This is a quick little video to get you motivated today…what keeps you motivated??
Sometimes people ask us, “Do you have any bad days?” The answer is YES and YES!! We’re human just like you. We’ve overcome a lot in our journeys, but every day requires a new determination to overcome again. Today we’re discussing just how to deal with those bad days…it involves cupcakes and asking for help!
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I did it! I DID IT!!! Woooohoooo! Ok, I just had to get that out of my system. As you all know I have had major butterflies leading up to the big race. I went through the training program…had the usual ups & downs, and the morning of the race I will admit I was down right scared! I know it sounds really silly, but there are still times where my inner “overweight girl” tells me I won’t be able to do it. Thank goodness I had Fitness Magazine’s very own Jenna Autori there cheering me on. She literally looked at me and said, “Don’t worry, you totally got this!” Sometimes a simple encouraging word is all you need to give you that little push! By the time I got to the starting line I was ready to attack this challenge! My game plan was to really pace myself and keep a consistent pace the entire race. So many people told me that I would want to book it in the beginning because of the excitement & adrenaline. Boy, we’re they right…I wanted to SPRINT in the beginning…the excitement from the crowd & the runners was electric! Despite my desire to break the world record…I started off with a pace that I knew I could sustain. I felt very strong for the first 7 miles…they seemed to fly by. Around mile 8 I hit my first “wall”. I was so thankful that I programmed some funny music on my playlist because right when I needed a boost RuPaul’s “Covergirl” came through my headphones! It really made me laugh and I will tell you it really was the boost I needed. I will tell you that I had multiple times throughout the race that I was VERY emotional. It was a little over a year ago that I was 261 lbs, unhealthy, & very unhappy. Fast forward & I am running…RUNNING…a half marathon. THIS is what life is about! I have never been so proud of myself. To be honest I don’t really even remember miles 11-13…I was so fixated on finishing! As I crossed the finish line I fell into a huge puddle of tears…I did it…and I ran EVERY step. It was just another moment in my life where I was overwhelmed with thankfulness. The Biggest Loser not only helped me lose weight, but they introduced me to my inner athlete. I’ll tell you…she is pretty cool.
I am so thankful to Fitness Magazine. I can’t tell you how amazing the entire staff is! They truly care about people & helping us all become well rounded healthy individuals. I am thrilled to have had this experience & the opportunity to share my journey with their readers. I look forward to partnering with Fitness Magazine again in the future!
Health & Happiness,
Hello Party People!
Happy Friday!! I have been noticing the word “Matter” a lot lately.
People saying it, my TV spitting it out to me on my beloved SERIES
FINALE of One Trill Hill (guilty pleasure, I used to dream about being
Mrs Nathan Scott…Oh dear, I’m a psycho) as this word bounces around
in my brain today I decide to break it down for my MyFitspirationers.
Last week I was speaking at an event and I noticed every person I
talked to said this word. It went a little like this….
“Hannah, I try and try to lose weight. I exercise and it just doesn’t
matter, nothing happens.”
“Hannah, I know what I am saying to you doesn’t really matter but I
need HELP with my life.”
“Hannah, if I am exercising to the extreme does it matter what I eat?”
Folks, YOU MATTER. The things you say to others, MATTERS. What you eat
MATTERS. How you treat others MATTERS. How you treat yourself MATTERS.
What kind of food you put in your body MATTERS. What you do everyday
at your job MATTERS. The little things you do for your
spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend/crush MATTERS. Pushing yourself to do more
I have decided that this year I am going to stop saying “It doesn’t
matter” because it always does or we wouldn’t say it. When I finally
figured out on the ranch that my life MATTERED and having control of
it MATTERS, things began to change and so did I. Whatever you are
looking for; confidence, weightloss, better relationships, making more
moolah, spending less moolah, these things MATTER and how you attack
these things matter. My dad used to say to Olivia and I “Let every
step you take have a purpose” I never realized that that statement
would come to fruition as we stepped on the Biggest Loser Ranch. Now I
try to do everything with purpose because I MATTER and so do you.
NOW……What MATTERS to Olivia and I’s weightloss maintenance is the
things we have to do when no one is watching. Running that extra mile,
being faithful with our food intake, learning more about health and
wellness and being inspired daily by all of you. So make the things
that no one sees MATTER. Taking steps with purpose will put you on
your way to a better life.
So have a great Easter Weekend and remember whatever it is you are
thinking about or trying not to think about, it MATTERS!!
Oh, and since I have vowed to give up Peanut Butter for a month (it’s
becoming a problem!), if you eat a Reeses Peanut Butter Egg on Easter,
please dedicate it to me!
I know I’m a little late on the “New Year Bandwagon” but in my travels of late the message has been all about 2012! Olivia and I have met thousands of people who were just like us, desperate to change and trying to find a way to do it. That’s what this year is about. A RADICAL change that is in your hands! Yes, YOUR HANDS. I can remember one of the things our dearest Jillian (insert her pet names for us pumpkin and peanut)said to me “Hannah, your destiny awaits you, you just don’t know how to reach for it”. That was the day I learned that I wasn’t waiting on life to happen, life was waiting on ME to happen. It was to say the least, a powerful day for Olivia and I. It was also the day that Bob took his purple girls outside and found out who we really were (see picture on the steps of the BL gym sans our normal prom make up and newly coiffed hair do’s – insert 200 + pounds ). I began to talk about things that no one knew. Giving up on my life selfishly at the age of 20. Letting fear of being talented at NOTHING but sports control my life. Feeling like I had NOTHING to offer the world much less a man. The 12 year pity party (my pity parties included FABULOUS food of course that began as a result of an injury that would soon take my mind to depression and total denial. As I packed on the pounds I became numb and quickly fell asleep in the passenger’s seat of my own life. Bob found out that day EXACTLY who I was and as Olivia talked about her own dreams being broken, wanting a career in music (we have all heard her victorious vocal chords as she belted out harmoniously from the biggest loser scale with Jillian’s mouth hanging wide open and Bob and I in tears). Bob simply said 5 words to us, “It’s time for new dreams.” Bob and Jillian saw something in us that we hadn’t seen in ourselves in decades. Hope, promise (a looming horrible makeover dress with devestatingly ugly bangs for me)and most of all LIFE. It was the first time since 1998 that I thought I could have a new dream. There that day my fight to lose weight but most of all find a new dream of loving myself through health and reaching for my own destiny began.
I know not everyone can go to the ranch or even meet these two AMAZING people BUT you can go through the same change and stand on your finale stage of life with your pretty hot pink lips (Olivia) or dangerously short red dress (thank God I didn’t have a Britney peak-a-boo moment)Hannah.
This Blog is not only for people that need to lose weight. This blog is for everyone that wants more out of YOUR life. For people who want something but never really stood up and DEMANDED it. Well I am telling you right now NOW is the time. Not Monday, not 2013, not in a month or even tomorrow. NOW. This might mean you take a small step like cutting out soda or vowing to spend more time with your family. This might mean starting a walking program or being more social by putting yourself in situations that might be a little uncomfortable. This might mean GOING for the job you always wanted but never thought you could have or going home TONIGHT and cleaning out your pantry full of junk no matter what your family says. Life is short WHY NOT YOU? From a girl who just had a banner year in her life and has finally decided NOT to waste another second being unhappy and out of control.
As the clock started the countdown to 2012 5…4…..3…..2…..1, I remember thinking to myself (in my pretty party dress, the first time I ever wore a dress for NYE) all the things of 2011 that were the best of times and the worst of times, but most of all the milestones that led me to this day. As the clock struck 2012, I stood up and literally screamed for joy as this was the FIRST time in 14 years that I did not have to make a resolution to lose 100 lbs, as I cried tears of happiness and danced the night away with my friends. All because I learned how to ask for help and receive help. Happy 2012 MyFitspirationers, you inspire me everyday and I know you will attack your 2012 goals with confidence and fury!
NOW, what are YOU waiting on?