Monday, March 28, 2011

Wanna Know a Secret? And A Giveaway!

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Slim·Fast.
Wow, so I am sharing a lot of personal info on this blog. ;}  Here goes with some more purging of my soul! Winking smile 
 
So, onto this secret…this year I am turning 35!  Now I do not think that is old and actually like all the knowledge and experience that I have because of those 35 years.  However, it is certainly a time for me to sit back and reflect on where I am at in life.  Kind of like my last couple of posts on this blog were talking about wanting to take care of my skin before it is too late, I feel that way overall.  I am still young enough to make wonderful choices that will keep me healthy later in life.  One of these choices is to take care of my body as a whole. 
 
I have always been a very active person.  In my childhood being an athlete was everything to me (soccer, track, cross country, any sports really).  As a Mom of 3, student, caretaker to my 94 year old Grandma, Employee, etc it has been so easy to push off taking care of myself.  There is just too much else that I have let take priority.  I do totally know that if I do not take care of myself, then I wont be here to take care of the rest!  So, before it goes on any longer I am trying to reclaim my active and fit self. 
 
Another push to take care of myself, besides just turning 35?  I have a vacation planned to be on the beach in San Diego.  Those two events (vacation on the beach and turning 35) are things I am super excited about!  So, I want to be at my best for them. 
 
One major thing that I am doing is a fitness program.  I have had this program for awhile and have done it on and off.  However, I always go off because I feel like I can’t keep making time for it.  Well, not this year!  I am consistently working out every day of the week and have been doing so since December now!  I am also fitting in extra hikes and activities with my children!
 
Here’s a tip on working out consistently.  My program is an hour to an hour and a half a day.  I look at that amount and say I can’t find it.  My best friend told me something that has worked wonders for me.  She told me to just commit to half an hour a day.  I can tell myself that I will do half today and half tomorrow.  Now, 30 minutes a day I can totally find!  But the truth is, once I get to the 30 minutes I figure I am already there so I will finish it out.  There have been days that something comes up in the middle of working out and I deal with that instead (like picking up a sick child from school).  I still did something, so I am ok with not finishing out the program.
 
I am quite proud of myself for finding the time to take care of me.  I am also so excited for my vacation and for turning 35.  I want to be able to say that I am 35, here on the beach, and I have taken care of myself.  I have achieved my goals!  I wont stop once those events are over, either.  This is a change in my lifestyle to reclaim who I really am, who I used to be!
 
Anyone else on a journey like this?
 
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108 comments:

lesthook said...

I am trying for a healthier life too. I have lost a few pounds and am eating better.

Karianna said...

I have the ultimate event to prepare for - a wedding! Nope, not mine, but my brother's. Although I know I won't be the center of attention, I sure don't want to be the fat sister. So - I'm definitely ramping up my exercise / eating habits!

aggiemomof2 said...

Exercising and eating healthier are ALWAYS on the top of my list...I have such a hard time sticking with it!

Em said...

I'm going to try to do some mental health things to feel healthier - making some "me time" after my son is in bed to do crafts or just sit down and read a book without interruptions. It really is tough to keep ourselves healthy when we're so focused on keeping everyone else going!

Tabathia said...

I am on a journey to be healthier and lost weight the healthy weight and I am taking it one day at a time
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Tabathia said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/52534576182079488
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AStarrA said...

Good for you!!! I've lost 75lbs since 1/10 now to get those last 15-20 off!!
disintegratingstarr@hotmail.com

traveler said...

Healthy lifestyle is so important and with summer around the corner a must for me. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

MCantu1019 said...

I am, trying to eat healthier, exercising more, and drinking plenty of water. So far, so good.
MCantu1019 at aol dot com

tiffany said...

I just miscarried a baby and we are trying to get healthier as a family! good luck all!

anonymous said...

I'm trying to get healthier, too. I'm trying very hard to eat healthier, meaning more vegetables and less sugar and processed foods. I plan to start exercising again, as well. LPoser1 [at] gmail [dot] com

AubreyLaine said...

Exercise I always try to make a priority!
aubreyfick@yahoo.com

Anthony and Erin Mills said...

After having my baby almost 2 years ago and suffering a pretty serious illness, I am better and am sick of being about 60 pounds over my ideal weight. I got a workout video that is great and fun to do. I started hiking Squaw peak and am doing my best to eat healthier! Cheers to a healthier life in 2011!
erinelizlee@gmail.com

shala_darkstone said...

I've been trying to lose 10-20 pounds for a while now and I've finally increased my exercise so that I'm actually getting some where. I do 45 minutes treadmill 5x a week, and Tracy Anderson 2x a week.
maddiemb {at} comcast (dot) net

Jeanentt said...

I am a 41 year old working mother of three who gets up every weekday morning at 5 a.m. and runs seven miles. I i also do strength traing with weights and watch what I eat. I'm more fit now than I was in my twenties.

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lisaree said...

I have started a new diet (not a "diety" diet but more just an eating healthier diet) with a friend. It helps so much to have someone else to keep each other accountable! Still have not found a good workout program but committing to more outdoor activity.

JC said...

I try to stay active, exercise to stay healthy.

JC said...

http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/54061031579860992

allysmama said...

We are trying to live healthier lives around here too!
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allysmama said...

tweet
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Howell said...

trying to eat healthy. lowering the use of oils for stir frying or anything. play tennis.

hlee99 (at) gmail (dot) com

wizardewu said...

I do yoga to stay fi and focused and balanced.

eugeniewu (at) gmail (dot) com

Kelly Massman said...

My husband and I are on a journey like you! We have joined the gym and our goal is to workout every other day! The hardest part is eating better and/or substituting meals with something like Slimfast!

Thanks!
kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

ms-texas said...

you should be very proud of yourself for your routine! I
NEED to get myself motivated - perhaps I'll put that treadmill to good use!

debbiebellows[at]gmail[dot]com

ms-texas said...

tweeted!

http://twitter.com/bellows22/status/54859986148405248

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stormvikki said...

I am all about reinventing myself, and lets say I am on the FARRRRRR side of 40:) stormvikki at aol

3 Boys and an Old Lady said...

Just started Nutrisystem for 10-days then it's Zone 1-2-3 for 3 weeks then...

tclarkusa at gmail dot com

saphyress said...

After having both parents die from pancreatic cancer, I am even more motivated to get up every morning and work out so I can stay healthy

ma04santos said...

I have tried almost everything to loose weight and nothing seems to help. From exercising to eating right. Hope this helps:)

ma04santos said...

With Knect and taking slim fast.. I am sure I will loose weight.

saphyress said...

http://twitter.com/saphyress/status/55782535510237184

peg42 said...

I've been trying to loose weight and also find getting the time to myself to excersise is difficult. I like the 30 minute idea.
Thanks so much.
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Katie Coleman said...

I've finally managed to get healthy as well!! lost 12 pounds so far and loving my new healthy lifestyle!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

Terri said...

I'm just beginning a journey like that. I'm buying an exercise bike this week and watching what I eat. Here's to a healthier us!
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Terri said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/dahbou/status/55940043558232064
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sweepmom said...

The older I get the more I realize the detrimental effects of poor diet and lack of excercise. I work hard to keep both areas in check although admittedly I work harder in the spring and summer months.

beedyr said...

I am 78 and seriously overweight. I have several medical problems that are being aggravated by this and I am looking for ways to work around the fact that I can't stand and cook and I can't exercise. I have just started on Slim Fast and mild-type exercise. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

Peace Love and Pets said...

After being sick all winter (pneumonia then Strep throat, then the flu) I got out of shape and put weight on, I am now on my Treadmill everyday and waiting impatiently for the snow to finish melting on the roadsides so I can get out and walk.

Peace Love and Pets said...

I tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/eyzofblu63/status/56033766728138752

buzzd said...

I watch what I eat and try to walk more to make sure I look good for the event.

Deborah said...

My stumbling block is a little different. I can usually find the time to exercise, but I am usually dealing with joint pain and often use that as an excuse to skip a workout. The kicker is that if I got in better shape, my joints would probably hurt a lot less, so I'm only hurting myself (either way)...the question is will it be long term or short term?

asthenight at gmail dot com

Deborah said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/AsTheNight/status/56093082332037120.

Stephanie said...

used to have more motivation and exercise and eat healthy but since being diagnosed with cancer 7 months ago all gone to pot
tvollowitz at aol dot com

mickeyfan said...

I hit the Big 5-0 this summer. Oh my. Have to tell you about our family's Slim Fast story: My daughter has always been a bad eater. When she was in high school, she was a very thin girl. I bought her Slim Fast. She would drink that when she might not eat. I figured it had vitamins and minerals...how could it hurt?

sodahoney said...

4 years ago I had lung cancer and had to have a lung removed. I committed to getting fit and healthy.

sodahoney said...

Blog http://sodahoney.blogspot.com/2011/04/enter-for-chance-to-win-slimfast-gift.html

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

learning to rethink my portions and self control- eating healthier and making life changes mrs.mommyyatgmail

clc408 said...

I eat very healthy foods, but my portion sizes are too large. I need to cut down.

clc408 said...

Tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/clc408/status/56325672234270720

Timothy Sternberg said...

I am trying for a healthier life too.

Deb said...

I've been struggling with this all my life and just can't find the right way for me to win this battle. I’m going to the Caribbean this summer and am desperate to drop some of this extra weight before we go.

Deb said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/fairydancer35/status/56762855021752320

Jennifer M said...

I started hiking for my health after my son was born (now 2) and we all love it! Great way to be active with the family.

KaHolly said...

As I age, I am trying harder to stay healthier longer!!

rubymoon said...

OMG I am also turning 35 and have a fitness routine that is next to nothing and am trying to fix that and lose a few pounds also. I admire your honesty. It is so hard to stay on a healthy routine (for me at least). Thanks for the contest!

mail.nw415@gmail.com

MrsScrapDiva said...

Trying hard to lose weight, get more sleep and somehow fit in exercise!

Vixen said...

I try to view time spent exercising as time for myself. I am queenesperfect at yahoo.com

Nicole Johnson said...

Ready to lose the last of the baby weight!

mmburdette22 said...

I am trying to lose a 10-15 lbs before I get pregnant, so that hopefully I will have an easier time of taking off the baby weight afterwards.

mmburdette22 AT yahoo DOT com

sweetsue said...

I am nearly 50 and have put on a few pounds the past few years. It is SO much harder to lose weight at this age!
smchester at gmail dot com

Ann said...

You can keep a log of your activities into a journal and carry it with you so you know what you've done and how much more to accomplish.

LN said...

Lost 115 pounds so far cutting down on portion sizes and exercising. At a plateau.

Denise S. said...

I'd like to lose weight before our upcoming summer vacation. About 30 pounds at least!
lazybones344 at gmail dot com

Kerry said...

I would love to drop a few pounds in time for summer!
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Kerry said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/KerryBishop/status/59391942756278272
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Deb K said...

I need to start eating healthier too~as I get older more and more things go wrong..

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Deb K said...

Tweet!~

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coriwestphal said...

One quick thing I do every day is run up my stairs! I go up and down at least 20 times a day and if I just put a little fire in my step, I burn a few quick calories!

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coriwestphal said...

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Erica C. said...

I always do a lot of extra exercise before a big event.

gr8chefmb said...

I have started walking more and I try to eat healthy 95% of the time.

sy said...

i exercise once a week on saturday or sunday for about 2 hours, which means if i miss it i won't exercise for the whole week, 1/2 hr each day sounds like a better plan.
songyueyu at gmail

sy said...

tweet https://twitter.com/#!/syytta/status/60129112441884672

msrodeobrat said...

i have a beach trip coming up this summer too that i need to lose weight for.. i'm trying to start eating healthier and work out soon
addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

~dab said...

I'm not trying to slim down for a specific event, but rather I'm trying to improve my overall health and wellness. Although, since swimsuit season is rapidly approaching, it would be nice to be rockin' a slimmer body at the beach :)

Thanks for hosting the giveaway! :)

Ashley said...

I've been trying to eat better to get ready for bathing suit season. I even park in the back of parking lots when I got to stores (instead of scoping out close spots) just so I am walking that much more.

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Ashley said...

I tweeted about it http://twitter.com/smash906/status/60335025211715584

oldnavyash@aol.com

Nancy said...

I have a few years on you, but the older I get the more I realize exactly how important my health is and the long term effects it has. The goal for this year is try and cut way back on process food and eat more fresh food.

Nancy said...

My tweet: http://twitter.com/njhhb/statuses/60344634144079872

sksweeps said...

Yes, definitely trying for healthier life with more exercise. I love the tip for go for a half hour. I also find that once I'm doing it, adding a bit more comes way easier than starting!

sksweeps (at) earthlink (Dot) net

AEKZ2 said...

I turned 40 this year and I'm trying to get/stay healthy too! After 15 years of sitting on my butt, I signed up for a fitness class!

annettekz2@yahoo.com

Valeen said...

I am definitely trying to eat healthier and be more active. Not only to be a better mom, but to teach my kids by example!

sweepyhead at gmail dot com

shiloh said...

Farther along on the journey, and just trying to do the practical things to take better care of myself, like eating better, and getting rest.
spiersrp at gmail dot com

bdiane34 said...

I am trying to eat healthier and be more active.
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bdiane34 said...

I tweeted
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http://twitter.com/bdiane34/status/60494374592720896

Jessica said...

I recently started the P90X program, it's tough but I can't wait to start seeing results!

jessibear19(at)aol(dot)com

Trisha D said...

i never used to pay for my hair to get done, i would make do with colors i didnt want bc it was cheaper. now i am worth it. i go every 5 weeks like clockwork, i have a great girl and dont mind paying her rates!! yay for me!

taylorbagels said...

healthy eating iand choices are always a good thing but for us diabetics losing weight isn't usually an easy feat

Its Just Me said...

I just turned 38, and I have been using anti aging moisturizer since I was in my 20's. It has really paid off. I have been told that I still look like I am in my 20's. So I will keep up what I have been doing! :)

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Its Just Me said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/MistySunrise/status/60609254670872576

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willdebbie said...

I was recently in a wedding and I had to vamp up my workout routine and weekly facials
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susansmoaks said...

I too am working on being more healthy. I am doing some exercise 3 times a week which is an increase for me and I am working on healthier eating. i have increased fruits and vegetables and decreased sweets.
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

Jinxy and Me said...

I stay active by walking my dog a LOT and I try to eat healthy. I'm glad summer is coming so I can get outside and be more active!

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Jinxy and Me said...

tweet http://twitter.com/#!/LuckyJinxy/status/60722421304537090

Margie said...

I always look forward to getting in my exercise for the day... usually on our treadmill.
I store my email over in my Blogger profile. Thanks for the contest!

js22 said...

There's a lot of room for improvement in my life. But right now I will settle for drinking the 6-8 glasses of water a day!
Thanks for the giveaway!
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js22 said...

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Shawna said...

I'm 43 years old and I have two boys ages 8 and 4. I have recently started an work-out program to keep myself healthy because I want to be around and active for my kids as long as possible.

ShawnaMichelle@ymail.com

shelley said...

I just turned 40 and am feeling the same way. I have again started working out and eating better. I feel much better these days. My husband does slimfast and swears by it! He would absolutely love it if I won this for him!

shelleymikey at gmail dot com

katklaw777 said...

Since the new year. I have added an extra fruit and veggie to each of my meals.
I needed to start eating healthier and as I get older I find it harder to keep moving.
I am trying to lose 30lbs by walking and eating healthier.
Thanks for the great giveaway!

katklaw777 said...

tweeted...
http://twitter.com/#!/katklaw777/status/60775629813059584

Chisum Crew said...

I'm trying to get healtier by eating better and exercising more. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Shawna said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/ShawnaMichelle2/status/60739960248078336

ShawnaMichelle@ymail.com

Betty C said...

Congratulations on 35 years of life. I celebrated my 71st birthday this year and if my body would allow it I'd be dancing in the streets! I've much to reflect on and looking back I think I've done okay. Sure it could be better but we all make mistakes along the way.

Betty C said...

Tweet - http://twitter.com/willitara/status/60781001365929984

Atreau said...

Six years ago I decided to join Weight Watchers and through diet and exercise have lost 100 lbs. I've been successful at keeping it off through regular diet and food in moderation.

Terri said...

I would love to try slim fast. Thanks for the contest!