Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Back to where the journey began

Went back to where my journey started I went to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, I haven't been there in a year. When I went last year I was 100 lbs heavier and so uncomfortable in my own skin, but also on many of the rides.

So why did my journey start here you might ask, well last year when I was eating junk and not taking care of my body I of course complained about my weight and that I did want to get back on track, however I wasn't really that serious about it until that day June 30th, 2012; when I was kicked off of two rides due to my size. 

words can not express how embarrassed I was, the first ride not only did I get told I couldn't fit, but the contraption of a seat belt got stuck and they had to stop the ride for the time being to get it off me, and this ride faced a crowd. The second ride (which is pictured) I was facing the crowd and they couldn't get the chest piece down on me and I again was kicked off in front of people watching. 

Of course it was embarrassing because there were people watching, but in the end I was disappointed in myself for not taking care of myself and letting my weight get so out of control. That weekend I made a decision to start with a personal trainer and start living a healthier lifestyle. Of course with anything it takes time to build those healthy habits, so I started slow. I started with working out 3 days a week with my trainer and eating somewhat healthy when I felt I could, I did this for about a month. I wasn't seeing any weight gain, but I also wasn't seeing any weight loss, and I realized I was still making lots of unhealthy choices when it came to my eating and I wasn't working out enough. 

So by end of August I started working out 5 days a week, some days twice a day! And cleaned up my diet completely - I noticed a huge change not only in the scale but in how I felt! And here I am a year later keeping up with my workouts, but still occasionally struggling with the eating part, but I'm nowhere I used to be! I have so much more control and so much more forgiveness for myself when I slip. So needless to say I did indulge in some yummy treats at the boardwalk this weekend and I don't regret it, because that following Monday was a new start, and a new week. And I've so far from where I used to be! A year ago I had no self control when it came to what I ate, and I made every excuse in the book why I couldn't possibly lose weight, so while yes I may have suffered some short term embarrassment it also changed my life! (My brother and I and enjoying some Filipino Ube ice cream)

So whatever your goals, however far you have to go, never give up and start with the baby steps first! Any step towards your goal is a step in the right direction, eventually you will ramp it up and get where you need to. Remember 21 days to build a habit, the point is to keep going and don't lose sight of your goals, and most importantly.........BE PATIENT! I still have a ways to go, but I know I just need to keep being consistent and patient, and understand that with failure come success! It's all in your attitude!

Always follow your heart, never give up on your dreams, and always fuel your passion!

Signing off, 

AJ-ility Fitness (Angelique)




Monday, July 15, 2013

Fitness considerations

I made a comment today on a fitness group that I am a part of on Facebook, and realized that sometimes I blow myself away with what I say. LOL, so I thought I'd share.

When it comes to fitness here's some things to consider. These are the things I had to come to terms with when changing my life and lifestyle.  One thing I learned to was that I could no longer look at it as a "diet" or something temporary, unless I wanted temporary results. I had to realize I had to make it my lifestyle, because at the end of the day I want to be in shape for the rest of my life, not just for a few months. So it's going to be hard, but worth it. It had to become a routine in my life, much like brushing my teeth, it's recommended daily ;) So again as I tell everyone that reaches out to me......IT'S NOT EASY! But it's SO worth it!

So what ever your goals, however big or small, make sure you do it with passion. And realize that sometimes you have to make sacrifices and see things differently than you did before. To get results you have to accept change. It took me a long time to realize this, and to get my mind in the right state to make these necessary changes. I wish it happened sooner, but I'm glad it didn't happen later! Until next time, healthy salutations and signing off - AJ


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Crossfit update

So I am almost at my month mark for crossfit, and I am LOVING it!!!! In just this short amount of time I have grown so much stronger! I've never liked running at all, even when I was at my thinnest weight. But now I find myself running and enjoying it. When I started crossfit on June 17th I remember we had to run 400 meters, and that was a struggle! Yesterday we had to do 800 meters for part of our warm up and I didn't realize until I made it to the 800 meter mark that I ran all the way there without taking a walk break, that was a huge breakthrough for me, especially since I've been experiencing recent knee pain. 

So with starting crossfit I have also started doing Paleo as of July 1st, and so far my experience with it has been positive, I've already dropped some pounds. I am down 109 lbs since starting this journey almost a year ago and it's amazing to think of how different and amazing I feel! 

I started as a girl that had big fitness goals and didn't know where to start, a girl that wouldn't be caught dead in a bathing suit unless I had on a shirt and shorts, to a girl that is lifting heavy weights, running, and wearing a bathing suit with confidence. I still have about 40 lbs until I reach my goal weight, but I'm confident that by end of this year I will attain this goal. Once I've attained that goal I'm going to start working on building more muscle so that I can get on stage and compete in a figure competition. I used to be afraid to dream big, but now I realize it's not that the dreams are too big, but that our fears make our dreams seem too big. The saying the body achieves what the mind believes is so true, and I believe this could be applied in many facets of life - not just fitness. So with whatever you do in life, make sure you do it with passion, try your best and give it your all. 

Healthy salutations - AJility Fitness





Recent progress picture: 

Crossfit day 1 and Saturday progress pic: