Finding Motivation in The New Year

“You didn’t fall off the wagon.

You had Christmas and New Year’s. You celebrated. You enjoyed.

It’s okay.

Be filled with gratitude.

When you and your body are done celebrating, simply return to balance.

Balance does NOT include punishment.”

This quote popped up on my Facebook Memories. I don’t know who said it but it was something I needed to hear in this moment.

I am great at giving my clients motivation to reach there goals but when it comes to motivating myself…that’s another story.

A decision has been made! Stay tuned to see what’s up.

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” ~ Brad Paisley

Virtual Community and Vision Boarding

“Community” is a Habit of Health. I have been very blessed and am thankful for the “virtual” community, of like minded people, that I get to be a part of. If you don’t have a positive community that supports you in your health goals…you can join ours.

“Virtual” Community Time

I have wanted to learn more about vision boarding and how to do one and TODAY is the day!

One of the things I love about the program that I am blessed to coach is that we focus on the person as a whole. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, and Healthy Finances is our motto.

Tonight we will be focusing on how to “Envision a Bigger Future” and how to create a “Vision Board for 2021”.

2020 has been a challenge. More of a challenge for some and less for others but the world has changed for all of us. Maybe 2020 brought sadness, fear, and loneliness. Maybe it brought joy, hope, and self-discovery. Maybe it brought some or a little of all of those things. I know, for me personally, it has been a rollercoaster of emotions.

This evening, I plan to let go of all of those emotions (if only for an hour) and try to envision a “bigger” and brighter future for myself and for all of the clients that I am so blessed to work with. Some of the visions that I have for my future are to be “fit over 50”, instill more healthy habits, continue to help and grow with others, be extra positive (2021 might need “extra” in the positivity area to start off).

If you are looking for a little break this evening and learning about vision boarding…please feel free to join our “Virtual” Community Time here at 7:30pm Central/8:30pm Eastern. You can be a fly-on-the-wall and just see what we are up to. If you’d like to connect with me afterwards, feel free to message me. I love getting to know people and hearing about their goals.

I have also finished my eNewsletter for the week, YAY! If you’d like a look you can see it here. This week I have information on tonight’s Vision Board presentation, a great recipe, and more. 👉🏼 If you are interested in receiving my free weekly eNewsletter (absolute no obligation) send me a message and I will get you signed up.

Have an amazing day!!

Age…Is It Really just a Number?

Age (50), is it really just a number? I am pondering this question today. Hmmm.

Since my weight loss, I have been of the “can-do-anything” attitude (much to the chagrin of our children…remind me to tell you about almost falling off of the garage roof).

Anywhooo, today I put my back out. Grrrr. I don’t like being laid up! It actually does make me feel older than I should feel. I don’t believe that we should ever feel “old”. If we take care of our bodies, why shouldn’t we be able to do all of the things that we did in our 20’s and 30’s?

Long story short: I’ve been somewhat of a hoarder of sentimental items. I am so not kidding when I say “hoarder”. Over the past 30 years I believe I have kept “all of the things”. Not just the children’s clothes, shoes, schoolwork, artwork, toys, etc… but I actually kept the clothes that may husband and I no longer wore. It is crazy!

Since December has been unusually warm 50 above, compared to the usual 30 below, I decided it was time to clean out our storage unit. Eeek!

Here is the “short” part of this story. In the process of moving totes (heavy totes), I pulled a muscle in my mid back. Not being very bright (I think self deprication is warranted here), I decided to work on it again today and in the process of moving more totes, while trying to favor the injured side of my back, I pulled a muscle on the other side in my hip.

Can we just say…I am in pain. I don’t like this kind of pain. Like I said, it makes me feel old.

When I was younger (wasn’t that just last week?), I could have done this type of lifting and rearranging without injury or pain. 50 should not be so different than 30, should it?

I don’t like this type of injury simply because it is all-consuming. It hurts to move. It hurts to breathe.

I’ve been whining, mostly to myself (and you), about how much pain I’m in; and until this minute when I decided to post about it, I didn’t actually take control of the situation; I was simply just wallowing in my self pity.

Seriously?!? This is not the person I am anymore!!! It is time to figure out what I’m going to do about it!

What am I going to do about it??? Whining is just so easy…can’t I just continue to do that? I suppose I could, but what fun would that be? I would only make myself more miserable when I realize that my sweet husband doesn’t want to hear me complaining since 1. it is annoying and 2. he can’t do anything to fix the problem for me.

The only answer is…I need to continue to work on increasing my strength. It is as simple as that.

50 isn’t “old” so why should it feel old? Age is just a number!

Find Your Why

Finding our own personal “Why?” is not always easy. We tend to base our “why” off of what everyone else says they want for us. That’s all fine and good but not realistic. When it comes to accomplishing a goal, we need to have our own personal “why” or we may find it difficult to reach our goal and/or to have lasting results.

Your “Why?” Is your intrinsic motivation and your highest stimulus for change.
from ~ Your LifeBook, Dr. A’s Habits of Health

Find your “Why”.

Almost Caved In to Hangry

Traveling out of town for the day and towards the end of the day we almost caved in to “hangry”. Definition from Oxford Languages: Hangry = bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger.

We were making excuses of why we should go to one of our favorite restaurants:

1️⃣ We don’t get here often, we should treat ourselves.

2️⃣ It’s so far to get home, we are hungry now!

3️⃣ It’s one meal out, we’ve eaten healthy all day.

👆🏼It’s not the fact that it’s a restaurant, it’s the fact that most likely we would have made very poor choices while there, Ex: Loaded mashed potatoes, fried onion petals, etc…

In the end, we made the decision to each have a protein bar on the drive home. Stopped at the grocery store and picked up a rotisserie chicken, lettuce, and a bottle of Bolthouse Farms dressing. 😋

Bolthouse Salsa Ranch, Rotisserie Chicken, Spring Mix Lettuce
Quick and Healthy Salad

Aside from being a much healthier choice, we didn’t feel miserable after eating, it only cost $16.00 (compared to the $40+ it would have cost to eat out) AND we have leftovers. 😊

I’d say that is a WIN, WIN! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

What are your go-to quick yet healthy meal ideas?

I’m 50!!! Why Start Now?

This was my thought when I decided to start doing a workout routine. Mind you, I haven’t started yet…I have “decided” to start. 😂

My excuses for not starting until now:

  • I don’t want anyone to see me workout (not even my Dear Farmer)
  • It’s too late/I’m too old
  • It won’t work for me
  • I live too far from a gym
  • I don’t know what exercises to do or how to do them
  • I will hurt myself

With the past months of our “New Normal” I have not stuck to my eating plan perfectly, I have not continued my walks and it is starting to show. I am seeing my weight creep back on in all areas, my tummy, my back, my thighs. I had never really toned up my arms to they are looking as flabby as usual. I want to change all of this.

Reasons over excuses:

  • I can workout when no one is home or in a different room
  • It’s never too late and I will never be too old
  • Why am I so “special” that it works for everyone but won’t work for me???
  • Due to our current “new normal” working out at home is probably a better option for me anyway compared to a gym
  • YouTube will show me what exercises to do and how to do them!
  • I will only hurt myself if I try to push myself to do things that my body is not ready for. If it feels painful…modify it or don’t do it!

Now that I have made the decision and have researched a few different YouTube workout channels to try, what do I really want from the first workout and beyond?

Wants/Goals

  • I want to break a sweat
  • I want to feel like I have pushed myself past my limits for reps
  • I want to feel energized
  • I want to be proud of myself for getting up early to workout
  • I want to do this daily
  • I want to develop my own personal workout plan

How will I accomplish these wants/goals?

  • I will get up earlier than usual
  • I will not make excuses
  • I will workout for a minimum of 30 minutes
  • Even if I have to modify the exercise, I will do every exercise in the video I choose
  • If I don’t like the video I choose, I will not stop to search for a new one, I will finish it out and find a new one for the next day.
  • I will document my progress from Day 1 (photos that may never see the light of day 😅 and journal)
  • I WILL NOT QUIT!

I need your input: ❓❓❓If you are over 50 and had not regularly worked out in your pre-50 years…

What age did you start working out?

Do you do cardio and weights?

What is your favorite YouTube workout channel?

Here’s to Day 1…Wish me luck. 😘

This is where it begins.

Well, Hello There!

It’s been a hot minute (am I to old to use that phrase 🤔 ) since I/we started this blog. I feel like I should introduce myself/us again.

Hi! My name is Kristin 👋🏼 My Dear Farmer (a.k.a my adorably handsome husband) and I started this blog to help spread hope, by sharing our weightloss and health stories. We also want to spread positivity and share our humor (I think we are pretty comical 😁 ).

OK. Realistically, I write this blog and he chimes in. 😘 If he wrote this blog it would be much funnier… My Dear Farmer has a “resting b*tch face” (I’ll tell you about it sometime) but he is actually a teddy bear with a heart of gold. He was my high school sweetheart and we have been together ever since ~ not to say there weren’t bumps along the way (even though we made it look perfect and easy)…but, that is a story for another day!

Long story short:

December of 2018 I suffered a debilitating knee condition and the only options I was given were knee surgery or lose the weight! On New Years Eve I ended up in the ER with knee pain and blood pressure of 164/107 ⬅️ that is NOT a type and it was NOT good!

In January of 2019, I decided to contact a friend who had been posting about her weight loss journey on social media. I told her, “I will try your program but if it doesn’t work (like you keep posting about) I’m snoozing you on social media.” I didn’t say unfriend 😂 just “snooze”.

I decided to give it my ALL. If this program failed, it would not be because I didn’t give it 100%!!!

I did say, “Long story short” didn’t I?!?

The program worked!

After my Dear Farmer watched me seemingly “melt away” without doing any exercise…he joined me. Together we lost over 60lbs in a relatively short amount of time. It has been life changing!!!

One of the many fun outcomes…I went in for a check-up and the nurse took my blood pressure with 2 different blood pressure cuffs…she couldn’t believe my blood pressure was 110/60 after being so dangerously high. 😊

You can bet I have saved these jeans…It is where I started.

I tell you, I had tried so many other programs that failed (or I failed them)…this happens to be the one that worked for me/us. I don’t push my program on anyone. I coach a program that worked for us and that we whole heartedly believe in. I offer it hoping that if it is meant for someone, they will come to me. I believe that each person I work with, and am now friends with, were led to contact me not because I tried to sell them something but because shared our story and I offered to walk along with them on their journey! We don’t do this alone!

Here’s where is sounds salesy (feel free to ignore):

If you have tried everything and nothing seems to be working where weight loss is concerned…contact me, I would love to work with you! You can do this! I know because I did it and if I can do it, so can you! If you don’t feel you can do it, let’s chat (no obligation), I would love to visit about the possibilities. 😘

If you’re not ready, that is a-ok. It took me a long time and a debilitating condition to take the chance and to make the changes I needed to make. You have to be ready in your own time. Some stranger (me) telling you that they can help you change your life is not what you need…you just need to be ready to make the journey. And, when you are, I am here to help you.

How long has it been since you have been happy in your health and weight?

Hello There – It’s Been a While

It’s October 1st 🤗

Fall is in the air 🍁 🍃🍂

This time I didn’t let “irrational fear” stop me! 👏🏼👏🏼 I’ve taken a step…

❌Nope, not getting on a ✈️ …still have that irrational fear 😂😳

✅Over the next 90 Days I’m going to be looking and showing up differently while I work on some new personal goals! 🤩

Can’t wait to share this with you! 😘

Well Hello There!

Enough is Enough!

Enough excuses of why I wasn’t drinking my water, why I wasn’t following the “simple” eating schedule I had been following, why I wasn’t paying attention to all the BLTs (bites, licks and tastes) I had been “treating” myself to, enough feeling scared about the current situation our world is in!
So, last Tuesday (1 week ago today) I dialed in my nutrition…I started following my healthy habits:

💦Drinking lots of water
💤 sleeping soundly (minus last night 🤪 Note to self: no major caffeine right before bed)
⏰ eating when I should
✅eating what I should

Not only did I say goodbye to 6.2lbs along with reclaiming all of the above habits, but I am also:

🙋🏼‍♀️volunteering to help my honey 😍 with farm jobs that give me opportunities for extra movement (picking rocks 🤦🏼‍♀️)
Even my attitude has improved (reference “volunteering” above 😂)