I’ve taken the next step in my journey to lose the last of the weight I need to get off my body! As I mentioned in my last blog I met with my friend Stoney Eskew of Eskew Fitness for some testing and game planning. It’s nice to have access to some science so we can take the guess work out of losing weight.
First test was to test my resting metabolism. This test felt a lot like trying to breath thru a scuba mask for 14-20 minutes without the benefit of being able to see cool stuff underwater. But at the end of it we know exactly what my metabolism is and exactly how many calories I need to lose weight, maintain weight or (god forbid) gain weight. My magic number 1348. The next test was using the same uncomfortable scuba-like mask, but this time stepping up and down from a step bench. I was sure I was destined to fail this test by tripping and falling head first into all of Stoney’s fancy machinery . . .much to my surprise I got thru the whole test with out falling down! After this test we knew exactly how I need to exercise to burn fat (yay!) instead of just sugar (boo!).
Before Stoney left she went over the plan one more time, so here is what I’m in for for the next 32 days:
1. 3 days of strength training per week to rev up my metabolism.
2. 4-6 days of cardio (in my recommended heart rate intervals) to burn fat.
3. A 5 day “reset” program to start detoxing my liver to it can start pitching in again, even out my blood sugar levels, and start to heal the insulin receptor sites so my body is smarter.
4. EAT! I know if I eat much less than 1300 calories my body goes into starvation mode so I have to be clearing my 1300 PLUS any calories I burn thru exercise (and getting said calories from quality sources instead of candy, beer and pizza…dangit!). With my exercise plan and the upcoming summer fun of playing on a kickball, a volleyball and a softball team…I think I’m going to be doing A LOT of eating so I apologize in advance if you come to my office and I’m stuffing my face.
I know this all sounds a little intense but did I mention: I’M GOING TO HAWAII IN JUST ABOUT 6 WEEKS!!! It is my goal to be feeling good enough about myself to walk around in just a swimsuit for the first time in my life (no wraps no shorts). I don’t expect to look perfect and I know I still have a lot of work to do to lose these next 35-40 pounds, but I think it’s important to have measurable, short term goals.
Wish me luck and I’ll keep you posted on how things are going! Thanks for the support, y’all!
Path to putting in the work with help, to get back in shape!
Written by: Jana Royer-Morian
Last year I wrote a blog about how easy I was finding it to lose weight, I just followed the “DUH diet” and I magically shrunk by about 25 pounds. Ahh, the good old days! I no longer think losing weight is easy and have reached the, “nothing I’m doing is working, so why try” phase. Maybe some of you have been in this place.
Well, after months (and months) of losing and gaining the same 5 pounds I have decided to take two very important pieces of information to heart.
- Enlist help
- Tell others what you’re doing
Enter my old friend Stoney Eskew. I met her years ago when I first went into private practice and was teaching at Colorado Free University. She is beautiful, fit, and most importantly a genuinely good person . . . oh yeah, and an amazing personal trainer. Stoney owns a company called Eskew Fitness and she specializes in metabolism testing and nutrition and fitness counseling. When we first met and worked together, she tested my metabolism and told me exactly what and how much to eat… and had I done what she told me to do, I am sure it would have worked. Maybe I wasn’t ready, maybe I was committed enough… maybe I was just too lazy. Knowing that she would have the answers to why I have plateaued and can’t seem to get any further with it, I called her again, but this time I am ready, I am willing and I have lots of reasons for wanting to be successful.
They always say that the best way to be successful and stay accountable is to tell other’s what you are doing, so here I am telling all 2000+ of you what I am doing, why I am doing it and how I plan to be successful. My hope is chronicling my journey will be a great way to reach out to any of you who have struggled with your weight and hopefully Inspire you to find a new way to approach your weight loss woes.
I meet with Stoney in two days and at that point we will do my metabolism testing, tell me how many calories my body needs and the best way to give it the fuel to keep up with my active lifestyle. More details to come!
Tonight I went to my sister-in-law Jill’s house for a very special treat . . . SANTA! The City we live in offers an amazing program in which you can request for the fire department to bring Santa to your house in a fire truck with lights and sirens. Jill is a very generous person and since she had arranged for this visit for her kiddo’s, she also invited 5 other families with a total of about 12 kids to her house and fed everyone dinner while we waited for our “special guest” . Once the fire truck arrived Santa, Mrs. Clause, a helper and a fire man all came into the house yelling “Ho Ho Ho” and sharing the Christmas cheer. Watching those little kids light up when Santa walked in was Inspiring! No matter your position on religion or the existence of Santa . . . it’s impossible not to melt when you see kids jump up down shouting, “It’s Santa!!!”
This night couldn’t have come at a better time for me because as December has rolled in so quickly, my thoughts have been more on shopping lists, sales, stress, money and my schedule than anything else. This is unfortunate because the holidays should be about love, family and faith (in whatever that may be). I am lucky enough to have lots of family around me, lots of people in my life to love and faith in something bigger than me. So I am thankful for Jill and Santa reminding me tonight to stop and take a deep breath and enjoy the holiday season. And I wish that for you too. I hope you take the time to stop and see Christmas thru a child’s eyes and I promise you that it will change your perspective too.
And as an early holiday gift for you . . . an embarrassing secret about me. I believed in Santa until I was 11.
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September 11, 2001 is a day where we will always remember where we were and what we were doing. I was in Hawaii sleeping when the planes hit the World Trade Towers. I remember my boss, Kelly, calling me and saying the United States was under attack so I jumped up and turned on my TV and saw the carnage that had been unfolding for the last several hours. I called my boyfriend and told him what was happening. He said his sister had called him hours ago to tell him but he didn’t think he should wake me up as he knew I would be devastated by this news.
For most of the day I sat and watched with horror as everything unfolded, but the images of people jumping out of the Towers were the most upsetting to me by far. Even as the years have gone by, my husband and I vary on how we deal with things like 9/11. He, like many others, is more of the thought process of “it’s sad, it makes me feel bad… why would I think about it?” I feel differently. I feel I am doing a terrible thing by not paying my respects to the thousands of people who lost their lives, the people who helped with recovery and rebuilding and the families impacted by the events of 9/11.
I’ve since spent time at Ground Zero, looking at the scar that is left and praying for everyone involved. As time moves on, I am proud of how New York has triumphed over that terrible day and I’m looking forward to visiting NYC again once the new tower’s are up and the memorial is finished. On this 10 year anniversary, I send my thoughts and prayers to the families who will no doubt be having a difficult day. I hope they know that there is an entire country standing behind them saying, “You haven’t been forgotten, we will always remember and we are so sorry for your loss.”
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Guest Blog by: Kate Flahert
Benefits of Eating Organic
Organic food is extremely beneficial to human health given the lack of pesticides and harmful chemicals that many non-organic foods have. Specifically, organic foods are particularly beneficial to fighting cancer. The diagnosis of diseases like breast cancer, colon cancer, or mesothelioma is often devastating to individuals and their families. For some, the diagnosis might even result in deep depression that causes a loss of appetite and malnutrition. It is also possible that the cancer itself might change the body so malnutrition occurs. According to the National Cancer Institute, nutrition therapy or the eating of highly nutritious foods, helps patients maintain a healthy body weight, improves the immune system and increases the chances of surviving cancer.
Benefits of Organic Food for Cancer Patients:
*Organic foods are better when battling the disease or practicing preventative care as most organic foods contain a number of immune-boosting nutrients and cancer-fighting antioxidants.
*Organic foods do not contain any pesticides, preservatives or unnatural chemicals. This means the food will not interact with medications or lower patient immune systems.
*High nutrition content in organic foods helps cancer patients who are struggling with malnutrition. According to the National Cancer Institute, many cancer patients suffer from this condition, especially in cancers that change how the body absorbs nutrients. By eating organic, patients have a higher amount of nutrients and thus the body is able to gain better nutrition.
*An improved immune system is a key to cancer life expectancy. The survival rate of cancer varies, but it is possible to improve the chances of living longer by eating organic to boost the immune system. Mesothelioma life expectancy, breast cancer survival or any other cancer survival is more likely if the body has a strong immune system to balance the treatments and fight the cancerous cells.
*Eating an organic diet helps patients detoxify the body. By removing chemicals, pesticides and harmful metals from the body, patients will see an improvement in overall health and energy.
*In cancer care, nutrition is only part of the treatment. While organic food has benefits that help improve health in cancer, organic food and improved nutritional habits alone is not enough.
*Patients should try mild exercises as appropriate for the cancer and according to doctor recommendations. Some exercises like yoga might help alleviate nausea or side effects from medication.
*Plan organic food eating schedules under the directions of a doctor. Only a doctor can determine which nutrients are most necessary for the body based on where tests show a lack of nutrition. This will help determine which foods are best for personal needs.
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