Thursday, January 29, 2015

Why I want to help others become healthy, and happy

I wanted to explain why helping others achieve good health, and fitness is important to me.  My childhood was spent laying in bed coughing day and night with severe bronchitis. I missed 80% of school, and had difficult eating because of the constant coughing. I spent my childhood underweight, and sickly with delayed physical skills.  In my adult life, I bounced in the other direction overeating on junk food until I was near 200 lbs. In my late 30's I started to add exercise, proper food, and positive attitude in my life.  Depression was a daily thing for me until just last year when I started working on myself, and healing.  I believe that anyone can be the victor over the things in their lives that hold them down. I am now a Black Belt in two Karate styles, and a Beachbody Coach.  Feel free to message me, facebook friend me, or email me at

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I started up a facebook page which combines my new lifestyle

Many of the Martial Arts skills that I have learned have been helping me in my efforts to eat a healthier diet, and work out.  I wanted to share my experience in how the Beachbody program, and how Karate can complement each other so I started a facebook page.  Feel free to visit it anytime, and click "like" while you are there.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Something NEW in my life...

So... I turned 50 years old last September.. and I decided that the best gift that I could give myself would be to become more healthy, and to lose the weight that I've been carrying around for so long now.  It's not like I haven't tried for the past 6 years to lose weight.  I have done the counting calories everyday making sure that I didn't go above 1400 calories a day.  I have drank the 8 to 10 cups of water per day. I have controlled my portions and ate 5 smaller meals rather than 3 big meals.  I have even done the Juice cleanses... but my body insisted on staying at the same weight.

One thing that I noticed through all of my efforts was that I wasn't able to provide enough daily nutrients to my system despite the fact that I had changed my eating to include mainly fruits, vegetables, and healthy foods.

I decided to try something new... I bought the Beachbody Insanity Max 30 Challenge Pack that was on sale in December.  It offered a free month's worth of their Meal Replacement drink called Shakeology.  So for the price of the Shakeology, I was able to get the work out dvd's too.

Yes.. the picture did intimidate me... however, I checked out the video on youtube, and I thought.. "Hmmm.. this workout reminds me of some of the things that I've done in Karate.. I think that I might be able to do this.."

Insanity Max 30 Youtube video

So 3 weeks ago I started...  I took  my "Before" pictures like they suggested as best as I could using a mirror propped up against a wall to reflect my image.. Wow.. I don't like seeing that in the mirror.. I can tell you:

Like I said, I'm only 3 weeks into the 2 month program, and I'm astounded by the results already.

I have lost 5 pounds.
I have lost 4 inches around my waist, 1 inch around my hips, 1 inch around my thighs.
My blood pressure has gone down from 130/80 to 121/64

What is amazing is that I'm not hungry on this meal plan. I am still working my job as a food server which is very physically demanding, and then going to Karate in the evenings for 3 hours, AND doing this workout.  Sure.. I did add a few points of carb, protein, and oil to compensate for the higher caloric output... but not that much.  I have been drinking the Shakeology everyday. It takes a little bit of time to get used to the taste at first, but I found it to be delicious.  I am able to walk away from the foods that I used to crave. It's hard to work as a Food server and be surrounded by cakes, cookies, and various desserts, and not want to have some. I know that this was my biggest weakness. However, ever since I started on this program I have been able to walk past. Is the temptation still there? Yes.. but it's not as strong.. and there is something in me that can say "Tell you what body.. wait about 15 minutes, and if you still want that cookie.. I will eat it."  Guess what?  I get so busy working during that 15 minutes that the urge to eat the cookie disappears, and I realize that I worked the whole day without having any desserts at all.  The most amazing thing is that I don't feel bad about it.  I don't feel like I'm still needing it.. or wanting it.. I feel full.

I feel exhilarated!!!  Finally.. something that is helping me achieve my goal to be at a healthy weight.  It used to take me a whole month sometimes to lose just one pound.  It's helping my Karate training, too.  The program seems to complement my Karate training.  Last karate class that I attended.. I felt energetic, and full of speed.  The five step combination that we needed to do just flowed out of me smoothly.. I don't know if it is because I'm working out everyday, or if it's the different kinds of exercise that I'm doing in the Insanity program, or the fact that I'm stretching more often.. but I had no problems with meeting the demands of Karate class on Friday.  I almost felt like I was moving like Jet Li, or Jackie Chan for a moment there because it just flowed so smoothly.. ha ha..

I just HAVE to share this with you, my friends, and readers.. because I'm not even finished the program and I have decided that I want to make it available to anyone who might be interested in it.

If you want to check it out.. just send me an email, and I'll help you get a look at it all:

I promise you that I will update this Blog with the results when I finish the full session of Insanity Max 30. It sure does look like I'm going to love what happens!!