Lately I have been inspired. I recently read two articles that encouraged me and motivated me to get started at the gym again. Both these stories started with small steps on a bigger journey to better health. The key is that you can make a difference with some effort each day. If you are looking for a story or two to motivate you and help you find your way back to the gym, check out this article from, The Hamilton Spectator, that featured my friend Shannon and her journey to better health that started in January 2009.
I was also inspired by someone I heard about through social media channels. His name is Andy and his journey to better health started in December 2011. He recently wrote on his blog about losing over 100 pounds and what a positive change it has made for his health and his life. I invite you to read the post he wrote on the one year anniversary of his journey to better health.
It’s amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it. Hopefully we all have stories like these two, to share as 2013 draws to a close!!
With the help of my friends at Sport Chek, I would like to offer you the opportunity to win a $100 gift card for Sport Chek!!
Use this card to get yourself motivated or perhaps inspire someone you know (since it is the time of year for gifts)!! The contest will be open from December 15, 2012 to December 19, 2012 at 8pm (Eastern Time). In order to be entered, you need to do the following:
1 – Follow @SportChek on Twitter
2 – Follow @Canadian88 on Twitter
3 – Tweet me the following:
@Canadian88 I am inspired & want to win a Gift Card from @SportChek to help me be #MyBetterMVPWin
Don’t forget the hashtag & be sure to tweet each day, to help improve your chances. The winner will be selected randomly via Twitter Twitter Chicken Dinner on December 20, 2012.
Please feel free to share your stories in the comments here and good luck!!
I have been working on this 5K run effort for over 6 weeks now. As I have blogged here, I am amazed by how well the app that I am using builds up strength and stamina for achieving the goal of running a 5K. While I feel stronger and healthier, I still have one stumbling block to overcome. I know that to go faster, I need to be lighter. It will take less effort and energy to move a lighter body along the path or treadmill. That is just simple physics!! Who knew I paid attention in that class!!
Like I mentioned back when I started my blog series on this topic, I had a number of motivations to start running. One was to support the efforts of my friend, Rachel. Another was to improve my heart health and cardio-fitness. The final one was that I had hoped my efforts would help me lose a few pounds as an added bonus. That has not happened yet. 🙁
I know that there are a number of people out there that have successfully slimmed down and lost weight using a number of methods. Outside of the usual options for formalized programs, I am curious to find out what resources people have used when attempting to lose weight. What blogs, websites, books or magazines did you use or find useful. Was there a particular app that you used to help you or did you use the old-fashioned method of pen & paper to help your efforts??
I personally don’t like the idea of formalized programs that tie you into a system of meetings and check-ins. I am a busy guy and truthfully, I don’t have the added time that those programs would take. I know that people will tell me that the time required for those activities is an investment in myself. I also know that I would fail if I tried to add more appointments into my schedule right now.
What I want to do is figure out a program that I have ownership of and have developed to fit my lifestyle, which includes a moderate amount of travel each month. To do this, I need some resources to build a framework, so that I can do a better job of managing what I put into my body.
It wasn’t until recently that I came to the realization that I could get the calories I need to live off, from far less food than I need to feel full. A stunning concept, I know, but I guess that realizing that now is a good thing. Just like my running efforts, I can make a change and a difference if I set my mind to it!!
If you have any helpful resources that you would like to share, please leave a comment below so that others can benefit from your input too. If you would prefer to send your comments directly to me, please reach me on Twitter or via my contact page. I look forward to your input!!
Posted in 2012, Couch to 5K, Fitness, Lifestyle
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