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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69 Comments on New Changes, New Challenges, A New You!

  1. sarah miller
    January 8, 2014 at 11:46 am (2 years ago)

    my hubby, we go to the gym together

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  2. Shelley
    January 8, 2014 at 11:53 am (2 years ago)

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

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  3. pat george
    January 8, 2014 at 12:15 pm (2 years ago)

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

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  4. SueSueper
    January 8, 2014 at 12:32 pm (2 years ago)

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

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  5. tanyab79
    January 8, 2014 at 12:34 pm (2 years ago)

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

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  6. Robyn B.
    January 8, 2014 at 12:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I think the warmer weather might.

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  7. Rekha
    January 8, 2014 at 12:47 pm (2 years ago)

    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.

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  8. Jennifer Saarinen
    January 8, 2014 at 12:54 pm (2 years ago)

    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.

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  9. Jonnie
    January 8, 2014 at 12:57 pm (2 years ago)

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

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  10. Christy Martin
    January 8, 2014 at 12:58 pm (2 years ago)

    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!

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  11. Robyn L
    January 8, 2014 at 1:08 pm (2 years ago)

    high cholesterol and high BP motivate me

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  12. Marion Morton
    January 8, 2014 at 1:10 pm (2 years ago)

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

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  13. angie
    January 8, 2014 at 2:02 pm (2 years ago)

    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!

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  14. seham merzib
    January 8, 2014 at 3:50 pm (2 years ago)

    the beautiful weather in the summer

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  15. spamgirl / Kitty Cartouche
    January 8, 2014 at 5:06 pm (2 years ago)

    My daughter

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  16. Andrew P
    January 8, 2014 at 5:53 pm (2 years ago)

    My family motivates me

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  17. maria
    January 8, 2014 at 8:09 pm (2 years ago)

    wearing a bikini

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  18. Marianne
    January 8, 2014 at 8:18 pm (2 years ago)

    My kids and their boundless energy.

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  19. Burcu
    January 8, 2014 at 9:03 pm (2 years ago)

    the possibility to be a better person

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  20. M Gibb
    January 8, 2014 at 9:17 pm (2 years ago)

    MY KIDS

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  21. Heidi C.
    January 8, 2014 at 9:27 pm (2 years ago)

    My children do!

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  22. angela m
    January 8, 2014 at 10:40 pm (2 years ago)

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

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  23. zahra premji
    January 8, 2014 at 11:31 pm (2 years ago)

    My sweetie or a fitness class instructor

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  24. Jo-Anne Pfoh
    January 8, 2014 at 11:44 pm (2 years ago)

    to be honest my son does

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  25. ChristineB
    January 9, 2014 at 10:09 am (2 years ago)

    My health!

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  26. Toks W
    January 9, 2014 at 10:23 am (2 years ago)

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

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  27. MrDisco
    January 9, 2014 at 11:05 am (2 years ago)

    One upping my nemesis motivates me to do better

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  28. Sandi Tymchuk
    January 9, 2014 at 12:21 pm (2 years ago)

    I am motivated to feel good in the long term.

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  29. Nancy T
    January 9, 2014 at 3:48 pm (2 years ago)

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

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  30. Victoria Ess
    January 9, 2014 at 6:33 pm (2 years ago)

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

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  31. Vicki
    January 9, 2014 at 7:33 pm (2 years ago)

    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.

    Reply
  32. Tanya C
    January 9, 2014 at 9:06 pm (2 years ago)

    My sister

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  33. Linda
    January 10, 2014 at 12:30 am (2 years ago)

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

    Reply
  34. Marlies Cohen
    January 10, 2014 at 4:43 am (2 years ago)

    life experience motivates me

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  35. Tanis
    January 10, 2014 at 1:25 pm (2 years ago)

    My husband and now my newborn son!

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  36. Melissa Avey
    January 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm (2 years ago)

    My kids!

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  37. Bev
    January 10, 2014 at 8:32 pm (2 years ago)

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

    Reply
  38. Emilia
    January 11, 2014 at 8:46 pm (2 years ago)

    my sister

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  39. Patricia Boyle
    January 12, 2014 at 10:08 am (2 years ago)

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

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  40. Elle
    January 13, 2014 at 1:31 pm (2 years ago)

    Quite honestly I am motivated by vanity!

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  41. Kristi Renout
    January 13, 2014 at 1:50 pm (2 years ago)

    My kids!

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  42. Julia M
    January 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm (2 years ago)

    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.

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  43. l p
    January 13, 2014 at 5:53 pm (2 years ago)

    my friends. thanks

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  44. L
    January 15, 2014 at 5:47 pm (2 years ago)

    my dogs

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  45. elaine d
    January 16, 2014 at 12:25 am (2 years ago)

    music motivates me :)

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  46. MOHAMMAD MASOOD
    January 16, 2014 at 1:11 pm (2 years ago)

    TIME SPENT WITH MY FAMILY MOTIVATES ME

    Reply
  47. Danielle Martin
    January 16, 2014 at 9:43 pm (2 years ago)

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

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  48. Jacqueline
    January 16, 2014 at 10:16 pm (2 years ago)

    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!

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  49. Toby
    January 17, 2014 at 8:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Family of course!

    Reply
  50. eleanor
    January 17, 2014 at 8:31 pm (2 years ago)

    Believing I can achieve my goals motivate me.

    Reply
  51. Love Baker
    January 18, 2014 at 11:42 am (2 years ago)

    Working out hard so we can eat more cake

    Reply
  52. emily
    January 19, 2014 at 9:59 am (2 years ago)

    dreaming of a fit body!

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  53. jackie reid
    January 19, 2014 at 11:23 am (2 years ago)

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

    Reply
  54. Cathy C
    January 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm (2 years ago)

    My dog motivates me to take him for a walk.

    Reply
  55. MICHELLE MICHAUD
    January 21, 2014 at 8:10 pm (2 years ago)

    I motivate my self, everyday since I quit smoking!

    Reply
  56. Autumn Reid
    January 22, 2014 at 12:41 am (2 years ago)

    My furbaby :-)

    Reply
  57. lisa kay
    January 22, 2014 at 6:33 am (2 years ago)

    Just feeling Good Motivates me!

    Reply
  58. Lori Bazan
    January 23, 2014 at 5:45 am (2 years ago)

    My motivation is the bathroom scale!

    Reply
  59. Courtney
    January 24, 2014 at 9:08 pm (2 years ago)

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

    Reply
  60. Jenny nicole
    January 25, 2014 at 10:48 pm (2 years ago)

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

    Reply
  61. Karla Sceviour
    January 26, 2014 at 9:05 pm (2 years ago)

    mt husband and son,and I motivate myself!

    Reply
  62. jenn erin
    January 26, 2014 at 11:11 pm (2 years ago)

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

    Reply
  63. Jennifer L.
    January 27, 2014 at 10:20 am (2 years ago)

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

    Reply
  64. suzi
    January 27, 2014 at 2:26 pm (2 years ago)

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

    Reply
  65. roger simmons
    January 28, 2014 at 8:02 pm (2 years ago)

    My children and my wife who plays Tennis with me

    Reply
  66. Cindy
    January 29, 2014 at 10:20 am (2 years ago)

    Deadlines motivate me!

    Reply
  67. Maegan Morin
    January 29, 2014 at 6:31 pm (2 years ago)

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

    Reply
  68. Katy Emanuel
    January 29, 2014 at 11:25 pm (2 years ago)

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

    Reply
  69. Grace
    February 17, 2014 at 1:50 am (2 years ago)

    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!

    Reply

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