I can NEVER gain weight again!

Saturday, December 1, 2007 by Michelle

Not ever! Not that it was even an option, really. Why, you may ask?

Ted Loo Fitness website has me as a "featured client" this month, and my face is all over the place. It's fun, but also a little sobering.

2.5 years ago I could not have imagined I would be where I am now, but that 2.5 years would have passed irrespective of whether I was making healthy choices or not. I'm glad I went down the road to health this time.

Atira looking for members

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 by Michelle

Atira Women's Resource Society, the fabulous organization I work for, is in need of some members. Some of our funding is based on whether we have a "sufficient" membership list and, fact is, we spend more time doing our work than trying to find people to pay the $2-10 to become members!! Anyway, if you could go to http://www.atira.bc.ca/files/Application.pdf and fill in an application along with $2-10, that would be splendiferous! You're then allowed to vote at the AGM (yeah). Employees can't be members, otherwise we'd have a whole bunch of us! Pretty please?!! Thanks, Michelle


Sunday, July 29, 2007 by Michelle

Probably seven or eight years ago, Topher and I decided we’d try to hike to and camp at Garbaldi Lake near Squamish. People said, “it’s an easy hike.” Hah! When you’re as out of shape as we were and as completely overpacked, it's all bad. We turned around about 3.5 km in near the end of the switchbacks, and came home defeated, exhausted and in pain.

Today we redeemed ourselves. We hiked the 9km up to Garbaldi Lake with friends; it was a pleasant hike and we did fine. It’s amazing what being fit will do!

Second Anniversary

Friday, June 15, 2007 by Michelle

Today is my second anniversary of starting my fitness journey, at least it's the second anniversary of setting foot in the gym to workout with a trainer. It feels great to be able to say I've not only stuck with it this long, but that I don't foresee not doing this for a long time to come. In these two years, I've:

* gone from 205 lbs (no muscle tone to speak of) to 142 lbs (a decent amount of muscle tone)
* gone from a size 16 (well, I had a couple of outfits size 18 and the 16s were getting a bit tight) to a size 6. I had never been a size 6 before!
* integrated exercise - including running and strength training mostly - into my life.
* really looked at my nutrition and made "tweaks" so my food consumption is much healthier now, especially adding breakfast every day.

This journey has been populated with a lot of great supporters - family, friends, trainer, naturopath, co-workers, sparkies - and I'm thankful for every encouragement along the way.

I still haven't figured out what I'm going to do for myself for my second anniversary, but Ted Loo Fitness (the trainers I workout with) is paying for some professional photos for me as a "success story" on the website. Ted & Warren have been instrumental in my fitness successes.

I am very happy today.