We all make daily choices, some easy some not so easy. In this blog we hope to help fuel those daily choices with content that is relatable, positive, and even humorous sometimes. Yes, we have made great strides in weight loss and health and are happy to help anyone who reaches out, but all in all, we hope to just be a light in your day.
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?
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…
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. 😊
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?
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 😂)
I had originally intended not to share the “challenge”, that I had issued to myself. But, plans change!
Yesterday, I decided to share my struggle on my personal Facebook page because I wanted my clients to realize that I can struggle just like anyone else. I didn’t realize how my page was looking until a coworker, to one of our children, said, “Your mom must never fall of the wagon or cheat.”
Well, truth be told: I DO NOT FALL OF THE WAGON OR CHEAT, but I do sometimes make choices in food or drink that aren’t the best for me. But those are “choices”. I am not on a “diet” so there is nothing to “cheat” on. I make daily choices, just like everyone else. Sometimes those choices might be to eat the chips that come with my salad or to have an adult beverage while out. The problem for me comes when I start making those types of choices too often. That is what I have done recently.
Recently, I came across a quote that said, “When you treat your health journey like a diet, you get diet results”. Guess what? When I used to “diet” in the past, I would reach a goal and then go straight back to my old way of eating and old habits. What would happen? All of the pounds that I had said goodbye to would return and they would usually bring friends! So, I refuse to “diet” ever again.
It’s all about daily choices. Hence the name of this blog: “Fueling Daily Choices”.
I try to make the best choices each day and I also absolutely love helping others learn to make those choices.
I am so grateful for each and every person who has given me the honor of walking along with them on their journey towards better. Be it better sleep, less weight, clearer thinking, learning to handle stress, better relationships (living above the line), etc… Is it always easy? Definitely not! But, it is ALWAYS worth it!
Last June, over a month before a wedding that I was asked to read at, I started walking every day and eating a whole foods diet in an attempt (yet again) to lose weight.
By the wedding date I had lost 9 pounds which is pretty average (approximately 2lbs/week).
I found a dress, (WARNING: Too Much Information ahead 👉🏼) a spandex body shaper, control top undies and to be sure I had all of my bases (flab) firmed and under control, I also wore spandex capris made for firming! Talk about being uncomfortable! As always, I just decided to smile on the outside while berating myself on the inside for having failed at weight loss again! Why hadn’t I just started sooner??? Why is it so hard to lose weight when I’m starving myself and exercising???
What a difference! (see photo)
In the past few months, I have lost 3x’s the weight and I’ve not been hungry or started exercising yet!!!
I am ever so grateful for this Optimal Health Program! Coaching others has been a blessing I never would have imagined could come from losing weight! It has made all of my past weight loss experiences worth it.
I am a COPE Certified Health Coach and I am so excited to help you reach for your health and weight loss goals! I can honestly say, “I’ve been there and tried that!”
Weight issues can be a very difficult and private struggle. While I share many photos of food and progress I also want to “keep it real”, even though this is embarrassing. It might seem odd to some but if you know what I’m talking about, you “know” what I’m talking about!
I haven’t been able to comfortably or easily cross my legs (due to fat thighs) for quite some time. In the past few years I’ve had to swing one leg over and then pull it the rest of the way using the pant leg.
Not anymore! I was thrilled to find, besides my boots fitting better, I can now cross my legs comfortably with no tugging on the pant leg!
Please ignore the muddy floor mats, winter has been long. 😊
Note: Post originally written in March. Just didn’t publish it here until now. Some weight subjects are just more embarrassing to admit.