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Day 5: HealthMC “A Busy Mom’s Success Story”

Today’s inspiration is a special guest. A down to earth, amazing, super funny, supermom.  I call her supermom because this woman manages to look so amazing with a very very CRAZY schedule.   Ty is one of the most genuine person that I know, she is loving, caring and what you see is what you get.  Read her story and let her inspire you as you prepare for HealthMC Day: 6 “Who’s on Your Team”

Read Ty’s own words

From the time I could remember, I’ve always wanted to live abundantly healthy.  I’ve always believed without your health you have NOTHING!  I think one of the hardest things about losing weight is admitting your own part in being overweight in the first place.  We are always quick to blame someone else for making us fat.  I use to blame “getting old” as the reason.  Huh…whatever!  I am in full control of what I put into my mouth EVERYDAY.  It is a choice, and every single day I have the choice to feed my body the best nutrition possible.

After twenty years of yo-yo dieting and life “getting in the way,” I set out on the journey of a lifetime.  In January of 2008, at age 42, I found myself unhappy, unhealthy and ready for a change.  In my heart I was ready, but with my extremely hectic lifestyle, I knew it wouldn’t be easy.  Eating nutritious “clean” meals takes lots of preparation and my time was already limited!  But living a healthier life was important to me and I had to make the time!   I needed a lot of faith, discipline and determination if I wanted to start LIVING and not just EXISTING.  At the end of the day, it’s about BELIEVING in yourself.  Knowing in your heart, that you are WORTHY!

After months of “clean eating” and resistance training, my body changed drastically.  I stayed committed, focused and determined to prove to myself that this time, I WOULD NOT QUIT like I had so many times before!  Quitting just made me a failure once again, and this time I truly wanted to reach my goals and WIN!  It would be more painful if I didn’t. After initially losing 30 pounds, I still wanted more!  Not to be “skinny”, but really wanting to sculpt my physique.  So, I challenged myself by entering a bikini competition.  Training and dieting for a competition was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but the reward was wonderful!  Even with my long days and hectic lifestyle, I managed to stay committed.  For over 25 yrs. I’ve wanted to compete and there was no greater feeling than to do it at 44 yrs. old and to top it off, win third place!!  The feeling was AMAZING!  Even if I hadn’t placed, I still would have WON!  No trophy will ever validate my triumph!


Living a healthy, fit lifestyle isn’t easy, but it can be a lot easier if you plan, prepare and make yourself open to change.  Embrace new challenges and experiences so that you may grow.  Continue to believe in yourself and trust the process.  When I realized this was not simply about the number on the scale, but it was a LIFESTYLE change; I knew that I had finally figured it out, great things were yet to come and that I had finally arrived!


For all the women who think “40 something” is too old to start living healthy and fit, think again!  If you’re sitting there allowing yourself to think “it’s too hard”, “I can’t” or  “I’m a failure”…DON’T!  Don’t quit or give up.  If today is the day you were going to leave, quit or give up, postpone that decision another day.  Commit to taking care of YOU today.  When you get up tomorrow, praise yourself for making it one more day.  I hope that I can inspire you to find your inner and outer glow in the process.  Even on your toughest days…CLAIM YOU VICTORY!  YOU DESERVE IT!

To your every success,

Fitfully yours,

Tyneshia “Ty” Royal

Today’s Recipe is simple and quick “Quinoa Shrimp Salad”

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Day3: healthMC “Age is Only a Number Ladies”

Some of the excuses I hear all the time from women

  • I’m not lifting weights because I want to look feminine
  • I have no intentions of looking  like a fitness competitor, I just want to look normal.  (what is normal by the way?)
  • They eat like rabbits, I want to eat normal food (what normal food are you talking about because most of them eat clean?)
  • I was at a store and this lady saw a free magazine featuring a fitness competitor on the cover and said “see that, that is not feminine at all and I have noooooo intention of looking like that”

Ok, let me just put it out there, even if you have no intentions of competing you could at least say ” I want to look like a competitor”. Don’t look for a reason not to be in your best shape, choose to be a winner not a whiner.

The flip side is that so many women dropped this defeated attitude and decided to reclaim their health by changing their body at any age.  One woman who proves all the earlier statements wrong is Paula J. Hannah.   At 48 years old she looks the best that she ever did in her life.  This month she was featured as a success story in Oxygen Magazine.  Paula is my guest today and I give you her own words to inspire you today. I am 100% sure that Paula will inspire you so stop by her Facebook page and let her know how her story moved you.

June 2009, at the ripe age of 46 (celebrated my 48th birthday this past November) I purposed in my heart to live, having survived a mentally abusive marriage of 10 yrs (dated 7 yrs prior), relocating to a city where I knew NO ONE compounded by single parenting, 2 yrs of unemployment, foreclose, repositions, depression, brokenness and despair only to come to the point in my life where I now stand, RENEWED.

I was alive but not living, breathing but not feeling, conscience but not aware.  I vaguely recall clothing myself in “green with envy” as a friend from church began taking actions to lose weight.  I would often say to myself how much I wish it were me until one day I decided to no longer stand idly by but take matters into my own hands.   I renewed my gym membership at the local commercial gym in addition to using the gym fully paid for at the office…yes I know…tisk tisk tisk.

One evening at the gym I was offered a personal training session and while I gathered a lot of useful tips concerning the proper way to use the equipment and proper form, nothing was more impactful than the following statement the PT shared.  “This is an 80/20 process, 80% diet/20% exercise”.  He further explained that the more effective and fail proof way to reach a healthy weight and obtain a body I could be proud of was first made in the kitchen.  I’ve been 100% clean eater since May 2009.

I realized quickly that creating and executing a workout routine was way out of my area of expertise so I forfeited owning a car in exchange for training sessions.  During the intake I was asked what were my short and long-term goals?  Can you say clueless!  I knew I didn’t want to give the standard “girly” answer of wanting to be toned so without much thought I said body build…I let it rest then repeated….yeah I want to be a bodybuilder.  Little did I know that this external restructuring would have as much of an internal repair mechanism as it did to my physical structure.  The place I least likely would be found was the place where I was found.  I’ve often said that once my outsides caught up with my insides I was going to be certifiably dangerous.

Goal set, goal achieved…Oct 2010 I stepped on the stage 82lbs lighter (227lbs May 2009).  While the outcome didn’t result in a top 5 placing I know right well there’s no hardware equal to having my mom say with tears in her eyes she couldn’t recall the last time she saw me smile; my only daughter (15yrs) designing a shirt that read “Proud Daughter of a Bodybuilder”; FB friends whom I never met taking a 5hr car ride to show their support; trainer confessing that he commented to the person seated next to him “Dang she has one hell of a back” then realized it was me.  No, I didn’t walk away with a trophy but a WINNER none the less.

Recipe of the Day: is SimpleChef Canadian Bacon Breakfast


Until next time, spread the love…

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Simple Guest: A Woman’s Amazing Weight Loss Success Story

THE GIVEAWAY FOR THIS POST ENDED

THE WINNER IS : ANNETTE ANDERSON

CONGRATULATIONS!

Meet Jaime (“Jemmy” ), an extraordinary woman who overcame a lung condition to shine.  I am always inspired and motivated when I meet women like Jaime who never cease to amaze me with their dedication and desire to win.  Jemmy honored me by being my first Simple Guest.  Jaime brings us an incredible Weight Loss Success Story along with a sweet Simple Giveaway for the weekend.

It’s a Mental Game

My Journey - Before

My name is Jaime (“Jemmy”), and I have been on my own journey toward health since the summer of 2008. Over these 2+ years, I have picked up loads of information on health and fitness, and it all has really helped me out. But, the biggest lesson that I have learned through all of the ups and downs of my personal rollercoaster ride is that it is largely a mental game.

When I was overweight, I was very depressed and felt quite isolated. I had friends; but, because I felt so unattractive and had lost my sense of self when I became overweight, I was afraid of allowing my true self to really shine. I lived a largely inactive and sedentary life due to a lung condition and piled increasingly bad eating decisions onto my situation, which of course made everything worse. With this struggle, depression set in and I felt quite hopeless, which ultimately led to more eating. This weight gain cycle kept spiraling out of control until I reached about 200lbs.

It took some suddenly positive and unexpected news to jar me into accepting my first mental challenge: to decide whether I was worth the effort of becoming healthy again. My pulmonary specialist cleared me to exercise. See, I had been dealing with scarring on my right lung due to an injury for nearly a decade, and it caused me to give up working out. I fought that end at first. But, the difficulty became too great, and I eventually accepted inactivity as my new normal and became unhealthy. But, with the doctor’s news, my first and final excuse was no longer valid. If I was going to change my circumstance, now was my chance. Would I take it? I had to first take the time to analyze why it was important for me to change my life. What would I gain? How much effort was I willing to put forth? Could I really do it? Would it make a difference to the quality of my life?

I decided to take some time to jot down my thoughts. I looked back at all the times I ate until I felt the pain of being too full. I thought about those days when I didn’t have anyone to eat lunch with and just made a quick trip to McDonald’s. Then, I thought of how these lunch trips to the Golden Arches eventually led to breakfast stops before work. I thought about how I gorged whenever I went to my parents’ house for dinner—going back for seconds and thirds. Had my relationship with food become emotional? That led to a whole new slew of thoughts.
Now, I wanted to track what triggered my eating. I figured that the only way to really tackle my problem was to get at the root of it. Well, the biggest two offenders turned out to be loneliness and boredom. I didn’t have much self-worth or enough people and activities to fill my life and feed my soul; so, I used food to fill my stomach instead. I would be by myself during my lunch break at work and eat. I would be home alone at night and eat. I would be home on the weekends after church and eat. I would be in front of the television with nothing better to do. Even though I was not hungry, I would eat just to pass the time. And, my choice was always greasy, salty, or sugary foods. THAT had to change.

My Journey - After

Taking these difficult first steps to be honest with myself was a painful process. But, it was a necessary first step for my journey toward self-love and health. My story will continue in my next guest blog post. So, stay tuned!

THE GIVEAWAY

Two free sample packets of Shakeology + a recipe card!  The winner will be chosen from those that provide correct answers to all three of the following questions:

  1. How much weight did I lose in 2008?
  2. What are the two types of articles that I write?
  3. I’m training for my first triathlon.  Which charity am I raising money for?

Find the answers at www.HealthJems.com. Then, submit your answers to Jaime at: jaime@healthjems.com

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At Health Jems Jaime shares her journey and expertise as a Beachbody Coach.

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