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Staying Motivated When Life Puts You on the Bench

DssButton125Dear Desperately Seeking Slender,

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I’ve noticed reading your blog that you often had a lot of down time between your running events. How do you stay motivated to get back into the swing of things so quickly?

Dear Slender Seeker,

You’re right; I’ve had a lot of down time between my running adventures. I started running sometime around July of 2011 when I lost my Father due to a stroke nearly smack dab in the middle of my weight loss journey. I had lost 132 lbs.–about half of the 260 lb. total loss I achieved–and my Father had really been the champion of that weight loss journey for me.

72011Losing my Father was one of the hardest things I ever went through. I miss him daily, especially as Father’s Day, the day he passed away (July 5th) and his birthday (July 20th) approach.

When I got the call that my Father was passing away I was on a flight back to California that evening to make sure that whatever time I had left wasn’t wasted. I’ll never forget walking into that hospital room. I walked over to his bed and I took his hand and I told him “Papa, I need to know that you’re not in any pain.” He squeezed my hand and told me he wasn’t in pain and that he loved me.  As the tears swelled in my eyes I told him, “I have no idea how to say good-bye to you.” He shook his head at me and said “I never say goodbye, kiddo.”

It was true, during my entire life my Father had made a point never to say good-bye. He’d always say “I’ll see you soon.”

My Father’s desire to know that I was going to live a happy, healthy life and that I would not spend my life suffering from the comorbidities of obesity was the incentive that started the ball rolling in my decision to lose the weight.  I needed to know that even though he was leaving this world, he was going to be there to see then end of this journey with me.

269503_203160199734695_2270748_nAs a victim of childhood abuse, faith, god, or the existence of a higher power that never answered the prayers of a hurt little girl had been something I questioned and struggled with. But I told my Dad that day, “Daddy I don’t know what I believe in. I don’t know where we go after this. But the one thing I know for sure is that if there is a place that you can go where you get to look out after me and watch over me, you’ll be there. So I’ll make a deal with you Papa: I need to know that you’re going to see the end of this journey when I get there. So I’m going to believe that every time I exercise you’ll be there with me, listening and watching over me.”

Most of the times that I have been “benched” or had downtime during my running adventures have been due to reconstructive plastic surgery procedures that I have had to get my body back after massive weight loss. I’ve had a total of six different procedures since February of 2012 and each one has taken me out of exercise for 2-10 weeks depending on the intensity or complexity of the procedure.

In that same time frame I have walked one half Marathon, ran 5 half Marathons, ran a 17K, walked 20 miles for charity, participated in several 5Ks and ran several 5Ks and 10Ks as a part of routine training.

My motivation to get back into running, build my pace back up and get off the bench so quickly usually comes from three things: my desire to feel connected to my Father, my own desire to help motivate and inspire others, and the fact that I have some very amazing sponsors helping me do that.

IMG_5315In June of 2013 when I completed my first half marathon I instantly set out to give others the opportunity to have that same experience with the launch of my “How do YOU Celebrate Success” contests. Since then we’ve almost always been in a steady state of training for either the Tinker Bell Half Marathon or now, the Wine and Dine Half Marathon. Paying it forward and coaching others in their post weight loss running adventure has been a huge factor in keeping me motivated.

Finding those intrinsic motivators. the things inside you that propel you do to something for you, is quintessential to the weight loss journey. Finding these things along with finding the fun in fitness has been one of the key ingredients to successful weight loss and weight maintenance in my journey.

I’d like to take a moment to thank the very special sponsors of the current “How do you Celebrate Success” contest, #TeamSlenderSeekers and our current #WineDineC210kPrep Training Program; Ameriwell Bariatrics, Celebrate Vitamins, Kay’s Naturals, Wellese and BariMelts.

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Pandora Williams author of Desperately Seeking Slender is a  Cooper Approved Wellness Coach Trained in Weight Management Strategies and Motivational Speaker studying to become a Certified Personal Trainer.

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Post Weight Loss Fitness Success: Supplements and Intervals

Guest Blog by “How do YOU Celebrate Success” Contest Winner
Amy Smith

new_blog_headshotAs I enter week 7 of RunDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon training, [ See #WineDinec210kPrep ] I can’t believe I’m almost halfway through the first phase of training! The weeks are flying by, and the training is going very well. With Pandora’s guidance, I have figured out a style of running that I truly enjoy. Everyone is different when it comes to running. Pace, form, music or no music, brand of shoes. But I always thought running was just that: running. It never really occurred to me after I’d finished C25K that I could still run intervals. I felt like I’d finished the program, now I’m supposed to run and not stop until I am finished. But Pandora set me up on a :60/:60 interval schedule, and I have carried it all the way into week 7. I am able to run very fast for 60 seconds at a time. So I run hard for 60, then walk and recover for 60, repeat. I’m now able to complete a mile in less time that it once took me to run a mile, and I’m essentially walking for half. I have an interval timer that tells me when to run or walk. It keeps me very engaged, having something new to do every 60 seconds. If the idea of running overwhelms you, I really recommend trying intervals! It has changed the way I think about long runs.

1625751_10154024714165347_1531601693_nObviously I’ve made major changes to my diet in the past year to lose 85 pounds. But one thing I hadn’t addressed was supplements. I know I don’t get nearly enough vitamins in my diet, and I would occasionally take a multivitamin for a week before forgetting all about it again. Thankfully my incredible Wine and Dine Half Marathon sponsors have my back, and have set me straight.

First I received a big shipment from Wellesse. It was like Christmas when I opened the box to find so many bottles of their liquid supplements! They included everything I needed, and some fun extras like pens, a Frisbee and a shopping bag. Each supplement is in a fruit-flavored liquid form and comes with a measuring cup on the lid to keep it simple. It was fun sampling all of the supplements, and I knew I’d have an easier time taking them if I could take them all at once, mixed together in a beverage that I make the night before work. I emailed Wellesse to ask if this was ok and got the kindest, most supportive response from Leslie Ellis. It made me feel like I’m really a part of a big team.

photoThen I received an email from another fabulous sponsor, Celebrate Vitamins. I was so surprised to find out they are located only 30 minutes from where I live. What an opportunity! They invited me to come visit their office to learn more about the products and my own unique supplemental needs. Their office is so awesome! Bright colors, lots of windows, and an obviously fun work environment. I got to meet the staff and then I sat down with the president and CEO, Vic Giaconia. He spoke with me about my training, my daily schedule and which form of supplement is best for me. They have so many fun options! There are tons of flavors of hard and soft multivitamin chewables, yummy calcium chews, and flavored drink mixes and capsules. I was given a big bag that included all of the different forms so I could see what I like and how I feel. Honestly, I was so excited when I left that I ate a caramel calcium chew before I was even out of the parking lot! Even though I haven’t had weight loss surgery, I really appreciated Vic’s support of the community and creating a supplement that works so well for both pre and post-op folks. I could tell he truly cares about each individual who uses the product, and that was amazing to witness firsthand.

While I was at Celebrate, I got to learn more about another one of my sponsors, because Celebrate Vitamins offers Kay’s Naturals high protein snacks on their website and at the office. I asked if they were affiliated, and Vic said no, he just loves and believes in the product and thinks people who use Celebrate Vitamins would too. They recommended the crispy parmesan chips, and the cinnamon toast pretzel sticks. Just because we’re losing weight doesn’t mean we don’t need or deserve a snack! The Kay’s Naturals line is loaded with valuable protein that we need in guilt-free and delicious snacks. So I was thrilled to find Kay’s at Celebrate! Double bonus!

1526839_10154027877275347_620018594_nThe support I’ve been given has been overwhelming. In addition to the supplements and personal consultation, Pandora gifted me Bobby Whisland’s “It’s All Heart” system which I use to cross-train on my non-running days. It has really given me some direction in my strength training, and I can feel myself getting stronger each week. It’s really incredible how sticking with a program generates results. It doesn’t happen overnight, but I honestly feel like I just started this program and I’m already halfway to my 10k. So if you’re thinking about starting something…whether it’s running, another type of exercise, or even just a fun hobby that will keep your mind occupied, there’s no better time than today to begin. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll see your results. And I highly recommend finding the right supplements to use in your diet, because I can truly tell a difference in my health, from sleep to recovery time after a workout.

Thank you to all of my sponsors, Ameriwell Bariatrics Celebrate Vitamins, Wellesse, Kay’s Naturals, and BariMelts for not only sponsoring the Desperately Seeking Slender Celebrate Success contest, but for taking a true interest in me, my health and my training. I feel the love!

Let’s get moving, Slender Seekers! We’re halfway to our 10k!

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Pandora Williams author of Desperately Seeking Slender is a  Cooper Approved Wellness Coach Trained in Weight Management Strategies and Motivational Speaker studying to become a Certified Personal Trainer.

Check out the Second “How do YOU Celebrate Success” Contest

Team Slender Seekers Sponsors:

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AmeriWell Bariatrics
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WELLESSE
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Celebratecmyk

Celebrate Vitamins
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Kay's Logo

Kay’s Naturals
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#TeamSlenderSeekers would like to thank these early entry Sponsors

Please support our sponsors!

 

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