Saturday, January 5, 2013

100 pound loser by Jessica Heights-book review

I was given this book for review and I just loved it!! I wanted to share my thoughts about it and how you can buy it for yourself!!

First, just the name of the book is so inspiring!!
 "100 pound loser. How I ate what I wanted, had 4 babies, and finally took control of my weight-and you can too!!" 
Isn't that just the greatest title?
It's a short read-about 30 pages and 12 chapters. Jessica is very clear in her book that she has NOT had any formal training in nutrition, exercise, medicine etc. She is simply a wife and mother who has lost alot of weight after having babies, kept it off and makes good choices every day.

Let me share with you what she says in her introduction:
I wrote this because I'm just like you. 
I wrote this because I've been where you are...
I wrote this because I've done it...
I want you to know you're not alone... 

I love that this short book is practical and down to earth. She doesn't get all preachy about all these awesome things that she has accomplished, thus making a reader feel bad and inadequate to do what shes done. She shares practical advice and suggestions on many different topics through out her book. For example, she shares about her struggles with taking care of her 4 children at home and not having personal time during the day, so she makes the effort to get up at 4:30am to exercise. Because she knows exercise is important and that it needs to be done-for a persons physically and emotional well being.

I personally LOVED that she used scripture references through out her book. Basically to point out that our bodies are temples from God and that we need to take care of ourselves. She also used other inspirational quotes. On the very first page is a quote from CS Lewis that said, "We are what we believe we are."

On another personal level, I felt like I really connected with Jessica because we have so many things in common!! With both of my pregnancies I gained ALOT of weight!! 100 pounds with my first and 75 for my second. By the time I gave birth to my 2nd child in June 2010 I was over 250 pounds!!
I loved Jessica's advice about making small goals in order to accomplish success. Thats exactly what I did!! I kept hurting myself and getting discouraged because I would try to jump full force into a workout dvd. I finally just started walking 15 mins-one mile using Leslie Sansone indoor walking dvds. I worked up to 1 mile, then 2 miles, then 3 miles. I would judge my progress on being able to get through a mile without getting winded or tired. The more consistent I became, the easier it got and the pounds kept coming off!!
Now, over a year later, I'm running races, lost almost 100 pounds myself, lifting weights, logging my food daily, using a heart rate monitor, and working out 45-60 mins every day now. Again, I also started small and consistent. It doesn't happen overnight! 
I also love that Jessica says that she does not DIET! it's a lifestyle change. She makes healthy choices and eats what she wants, but she also understand that women will have cravings and trigger foods so she gives her thoughts about that, which I also agree with.
Lastly, she mentions that her "go to" at home workout is "TurboJam" by Chalene Johnson. I LOVE that workout!! That was my first 30 day program that I stayed consistent with and saw major results after I graduated from my walking dvds!! I actually did the 30 day rotation twice this past year and lost serious inches.

If you're interested in reading this book, click on this link to purchase it for only $4.99 through amazon!!

Jessica also has a great facebook page, facebook group and website...

Check her out and let me know what you when you purchase her ebook.
You won't regret this purchase because we can all use uplifting practical advice when it comes to eating and exercise.


November races I did-my first 10k!!

So I know it's January already, but the holiday season went by so fast, that I haven't been able to blog about my November races!!
I did my first 10k on Saturday November 17th in downtown Roanoke. It was called the Star City 10k race-it was their first one because they typically do a half marathon. I had never done a 10k but my goal was to (1) finish without dying and (2) if possible to finish under 1 hr 30 mins.
I was really nervous about it so the weekend before I did a trial 10k run in my neighborhood. It took me longer than 1:30 but at least I was able to do it, so I felt okay about doing the race the following weekend. This was also my first race that I was alone. My running buddy-my 11 year old-was with me for my first 2 trail races and it was nice to have his company.
The weather was perfect and it wasn't too cold!! Perfect day for my first 10k!!
They had the roads closed off and helpers along the entire race route directing racers so we would know exactly where to go. That was one of my biggest fears, was that I was going to get lost and not be able to finish the race in a timely manner. They also had a couple water stations which was nice, but I had my spiffy water bottle fuel belt with me so I was all set!
My family was going to meet me later at the finish line and I was able to text them a little bit through out my race so they would be at the finish line in time to take my pics.
My hubby met me at the final loop and ran with me to the finish line. It was really nice to have his support and his help which pushed me to the finish line and the best part? I MET MY GOAL!! 1 hour 29 mins!! WHEW!! Just barely!! My 2 year old baby boy  and my parents were also there. I was so shocked and so happy that I got a medal when I finished!! It was such a great experience!! After the race, they had a great breakfast inside for the racers to warm up and eat!!

I finished!! 

My biggest fans!

I can't believe I got a medal!

Look at the calorie burn!! 

I met my goal!! 

My race route! 

Then a week later on Thanksgiving Day, my 11 year old son and I did the Turkey Dash which was also in downtown Roanoke. I took alot of pictures, but somehow when I got home, my 2 year old got ahold of my iphone and deleted most of them. I was devastated but at least I have a couple to share!
It was pretty cold that morning and there were TONS of people who showed up for this family race!! Even though they had many groups (runners, walkers, runners with strollers, runner with pets, etc) there were too many people than what I like, so I probably won't do it again. I was worried the whole time that I was going to get trampled or lose sight of my son. We ended in pretty good time and Stevens dad met us at the finish line to take our pictures. I am so proud of my son that he is able to keep a good consistent pace with me through out the entire race!!

Before the race at home. 

At the finish line 

My calorie burn!

My stats

With every race, I feel myself getting stronger and having less shin split and asthma problems!! I was so pleased with my race efforts in 2012!