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Hi everyone! I can hardly believe that summer has come and gone. There have been some big changes for me since I last posted. I started this project with the intention to run a half marathon. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it. I had reached 8 miles the week before the race, but I wasn’t comfortable going any further. I could feel a lot of pulling on the back of my leg. Last year, I sprained my ankle before my race and I was unable to run, period. I saw myself back pedaling very quickly. So, I decided this time around I needed to listen to my body.
I am not sorry that I decided to sit this one out. The course was a lot of hills and changes in elevation. The bulk of my training consisted of flat terrain. What I gained from my experience is getting back on course with who I am and what I want to become. I don’t need a race to prove to myself that I am improving me.
It doesn’t stop the fact that I want my very own medal that says I completed running a half marathon. I don’t collect things, but I want to collect race medals. I see them as my very own badges of honor.
Since the race I have changed a few things up. I am lifting everyday. I recognized that my core wasn’t as strong as it needed to be to push my body to the limits that I want to take it. Over the summer, I have been reintroduced to why I love running and taking care of myself. I love seeing the transformations and changes that my body is making. I am stronger. I am becoming leaner and getting thinner. My 36” jeans that I bought last winter are getting loose. I am skinnier now than I was in high school.
Things continue to happen that motivate me even more to become the best version of myself. I feel empowered about my life when I choose to make healthier, smarter choices for myself. I am not controlled by food, or seek solace from food. Rather, I find comfort in exercising and training my mind and body to focus on sculpting and creating the best version of myself.
This month my goal is to continue to measure my success and try to improve. I complete a food journal and I am tracking the different exercises that I complete during training. I am excited to continue to see the changes that transpire over the next 4 weeks and I continue to push forward.
I will keep you posted as I keep pushing forward! Until next time!
The first group race is behind us! Last Saturday, Team Start Healthy competed in our first group race in the Color Vibe Race. We had a blast coming together, having fun, while covering each in color. It was a just another reminder that I am getting closer to the Sioux Falls Half Marathon.
I am less than 18 days from the half marathon and I am starting to get nervous. Over the last month, I have been focused on the race and making choices that will help me cross the finish line.
To start, I hired a personal trainer to help me push my body to do more and have the endurance to run the distance. There is an unexplainable satisfaction that comes with working with a trainer. I appreciate what they do. It is a combination of personal therapy and coaching for me. I can go to training not in the best mood, I can be distracted and frustrated and walk away with clarity and peace. My trainer pushes me to lift one rep, or run faster. He is that audible voice that I hear in my head. During those moments when I want to quit or stop—he is there encouraging me to push through.
This sounds ridiculous, but I have learned so much about my own life from my experiences at the gym. I could quit right now. I could say that this whole experience isn’t worth it. That I could be doing something else, but I am happy. I am happy when I run, or when I have finished a work out. No, I am not seeing results immediately. I don’t have the six-pack that I dream of. But I am BETTER! I am better than I was yesterday. I am no longer 300 pounds, nervous, or self-conscious like I used to be. I still have a ways to go, but I am SO MUCH better than I used to be.
I have to work to be better. I have been told that I am lucky. Luck has nothing to do with where I am in my goals. I have had to own my decision to be healthy every day. There are days when I really want to cheat. There are days when I do cheat—I eat things that are not good for me. I immediately regret it, because I can feel what those choices do to my body.
My life may be more disciplined and regimented, but I have never felt better. I want to see how I can push the limits of my own body in an effort to become a better, stronger and healthier person.
Until next week!
Start Healthy my friends!
Hey Start Healthy Friends—Happy Friday! It has been a full week here. It seems like I have been constantly on the go since my last post. Getting home late and eating on the go. Among the crazy schedule, I managed to meet my goal this week. I clocked 12 miles between Monday-Wednesday and managed to get to the gym all three days to get lifting and stretching in.
I have found that running is not just about the routine of running. To be a faster runner with endurance to take on the long distances. I need a strong core and strong legs. I have been lifting and working with a trainer for a while now. My major focus has been fat loss and endurance training to prepare my body for the run and avoid injuries.
Weight lifting is a bit of struggle for me. I understand this is all to break me down to build me up to be a stronger person. There aren’t many things that I enjoy about lifting weights, but I LOVE seeing my veins. I LOVE seeing muscle tone. I LOVE seeing the changes in my body. So I will press on.
I used to be much larger. I loved to eat fast food, drink cocktails and watch T.V. I wasn’t picky about what I was putting into my body. I continue to struggle with sweets. But I have found a great alternative that has satisfied my sweet tooth. These protein balls are full of protein and fiber. I see so many foods that I used to eat. like cake—has no nutritional value. Just a chemical combination that leaves me feeling uncomfortable and gross.
Since I have changed to eating healthier, I have noticed when I make poor food decisions. My body does not react well to those foods. It’s just another reminder that when I fail to plan, my body pays the price. I hate feeling gross and sluggish.
So, how do I keep those feelings at bay? I plan. Planning my food choices earlier in the week makes me successful and focused on the mission of what I am trying to accomplish. It all goes back to my fitness goals and my running goals. My trainer would tell me that gym time accounted for the 30% of my fitness goals. The other 70% was what I am putting into my body.
I will be the first to admit that it can be very difficult to stay focused on my food choices. It is so easy to say yes to the double cheese burger at J.L. Beers, but it takes a real “warrior” to say yes to cajun rubbed chicken breast with broccoli spears and a glass of water.
Here’s to next week’s challenge. Commit to my food plan:
Breakfast: 8 oz of water; Start Healthy Breakfast Sandwich
Mid morning snack: ¼ cup of Almonds and a banana|
Lunch: 6 oz of protein and 2 cups of veggies
Mid afternoon snack: celery and ¼ cup almonds
Dinner: Chicken breast, or fish fillet (salmon 2x a week), 2 cups of green vegetables
evening snack: apple or orange
Sweet tooth saver: Oatmeal,Flax, Peanut butter protein balls.
Have a wonderful weekend and let’s all start healthy!
I am Jeff Nasers and I am the “Boy on the Run.” Healthy living has played a big part of my life for the last two and half years. Two and half years ago I was the largest I had ever been. I was just under 300 pounds and not living a healthy lifestyle. I was depressed and bursting at the seams in 42” waist. I was so unhappy. I really hated the person that I was and hated looking at myself in the mirror.
I was forced to make a change after my annual physical. My doctor told me that I was on a path to destruction. My blood sugar was abnormally high. My grandfather was diabetic and the thought of following in his footsteps was terrifying.
I adored my grandfather, he was a remarkably smart man and loved his family. I didn’t want to be subjected to insulin shots, or daily blood sugar checks. I decided at that moment. I was going to own my life. It was my opportunity to own my choices and become the best version of myself.
My goal is to take my body and mind the next level of discipline. I have committed to running in a half marathon. I believe that we have a responsibility to ourselves to grow and push the limits of what we can do. I look forward to pushing through the pain and seeing what I discover on the other side of the finish line.
I would like to challenge you—push yourself to the limit. Do something that makes you healthier. We can all wish that we were skinny, but it’s those who work to be healthier are the ones that realize their goal. I will be toned. I will be faster than I was yesterday. I will be stronger.
I am excited for this journey. Please tag along—let’s start healthy and finish strong—together.
See you at the finish line!
Hello Start Healthy Friends! My name is Michael Winkleman and my journey to start healthy began with a phone call from my doctor saying I had skin cancer. The weeks that followed were up and down for me both emotionally and physically as fear began to take over. As a business owner and father who is always on the go, I was already struggling to consistently eat healthy and workout regularly. However, the news that I had skin cancer struck a deep nerve in me, along with other things in life, making it hard to focus.
A good friend, who knew nothing about what I was going through, knew something was bothering me. He encouraged me to seek out mentors in both business and my personal life. He told me I needed to start every day with a plan. Well, thanks to the wise advice of the Start Healthy CEO, I took the bull by the horns and I made a plan for taking my life back!
The cancer is gone and the scars that remain from the cancer treatment only make me look tougher! Now I am starting my day healthy with nutritious food, regular exercise and my drive for adventure is back! Over the coming weeks I want to get back to my MMA work outs, reintroduce a high protein diet, run, and return to the outdoor activities I love.
Specifically, over the next 60 days I want to achieve three simple goals:
1. Run the 5k Color Vibe
2. Rock climb Needles in the Badlands of South Dakota
3. Run the 5k Mud Run
I look forward to sharing my journey with you. I hope you find encouragement and renewed inspiration because no matter how hard life gets, you are worth Starting Healthy!
Let’s be realistic, we all lead very busy lives and it is challenging at times to take care of yourself by eating healthy and caring for your body. My life is no different, my name is Becky McElroy and I’m a girl in motion. My days are spent working behind my computer, designing marketing materials for our clients at 724 Factory (of which I’m a owner of). As well as raising 3 amazing girls who keep me running in multiple directions with their activities and schedules. Add to that busy schedule, my husband and I recently purchased another business that he is running, but my weekends and off-hours are spent helping him with our comic book store and all of it’s new adventures.
I have always been an active person and enjoy being physically active and am not a picky eater, so eating fruits and vegetables isn’t an issue for me. I like to workout and like to eat healthy foods – it’s the time and planning to do these that I find as my biggest challenge. I spent my youth and early 20s making sure I spent time in the gym, biking or running in my spare time. Enter the 30s and 40s… bringing my 3 girls into this world – I did my best to continue to try to find time to eat right and exercise, but age and having “little people” to care for, I have found I put everyone else’s needs first before taking care of myself. I’m sure many mothers can relate. So, this is my journey to find the balance in caring for my family, running 2 businesses and taking the time for me and my health. As we age, many of us including myself start to gain those extra pounds. During my 3rd pregnancy I lost the ability to wear my wedding ring, since that time (she’s now 2 years old – eek) I haven’t been able to get my ring back on my finger. My goal with making healthy living a priority for myself as well as brining my family on this adventure is to be able to wear my wedding ring again (without going to the jewelry store to resize it -I’m stubborn that way).
I find one of my biggest challenges is planning and organizing a schedule to be active as well as planning healthy menu options for my family as we run here and there and everywhere. As I begin this journey to start healthy everyday I would love your support and encouragement and hope that maybe I can inspire someone else as well. I’m definitely bringing my children and husband along on this journey so I can be an example for our children so they establish healthy habits and continue those habits as they grow into adulthood.
Big things are happening with Team Start Healthy. The team has started a health challenge to find the best version of ourselves.
We’ve all decided that we have been on the road to poor health for long enough. We’ve all made a commitment to make healthy choices. Eat smarter, exercise our bodies and our minds.
To keep things interesting we will have a couple of team races along the way.
We start this journey from all walks of life, but we all have a common mission. We want to be healthier, happier and living the life we were meant to live.
We are excited to be a part of Team Start Healthy—full of excitement and determination. Meet the team and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we start our journey to healthy living.
Becky is a busy wife and mother with three daughters. They are all active with school and extracurricular activities. Becky and her husband both own and operate their own businesses. Time is a precious commodity that is hard to come by for Becky and her family. Becky would like to use this challenge as an opportunity to bring healthy living to her family. They are an active bunch—she wants to make sure that they have the right fuel for their bodies. This challenge is about finding balance with quick, easy and healthy food options. Becky’s personal goal is to fit her wedding ring back on her finger. She sees her journey as a balance of healthy living for their whole family.
Michael is a business owner and active in the community. When he is not with his two young boys, he is on photo shoots, helping friends with different projects, or working to improve his business. Michael wants to use this challenge as an opportunity to train for a rock climbing adventure in the black hills. This would be a chance to eat healthier, lean up and prepare him for the climb.
Andrea is an animal science major at the University of Minnesota. She is always working and constantly on the go. Her goal to start healthy is to focus on her yoga skills and train to become a yoga instructor.
I am Jeff. I am a public relations professional and an active member of the community. I have many different many projects that pull me in different directions. Sometimes healthy living is not at the top of my priority list. Last summer I trained for a half-marathon and injured myself before the race. My goal is to re-train and run in a half-marathon this September.
We are excited about these journeys we are about to embark on and look forward to the people that we will become at the end of this challenge. Follow us and cheer us on!
Sweet Potato Pancakes (Flour Blend [Whole Wheat Flour, Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, )], Water, Mashed Sweet Potatoes [Sweet Potatoes, Citric Acid], Sugar, Dextrose, Evaporated Cane Juice, Soybean Oil, Baking Powder, Whole Eggs, Buttermilk, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Salt), Fully Cooked Turkey Breakfast Pattie with Spinach (Turkey Thigh, Chopped Spinach, Water, Sugar, Potato Starch, Sea Salt, Potassium Chloride, Spices, Magnesium Salts, Rosemary), Egg White Patty (Egg Whites, Corn Starch, Xanthan Gum, Natural Color (annatto))
Contains: Eggs, Milk
Sweet Potato Pancakes (Flour Blend [Whole Wheat Flour, Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, )], Water, Mashed Sweet Potatoes [Sweet Potatoes, Citric Acid], Sugar, Dextrose, Evaporated Cane Juice, Soybean Oil, Baking Powder, Whole Eggs, Buttermilk, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Salt), Egg White Patty (Egg Whites, Corn Starch, Xanthan Gum, Natural Color (annatto)), Gouda Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes, Annatto (vegetable color), Natural Smoke Flavor)
Contains: Eggs, Milk
Gluten-Free Bialy (Water, Brown Rice Flour, White Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Tapioca Starch, Dry Milk, Brown Sugar, Sweet Whey, Xanthan Gum, Butter, Eggs, Yeast), Turkey Sausage Pattie (Turkey, Water, Potato Starch, Dextrose, Sugar, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Spices), Cage Free Egg Patty (Cage Free Egg Whites, Corn Starch, Xanthan Gum, Natural Color (Annatto)), Pasteurized Process Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese (Cultured Milk, Water, Skim Milk, Sodium Phosphates, Salt, Annatto Color, Enzymes, Vitamin A Palmitate).
Contains: Eggs, Milk