Project Fitness 2017

Last year, my fitness project was to run 1,000 km over the course of the year. I aced it. There were months when I played hard with my kids and didn’t run even half a mile. I got back on track and got it done. I blogged about it throughout the year and you can find down below. Click on the Label Project Fitness 2016 and all my fitness posts from 2016 will appear.

This year, I got a bike. When I went for my first bike ride, I discovered that the muscles used for riding were weak. EEK! Also this year, our family moved to a city with lots of bike trails that easily accessible from our house. I’m going to utilize the trails and take my kids with me.  My goal is to ride 22 miles in one day by the end of September. After I set that goal, I took my 9 year old son for a bike ride and we went 13 miles. I have a feeling I need to increase my goal. Follow me as I share posts to update what I’m doing to become more physically fit.

Project Fitness 2016

When I was a teenager, I was underweight. Around the time I got married, I went on the pill, which seemed to trigger hormone imbalance. For the last 20 years, I’ve worked with doctors and other professionals to figure out what was going on and how to work with it. At one point, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) for short. More recently, an acupuncturist and a natural doctor both looked over lab work one of my physicians ordered along with basal temperatures that the results indicated a possible hypothyroid problem.

Both PCOS and hypothyroidism can contribute to weight issues. Women with PCOS are often insulin resistant. So, I set off to support the endocrine system with an essential oil metabolic blend, eating little refined sugars and processed foods, and exercising regularly. In the process, I went from a size 16 to a size 8. I loved the way I felt.

Like many people, opportunities to do things crept into my life and I gradually stopped my daily exercise routine without even realizing it. I was no longer enjoying the benefits of being fit. I am determined to return to my healthy lifestyle.

I update my progress weekly on a spreadsheet and I’m now keeping track of my progress periodically on this page. Below, I will share stories of the struggles, the progress, and other nitty gritty details of my journey. I hope to hear about your journey, too.