need a week or 2 to re-commit myself to ME. It was a high and I need to find that again. Here’s to 2014!

  11. high cholesterol and high BP motivate me

  12. Marion Morton says:

    My desire to do something positive for myself and fit into everything in my Pinterest closet. LOL!

  13. I am motiveated by deadlines. I tend to procrastinate but also do my best work when up against a deadline. For example, we are going on a holiday which means I have to get in shape before then!

  14. seham merzib says:

    the beautiful weather in the summer

  15. spamgirl / Kitty Cartouche says:

    My daughter

  16. My family motivates me

  17. wearing a bikini

  18. My kids and their boundless energy.

  19. the possibility to be a better person

  20. MY KIDS

  21. My children do!

  22. My kids motivate me, because I want to be a good role model
    thanks

  23. zahra premji says:

    My sweetie or a fitness class instructor

  24. Jo-Anne Pfoh says:

    to be honest my son does

  25. ChristineB says:

    My health!

  26. Wanting to be able to chase my nieces and nephews when I’m older, and go on hiking vacations

  27. One upping my nemesis motivates me to do better

  28. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    I am motivated to feel good in the long term.

  29. Having an end goal that is where I want to be in xx amount of time motivates me.

  30. Victoria Ess says:

    The thought of my future and wanting to spend as much time as possible with loved ones.

  31. There is a lot of heart disease in my family and I would like to stay in shape to give myself the best possible chance.

  32. My sister

  33. My motivation comes from the fabulous energy I feel after exercising!

  34. Marlies Cohen says:

    life experience motivates me

  35. My husband and now my newborn son!

  36. Melissa Avey says:

    My kids!

  37. My husband – we motivate each other and go to the gym together.

  38. my sister

  39. Patricia Boyle says:

    My motivation is to maintain my good health. I have never had a weight problem so I concentrate on keeping healthy.

  40. Quite honestly I am motivated by vanity!

  41. Kristi Renout says:

    My kids!

  42. My motivation is to always push myself to be a better person. I always try to compete with myself, and just be the best person that I can be – inside and out.

  43. my friends. thanks

  44. my dogs

  45. music motivates me :)

  46. MOHAMMAD MASOOD says:

    TIME SPENT WITH MY FAMILY MOTIVATES ME

  47. Danielle Martin says:

    My motivation is old pics of myself before I had kids!

  48. Jacqueline says:

    My dog motivates me! He has bouts of paralysis and needs a wheelchair, but he gets everyday with a happy soul. He tries to walk even when he can’t; it’s very inspiring and motivates me to always try harder!

  49. Family of course!

  50. Believing I can achieve my goals motivate me.

  51. Working out hard so we can eat more cake

  52. dreaming of a fit body!

  53. jackie reid says:

    My son, since he’ll try the workouts with me, as much as a 4 year old can that is :)

  54. My dog motivates me to take him for a walk.

  55. MICHELLE MICHAUD says:

    I motivate my self, everyday since I quit smoking!

  56. Autumn Reid says:

    My furbaby :-)

  57. Just feeling Good Motivates me!

  58. Lori Bazan says:

    My motivation is the bathroom scale!

  59. My husband! He tells it like it is and I like thaT!

  60. Jenny nicole says:

    my sister! she is a health nut, and everytime i see her, she just looks better than the last time i saw her.

  61. Karla Sceviour says:

    mt husband and son,and I motivate myself!

  62. My teenage-self! I was a total fitness junkie back then but fell off when I started college and stressing all the time!

  63. Jennifer L. says:

    The thought of warmer weather coming motivates me. I want to look good in shorts and a bathing suit.

  64. The fact that I know I am more confident when I am smaller (and, more importantly, I have more energy too!)

  65. roger simmons says:

    My children and my wife who plays Tennis with me

  66. Deadlines motivate me!

  67. Maegan Morin says:

    My kids motivate me. I want to be better for them so we can have more fun together.

  68. Katy Emanuel says:

    Setting a good example for my children and also trying to keep up with them!

  69. Hi Emilie, I love this idea of yours. I used to not exercise at all and I started to exercise back in November and I absolutely loved it. I felt more energetic, more fueled during the day. I think best of all, it has definitely made me into a more positive person and much more cheerful as well. A little cardio and exercise when along way for me!

    I loved this post! Very inspiring and I definitely related to this :)

    Thanks again for your kind comment on my blog!

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