In Debbie’s own words.
My reason for losing weight and getting healthy were twofold. First of all I know a few people that were my age and they dropped dead. I finally “got it”, I only have one body and I need to take care of it. Secondly I was notified that I was eligible to win a trip at work. The trip was to St. Thomas. If I had a chance to win a trip, I wanted to be able to be in a bathing suit and feel good about myself. I didn’t win the trip, but I still feel like a winner…if it wasn’t for that email telling me about the trip, I may not be where I am today. Down almost 30lbs, stronger and healthier.
I meet with my trainer (Beth Pirtle) 2x a week and participate in one of her bootcamps. In addition to the time spent with Beth, I also do cardio the other four days. I do a 30 minute interval training program, walk 3 miles outside or do a 25 minute eliptical program.
I eat a 1600 calorie diet. I journal daily and Beth reviews my journal weekly. I try and work special treats in so I don’t feel deprived. I eat a variety of foods, but try and make sure I get 3-5 servings of fruits and veggies, lean protein and I drink plenty of water!
I think the biggest change for me is to incorporate my exercize in. I make it a priority. I even went out of town on a business trip and made sure I went to the gym at the hotel at 5:30am. The next week I was down 2.5 lbs…I think about what I eat…and try really hard to make smart food choices.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the previous year and be thankful for what we have. I am so very thankful for my health. This year on Thanksgiving day, I’m going to go for a long walk before going to my sister’s house. I will help prepare the food, so I will be able to cook healthy. As far as my meal I will have a little of everything but extra veggies and for dessert I am going to have a piece of apple pie with cinnamon ice cream and I’m going to enjoy it. I’m in control of my life and I have worked it in to my program.
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