Ok, I confess that I have struggled with my weight most of my adult life. I have dieted, I have exercised, I have tried the gimmicks, the fads, the programs and over the span of 3 decades my hubby and I have purchased a LOT of exercise equipment, paid for gym memberships and I have made so many New Years resolutions to lose weight that it would make your head spin. I was somewhat successful in dropping a few pounds and toning up a bit but I never reached my ultimate goal and eventually my good intentions were all that I really had to show for my pitiful efforts.

But this year something happened shortly after New Years. I had not made a New Years resolution to lose weight in years, I’d really just given up trying but on January 6th 2015 I celebrated my 51st birthday and something just clicked. It hit me that it wasn’t about losing weight, it was about living healthier. I needed more than a weight loss program…. I needed to be re-programmed to live lighter! It’s difficult for me to put this into words but it’s like a light finally went on and for the first time that I can remember I believe that my life is dramatically changing…. for the better.

“It felt good to actually feel my muscles…”

On January 7th, the day after my birthday, my journey began. I’ve set some goals, there are going to be a lot of changes, not just in the area of physical fitness, and not just for me but for my hubs too because he is coming along on this ride with me and we are both going to be happier, healthier and lighter because of it!

So, the first thing I’m doing is learning to eat healthier and getting into an exercise routine.  I know that I need a more active lifestyle but with my schedule it’s tough! But I have to start somewhere.

Last February, after seeing I don’t know how many commercials of smiling, toned, fit, perfectly groomed people losing weight in all the Tread-Climber commercials, we bought one.  Yes, another device to add to our collection.  It arrived and they came and assembled it and it sat on it’s mat in the basement. Until January 7th I had only been on the thing 3 times!  Pathetic!

“… but I KNOW I can do this!  I am excited!”

I am happy to report that as of today, January 12th, I have worked out on the Tread-Climber every day except yesterday.  Today I also started doing some other muscle building exercises.  It felt good to actually feel my muscles, I think I heard them too because they were definitely screaming at me, but at least I know that they are still there!

The healthier eating has been surprisingly easier since a friend turned me onto skinnytaste.com and a veggie spiralizer. The spiralizer is fun to use and every single recipe that I have made this last week has been delicious, satisfying and easy to make.  I am making enough of each recipe so that we can enjoy at least two meals, one on the day I prepare it and one for the freezer for later because frankly, I do not have 1 or 2 hours every afternoon to spend in the kitchen preparing dinner for hubs and me! It’s going to take some getting used to, planning menus for the week and shopping for all my ingredients at once and then spending some time to cook things up ahead but I KNOW I can do this!  I am excited!  This innkeeper is going to get fitter, lighter and healthier and I am inviting you to watch as the transformation happens!

“I’ve made a promise to myself to do this…”

Why? Well, two reasons – I find it quite humbling knowing that you are there and because it will be a lot harder to not follow through with you watching…. kinda holding me accountable just because I know I’ve made a promise to myself to do this and I told you about it. So, thanks for reading this and please feel free to ask me how I’m doing or anything else that you might want to know about my journey.

Let the shrinking begin!

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Cheryl Barber

Since 2007 Cheryl Barber has been passionately offering 10 Fitch as a quiet, romantic escape for adults only where couples can be pampered and reconnect as they build wonderful memories together.
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