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Saturday, June 18, 2016

It's not the destination....it's the journey and you have to keep moving...

June 18, 2016

Good grief....where have I been.  My last post was a year ago!!!  But Woooo Hoooo...... that my friends is great news for me because I realize that I'm still as motivated and passionate about getting healthy and fit as I was a year ago.

I've decided it's time to start writing in this blog again and I promise I will.  Today's post will be short, but I had to write it to do a shout out and bring to the lime light and to your attention a woman that I recently discovered. A woman that is motivating me to another level.  Her name is STEPHANIE KATHMANN.  Here's a link to her Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Stephaniekathmann3       She has tons of YouTube videos (ie.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHKWxN4BlDo

She is a Beachbody coach and I want to tell you this lady has more energy, enthusiasm and motivation to offer than almost anyone I've ever seen.  Check her out. You will not be disappointed.

This past year has found me trying to get to the gym or at least get some kind of workout done every day.  I've discovered TRX straps and love them.  Check it out at https://www.trxtraining.com/?c3api=3300,{creative},www.trx.com (with these you use your own body weight)

  I've been doing cycle spin classes avidly with a new instructor Cara Cunningham.  If you are in the Georgetown, Texas area check her out   http://www.cdchomeworkout.com/

I've been mixing up workout routines to try new things. 
JUST KEEP MOVING! 
DO SOMETHING!
TAKE THAT FIRST STEP!!!
NO EXCUSES! 
YES YOU CAN!

I recently went to my 50th Class Reunion...(graduated in 1966)  What fun!  I worked really hard to try to look great in a dress I made from scratch....Here it is:
At 67, I was happy with the way it turned out.....the dress and me  :)

Don't give up....keep pushing....as you can see I've been working for over a year  (well really most of my adult life) and I finally found the secret...I've only just begun....I fully intend to be FIT AT 99! 
(The secret is...."The body achieves what the mind believes")

  And I believe .....NEVER TOO OLD  NEVER TOO LATE  to get healthy and fit.
Check back, I'll be here again soon.

To Health and Fitness...
Peg Snyder

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Best Day Of My Life! (Me sing a song?)

Good Morning!  I hope your day is starting off as wonderful as mine is. There is a reason  for that and please feel free to use it to kick start your day too.

I don't know if any of you know this, but I am a music person....no I don't write music (I wish I did), no I don't sing (I really wish I did.....in fact in my next life I plan on singing and dancing on Broadway), but I just love music.  I like to dance to it (yes lots of times in my living room, by myself!), I like to power walk to it, jog to it, run to it...) music (all types) brings me joy.  Mostly I try to find songs to add to my playlists on my iPod that have a real beat to them (and yes even at 66 sometimes that includes rap...Ha Ha!)  Recently I've been looking for songs that inspire me, that talk about being a fighter and a survivor and a champion.  I've come across a song that actually came out in 2013 (where the heck have I been?)  It's by a group call American Authors and it's called "The Best Day of My Life".  When I found it yesterday, I decided it would be a great song to start each day, so starting this morning, I got up, plugged my ear buds in my ears and played this song.....and yes danced in my living room. That was about an two and a half hours and I'm still smiling.

Here's a video of the music and words.....THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE (by American Authors)


(If the video doesn't work when you hit the arrow, copy the link below into your browser and enjoy!)

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fTUj9mfnUk

I'm a firm believer that every day when you wake up, you have two choices.  You can choose to be happy or choose to be unhappy.....or as I've heard it so appropriately put  "you can rise and shine..... or you can rise and whine".  And I don't care how old you are,  or what your circumstances are, this is true.  I am inspired every day when I go to the gym by people who have 20 years or more on me, who are using walkers, braces, in wheel chairs who do not let anything stop them.  They choose each day to live to the fullest.  They choose to make each day, the best day of their lives. They truly make me ask, "Now what was my excuse?"

I met a 60 year old woman yesterday who has lost 100 pounds. Her trip like many of ours has been up and down...the proverbial roller coaster ride of losing, gaining, and losing.  But she joined Weight Watchers, stuck with it, started going to the gym, got a trainer and even got up the courage to train for and enter an onstage contest where she had to wear a two piece bathing suit and high heels.  She looks amazing....not like a body builder, just toned and firm....but more importantly healthy....and most importantly happy.  She was just beaming from the inside out! It's true that we do get happy when we lose weight (if we're trying to lose weight), but we also have to be happy to lose weight.  You know a lot of it is a mind game.  You have to "see" the person you want to be in your own mind's eye.  You have to believe you can accomplish whatever you set out to accomplish.  You have to set goals and push yourself each day just a little further, a little bit out of your comfort zone.  The time doesn't matter.  If you're trying to balance on one leg and you can only do 10 seconds....then do 10 seconds, and keep working at it until you can do 20 seconds etc. etc. etc. and repeat  You'll get there.  Remember as Jesse J (if you don't recognize the name, she's a pop singer) says in her song "Masterpiece" 

I still fall on my face sometimes and I
Can't color inside the lines 

'cause I'm perfectly incomplete
I'm still working on my masterpiece 


That my friends is the secret, you just have to keep working at it.  Yes we all have bad days when we overeat, yes we all have days when we DO NOT WANT TO GO TO THE GYM, or go for that walk, or get off the couch....so have that day....and then start fresh the next day....just don't give up.  The greatest athletes, the greatest authors, the greatest painters, the greatest business men/women, and yes, the people who have succeeded and maintained in this sometimes grueling world of weight loss and control, failed a million times before they were a success.

Some of you may not know, but I'm doing Weight Watchers.  I love it!  I love it!  I love it! 
I love it because nothing is off limits (NOTHING). It's all about portion.  You never feel deprived. It makes you super conscious of what and how much you put in your mouth.  Some people hate counting the points, but if you've never tried it, give it a go.  There's a meeting place in almost every city.  I've lost 27 pounds since February (along with 10 pounds I'd lost on my own before I started), so I'm down 37 pound since last November.  And yes I have weigh ins where I don't lose a pound and even some where I've gained a pound. But after lots of tears and fretting, I've come to understand that's just part of this crazy game....you win some, you lose some.....but you just have to keep trying.  And it is never ever ever too late.  You are never too old.  You are never too overweight.  As the sayings go:

 What matters is that you leave the past where it belongs so you can enjoy the life that’s still available to be lived.  This ending is not THE END, it’s just your life beginning again in a new way.  It’s a point in your story where one chapter fades into the next.  Take a look at the first page of this new chapter; it’s a beautiful one. -- read: http://www.marcandangel.com/2015/02/15/7-ways-to-change-your-attitude/ The best thing Norman does for Epie is teach her that where you are isn't where you have to end up.  Strangely enough, she does the same for him.  We're never to old or to young to change our stories. 

I'll end my post today with something else I'm sure you don't know that I did.....and the funny part...

There is a new show coming out on NBC (next spring) called S.T.R.O.N.G. (Start To Realize Our Natural Greatness).  It's by the same people who do Biggest Loser, The Voice, and Survivor.  It's not a weight loss show, but rather a show for people who want to get strong....who want to start realizing their natural greatness.  They will pick 6 men and 6 women and 12 trainers (each person will have their own trainer) and they'll compete for a prize.  There was a casting call in Austin about a month ago and I went to the casting call and tried out.  I was the oldest person there and..... I didn't get a call back (at least not yet..wink wink), but I went and I tried.  I stepped out of my comfort zone and just went for it!  So here's the funny part.  A few days ago (or I should say a few nights ago) I had a dream that I got the call....YOU'VE BEEN CHOSEN FOR S.T.R.O.N.G.     Yahooooooo, in the dream I was jumping up and down and screaming with delight.  I flew out to Los Angeles and when I walked in the studio, this is how the conversation went:

Them: "What song did you write and are going to perform?"
Me:  "WHAT? I have to sing a song?  I thought this was 'STRONG'!
Them:    "No....this is a SONG competition!"

I woke up laughing........ I probably won't get that call back to be on that show....but I am still happy I went and tried out.  I've decided that's how my life is going to be from here on out.  I'm going to keep trying.  I'm going to be happy and live life to the fullest.....I'm going to step out of my comfort zone more often.  I'm going to try new things.  I'm going to push myself at the gym and challenge myself to do one more push up or one more minute in a plank......I'm going to win this battle with my weight and every morning I'm going to choose to be happy and tell myself....

THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE....

Let it be yours too!
 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Few Simple Words

This morning my words to you are simple....actually they come from a poster I found on Pinterest....I currently have this as my screen saver to remind me....when you're  running short on time (as I am today) you just have to keep on trying....In 30 mins. you can do a great workout....(or 5, 10, 15 mins.. Just do something)  EVERY LITTLE STEP KEEPS YOU GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.....

Thursday, March 12, 2015

I've heard it's never to late to get back in shape.....Now I'm a believer!




Hi everyone....

I know, I know you thought I had abandoned this blog.  But I didn't.  I just got way way way off the beaten path and forgot to leave a bread crumb trail. But I clawed my way back through the jungle, learned to eat berries and fresh food off the land and found my way back.


I am pumped up as much, if not more, than I was in 2012 when I was down to my fighting weight....you know before I lost my dad, before I had Achilles Tendon surgery and went through that long long long (did I say long) recovery and before I was diagnosed the second time with breast cancer.....remember me back then...well if not (if you're just meeting me) or just returning after a long time (because you thought I wasn't writing this blog anymore)...this is what I looked liked then

   


I was just about 7-10 pounds away from what I weighed in my early 30s. I guess you might say I was on top of the world and then I started "celebrating" right back to where I was when started.

Please tell me you can relate to that!  How many times have you lost and regained that 40-50-60 pounds.  It's a vicious cycle until you GET IT !   What does that mean....well it means you have to engage your mind.  YOU CAN ACHIEVE WHAT YOUR MIND BELIEVES. So before you can get the 3 parts of losing weight and getting fit (Determination, Dedication, Discipline), you have to get your mind on board.  You have to convince yourself that you're not too old, that you're not too overweight, that it is possible no matter what your age, no matter what you weigh, no matter what shape your belly, muscles, joints are in, to turn that all around....and yes it will take time....and yes it will not always be easy....and yes you will have to eat healthy.  But you can get back in shape.  You can get healthier and feel better physically and mentally.  You can extend your life.  You can see your children give you grandchildren.  You can see your grandchildren grow up .  I want to tell the whole world you can do this.  Just put one foot in front of the other and start with baby steps.  Remember when you go outside and walk for 5 minutes,  you are walking circles around the person sitting on the couch.

I live in an "active senior" community and I thank God everyday that I decided to move here. Yes there are pretty much 'all' seniors here (and I do miss the laughter of children), but I will tell you that the people who go to our gym inspire me beyond words.  We have a gentleman that I believe is 93 years old who walks from his home to the gym (luckily he lives close by) with his walker twice a day.  Once a day he does a few exercise machines and once a day he gets in the pool and walks.  We have people with bad backs, hurting shoulders, aching knees and just the aches and pains of aging.  But the ones that get out and walk, the ones that make it to the gym, the ones that take chair yoga, the ones the make an effort to keep moving..............keep moving. 

And for a lot of them,and yes even for me....it's not always easy..... but as the saying goes:
                                                      
I didn't say it would be easy... I said it would be worth it.    

Right now while you're reading this (or get up and go look in the mirror) .... say to yourself.... I deserve to be fit and happy.  I'm not too old to start.  I'm not to overweight to set a goal and reach it. I'm not too tired to take that first step.  I can do this. And tell yourself that everyday if you have to until you believe it....

This couldn't be more accurate. "Whether you tell yourself you can or cannot, you're right."  

Check back....I'll be writing again.....  Come on.  We can do this...together!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Pinterest = Addiction!???

I got up this morning determined I was going to write in both of my blogs and I have spent the last
2- 1/2 hours on Pinterest.  Really Peggy!!!

For some reason Pinterest is addictive.  When I'm in it, my mind is like a kid in a gigantic candy store....Fashion, Quotes, Recipes, Hair, Makeup, Writing thoughts and ideas, Books and the list just goes on and on and on.  You read one thing and want to go to the page of the person who pinned it and you read something else there and it takes you to another page and another page and another page.

Geeze think of how much I could get done, if my mind got that excited about cleaning or working out at the gym or writing.

I think I'll work on that thought.  How to convert the thrill you get from Pinterest into other avenues of your life!!!!

PINTEREST is evil :)
OK  I'm going out to plant flowers now....
Because I've wasted so much time this morning, I'm posting this to my Whimseys-Writings-Thoughts blog too.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Note to self....and Happy Birthday Daddy

June 9, 2014

Wow, can it really already be a month since I last wrote on this blog. Some motivator for fitness I am!

But before we get into this post, I want to say Happy Birthday to my Daddy.  Today he would have been 91 years old.  I lost him on March 1, 2013 and I still miss him terribly. Yesterday when I was thinking about what today would have been (his birthday), tears welled up in my eyes....but then I made myself think happy thoughts.  He's no longer in pain and today I'm guessing for lunch he will be having a huge bowl of gumbo with my maternal grandma, Mama, and some dirty rice and beans made by my aunt Gloria (who both lived in New Orleans before they passed) and for dinner he will be having chicken and dumplings followed by warm banana pudding made by Grandma Violet, his mother (it was what she made when we would visit and it was always the best).  And I'm sure my Uncle Emile will go with him to enjoy those meals.  Those thoughts made me smile and when I talked to my mom on the phone telling her about them, I could hear a smile in her voice.  So Happy Birthday Daddy.  Enjoy!  I miss you and love you dearly.

Life seems to be getting better.  My steps are baby steps, but I feel like I'm making some progress. I'm getting to the gym more often and I'm not having to take as many anti-anxiety pills.  I think the exercise is a big factor, but the other thing that has helped me tremendously is forgiveness. When someone hurts you by their decisions, actions or nature, you can let it hurt you, you can let it eat you up inside, you can let it bring you emotionally to a stand still.  Or you can sit yourself down (or with a therapist) and you can have a heart to heart talk with yourself....and if that someone is important in your life, you can forgive them for whatever they've done to hurt you.  You don't even have to say it to their face.  You just have to forgive them in your heart and mind.  Oh what a weight that takes off your shoulders and your heart.  How freeing that is to allow you to move on.  If you hold that hurt in your heart and let it eat at you, then it's just like holding a grudge or hanging on to guilt.....you let them win.  Especially if it's something you can not change. Life's too short and family is too precious. You can't imagine the change it has made in how I feel and in how much I cry (or don't cry) now.  Now when I cry, it's usually from the dang side effects of the Aromasin (post-cancer medicine) I'm taking.  It's nasty stuff with lots of icky side affects.

As I'm writing this I got to thinking I could apply this thought to exercise and losing weight.  Sometimes you just have to forgive yourself (maybe lots of times).  We're all human and sometimes we fall off the wagon (at least I do....and sometimes "a lot").  Lately (with my emotions being open and raw and exposed), I tend to beat myself up, if the scale doesn't budge or goes the wrong way, if I sleep in and miss my early morning spin class.  Well I had one of those selfies (no not the picture of myself taken with my cell phone), but one of those (slap in the face....get over it) talks to myself.  I've learned to forgive myself and move on.  OK so I slept through the early morning spin/cycle class....then get out the schedule and see if there is one later in the day or a couple of other fitness classes that can give you some meaningful cardio exercise....or go to the gym and get on the treadmill for an hour. Don't spend the day, making excuses for the excuse you made. It's not the end of the world....it's just not.  It took a long time to put this weight on and to get out of shape and feel unfit.  But if you keep after it, if you keep trying....keep going to fitness classes and the gym...and eat healthy.....it may take a while, but you will get there.

It's how I've had to look at the "me" I am right now.  A lot of things happened to get me to this point....a lot of unhappy things.  But I've decided not to continue to dwell on them and talk about them....that just keeps the unhappiness alive.  You know me and Pinterest.....well sure enough I found some quotes that I love....


Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.     "Don't unpack and live there."                                                      
Actually when I think about it, life if pretty darn good right now. You know the saying (or maybe you don't)...."All you need is all you have".  I have everything I need and then some.  I have a beautiful home, great neighbors, a man that loves me dearly and not only tells me, but shows me how much every day, I have my health (with a few caveats), I have food on my table and I am making the time to exercise and write.  So really what do I have to complain about.

I can't close this post without mentioning Amy Purdy  http://www.amypurdy.com/ 
She is the young woman who danced with Derek Hough on this past season of Dancing With The Stars.  She is a double amputee having had both legs removed below the knee.  But she has not let that stop her.  She is a world class snowboarder who competed in Sochi, Russia and she came in second in Dancing With The Stars.  This young woman is phenomenal and every time I watched her dance, I always said..."And Peggy, what did you say your excuse was?"

We can do this people.  We can pull ourselves up by our bootstraps (no matter how frazzled and worn they are) and we can get fit and healthy and we can be fit and healthy when we're 99.

Here's another prime example....http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/02/318238155/91-year-old-woman-breaks-marathon-record  Harriette Thompson meets the press at the finish line of the Suja Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon on Sunday 
Onward and upward!  Have a beautiful healthy and happy day!




Sunday, May 4, 2014

It's a Pinterest inspiring morning.














May 4, 2014

This morning I woke up with a queasy stomach.  That seems to happen a lot lately (no for heaven's sake...I'm not pregnant!!!) ....queasy stomach, weepy eyes, heavy sighs.  I want to wake up feeling alive, healthy, happy, motivated....I want to find the old me.  The one who lived to exercise, the one who ate healthy, the one who smiled all the time and motivated people.....the one whose daddy still lived 2 hours away....the one who could say confidently....yes I had cancer, but that was 12 years ago.

Part of that person I can't get back....so now I want to accept the decisions people have made for what they are and move on. I want to believe my daddy is in a better place and not hurting anymore.  I want to except the fact that yes I did get cancer again....but I'm still here and that no one can promise me I won't get it again....but I can't worry about that. I want to be healthy again...healthy and fit and happy....and I want to stop all this continuous crying.....I guess I never realized my heart and feelings were so fragile.  Although haven't I been told all my life that I was "thin skinned", that "I take things too seriously", that I am "too soft-hearted for my own good".

So sometimes early in the morning I get up and turn my computer on and key in the word "Pinterest" and all these wonderful motivational, inspiring, "knowing", "understanding" posters come up....that bring me comfort.....knowing that somewhere out there someone feels like I do, or has felt like I do and is trying to help me get through this....this...this...whatever this is.

This morning I found these:

 Don't forget that you're human. It's okay to have a melt down. Just don't unpack and live there. Cry it out and then refocus on where you are headed.   True, but I those of us who are so determined to stay strong hate it when it happens.                                                   

then I found this one....and it made me smile....because believe you me...
if this were true....I'd be Twiggy or Kate Moss!  Looking for #Quotes, Life #Quote, Love Quotes, Quotes about moving on, and Best Life Quotes here. Visit lifequotesru.net "Life Quotes Ru in Tumblr"!                                                                                                                                                                              
    I went to see my oncologist the other day....to tell her how I had been feeling and to see if perhaps
the aromatase inhibitor they have me on to inhibit the production of estrogen in my body needs to be changed.  I knew full well when I started taking them they were going to mess with my hormones....so that in itself if enough to deal with....then along with all the other things going on in my life, it's got me in a real tizzy. One thing she did tell me was something I didn't realize might well me part of my unhappiness right now....part of my feeling lost and confused....and sad......she said it is not uncommon 'at all' for people who have had cancer twice to be scared....even when they've made it through the treatment......to feel like every ache and pain and low feeling might mean that they have cancer somewhere else in their body.....and sometimes when you're in the middle of having those feelings (even if they are buried and you don't realize you are feeling them) and there are lots of other things you are dealing with..... you kind of get to the end of your rope.  Your body can take just so much stress....so much grief....and you literally come to ...as they saying goes...."your wits end".  I guess I hadn't thought of it that way....but when she said it, I actually felt better....like I wasn't going nuts....Then she suggested I talk to someone professional who might help me get on a more even keel for a while until I can once again see the light at the end of the tunnel.   There are lots of  people that have been quoted as saying "When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on"....but I'm also remembering that  "When you reach the end of your rope, you will find the hem of His garment".

I had a rather embarrassing episode of uncontrollable tears in the doctor's office when I found out I could not see that "professional" until July.....and then this morning....lovely Pinterest showed me this:
 Just breathe...
 So I'm working on me and I'm going to try to write more often.  It helps to get my feelings down on paper or screen....it helps me let them go....

So instead of waking up with a queasy stomach, weepy eyes, heavy sighs, I need to do what Pinterest reminds me to do .....and really....what in my heart I know I need to do.....

50 Inspirational Life Quotes | Cuded   







     
And I need to remember to say
Want to scream this to some very negative people I know!!!  Ok so life has screwed you over:  Pick yourself up by the bootstraps and be thankful for each blessing you have in your life!!!
And I need to remember what 8 year old Hannah Cheatam says:
                                                                                                     Hmm. I think I'd like to be chartreuse today, because it's both a really fun word and a pretty shade.

Because after all.....yes my dad is gone and yes I miss him madley....and yes I've had cancer again and yes decisions have been made in my family that I don't understand (well I guess I understand) but that I've allowed to hurt me and yes I've regained a lot of the weight I'd lost and yes I am having to force myself to go to the gym each day and to eat healthy (when comfort food and sugar keep trying to tell me they are my friends....which they are not!) and yes yes yes....I do feel like I'm finding it harder to be strong and happy.....

What I have to remind myself is I'm the girl who loves a self challenge...I'm the girl who knows how to be strong and persevere....I'm still grieving, I'm still scared, I'm still sad, I'm still worn out from the past year and a half.....but as the wonderful saying goes....TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE....SO..........



Bring it on Life!
A last thought..........some of you who have been following this blog might recall a while back that I mentioned a lady I met at the Radiation Treatment place....Sue.............yesterday I went to have a pedicure and when I got there they told me they had given me the wrong time and could I come back 45 minutes later.......no problem... it would give me a chance to scoot over to the grocery store and get my shopping done that I had planned on doing after the pedicure.  I had not seen or heard from Sue since the middle of January.  To my great pleasure I was pushing my cart and looked up and there she was smiling at me.  (I'm a believer in God's timing and being at certain places at certain times) Maybe I'm a Pollyanna, but I believe that pedicure time got changed for a reason.....because if I had gone after my pedicure I never would have seen her.  She looked happy and healthy and full of life (remember she'd had to do Chemo and Radiation).  Seeing her made my day.  Seeing her renewed my spirit....because I guess whomever said it was right about the 3 true words of life....IT GOES ON.....
And it's way too short to hold on to the past and worry about the future....today is the only day we are promised and actually this hour is the only hour we are promised.....I need to start making the best of this limited time we all have (and I have)

As many of you know I love to write....I've been writing a novel for ages and just never seem to get back to it....but Pinterest did not let me down this morning.....in all my gloom and doom and "poor pitiful me" I found this and it made me laugh and smile.....and by golly I think it is MY SIGN!




#Bofur #TheHobbit #Youshouldbewriting

I'll get through this (maybe with the help of professionals)...maybe on my own...maybe by running into a "new friend"....maybe by forgiving and letting things go...so I can move on and maybe as Hannah says....I'll paint myself a new color
I don't want to jump out of a plane or off a bridge or ride a bull...I just want to float through the sky in a hot air balloon :)  .....and take a different view at things...

  Have a great day.....