So I’ve been thinking recently about the people in my life that have inspired me to become healthier. The list is actually pretty long, but when I really thought about it three people came to mind; Jillian Michaels (I think we all knew she was on the list), my BFF Jackie and my sister Jill.
Jillian Michaels really planted the seed of emopwerment I needed to start this journey. Say what you will about her “America’s Toughest Trainer” persona and The Biggest Loser, but that show is inspiring! At the very start of my weight loss I ended many a day by watching an episode of Loser just to remind myself that there are others out there like me and they can and DO make massive changes to their lives. Granted I’m not lucky enough to live in seclusion with three awesome trainers, a team of doctors, nutritionists, physical therapists and I’m sure many others to give me tons of guidance, BUT I do have access to lots of information and knowlegable people to help me along the way. I like that she digs deep into peoples problems and how they have effected their lives and how those issues play into their bad habits. Listening to her conversations with others has allowed me to face several of my food/emotional issues and helped me work through them in my mind in order to make positive changes. Check out her podcast for lots of inspiring advice and funny banter.
My second source of inspirtion is my BFF Jackie. She has lost over 70lbs in the last year or so! I know, she’s awesome! She’s entered herself in lots of 5Ks, a half marathon and a couple mini triathlons and just keeps going! Her drive to live a healthy active life has been so inspiring and I’m so proud of her and what she has achieved! There’s nothing like a good before and after picture to get you motivated and Jackie has provided me with that.
My third and most recent source of inspiration is my sister Jill. After recently being told she is pre-diabetic (see her blog for complete details) she has decided to face her problems head on and make some serious changes to kick diabetes to the curb. We traded workout DVDs (she got Body Revolution and I got TurboFire), signed up for a DietBet together and even do a weekend weigh-in to stay on track. It’s nice to have someone to hold you accountable and send the occasional text asking if I worked out today or even to complain about how doing “fast feet” makes our calves burn.
Who inspires you guys to live a healthier life? Need some inspiration? Check out these blogs, they’re awesome!
Sweating Until Happy – This awesome guy has lost over 100lbs! Now that’s motivation!
BexLife – Lots of healthy living advice, product reviews and yoga workouts!
Brooke Not on a Diet – For all you WW people, Brooke just made lifetime status! See what all your hard work can lead you to!
Project Unfluff – With a title like that who can resist?