A Year From Now You’ll Wish You Had Started Today



By: Guest Blogger Mary Moran

I’m thrilled to have been asked to join 411fit.com‘s bloggers and I look forward to helping motivate and inspire YOU because I know that you will do the same for ME!  Together, we can do this! And I can GUARANTEE you that no matter how much you have to lose – whether it’s 10 lbs or 110 lbs – if you start to make small changes in your life today, you’ll be SO glad you did!  Just imagine where YOU could be in just one year from now!

July 2008

For almost my entire adolescent and adult life, I’ve begun each new year saying “I want to lose weight.” I’d try for a month or two but then get frustrated with the process when the weight didn’t come off fast enough, thinking, “This isn’t working!”  I’d end up disappointed with myself, feeling as though I failed…yet again. What I know now, but failed to realize at the time, is that the only “failure” was having given up!  Weight loss is not a race and EVERY ounce lost was a step in the right direction!

I began the journey to re-claim myself in 2009 when I declared it to be “The Year of Me!”  I finally sought help for the extreme upper back pain I’d been dealing with for four years after it had gotten so bad that I was having visions of a wheelchair in my not-so-distant future. I was given a diagnosis of Myofascial Pain Syndrome, which is a chronic condition that affects the fascia (the connective tissue covering the muscles) and to help alleviate the pain, I was told I needed to strengthen and stretch my muscles.  Apparently the years of general inactivity and sitting at a desk job had caused weakness.  But deep down I knew what nobody – not even my doctor or physical therapist – was willing to come right out and say… that being 100+ lbs overweight was not helping me.  
In fact, it was hurting me – literally!

August 2010

I started to workout sporadically on my own and then signed up for my (former) company’s wellness plan with Salus, Inc. in Delafield, WI, run by 411fit.com’s own Briana and Michael Boehmer.  I was pushed beyond belief, gained confidence in my abilities and became extremely strong in a relatively short amount of time!  I felt better than ever but despite working out intensely 4-6 days/week, I’d only managed to lose 12 lbs during 2010. It was a loss, but come on…a ONE pound per month average?  With as much as I was working out, it should have been coming off MUCH faster.  Michael and I joked around a lot but during one discussion about my food journaling (or lack thereof), he looked at me and calmly said, “You know what you need to do.”  I knew I was standing in my own way.

January 2011 – 55 lbs lost!

Two months later, after a long discussion with my sister, Laura, we decided that we would begin Weight Watchers together.  We were both ready to make changes in our lives and that meant getting the food under control.  We went to our first meeting on January 11, 2011 and it was one of the best things that we’ve both ever done for ourselves!  My average loss has been slow but I have learned many things about myself along the way. I have been extremely reflective during my journey and I am focusing on finding balance and making true changes in my life that will not only help me get to my goal, but ensure that I stay there once I do! Am I glad I started a year ago?  Absolutely!  
Just look at the difference!

Like you, I am going through this journey right now.  I’m well acquainted with the negative self-talk, the embarrassment and the excuses that come with being overweight.  I have lived with the doubt, the struggles and the damage it does to your confidence and self-esteem on a daily basis.  I’ve heard the whispers and the assumptions of laziness or “simple” lack of willpower.  Oh if it were only that simple, right?!  I’ve had to listen to well-meaning people who’ve never had a weight problem lecture me on how I should go about losing my weight.

But, more importantly, I know what it feels like to start to believe in yourself again and I know what it feels like to have had that “click” in your brain that says “I AM worth it!” and “I don’t belong in this body any more!”  I also understand how important it is to have the support of someone (or thousands of others!) going through the same thing and/or with someone who believes in you…even when you don’t.

So if you’ve been on the fence…or you need a gentle push back into action, go to www.411Fit.com today and register. It’s free for individuals. Start today!

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Sinking in Stress? Simplify Your Lifestyle

Written By: Katie Mattson

Photo c/o: Alan Cleaver

Errands, groceries, supper, laundry, cleaning, working out, walking the dog, helping the kids with their homework…the list goes on and on. Life gets hectic as things pile up.

How often are you neglecting things you are supposed to enjoy like your gym workout? Too often I would bet.

Being healthy doesn’t always have to do with the way you look. It’s also about how you feel. If you are stressed, frustrated, or tired all the time, that will show up in your personality, your workout and probably your physical health. Finding a good balance in life is hard work, but not impossible.

Realign Your Priorities
Try putting aside 10 minutes in the morning prioritizing your activities for the day. Think about what can wait until later versus what really needs to be done. Use this time to put your list on paper to take the pressure off of your already scattered mind.

Do What You WANT
Now that your day is organized, look at where you have some extra space. Use that space for activities you want to do, not things you feel like you should do. Too often, we wake up and our feet hit the floor before we’ve even had a chance to open our eyes. It’s crucial that each day we take some time for ourselves, to unwind, relax
and reflect.

Choose Wisely – Say No
Use your first waking moment to reflect on the choice you have for that day. You can choose to be stressed and overworked, or you can choose to set your
boundaries and take on only what you can handle. It is not a weakness to ask for help or admit you cannot handle it all; in fact, it’s a really powerful and humbling strength.

Asking for help can significantly decrease your stress level. Bring in a fresh perspective on the plateau you are experiencing with a friend, mentor or coach. This will help you set goals to move past your challenges, simplify your life and keep you accountable.

Bringing more balance to your life can improve your health, your fitness and your perspective. Make the choice to simplify your schedule and your life creates space for the activities you choose to do. Talk about freedom! Where will you begin?

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Momentum Coaching‘s mission is for each of us to energize the moment we’re in. As owner and professional coach, Katie Mattson energizes her clients to stretch their boundaries, deepen their awareness and indulge in life.

411Fit – Not Your Typical “Start-up”

On April 1st 2011 411Fit became an official commercial entity, and on that date it assumed the label of “technology start-up”. Now, if the word “start-up” makes you think of two guys in a garage with some great ideas but not much else, then please read on to see how 411Fit differs from your prototypical start-up enterprise.

7 + Years of Development

The 411Fit platform has been under development for over 7 years, the last 4 years of which have been driven by a full-time team of experienced professional developers at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This is an unusually long period of time for any software application and especially for a technology that has just been commercialized. In that time, 411Fit has gone through many iterations, constantly improving and expanding to grow into the comprehensive, robust and complete solution that we now offer.

30,000 Registered Users

While 411Fit has been a commercial business for a little more than a month, it has been around for much longer than that. Officially going live in April of 2009, 411Fit has over 30,000 registered individuals using the site along with numerous Universities, businesses and organizations. What does this mean? Well, 411Fit may be a new company but it is a mature and tested technology that has been helping users achieve their health and wellness goals – with great success! – for several years already.

A University Spin-off

As a spin-off from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 411Fit has been able to benefit from the input of some of the sharpest minds in the areas of nutrition, fitness, wellness, web and database technologies and predictive analytics during its 4 years of development on campus. Furthermore, 411Fit will be leveraging its relationship with the University going forward to make sure that our technology platform stays on the cutting edge of technological solutions in the areas of health and wellness.

In summary, while 411Fit may be a new name in the commercial world of health and wellness, it is based on a tried and tested technology platform that is exceptionally mature and robust. In addition, 411Fit is ideally positioned to take the lead in developing the “next generation” of health and wellness solutions for individuals, corporations, organizations and health professionals.

If you would like to learn more about 411Fit or any of our solutions, please check out the rest of our site or contact us by going to the Contact link in our main navigation.

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