One Year Ago

Exactly one year has passed since I had my life changing heart procedure. Looking back at my very first workout with my trainer on June 28, I couldn’t even finish a set of body-weight lunges; to the progress I’ve made Today has been immense.

The strength I’ve built over time has only been because of what God has done for me. Without HIM I would’ve found every excuse not to workout or get healthier. I felt this was God telling me to change my life, this was my second chance and there was a reason he saved me.

Sometimes we find every excuse to not do something; when you know in your heart you should be focused on making every effort to change some aspect of your life.  Set new goals, create a bucket list, use it as a guide for the way you live your life. Don’t set your dreams on a backburner and wake up one day realizing how much time has passed. Sometimes it takes a drastic event to change your perspective on life. Don’t let struggles or hardship be a reason to stop your journey, but fuel you in the direction you need to go.

I’ve been so blessed by two amazing trainers that help guide me to where I am today with a healthy diet & tough workout regimen. I’m officially a personal training success story with 24 Hour Fitness!

This is my official before & after. I hope to scan in a better quality asap :)!

What are your goals this year? Don’t wait until new years to set a new resolution!

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Plan in action!

This weekend, I put my new diet plan into action. I kept my calories under the 1400 calorie count. I thought it was going to be the hardest change I had to make with my diet by far. However, it was a much easier transition then I anticipated.

Friday I went through my diet-

  • I didn’t have enough snacks throughout by day. I’m awake my 5:20 AM, and my first meal is around 7:00 am after I run, and I normally don’t get home until 6:00 PM (Friday schedule only). Throughout the week I’m awake by 5:20 and I don’t get home until 8:30 PM.
  • I didn’t feel hungry at all and actually felt full and satisfied throughout my work day and workout. However, since I finished my snacks at work, I was in a rush to get home after the gym and needed to eat dinner.
  • I needed to re-work my snacks to extend my food throughout my typical work day.
  • My calorie count was at 1296

Saturday I discussed Friday’s food schedule with my trainer

  • My trainer suggested adding carrots as my 11 am snack. Since I still felt full from my 9 am snack.
  • I went grocery shopping and bought key items I needed for the week-
    • Chicken breast
    • Tilapia & cod
    • Old fashion oats
    • Honey
    • Carrots
  • Then we went shopping around town
  • We were out for so long, my family wanted to get something for dinner. I was hesitant at first when they suggested Thai food at Mali Thai, one of my favorite restaurants, and one of my weaknesses. However, they really wanted me to go. I found a great low-fat, low calorie option. I ordered the fresh spring rolls with shrimp.
  • I enjoyed my time spent with family without over indulging. I also brought my snacks so I felt satisfied when I went to Mali Thai. I didn’t feel the need to overeat.
  • I ended the day still at 1307 calories, and eating only 9% fat the entire day!

Sunday we prepped food for the entire week

  • Sunday my husband and cousin enjoyed a lazy day at home watching the show Community! I fell in love with this show. It’s hilarious. We’re barely getting through the first season.
  • We had homemade sweet potato fries & BBQ seasoned chicken for lunch.
  • I made tilapia marinated in Aloha Shoyu (soy sauce) and garlic & honey marinade.
  • I have leftovers for lunch & dinner for 2 days.
  • My plan is to only cook Sunday & Wednesday for the entire week. I’ll let you know how my chicken I made Sunday taste on Tuesday!
  • I ended the day at 1200 calories

It takes much preparation and planning to succeed, but it’s worth it when you know every step you take brings you closer to your ultimate goal!

Hello world!

My name is Arlyn. I’m not a nutritionist, or a certified personal trainer-I train with one. I was scared healthy and realized life is too short to take it for granted. I’ve made it my life’s mission to stay healthy and see the world one city at a time.

On May 15, 2011; I was getting ready to board a plane home from Dallas-Lovefield airport to Seattle. I was in Dallas for my cousin’s college graduation extremely proud!  I felt my heart rate skyrocket as I waited in line, and felt weak in my knees but tried to board the plane anyways. Fortunately, the gate agent stopped me from boarding that fateful day.

By the time the paramedics saw me; my heart rate was at 280 BPM almost triple a normal resting heart rate. I was rushed to Parkland Hospital where the doctors performed an atrial ablation. I believe God answered my prayers. I’ve gone through numerous tests for a year prior to my procedure to try to figure out the reason behind my extreme heart beat, but I was left without a conclusion/answers. I’m extremely thankful to the doctor’s at Parkland for giving me the answers. I’m also thankful, God healed my heart and answered my prayers! The doctors’ told me I was completely healed, and that I could live life as normal.

However normal couldn’t come fast enough for me. Daily activities were just unbearable. I returned home and I wasn’t my normal self. It hits you like ton of bricks, you have to restart your life!  I became flat out, lazy. I used this procedure as an excuse to not do anything. I needed to wake up! Two months had passed, and I was sick of feeling sorry for myself. In July I started working with a trainer at 24 Hour Fitness. He turned my life around. I discovered strength and endurance I never knew I could have.

Fast forward 8 months later, I’m down 35lbs! It’s been an amazing journey, but I’ve learned an incredible amount along the way. I want to share with readers my love for fitness, health, food, and adventures that help me stay motivated. This is my journey! I hope you stay with me!