Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Meet Mary!

My name is Mary (Marty’s wife), and it's my turn to greet the world and say, "Hello!" I smile brightly, I live fully, and I love with all I have. Having a healthy outlook on life, however, does not a healthy heart make.

This means that it’s also my turn to officially commit to what my husband and I have said we're going to do... but keep putting aside for the business (busy-ness?) of living life. What "LIFE" is there, however, without being alive?

I've watched myself from this side of the mirror and am ever amazed that the moment I look away my mind (in full “self-preservation” mode) instantly replaces what is with what was... or what would be. I have realized that although my mind is trying to save my pride, nothing could be less healthy than untruth! Only truth will save my life. The truth is, I am overweight. The truth is, that is not healthy. My Martin and I talked about the ways we could get serious, the tricks to losing weight, and the key that would open the door to our healthy future. We've set our goals, we've reviewed our reasons and motivation, and now for the commitment… our blog to follow our journey into a world of wellness!

Neither one of us wish to post a "before" photo with our unhealthy selves in a bathing suit. We wouldn’t wish to subject anyone to such cruel and unusual punishment. J I will, however, chronicle my journey to wellness with updates on my weight and current photos of myself. I’ve put this off long enough, so there’s no time like the present to start. After dusting off the scale I was disappointed to see that I still weigh 281 pounds. I weighed 175-180 pounds in high school and that being said, I’d like to lose 100 pounds and return to my “old self”.

For the past week I thought I’d been pretty good at eating healthy. I’ve been drinking my meal shakes for breakfast. I’ve turned down offers of sweets including cookies, candy, and even a Frosty from Wendy’s! If you don’t know me, you don’t realize what self-control that took. I’ve been putting away the food after our first helping at dinner to keep from going back for seconds. I’ve stopped frequenting Starbucks and McDonalds, and I’ve even switched to non-fat and fat-free options for just about everything. I’ve rid the house of sweets and snacks, and when I shop for groceries I try to stick to the perimeter of the store where fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat, etc. are sold. I try to avoid the aisles where processed foods and packaged dinners are sold.

Well, I won’t let a week make me weak! I am determined to win this war, battle by battle. Tomorrow’s battle will go something like this.

Breakfast: Shaklee meal shake, Shaklee Vitalizer supplements, a piece of fruit, and my morning water.

Mid-morning: I’ll grab more water and exercise with the Wii Fit Plus (and maybe Zumba 2 if I my husband will join me). Otherwise, I have a feeling I’ll be too pooped to continue. For some reason, when my Marty’s around, I have this need to reach for the stars… and the conviction that I’m able to. When we exercise together, I won’t quit until he does.

Lunch: Shaklee meal shake, more water, fresh vegetables.

Dinner: This will be the most difficult time unless I prepare ahead. I hope to prepare dinner after I exercise when I’m not hungry. I’m also going to cut some fresh vegetables to snack on if I get hungry, or if others in the house decide to eat un-healthy.

My Marty and I are doing this together. We have some great goals for our future, but we need to be healthy to see them realized! I’ll check in again soon. Take care and feel free to share your thoughts, ideas, and helpful hints or advice. We can use all the help we can get!!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

This is Marty again! Well, today started off with the best intentions, but how does that saying go? Anyway, I began my day with a Shaklee Meal shake, and some fresh fruit. Not bad, I said to myself. Actually, I said it out loud, as I was trying to impress the family. My wife just looked at me, because she had her shake, too, for breakfast, so I got that "Really?" look from her. Lunch was light also, but my main reason for not feeling good about today wasn't the food I ate, or didn't eat. No, it was the lack of exercise. I was hoping to get some time doing something, and I missed the boat completely. I would like to say that there is always tomorrow, but I can't keep putting it off. Yes, I know it is only two days, but that is how three months can pass by without doing anything, one simple day at a time. This means that Wednesday is a MUST day for me. I MUST make time to exercise, even if I get busy.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Good Afternoon! My wife and I decided to start this blog just to track our health progress. We recently re-started our Shaklee business and figure that this would be a great way to keep on track. I have had some aches and pains recently, so I thought it was about time I started to exercise (more) and keep track of any weight loss and improvements to my overall well being. I know that many people would rather read about exercising and diet than to actually do it, myself included, lol, but here it is for the world to see. So, my goals are to exercise four times a week, and lose 15 pounds over the next four months. What kind of exercise? What kind of diet? I am thinking of joining my wife and use the Wii Zumba 2. I actually get out of breath just watching it, but that is all the more reason to go for it, right? I am also going to start with the Shaklee Meal plan and replace one of my meals with it to start.

In addition to this, I will be working on my online business, so any questions about that would be welcome. As the health progress, so hopefully will our work.