My journey to a healthier me

Tales of my life

Dear Tyler,

Dear Tyler,

A year ago today I nervously followed you into the weight room to begin our first workout together. I didn’t really know what to expect since I’d never worked with a trainer before. Questions and concerns spun in my head. What if I couldn’t do it? What if we didn’t get along? What if you didn’t think I could do it? What if I embarrass myself? What if I get hurt? But I took a deep breathe, tried to calm myself down, and just did what you showed me to do. I still remember that first workout. I think my muscles still remember too — I was sore for 3 days! But it was a good sore. And here we are, a year later and still working together. This has been one of the best years of my life. And I want to thank you for that.

So thank you …

Thank you for taking a chance on me
Thank you for helping me change my life
Thank you for helping me find a better life
Thank you for believing in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself
Thank you for lending me your confidence when I had trouble finding my own
Thank you for supporting me
Thank you for showing me I’m worth something
Thank you for showing me I’m not beyond hope, as I sometimes thought I was
Thank you for teaching me I’m stronger than I thought, both physically and mentally
Thank you for showing me anything is possible if I give it my all
Thank you for not giving up on me
Thank you for not letting me give up on myself
Thank you for being my friend.

And here’s to the future. I’m excited to see what new heights we’ll reach.


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Quinte’s Biggest Loser – update to results

So I just had to make another post about this years Quinte’s Biggest Loser contest.

When I posted about the final weigh-in, the overall results were not out yet. I knew I wouldn’t win, and I was okay with that. But I was curious to see where I’d finish. To my great surprise, I finished 10th!! I was overwhelmed. I didn’t think I’d do that well, but so happy!

So, of course, my next question was 10th out of how many? Well this year, there was 180 people in the contest. That made me even more proud of myself. I worked really hard this year, and it paid off.

And I also got another bit of exciting news. Since the start of the competition last year, I’ve lost more than 34% of my body weight! That’s the most of any contestant. I’m pretty proud of that too.

At the final weigh-in, they take “after” photos. I used to hate having my picture taken. But I’m actually starting to like it. They took a couple of me by myself, and then I convinced Tyler to take a few with me. They turned out pretty good. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on them.

Although the contest is now over for this year, that doesn’t mean I’m letting up. I still have farther to go on my journey. And I’m not going to stop now.


Quinte’s Biggest Loser – Final weigh-in

So today was the day. The final weigh-in for Quinte’s Biggest Loser 2013.

I was a little nervous, but excited too. I’ve been working really hard and I was hoping the scale would reflect that. I wanted to see a good number.

As always, I headed to the gym this morning for my own last chance workout before heading to the weigh-in. I did a good hard hour on the elliptical. I know it was a good workout because I was sweating buckets by the end LOL. While Tyler was busy with his last client of the day, I showered and changed into something nice since they were going to be taking “after” photos. The blouse I picked to wear, I bought fairly recently, but is already a little big on me. I love that! Time to go shopping again!

So anyway, Tyler and I get down to the hospital for the weigh-in. I’m still a little nervous, but trying not to show it. Off come my shoes before stepping on the scale. I step on and kind of hold my breath waiting for the number to come up. And when it does, I’m very happy! I couldn’t stop smiling! And I will admit, I had a few tears welling up. Down another 11 pounds!! That means during the contest I’ve lost 31 pounds! I’m super happy with that!

I know I won’t take the title, but it’s okay. I win anyway. I’m winning a better life. I still have a ways to go before I reach my ultimate goal, but I’m closer each day. Every workout, every healthy meal brings me that much closer. And days like today help keep me motivated to continue this journey. I’m excited to see just how far I can go. With the continued support of my family and friends, I’m sure I will get to where I want to be. And with the help of the best trainer in the world, of course. Thank you, Tyler, for everything.

I’ve already committed to participate next year. And I’m even considering mentoring someone next year. Maybe I can get Tyler to team up with me on that 🙂

Today has been a good day 🙂


Quinte’s Biggest Loser – 5k

So this morning was the 5k run/walk for Quinte’s Biggest Loser. They had one last year, but I didn’t participate in it then. I was excited and nervous about today because I was going to be jogging as much of it as I could. I’ve been working really hard and trying to improve my jogging so I would be ready for today, but I was still nervous. A lot of my friends were doing it too so that made it easier. And Tyler was going to do it with me as well.

I got there early to help set up and help with registration. Some people pre-registered, but lots of people signed up this morning which was good. It was great seeing so many come out for such a good cause. All the money raised goes to the hospital foundation.

All week I had been hoping and praying for a nice day, and thankfully Mother Nature decided she would let us have one. Still a little chilly, but beautiful out and not a cloud in the sky! The run was along the waterfront trail. It’s a beautiful place to walk/run, but I was too busy concentrating on what I was doing to enjoy the view LOL.

I surprised myself by starting out jogging. My lungs were burning a little with the cold air. I had my asthma puffer in my pocket just in case I needed it (but I never did). I was trying to do one minute jogging, one minute walking. I think I did that for most of the way I think. I don’t go very fast so everyone left me in the dust, but thats okay. Tyler’s girlfriend Erin came along as well. I’m glad because I needed all the support I could get!

Tyler really helped me keep going. If not for him, I might have given up jogging it and just walked. But I kept going. Even though there was a voice in my head that was screaming for me to give up and just walk, I kept going. Even though my right hamstring was aching, I kept going. I really wanted to do well. Actually, I just really wanted to cross the finish line LOL. But I was hoping for a personal best time.

As we neared the finish line, Tyler ran ahead so he could take video of me jogging over the finish line. Once I got to a point where I knew I could jog the rest of the way, I took off. As I rounded the last corner, everyone starting clapping and cheering. My friend Karen ran up to me and crossed the finish line with me. It was awesome. A personal record. I finished in 1:05:47. It felt great. I did it. I started the race jogging and ended it jogging. What a great day!

And I don’t think I could have done it without the support of my amazing friends. Thank you Tyler, Erin, Liz, Karen, Sheri, Matt, and everyone else who cheered me on, those at the race and those far away. You are all just all sorts of awesome (to quote my friend Chase).


Quinte’s Biggest Loser – 3rd weigh-in

So Tuesday was the 3rd weigh-in for the Quinte’s Biggest Loser contest. It’s been 3 weeks since the last weigh in. I’ve been working really hard so I was hoping for a good number.

As usual, I headed to the gym for a last chance workout before heading to the weigh-in. I did a double workout in Monday, so I was a bit sore when I woke up. On Monday, I had my normal workout with Tyler, but I didn’t have a very good cardio session. So I made myself go back Monday night. I did more cardio but then I was asked to workout with the dragon boat rowing team. OMG! It was a killer workout! My muscles were sore before I even left the gym. Those people are amazing athletes. Anyway, I did the best I could with my cardio on Tuesday, then headed home for a little rest.

After resting for a bit, I headed down to the weigh in. It’s less than a mile from my house, so I walked. It was a relatively nice day out, although a bit chilly. I made pretty good time too.

As usually, I was nervous getting on the scale. And I’m down another 7 pounds. While I’m glad I lost more, I was really hoping for a better number than that. I was a little disappointed. Did I not work hard enough? What more could I have done? Did I eat as clean as I could have? All sorts of questions go through my head. I tried not to dwell, but it’s hard. I’m still down and that’s good. In total, I’m down 20 pounds since the competition started 2 months ago. I think that’s pretty good. And I have to keep telling myself that.

So the last weigh in is 2 weeks away. Gotta really kick it up. I need to finish strong. I know I won’t win the title, but that’s okay. I’m winning a better life.