• Health & Fitness / Lifestyle

    New Year, New Fitness Goals

    It’s hard to believe that it’s almost the end of January! 30 full days into the new year. 

    How many of you set new goals and resolutions this year? Are you still working on setting them? Have you already fallen off the proverbial ‘band-wagon?’

    Well I thought I would finally share with you my health and fitness goals for 2017. I’ll be honest, there is a part of me that hesitates to share this so publicly because what happens if I fail? What happens if I don’t follow through? (Note: even sharing some of these images with you is hard for me as most of them reveal a lot more of my body than I ever do. So be kind!)

    This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about my weight loss goals. I’ve shared my struggles both here on the blog as well as on YouTube. People have suggested that I don’t share until AFTER I’ve lost the weight and am back on track, in case I don’t follow through. But I want to be honest and share the journey…the struggle…the challenge. Because the fact is that I’m just like you: I have 1,000 excuses everyday, most of them valid, and it’s just so darn hard to get motivated and moving. 

    BUT this IS the year it happens. There is absolutely nothing standing in my way except for me. I’m not pregnant, I’m not nursing. I don’t have postpartum depression. I’m no longer struggling with severe sleep apnea (because of using the cPap machine). 

    Not only am out of valid excuses, but I’m also armed to be successful. I have a year long membership to OrangeTheory Fitness, will be working with a health and fitness coach as well as working with a doctor to monitor and provide support for weight loss. 



    Also, I know that if I don’t tackle it this year, with all of this support behind me, I will never tackle it. Everyone knows that the older you get, the harder it is to get the weight off. I’m already feeling that as I’ve slowly started working out and that’s what I wanted to share with you today. 

    As I mentioned above, I’m working with OrangeTheory Fitness and I’ve been to a number of classes so far this year. I wrote about my first experience here, which you can read in case you missed it. 

    The thing that I absolutely love about OTF is how it’s one class, for everyone. Whether you are the fittest person ever or stepped onto the treadmill for the first time in years, you are all working out together. Because everything is monitored through your heart monitors, you self-regulate when to push harder and when to take it easy, all depending on what zones you are in (based on your heart rate). 

    I’m embarrassed to admit that at simply power walking on the treadmill for a few minutes, I’m already in the red zone, which isn’t good. I’m extremely out of shape. I knew this long before stepping foot inside OTF, but seeing those numbers is a real reality check for me and a reminder of why I MUST do this NOW.

    The thing that I love so much about these classes is the comradery. Like I said, all shapes and sizes and fitness levels are welcomed at OTF. But with that said, I’m clearly one of the ‘bigger-more-out-of-shape-momma’s’ in the class. And I’m totally ok with that BECAUSE the people around have made me feel completely welcome. 

    When I had no clue how to even use a rowing machine, the girls working out beside stopped to showed me. When I felt like I was about to die, after 25 minutes of intense power walking (while everyone else was running), the people beside cheer me on and remind me that I got this. When I have no clue how to do a proper resistance technique and I’m studying the other members moves, they will gladly show me the proper way or even a way to adapt it for my less-than-bendable body. 

    This is what makes OrangeTheory Fitness so uniquely different than any other gym I’ve ever gone to before. There’s a real sense in the room that both the instructors and the members are in this together and when YOU win, we ALL win.

    But that’s not to say it isn’t easy. In fact, it’s the HARDEST workout of my life. There have been moments where I thought, “I might just die today.” But that’s why the heart rate monitors are SO KEY to wear and keep track of because when you start to feel yourself going to that ‘dark place’ you simply pull back and keep yourself in check.

    I used to be a competitive synchronized swimming when I was a teenager. On top of our 12+ hours swimming in a pool, we had to go to gym classes where we would be stretched…mainly our lower backs and our legs. Greater flexibility on land, meant greater flexibility in the water. 

    But over the years, as I’ve aged, had kids and gained a crazy amount of weight, my body isn’t so nimble as it once was. I know that I’m carrying much more weight than my 5 foot, 4 inch frame should and I feel it every single time I step foot into the gym. 

    Almost every time at OTF, I have to ask the trainer how I can modify the workout because my body simply won’t bend that way. The trainers are so great at OrangeTheory and they are always full of great alternative ways to keep my body moving, while not pushing myself too far outside of my limitations.

    But I had this moment last time I was at the gym…laying on the floor, trying to do a sit up. It was a particularly hard workout that day and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t enjoying it much. I was sweating like crazy and kept feeling like I was ‘falling behind.’ I was trying to do a sit-up and that was a complete write-off. So we altered it to be a ‘crunch’ but even that proved to be challenging. And in that moment, I became ANGRY. 

    Angry at myself.

    Angry at what I had done to my body.

    Angry at every single Big Mac I’d eaten over the last seven years.

    And then I started crying. Yup, bawling my face off, right there on the gym floor. It was this crazy experience that I had never had before when working out: the moment I came face-to-face with every bad food choice I’d ever made, every excuse I’d ever uttered, every time I turned down a power walk because I was just too tired. 

    And I was MAD. 

    It was in that moment that I knew the only way I was going to get past it, was to push through it. Push through the pain. Push through the tears. Push through the guilt. Just keeping pushing.

    And so that’s what my challenge is for this coming year. I’m not setting a certain number goal that I’d like to see on the scale. I’m not banning a bunch of foods off the table. I’m not setting up unrealistic parameters that I know I will just falter under.

    But what I am committing to is to just keep pushing. To dig deeper than I ever have and kick this health and weight loss journey in the @$$. To end the year better, healthier, leaner, thinner and with a more sound mind than when I started it. 

    Love & Blessings,





    Note: I am working with OrangeTheory Fitness and YummyMummy Club in partnership for this post where I have received gifts and/or monetary compensation for my honest reviews. As always, my thoughts and experiences that I share are always 100% my own. 


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  • Reply Adrienne January 30, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Christine, I think you are brave and beautiful. This is your year, I’ll be following along and naybe I’ll check out an OTF in my neighbourhood…. I am post 3 babies and at my heaviest too, and this is my year to get it under control…. On the dietary side of stuff, I am reading into dietdoctor.com and Jason Fung’s work… Best, Adrienne

    • Reply Christine March 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks Adrienne. Let’s try and encourage one another. Thanks for the tips on the dietary books – I will have to check them out.

  • Reply Heather Lynne January 30, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Love your post, Christine! I find the same thing at my location- coaches & classmates are so supportive! I wish we were at the same one so we could cheer each other on! I hope we both come out of this year feeling stronger & healthier! Oh & I love the photos!

    • Reply Christine March 23, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Thanks Heather. Back on it now and looking to encourage others and be encouraged at the same time. Keep on going!

  • Reply Kate January 30, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Good for you. I found this so inspiring, I too want to get fit and loose some pounds. It’s so great you have found a supportive enviroment to workout. I will follow your progress with enthusiasm. Perhaps we can inspire each other. Thanks for your cander.

    • Reply Christine March 23, 2017 at 11:56 am

      Thanks Kate. It’s not an easy road to stay focused but we need to support, inspire and encourage one another. I’m in.

  • Reply Becki January 30, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story Christine! I know you can reach your goals, just keep pushing!!! ❤❤

    • Reply Christine March 23, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks for the encouragement Becki.

  • Reply Tricia McKenley January 30, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    You go girl!!
    The most hardest thing is actually starting, but you have started so you are making progress & have taken the first big step. Congratulations. I personally know how hard & challenging it can be as I am currently going through a health program, but if you stick to it, you will reap the healthy benefits & you’ll even surprise yourself along the way. You’ve got this. One day at a time, positive words to yourself daily, getting more rest & lots of water will assist you too. So proud of you.?

    • Reply Christine March 23, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      Thanks Tricia for the encouragement. Like you say, one day at a time.

  • Reply {Erica}EverythingMomandBaby January 31, 2017 at 9:43 am

    You got this! I too feel the same way about my own body. Even when I was just a size 12 my own mom and brother critiqued how I looked and therefore now a size 16/18, I am extremely shy about posting pics of myself for the same judgement from them and others, Hence why I am staying out East, instead of moving back West,
    XOOXOX You are amazing and beautiful and you’re going to love Orange Theory. I hope to join it soon. I’ll be 40 this Fall, so I want to rock and be “happy” again in my own skin.

    • Reply Christine March 23, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      Thanks so much for your honesty and encouragement Erica. You should not be ashamed or shy about your looks. Be proud and I’m sure you are already ‘rocking’ it.

  • Reply Ariel January 31, 2017 at 10:57 am

    you got this! I gave myself a goal of running at 5km in the spring. I used to run marathons. MARATHONS. And now 5k will require months to prep for. It’s not how fast or how far, but the fact that we did it.

    • Reply Christine March 23, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Exactly. Let’s do this.

  • Reply Carrie January 31, 2017 at 11:30 am

    I cried. Legit. Way to come face to face with all those poor choices and intimidate every single one of them with better choices! There are strong emotional and spiritual levels attached to the physical in all of this. I am honoured to be able to watch you through this journey. Know that you are not alone and I am cheering you on! Here’s to a happier, healthier Christine!

    • Reply Christine March 23, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Thanks Carrie. It’s not been easy to stay focused but do appreciate the love and support.

  • Reply Lindsay January 31, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    You’re brave for sharing your story in world so full of haters and people that it pick over everything. I’m so happy that you’re where you are and I’m proud. It’s takes huge kudos to step up and admit the scary truth. Good luck, Christine, I know you can do this. I’m always here for you. 🙂

    • Reply Christine March 23, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      Thank you so much Lindsay. You’re right … it can be scary but we need to be a voice out there.

  • Reply Rebecca Milec March 18, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Christine, I am so proud of you! Becoming fit is a huge feat (I know the struggle all too well!). Keep it up, I know you can do it!

    • Reply Christine March 23, 2017 at 11:34 am

      Thanks Rebecca. I appreciate the encouragement.

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