I’ve been meaning to post this for quite some time now but have been extremely hesitant and it took me forever to finally convince myself that I had to do this.
The thing is, you see, I hate having my picture taken and I am extremely uncomfortable with posting pictures of myself, especially pictures of my former, larger self or pictures where my skin is exposed…
This page would be a high concentration of both, but I feel I sort of owe this to you guys. It’s one thing to tell you to eat this or eat that… if you never see what it actually can do for you, I guess you’re going to be a lot less inclined to actually do it.
I’ve never been one to tell people that they NEED to do this or that in order to get the results that they want. I’m more comfortable with sharing what it is that I do and what it is that I believe to be good for me and let you guys pick out whatever you like and leave out the stuff that you don’t.
I guess you could say I’m more of an “inspirer” than an actual motivator.
I figure if I kept posting recipes and never included pictures, chances are you wouldn’t even be interested in trying them out. Well, I guess same goes for this. If I keep telling you that this is the way I eat and these are the food choices that I make but never show you what said choices did for me, well, you would be less inclined to believe that my choices might be good choices and less tempted to follow in my steps, right?
So here goes…
5 YEARS DOWN THE ROAD – THIS IS WHERE I’M AT NOW
Oh, it did not happen overnight. And of course, that did not happen in the kitchen alone. I spent quite a few hours working out, as you can very well imagine. But note that I never set foot in a gym. I exercise exclusively from home and I’ve been going at it 6 times a week for over 3 years now.
As well, I feel it’s important to mention that none of the pictures on this page have been edited in the least, save for cropping and laying text over them.
I’m planning on eventually sharing more detailed information about the steps that I took to get here, but for now, let me give you just a general recap of what I did over the course of these 5 years during which I traveled the path to this new healthier, fitter me.
YEAR 1 – 2008
I quit smoking.
That’s it! That’s all I did that year.
But what a great accomplishment this was. One of my biggest ever!
After I’d been smoke free for 2 months, my daughter sent me this little surprise drawing that she’s made for me by email. It touched me so deeply, it gave me wings. I never picked up a cigarette ever again.
It’s the little things that make a huge difference sometimes… I will forever hold on to this drawing.
YEAR 2 – 2009
My official resolution that year had been to quit drinking during the week: that meant no booze whatsoever from Monday through Thursday, but I could drink whatever I wanted on the week-ends. It wasn’t long before the need to drink subsided and I started drinking less and less.
About mid-year, I also decided that I was going to lose some of that extra weight I’d been carrying by reducing portion size and making somewhat better food choices. My motto was: everything in moderation.
The pounds were coming off in moderation too, as you can very well see!
YEAR 3 – 2010
That was the year I started exercising: the official resolution had been to be active for a minimum of 30 minutes a day, no less than 6 times a week.
I initially invested in a Wii Fit as well as a not-so-great-Elliptical-Trainer and got my body movin’.
I also started reading on the subject of health and fitness and cleaned up my diet quite seriously this time. I became more and more interested in fueling my body with good food.
It wasn’t long before Wii Fit didn’t fit my needs anymore (pun definitely intended) so I started creating my own workouts and eventually moved on to P90X
When summer came, I got fed up with exercising indoors so I started running. My goal had been to run 10 km straight. That year, I ran my first (and only) half marathon in 2:01:40!
Now I was really getting somewhere. The transformation had clearly begun!
YEAR 4 – 2011
Still exercising 6 times a week (although that half hour rule had gone way up!)
P90X was still part of my regular routine but I started mixing with other resistance and cardio workouts.>
Still working the heck out of my poor squeaky Elliptical machine, too (I abused the poor thing doing intense HIIT sessions 2-3 times a week)
That year, I came to the realization that I really didn’t like running, so I barely ran at all. I had to think of another outdoor activity that I could do during the warmer summer months, but that year I spent most my summer exercising in the basement.
Oh, that was also the year when I decided to have that unsightly excess skin removed. (please don’t judge… it was a very tough decision to make and I hated myself for doing it for a very long time… I can’t even believe that I am actually talking about this, let alone showing it, but since it was a turning point in my journey, it had to be mentioned. I’ll tell you more about this in another post… )
YEAR 5 – 2012
Still going strong about working out religiously 6 times a week.
Still doing P90X but lifting much heavier weights now. Left the “12 to 15 clan” (lean) to join the ranks of “8 to 10″ (size). Also added / switched a lot of the exercises in the program.
Started doing Zumba on cardio days. LOVE IT!
Oh, and I found an outdoor activity that I truly like for the warmer days of summer: CYCLING! I rode close to 2000 km last summer. Not bad considering I hadn’t been on a bike in over 20 years!
I completed my first official challenge (the Laurentians Challenge : a very hilly 92.5km ride) and I also beat that distance in the same summer doing 104km on a single ride.
This is my awesome training partner, Vince! Together, him and I really go places!
YEAR 6 – 2013
After going through my first Whole30 challenge earlier this year, I decided to give the paleo lifestyle a serious shot.
So far, I’m LOVIN’ it!
I also stopped P90X and started doing Body Beast instead. I still do a little bit of Zumba, Elliptical or Biking for cardio.
I dream of giving CrossFit a try. Maybe this summer? I NEED to fit that one into my schedule (and budget!) (EDIT: I did manage to start CrossFit at the beginning of September and I absolutely LOVE IT! Best move I ever did. Read more about it here)
And there you have it. That about sums it up, for now… I don’t think I need to tell you about what it is that I eat, do I? Of course, if you have any questions or comments, fire them away: I’ll be more than happy to discuss all this with you.