Monday, March 18, 2013

Getting Healthy - I'm on my way!!!

One of my New Year's Resolutions this year was to get healthier. Some of my readers may remember me writing about my thyroid problem before. It has really made losing weight hard. During my husbands 4th deployment I had lost some weight but then my medication was "off" and I gained about 20lbs in 2months. Very discouraging!!

I have decided that this year, I WILL NOT let myself get discouraged. No matter what is thrown at me, I WILL push through and keep going. One thing I have noticed with all my reading on weight loss, exercise, healthy eating and the fad diets (which I do not recommend) is that you have to be consistent! I use to find any and every excuse to not exercise. When I had my my breast reduction my last excuse went out the window. I do something EVERY day, even if it is just going for a walk.

I've been doing cardio and some strength training. I've made my own "workouts" to do at home and my husband is teaching me the correct things to do in the weight room at the gym. Here are 2 of my own "workouts" I made:

Being consistent with my exercising is only a part of it. I have also been being consistent with healthier eating. Adding more fruits and veggies and watching my portions. I use "My Fitness Pal" (find me - jamielynn629) to keep track of my calories and add in my exercising. It helps me to be accountable. I also use "RunKeeper" to track my walking/jogging. When I started out, I couldn't jog for 30 seconds w/o feeling like I wanted to puke. I recently jogged on my treadmill at 4mph for 5 minutes!! Do you have any idea the pride I felt?! I've been setting goals for myself that don't include just weight loss.. my next goal is to jog for 7 minutes straight.

This week I'm going to set some goals for number of squats and push-ups to complete each day for 2wks and then up it. I'm also going to set a goal for number of miles to complete for 2wks and then up it.

Having the support of my husband and friends helps tremendously! When you have positive influences and reinforcement, it makes attaining my goals so much easier. I've been following some fitness type profiles on Instagram (you can follow me at - jamielynn1027) and I've been "liking" more fitness and weight loss inspiring pages on FB. Keeping positive people, quotes and posts at my finger tips has been amazing for my attitude.

I started using "My Fitness Pal" in December in 2012 - here was my profile this past week -

I'm beyond proud of myself and my friends who have been changing their lives for the better as well. My overall energy and happiness has skyrocketed. I have a ways to go, but I have no doubt that I'll make it. This is what a happy girl looks like -

Do you have weight loss or healthier living tips you'd like to share? Feel free to post them in the comments. Or be a guest blogger on my blog! Follow my FB page for updates on my healthier living, positivity and encouragement and updates on my blog - Jamielynn *A Soldier's Angel*

Thanks for reading!


  1. Hi, I'm Janelle! I found your blog while searching for blogs by military wives. I am marrying my Airman next year, so it was great to come across yours! I can't wait to read more -- consider me your newest follower! :)

    Janelle ( )

    1. Welcome!! I'll go follow you now =)

  2. I truly believe that being healthy and in shape is 80-90% what you consume and the rest is exercise. There is a company called AdvoCare that has many products for healthy living, specifically their 24 challenge (I am currently doing) and it is fabulous!

    1. My neighbor used AdvoCare before, she is how I first heard of that..I'm gonna have to look into them again =)