back to my fitness pal…

Biggest Loser 01Over the years I’ve posted about trying to be better about taking care of myself and losing weight and getting in shape.  And to be honest it’s been a roller coaster struggle of up and down.  And before I get any further into this post, if you are one of my friends who sells some sort of product or program from a fitness or nutrition company, please do not think you have the answer and solicit me after reading this =).  Back to what I was saying it’s been a struggle.

I have been very happy with my time on Visalus and their various Body by Vi products.  However, it’s honestly just been a matter of finances.  When I joined the program I envisioned selling enough product to just pay for my own product.  I didn’t consider two important factors though.  First of all, I am just not pushy enough to bug people about trying my product.  Even though I believe in it and know it works when they tell me they aren’t interested I just am not the type of person who keeps pushing.  Secondly, I live in an area that just doesn’t care.  I would schedule parties and invite people to come out and try samples and no one would show up.  It was very frustrating and soon I found myself in a situation where I wasn’t having enough income from selling to take care of providing my own product.  I personally would love to get back on my Body by Vi program, but financially it’s jut not a possibility at the moment.  That being said, if you want to help me get back on the path to selling it, I would be more than happy to hook you up so that I can start back on a program I really do believe in!

sodaIn the mean time though, I have been very concerned about my own health and fitness after my father was diagnosed with Diabetes this past spring.  With a history of this disease in my family and now someone as close as my dad having it it’s really been a wake up call that I need to do a better job of taking care of myself.  While waiting to get to where I can better do things like my Body by Vi program, I knew I needed to do something now to help me with my biggest area of struggle diet.  That’s when I remembered my “My Fitness Pal” app on my phone.  With this app I have been really watching my intake of carbs and calories in an attempt to lose these extra pounds that are just not healthy to have on me.  I have also been avoiding drinking pop as much as possible.  Pop, soda, or whatever you call it is probably one of my greatest weaknesses.  So far I have gone 4 days without any pop and my goal is to go with out as much as possible, except for the occasional treat when eating out at a Restaurant.  The great thing about living where I do, is that I don’t have many restaurants to eat out at and have that temptation.

fitnesspalMy Fitness Pal has been great so far and has really kept me doing well on my diet.  I try to look at what the calories are in things before I eat them rather than eating them and then adding them into my daily diary.  That way if something is a big red flag that I shouldn’t be eating it, I don’t even bother.  Also, I am able to plan for meals where I am wanting to be a little more generous to myself, by being good before that meal.  In just a week of being back on the My Fitness Pal program I am already dropping weight as I have lost 2 lbs.

So, it’s time for me to get off this roller coaster.  It’s time for me to get a hold of my health once and for all. For the sake of my personal well being and for the sake of being the best healthy father and husband that I can be.  I appreciate all your prayers and encouragement as I dedicate myself to this journey!

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90 Day Challenge – Final Update Spring 2014

blackvichallengeWell, another 90 Day Challenge has came and went.  There has been some good days and some bad days when it comes to diet and exercise over the last 90 days.  But the good news is despite the Roller Coaster I have lost a grand total of 15 lbs. since Christmas!  I had hoped to have dropped a lot more, but I will still gladly take the 15.  As summer approaches I plan on keeping up with my daily Vi-Shakes and am looking forward to warm weather when I can get back to walking outside and riding my bike!  If you are interested in giving Visalus and their many great health products, please check out aowens23.myvi.net and lets talk soon!

Week 7 Update – 90 Day Challenge

2blackvichallengeYeah!!!!!! I finally lost another pound!  After a couple of weeks of plateauing (if that’s a word) it’s nice to be losing again.  My Vi-Shakes have been going well and mixing it up with different frozen berry combinations!  I am trying to very well this week as next week I have to be at a conference that feeds me very well!  So, much work remains to be done, won’t you join me!

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Week 6 Update – 90 Day Challenge

bodybyviUnfortunately, this week I have no progress to report, but at the same I didn’t digress so that’s good.  Right now is a tough time for me as I have hit that plateau where progress is stalled and it’s a bit discouraging.  I know persistent I must remain and keep working to get those pounds off and get healthier.  Am I frustrated yes, but am I giving up nope…much more to be done and goals to be reached.  So, let’s get rolling again and get the ball moving!  Check out aowens23.myvi.net and join the 90 Day Body by Vi Challenge and let’s get healthy together!

Week 5 Update – 90 Day Challenge

blackvichallengeWeek 5 of my 90 Day challenge has came to a conclusion and it has been a week of maintaining.  No progress, but no regression.  My biggest issue has honestly been not putting in adequate exercise time.  I have done good with my food intake, but the cardio definitely has to be taken up a notch.  So, much work is yet to be done and I hope to result better results next week.  As always, I would love for you to join me by starting your 90 Day Challenge.  Check out aowens23.myvi.net and let’s talk soon!

Week 4 Update – 90 Day Body By Vi Challenge

BodyByVi90daychallengeLogoWeek 4 is in the books and I am down another pound for a total of 14 lbs. lost so far.  The bad news is that I really can’t credit my shakes this week, but more a nasty battle with a stomach virus.  However a pound lost is a pound lost!  I am still really wanting some accountability partners to join me on this weight loss journey.  If that’s you please contact me today and/or check out aowens23.myvi.net to get started!

Week 3 Update – 90 Day Body By Vi Challenge

bodybyviTime is moving quickly on my 90  Day challenge as week #3 comes to a close.  I am happy to report in the past week I have dropped another pound and am now down  a total of 12 lbs!  I have been adding different berries and fruit to my Vi-Shakes and the variety has definitely made for some great smoothies which in turn make it easier to stick with the diet!   So far though, I am pretty basic and nothing beats a great strawberry smoothie Vi-Shake!   This coming week, gets tough with some busy days that make it hard to stick with the shakes.  I am praying that I find opportunities to make my shakes and to also not get tempted by the high quality junk food that I will be around!  Please take time and visit my site aowens23.myvi.net and look into whether or no Visalus is a great deal for you.  Let’s lose these pounds together!