Thursday, May 17, 2012

My Fitness Journey - Recap

This blog was born back in June of 2010.  Almost 2 years later, I have made new friends, gained new fans via my facebook fanpage and have helped a few of my family and friends with their own weightloss goal.  This blog basically started because my "IT" hubby flat out said, "honey, you can't possibly have time to respond to all the emails you get asking how you lost all your weight or detail your recipes, so why not start a blog?" .... hmmmm, good point there and so My Fitness Journey was born =) ....

Most of you know that my heaviest was 210 lbs which is what I weighed when I gave birth to our first child, Alexander Lee, back in April of 2009.  I have yo-yo'd back and forth from 140 to 210, down to 170, 150, 125 and then my lowest 114 (day of first fitness competition).  Needless to say, I have always struggled with my weight ever since childhood. 

After I had our son, when he was about 14 months old, hubby and I packed up and decided to move to Texas where my family lived.  We realized we needed the family support to raise our little one, but it also worked out that the Dallas market at the time was abundant both in the IT and tax accounting professions.  Therefore finding jobs in our industries was not too difficult.  We got settled in and decided to join a gym.

Here's me at 170lbs:

This picture was taken back in June of 2010.  At this time, I was living a sedentary lifestyle and decided that it was time for a change.  I was 29 years old and vowed that by the time I turn 30, I would be fit and fabulous! ....

Time to get to work! ...

How did I start?  First off, I downloaded my gym's group exercise class schedule and highlighted all the classes I thought I can initially handle.  Bodyworks (whole-body weight class), step circuit, kickboxing - I couldn't wait to get started!  I also hired a personal trainer twice a week for 30 min sessions in addition to the classes.  Probably the most important change was my diet (no secret here!) ....

I had already read about "clean-eating" from Tosca Reno's The Eat-Clean Diet Book as well as my Oxygen magazines.  Prior to this lifestyle change, I had also already been exposed to fitness competitions back in 2006 when I went with my then kickboxing instructor, Lisa to Hollywood and she competed in Fitness America as well as attended a Cathy Savage's Camp in Boston.  It was an amazing experience and I knew that one day I wanted get on that stage too.

Here is me in Hawaii I'd say about 145-150lbs I can't exactly recall.  I still had some ways to go but after 4 months of training and group exercise classes, I started to see the weight decrease and my clothes fit better.  This was taken back in October 2010 for my hubby's best friend's wedding in Honolulu, Hawaii.  His BF lives and works there and I knew I better get my butt in gear in time for this trip!! ...



So .... not quite there yet, but great accomplishment thus far.  And you have to remember to celebrate your accomplishments whether small or large!  I decided to keep going to my classes and continued my personal training up until April 15, 2011.  I turned 30 years old that month and hubby threw me a 30th b-day party!  A few of my close family and friends were there (Emily, Bryan, Tracy, Julie, Rebecca, Navin and Andrew to name a few) and it was a lot of fun!  Here I am wearing a Bebe dress in a size 2 at 125 lbs.  Hard to believe I could even fit in a Bebe dress lol:



I must say having this body took a lot of dedication and perseverance.  I ate clean 80% of the time and saved my "treat" meals on the weekends.  I worked from home at this time so I was able to go to the gym in the mornings and get my workouts in before the day started.  I decided after turning 30 years old that I would make my dream of competing finally come true.

Next up, the Europa!  Of all the competitions, I chose the one where the pros and veteran competitors showed up :-/ ...  But honestly, I competed not for the trophy, but for the experience and celebrating my 14 months of hardwork and accomplishment.  Here is the the full blog detailing my experience training for my first fitness competition:


Most of you all know competing is not my bread and butter (or should I say my ezekiel bread and almond butter hahaha); I am your full-time senior tax professional by day, however, fitness is my other love on the side (yes, I have a love for tax too ;) - that's the nerd in me ... 

Now that I have reached a good weight for my height and body type, I refuse to go back.  I also refuse to fall in the typical "accountant mode" of burnt-out, tired, irritable and unhealthy stressed.  That's not to say I am not stressed with my profession at all (I am trust me as well as lacking sleep at times); I just make sure I keep my fitness routine in my schedule even though it's no longer everyday going hard at the gym. 

As I have detailed here in one of my blogpost, I am now also a full-time Mommy, wifey and have put competing on the back burner.  I am grateful for the work/life balance I have now and enjoy the time I spend with my family.  Here is the blogpost I am referring to in case you have not read it.  To sum up my competition experience, I would love to do it again of course (after having kiddos), but it's not my main passion.  Nothing wrong though with looking like one =) .... right now I'm mainly focused on maintaining my weight and continuing the healthy clean lifestyle.  I love that even my son will eat eggwhites, oatmeal, fish, grilled chx breasts, sweet potatoes, brocolli, etc with no hesitation!  That's an accomplishment in itself! .... 

So ... here I am now at 130lbs to date, size 4 and in Loft wear sizes, XS or S.  I am not at the gym 6 days a week like I use to, but minimum 3 times.  I have also started spin classes and love how it works my legs!!  I miss my group exercise classes and now that I am not in competing mode, I am able to attend my old classes more frequently.  But you will most find me in spin =) .... 



When I'm not in the gym, I have my own home elliptical that I do before work and then lift a muscle group on my lunchbreak at my office gym.  Like I say, "Where there's a will, there's a way!"  Aside from this past busy season, I've kept up with my clean-eating, eating 5 small meals a day with a combo of lean protein, complex carbs and healthy fats.  Here is an example pic of my meals today that I packed for work:


Just a few minutes of preparation the day before or even Sundays goes a long way for the work week. It helps me stay accountable to myself and avoid fast foods for lunch.  I save my "treat" meals for Saturday evening when hubby and I go on a date night so I know during the week I have that to look forward to.  Plus we all know eating out everyday (and at my job I see people who eat out EVERY meal) will not yield good results.  Change will not happen if it doesn't start with you.  Period.  You either want it or you don't and as you can see here, I wanted it BAD when I was 170lbs back in June of 2010.  No looking back for this Mama!! ....

I hope my fitness blog continues to inspire and help you.  I have recently just added fashion to it since that is also another passion that runs with the women in my family.  I must say that shopping is a much more pleasant experience nowadays!! ...

This blog was created to help you and please know that I am here for you to help you during your own fitness journey =) - what are you waiting for?!?  Let's go! ....  Remember, you are beautiful!!!! ....



Cheers!
Mrs. Chilly

3 comments:

Marge said...

HI there! We are all on a journey, aren't we. I am visiting from Pinterest and thought that I would take a moment to say HI.

Make it a great day!

Mrs. Chilly said...

Hi Marge! Yes, we are all on a journey whether it be family, fitness, life, career you name it. It is what you make out of it and if you choose to channel POSITIVE energy behind it that will push you forward. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Have a wonderful weekend! ..

Mrs. Chilly

Tunde said...

Awesome post! I love seeing moms succeed at their goals!