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One Year Update: The Road to Healthy

Howdy Folks!  My name is Tricia Miller, I’m a working mom of two boys, age 5, and age 3, from Houston, TX.   A little over a year ago, I casted my struggles out to the world wide web, hoping to net motivation and support in my journey towards a healthier lifestyle.  Going “online” has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in continuing to share my story in hopes of giving encouragement and bringing motivation to people who may need a jumpstart in their life. Here is my 1 year anniversary update! In January 2015, I received a shocking borderline diabetic diagnosis from my general practionioner.  At age 37, I was taken aback!   I thought that only happened to “older” people.  At that time, I was already on my second year of taking blood pressure medication that was brought on from developing severe pre-eclampsia during the third trimester of my second pregnancy in 2013.  For two years, I have been under the care of a cardiologist, who monitored my blood pressure, and conducted regular EKG tests to monitor my heart.   …

I. AM. Feeling. Powerful.

Week 2 of 12  my First Weight Lifting Cycle. 12 Week Goal from Late July  – October 2015 : Get under 150, Gain Muscle. Goals Achieved in 12 Week Cardio Cycle from April – June 2015 : Lost 19 pounds, Cleaned Diet, Increased Self Confidence, Gained Discipline in Fitness and Nutrition I am feeling leaner and even more importantly POWERFUL.  Something in me has changed–my inner fire is stronger and wiser.  I feel such great motivation at this time–perhaps it’s knowing where I began earlier this year weighing in at over 174 plus pounds.  Today I am 156. My body is leaner and definitely stronger….Because I got my weight down, I am no longer obese according to BMI standards!  Yes–accomplishment! This is me at the gym today at 7:45 a.m….I know I get annoyed with people who take gym selfies–but I’m just proud.  My new lifting cycle is structured so I lift 5 times a week, ending with a 15 minute burst of cardio on the stairmaster.  Today I was ambitious and did a 45 minute spinning class at the end …

Week 19, 20, and 21 Update – Greetings from Alaska!

Greetings from Alaska! I’ve been behind on my weekly updates due to my work travel schedule and now I’m on vacation with my family for two weeks.  I’ve ranged from 156.0 to 157.2 in the last two weeks.  Here in Ketchikan, Alaska (small town with population 8,600), there is no gym, no scale, no fitness buddies, and no nutritionist here.  So, all my tools are in my head. Everything is all me!   I still want to continue healthy diet and a lifestyle despite being away from my normal routine–which is a challenge–especially when you are surrounded by fellow foodies!   So, in this time of being away, I will allow myself to splurge a little bit, but I will not allow myself to completely lose what I have worked for in these last several months.  Now is the time to not be so crazy strict on reaching a numeric goal, but to embrace the present and live life! Healthy things I need to remember: while I’m on a two week vacation: Spiritual – Nature is absolutely gorgeous here!  …

Even Rocky was Afraid

Here’s my inspirational movie clip of the day–of the week!  Rocky lets fear paralyze him for truly believing in himself–even with the success, triumph, and fame around him. Much props to Adrian–she’s the fighter in this scene. I can identify with Rocky–so much doubt in him right now.  Irony–he is a champion fighter who can fight the physical battle, but he’s stuck fighting his emotions right now.  They are getting the best of him.

Week 14 Weigh In and My New Kicks!

Hey Y’all! (this is how we talk in Texas) So excited to share I FINALLY broke under 160! Hallelujah!  I am officially at 159.0!  As a motivator several weeks ago, I told myself if I broke under 160, I could get a new pair of tennis shoes…and voila–here they are courtesy of Nike (haven’t worn Nike’s in two years).  These shoes will help take me to another level in the next months to come! I feel such a great sense of accomplishment, and I will not surrender.  I’m feeling stronger, more confident, and sexier!  To all those who struggle out there, DON’T GIVE UP!  You are worthy–damn it–and don’t let anyone or even yourself tell you that you can’t do this.  You have the inner strength to do anything you set your mind to.  Find people who support you, and stick with them.  Positivity breeds hope, strength, and happiness.  Along the way, I’ve found the passion to live again–I mean really live–to live with purpose and to appreciate each day with gratitude and hope. #shoesareagirlsbestfriend #dowhatevermotivatesyou …

Week 13 Weigh In and Goodbye 160s

Hello! I’m a brand new person! How about a before and 13 week after pic? This is after 14 pounds of weight loss:   Week 14 Begins today, and this will be the last week to be weighing in my 160s.  This morning I weighed in at 161.6–which is .8 lbs more than last week. After celebrating my birthday for almost a week, it’s time to get on a tight schedule and kick ass this week.  Just with the progress I’ve made, I feel so invigorated, uplifted, motivated, appreciated, and happier.  I don’t ever want to go back to my old self where I was sorta living.  That’s probably why this birthday was the best ever–I celebrated with a family dinner, friend dinner, spinning with friends, and a romantic date dinner.   While all these events were truly special, I believe the best gift I received was the gift I gave myself—the gift of believing in myself again. Here are some pics of my birthday celebrations: