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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Hmmm. 60. How did that birthday sneak up on me? I used to think that 60 was old – but I sure do not feel that way now. I do not feel old! I feel as energetic now as I did 20 years ago. In fact, when I focus on eating right (and by that I mean right in both quantity and quality), taking the right supplements (for me, Shakeology is a wonder drug), and exercising (right now a combination of running/walking and biking), I can fool myself into thinking I am 40 again . . . well, maybe 50. Of course I know I am lucky – I have good genetics on my side and I am not on any medications. But honestly, I feel my health is up to me. I can choose to do the things I need to do to stay healthy and active, or I can choose to feel old. I choose health. I choose to live the Wholesome and Fit lifestyle!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

What a BEAUTIFUL transformation!!! Great Job, Amanda. I am super proud of you and happy to call you a friend. Read Amanda's great story below -- Nicole Schmuker at Wholesome and Fit

I started my journey about 4 years ago. I weighed in at 300 lbs. The day of my wedding I was so excited to see the pics. I went down the next day to develop the film ... well after seeing the pics I realized that even though I knew I was beautiful that day, I was not at all happy ... I decided it was time to change that. 

After a few years of yo-yo diets, gaining and losing weight, trying hard but not really making it, I decided weight loss surgery was the way for me. I didn't want gastric because I just needed a hand/helper, so I choose the lap band. On June 28, 2012 I went in for surgery. Since that day my life has been nothing but new beginnings and happiness. I lost about 50 lbs with the help of the band,. 

After that I got stuck again, but instead of letting it get the best of me, I joined a gym. I started lifting weights and clean eating. I lost another 50 lbs on my own. I plateaued again in 2015. So, I hired a coach and I lost an additional 30 lbs. Weighing in at 169 lbs, I made the decision to compete in March of 2015, and I have been getting bigger and badder ever since. 

On June 25, 2016, weighing in at 150 lbs, I competed in my first body building competition in the figure division. I WON 3RD PLACE. OMG … what a dream, what a day. My head still spins when I think of what I have done with my body. 

Now, as of August, I have gained back 20 lbs because "stage lean" is not a healthy weight that I can maintain. My current weight is 170 lbs and I feel amazing. I’m currently in a lean bulk to add some muscle size to hopefully get 1st place in the next competition. BIG GOALS! BIG DREAMS! I hope to one day earn my pro card in figure. 

I’m waiting at the moment for my health insurance to approve skin removal surgery for an abdominoplasty and breast lift due to my huge weight loss. I will also have my lap band removed not due to failure of the device but because (as my weight surgeon says) "I’m a Rock Star" LOL. The band just no longer works with my lifestyle and is really slowing me down from my goals. I’m confident that I will succeed in all my goals because that is what I do ... LOL. 

My biggest goal in life is to help. I just want every woman, man, and child to know that the work isn’t easy but it's all WORTH IT. Change is possible with dedication and motivation to reach your goals. Anything is possible if you WANT it bad enough.


Amanda Ponusky

How do you get your exercise in when you are traveling? It's challenging sometimes. When I am at home, I get into an exercise routine -- I either force myself to get up early or I decide to quit working mid-afternoon in order to workout to that PiYo DVD or go to a Zumba class. But when I am traveling, it all seems different.

Running is a good exercise for travelers. All you need is a pair of running shoes and a sturdy bra (plus shirt and shorts of course). But, alas, I have never been a great runner. I am too slow, it seems like I only have one lung (my husband says that is called being out of shape LOL), it is too hot outside, or it is too cold. If I am traveling to a big city, I can sometimes find an exercise class at the right time and place, but not always. Or, I can compete with the other travelers for a place on one of the treadmills or weight machines in the hotel exercise room. Sometimes I take all the gear I need to do an in-house workout (yoga mat, strap, block, DVD, player, etc.), but sometimes that is too cumbersome and bulky to pack.

However, I can ALWAYS look for the exercise opportunities present in the world surrounding me. For example, climbing the stairs in my hotel instead of taking the elevator or walking to dinner instead of taking a cab. When I am traveling to see family and friends I can ask someone to walk around the block with me -- and make sure it is a really big block (or two or three). I can hike down and up the "Big Sand Hill" with my grandkids. I can walk in the ocean. The important piece of gear for me when I am traveling is my pedometer. If I focus on getting those 10,000 steps in, I get it done! If I don't focus, I don't get it done. Simple as that.

My health is important to me, especially as I want to keep on traveling! So, let's hike the Big Sand Hill.

-- Lynn Thompson Baca, guest blogger

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