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Six Things I’ve Learned in 2017

screen-shot-2017-12-05-at-3-47-18-pmBy Angie Fenton

Numbers matter…and don’t. I weighed nearly 180 pounds when I gave birth to my daughter in January 2016. Saying, “I want to lose weight” was easy, but what did that really mean? To be healthy, for my 5-foot-2 frame, I was told I should weigh between 110 and 140 pounds. But thanks to Ryan Schrink of Schrink Personal Training, who reminded me weight is just a number. But lowering my body fat percentage is key to getting healthy. I also need to be cognizant of my blood pressure and cholesterol levels. My goal now is to get down to 20 percent body fat by February. I couldn’t care less what I weigh.

Plan ahead. Spending time once a week to make meals for me and my husband, and then putting them into single serving portions, saves time and aids in a mission of healthy eating. Also, put your workouts on your calendar and treat them like appointments with one of the most important people you know. If you don’t take care of yourself, how can you truly take care of anyone else?

Don’t let setbacks set you back. I’ve failed a lot this year. I’ve also succeeded. So, I screwed up yesterday. That doesn’t mean I have to wait until next week to start again. When I do mess up on my quest to get fit, I’ve (finally!) begun to start again the next morning and assessing what led to my temporary setback.

Find your motivation. Mine is my daughter, Olive. As an older mama, I want nothing more than to be healthy so I’m around as long as the good Lord allows it. I owe it to Olive and myself to get fit.screen-shot-2017-12-05-at-3-44-12-pm

Set a goal and keep vowing to stick to it. Sure, I’d like to fit into my pre-baby clothes, lose body fat and decrease my rising “bad” cholesterol level, but I also really want to compete in a bodybuilding contest, too. I let life and an injury get in my way in 2017, but not in 2018. I WILL compete, decrease my body fat percentage, get my cholesterol under control AND fit into those old clothes I used to love wearing. I’m going to keep saying that out loud until it sticks.

Just do it. Sorry to borrow from Nike, but this is the simplest of all: You either do something or you don’t. Enough with the excuses. Just do it. And I will.

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