Nov 012012

For the last month, I have been so blessed to have been able to use Let’s Get Stepping by Shapely Girl Fitness. I had tried and tried to get into an exercise routine that would work for me as a single car family (so going to the gym is out during the day, let alone the expense of joining one). I am thrilled to be able to tell you about this great program. If you want to get caught up on the last four posts go read Installment One, Installment Two, Installment Three and Installment Four.

Shapely Girl Fitness is the brain child of Debra Mazda, and she knows what it is like to be trapped in the cycles we women oftentimes find ourselves in. You see, she wasn’t always a thin individual. She knows what it is like to struggle with your size, have deep struggles in life and what it is like to over come them. You can read more about her story HERE

I had the choice of several different DVDs for my workouts this month and I chose the Let’s Get Stepping.I had never done step aerobics before and I thought it looked like fun. I was right! Granted I had an issue finding a decently priced aerobic stepper in town and ended up having to order one online, it was still worth it. I love how the DVD is set up with an introduction to the steps, two shorter routines, the full routine, a toning session and section called Circle Time with a great pep talk and discussion about what we face as larger women. You can chose to play any of the sections and do the workout that works best for you that day. There really is no excuse to not do the workouts at least three times a week with how they are laid out.

This program is about so much more than weight loss. It is about finding your self-worth. Working through those issues that are holding you back and being the woman you were created to be. I hadn’t really planned on going through the wringer emotionally, but I did. And in the end, working through (or starting to) those issues have helped me to see that yes, I am worth the time to do the program, it is ok to feel good about myself and I can be pretty.

While I didn’t loose much if any weight, I did lose about six inches last month from my girth. Talk about a great thing. I also gained self-worth, better posture, better endurance, more flexibility than I’ve had in ages and a few shirts that I had been given recently that were all a size too small are starting to fit me now. Talk about being wonderful. My husband has noticed that I am more stable emotionally, I’m happier and I’ve been smiling a lot more than I had been. He is really liking the changes he has seen in me since starting the program.

Debra Mazda has a start moving first, the diet will follow mindset. Which does make sense. If you go and exercise and start to treat your body well through that, you will want to eat better and better as time goes on. Why negate the wonderful thing you’ve done for yourself by inserting a bunch of junk food? I’ve also found that my cravings for carbs has decreased since starting on this journey, which I know will be beneficial in the long run.

If step aerobics aren’t quite your thing, she also has a walking DVD, and cardio to choose from. And they are very reasonably priced (way cheaper than a month at the gym). Debra’s style is kind and supportive (unlike several other exercise videos that I’ve tried that did nothing other than make me feel fatter than I already am and demoralized from the tone of voice and choice of language used). Debra is so encouraging through the entire video and it is so empowering. I also appreciate the fact that the people in them are dressed way more conservatively than a lot of women in exercise videos are. No bare bellys, no short shorts. The most skimpy thing is a tank top that has fairly wide straps compared to a lot of other options out there. Because of their dress, I don’t mind if my husband is in the room while I’m working out (well, from a modesty standpoint, I’m not a huge fan of having an audience while I’m working out, but that is because I get distracted, someone always ends up needing something from me, or they try to talk when I should be concentrating on my breathing and moving in sync to the DVD and don’t have the mental capacity to also carry on a conversation). I do not have to worry that my children will see their clothes and think that one must bare a lot of skin to exercise.

I am so thrilled to have been a part of this review. It has changed me so much and all for the better.

To see what others have to say about this review, feel free to visit the Christian Woman’s Affiliate Product Review Site. Also, Heather, at Marine Corps Nomads has held a weekly link up for those of us on this review, so feel free to go visit over there also.

Now, Debra was incredibly gracious and has offered me a chance to give away a copy of Let’s Get Stepping to one of my readers. To enter, use the easy Rafflecopter form below. Facebook, twitter etc have nothing to do with the giveaway. The prize is being supplied by Debra Mazda of Shapely Girl Fitness and will be mailed out by me upon receipt of the winner’s mailing address. Giveaway runs from 11/1/2012 until noon p.m. (CST) 11/12/2012. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the congratulations email or an alternate winner will be chosen. Winner must reside or have a forwarding agent in the United States.

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I was given a copy of Let’s Get Stepping for the purposes of this review and an extra copy to give away on my blog from Debra Mazda and Shapely Girl Fitness as a part of the CWA Review Crew. All opinions (and results) are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received.

Dec 312010

Wow, this year has flown by for us!  Seems like yesterday we were celebrating New Years 2010.

Do you make resolutions? I didn’t last year. Or the year before.  I hated not being able to achieve them or being unrealistic. However, this year I have decided to make a few goals if you will. Goals sound so much better than resolutions, don’t you think?  Resolution can have such a negative feel to it, and always be about things you don’t want.  Like I resolve to not eat as much chocolate.  Sounds like a bummer, doesn’t it?  However, setting up goals to eat healthier sounds and feels like much more of an achievement.  Like in January, we will make the switch to home cooked breakfasts, and only have cold cereal as a special treat.  February we will…..  See, doesn’t that sound much more manageable and nice?

So, here are the goals for 2011.  Of course, I reserve the right to change and modify these goals as I see fit…..

1. I will actively seek a healthier lifestyle for me and my family.  To do this, I will change the ways we eat to healthier options, make even more food from scratch and slowly weed out the processed snacks, cold cereals and such.  I personally will strive to do some sort of exercise four or more times a week. (hopefully I can afford that exercise video I’m really wanting soon)

2. I will work on simplifying our life. To do this I will sort through our belongings and get rid of clutter, maintaining a better cleaning schedule, and putting together and using a homemaking/keeping binder. (if you use a binder system, what do you use? What do you like about it? What don’t you like about it? I’m starting one from scratch). We will work on having carved out family times to bond as a family. Also in the vein of simplification, we will work on getting totally out of debt this year except for our mortgage (which is very possible). We have a few payments left on the car and my student loans need finished (which should be taken care of most if not all with the tax return). Then, we shall begin saving for a larger vehicle to pay cash for and for home repairs that will be needed in the near future.

3. Homeschooling will be a bit more structured this semester.  Last semester ended up a bit more spontaneous than I like to be. A lot of learning did take place, but not the way I would have preferred…..I also will not plan a whole semester of lesson plans in one sitting.  I learned not to do that one last semester. I will take the time to plan every week or two so I can adapt to the changes in schedule I know will take place. I also will be more intentional with schooling the Beans.  She’s been picking up a lot on the fly, especially with phonics while I’m teaching the Bugs and she would probably benefit from the extra time and attention.

So, there are three goals for me.  Some easier to implement than others. And it will take time. I don’t expect to wake up in the morning and be fifty pounds thinner, all the cold cereal purged from our house (well, we aren’t even there at the moment) and have perfectly schooled children and a house totally in order. Changes like these come in baby steps. A little bit of progress and success at a time.  With diligence and prayer this is all attainable.

I want to say thank you to my readers for sticking with and reading this past year. I really appreciate it..