I have had an overall active lifestyle for as long as I can remember. Even after college, I trained for Women’s Tri Fitness in Tampa, FL—not to compete, but to keep a toned body and a sexy waistline. Well, that’s been some time ago, and in the last few years I have discovered what I once never fully understood: staying sexy, lean, and active IS NOT always easy.
I first discovered that the struggle was real in 2012, when I was approaching age 29. I noticed that running around the neighborhood in the mornings took a true effort from my body…and even with that, I wasn’t seeing as quick of a response as I did when I was younger. To be honest, up until I was about 25, I never understood the idea behind “sucking in”…like why?! Now, I find myself “sucking in” my size 6 jeans, with hopes that eating my whole grain Kashi cereal and Silk Soymilk in the mornings will contribute to the rebirth of the fabulous me—but it’s not that simple. I have to move! The 3 days at the gym per week, of moderate-intensity will simply not get me to where I want to be. It will not work for me because I know I can do more and I want to do more. For the past month, I have been determined to get outdoors more…and RUN (okay, more like Walk/Run). I get in my resistance training as well, but I am determined to get out of the maintenance routine I have been in for the past few years. Mediocre exercise brings mediocre results. For some, it is about a healthy heart and preventing chronic diseases. For me, it’s simply about feeling good and looking great; good health comes with the territory!
My New Fitness Inspiration
I recently traveled to Jackson, TN to do a Success Story interview with Vicki Burton of Children’s Services for the State of Tennessee. Talk about inspiration! From MMA, 5Ks, Fitness Challenges and more, she is determined, fit, focused, and a role model.
Read about Vick below:
“I have embarked on a wellness journey to promote a healthy lifestyle. In my quest to be the ‘best me’ that I can be, my eating habits have changed significantly. I am consuming less junk food and red meat while incorporating baked fish, baked chicken, living foods and fiber into my diet.
As I travel this new path, daily exercise is paramount and an added plus. Reading and educating myself on a healthy lifestyle has been beneficial as I have begun juicing with optimal results. The outcome of this change afforded me the opportunity to participate in my first ever 5K where nearly 1,000 people registered.
On Thanksgiving Day morning in 20 degree weather, I completed the Turkey Trot 5K run and came in 14th place in my age category. Truly, it is a lifestyle change and not a diet change. I can’t wait until my next 5K in a couple of months. Yes, I am looking forward to ‘Keeping It Clean in 2014’ (mind, body and spirit).
I am mid-way into a new fitness/eating challenge and have shaved an additional 10 pounds off the scales. By far this is the most difficult challenge I have ever encountered. Losing weight, exercising, eating clean and homework/task relative to the challenge is quite a handful. If I can stick to the challenging demands at hand, the outcome is going to be phenomenal. While on this journey, my test has become a testimony to others. I commit to taking it one day at a time as I aspire to inspire.”
Watch Vicki’s interview:
Keep up with Vicki on Instagram: @AKAwoman
What Vicki has inspired me to do:
(1) Get out of my comfort zone!
(2) Once one goal has been achieved, set another one!
(3) Age is not a factor, but HEART is.
(4) Stay motivated and see results.
(5) Eat clean!
(6) I can go above and beyond what I have been doing to stay healthy & fit.
Challenge yourself to move more, eat healthier, and feel better!