Vickie's Journey

Hi, my name is Vickie Troth!

Hi, my name is Vickie Troth and I have lived in South Jersey all of my life. I currently live in Vineland with my husband (of 36 years) Ron, and my Chihuahua Jax. I have one daughter, Erin, and son-in-law, Chuck. I enjoy playing poker, shopping, riding with my husband on his Harley, going to the movies, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

I returned to college and earned my associates degree in business administration in 2015.  I have worked at Inspira Health Network for thirty years, beginning in the Payroll Department and then transferring to the Surgical Services Department in 2003. I hope to travel to Italy some day and would like to go zip-lining (even though I am afraid of heights).  Most recently, I joined my son-in-law’s efforts to raise money for Special Olympics and plan to do the Polar Bear Plunge with him in January. Last year, I began working out again at Inspira Fitness Connection where I have made some new friends and also reconnected with some old friends. 

I am on a personal mission to lose weight and eat healthy. I am determined when I set my mind to something, so please join me and follow my wellness journey!

Week 1

I have enrolled in a journey program to follow the exercise, diet, and mental well-being aspects of my life. I work with a health coach and personal trainer at Inspira Fitness Connection to learn the tools needed to create a healthier lifestyle for myself so I can reach all of my healthy living goals. I have chosen to do this journey in hopes of encouraging, supporting, and showing others that every person is capable of living a healthier lifestyle with the right coaching and guidance. I am here to tell you Inspira Fitness Connection offers the right people and environment to turn my life around and I am so happy I have found this opportunity. 

To be honest, it has actually been a tough week for healthy eating.  I had a few birthday celebrations this week and made both good and bad choices when it came to food.  I did manage to get in some workouts this week.  Twice at the gym and twice at home.  Four out of seven isn’t bad, right?  My goal is to increase it.  I’ve had a fairly busy past couple of weeks but I anticipate a turnaround.  I need to improve on my weekly journal entries and tracking what I have been eating and the exercises I have done.  I had a great first meeting with Maria Goeller and Colin Meandro, who have already given me some tips on physical activity and healthy eating. They definitely motivate me to keep going.  I am looking forward to my first workout with Colin!  I have a feeling this workout is going to be hard but I am excited, I think! 

Me and my husband, Ron :)

Week 2

I am in my second week and I remain enthusiastic.  I worked out three days this week and will be at the gym this weekend. I go to the gym after work (prior to going home) or on the weekends.  It’s amazing what becomes important to you and the time you have to devote to what you want that you never thought you had.  Stop making excuses!  Many times, that’s all it is.  Believe me, I can easily go home, prop my feet up, have a glass of wine and watch TV.  I returned to the gym August of 2017 (after a long sabbatical-LOL).  After a few months, I began to get off track with food and exercises, plus, it was around the holidays.  Now that I am working with Maria and Colin, I am receiving guidance and encouragement from them and that makes a huge difference.  They will always be at the gym, but that friend of mine who says they are in it with me could give up at any time.  Don’t get me wrong, it is nice to have someone to work out with but the reality is that you have to want it.  Staying motivated is hard enough, but I believe that you have to want it.    

I have been entering my food and water intake in my Fitbit app, which helps me stay focused on eating right.  I often struggle to make the right food choices.   With Maria’s educational food tips, I am learning things about nutrition I never knew and making changes that are not easy.  One thing I am trying not to do is raid the refrigerator in the middle of the night, but with Maria’s encouragement, I have made it through four nights without getting up and snacking.  This is a huge accomplishment for me! I haven’t overcome it completely.  It’s a struggle and I am still working on it.  For those days I did good, it was Maria’s pep talk that helped me.  I really don’t have an explanation as to why I do it and am not really sure how to avoid doing it moving forward.  Maybe I need a big picture of Maria on my frig.  LOL

Once you make some dietary changes, you notice the difference in how your body feels when you eat that heavy plate of pasta, fried foods or bread.  It’s not easy to eat healthy, especially when dining out or going to parties. Knowing how I will feel and the impact of what I eat has on my body, it becomes easier to avoid those foods that are going to sabotage your routine. I am looking forward to tomorrow’s weigh in. I think I actually lost a couple of pounds. We will see… 

Coach Maria keeping me on track!

Week 3

I managed to get four intense workouts in this past week (one more than the week before, go me!!), even with my busy schedule.  I attended three functions this week and tried to eat healthy, keeping my portions small and avoiding deserts.  It can be very challenging!  Maria continues to educate me on how to make wiser decisions along with sharing recipes and suggesting alternatives to incorporate into my diet. For example, making a dish to bring to the party that I know I am allowed to have so I always have an option to eat when I go to someone else’s house. The hard part is finding a healthy snack that isn’t going to pack on the pounds or require an additional workout to get rid of.  Why, because I love cookies, cake, ice cream, etc.  

I look forward to my workouts with Colin.  He is so upbeat and enjoyable to be around, especially since the workout is tough! You hate to love him and love to hate him all at the same time.  I still struggle with raiding the refrigerator in the middle of the night but continue to work on that.  The next weigh in, I was down five pounds.  It’s a good feeling!  I will focus on better eating habits in the week to come, as this is what I am currently struggling with.  I look forward to my session with Maria this week so that I can get additional tips and encouragement! Maybe she can find me a solution or suggestion to my middle of the night eating?!

It’s easy to waste time sitting around the house watching TV, etc., so I am trying to get the most out of my time.  I just had to take the time for myself and stick to an exercise routine.  Otherwise, this would not work.  Sometimes that means saying no to family and friends and making your own plans or going your own way.  The payoff (weight loss and feeling better) is the reward!  It’s important to make time for yourself.  I’ve begun preparing meals on the weekends so that I have dinners to heat up during the week, saving time in the kitchen during weeknights. This has helped because now I have less of a chance to make a bad choice when it comes to dinner.  I have also noticed that once I begin an exercise routine, it becomes easier to stick with it and stay motivated, but that can be difficult.  Especially when I hit a plateau or revert to old habits.  The rewards of feeling better and receiving positive reinforcement from those around me make it easier to keep a routine going.  This is why I am thankful for my health coach and trainer who keep in constant contact with me to make sure I am on the right track. I know their support will always be there when others can’t. A few pounds down and a few more to go and I am NOT looking back!! 

Week 4

Unfortunately, I did not have a good week.  I did not record anything in my diary nor did I track my food intake in the FitBit app.  I binged in the middle of the night, and in general, didn’t always eat healthy this week.  I am upset with myself for letting this happen but I also tell myself that this is part of my journey and that there will be bad days along with the good days.  Luckily, the good is out weighing the bad and I am starting to really see some improvement in myself.  Working out seems to be the easy part right now even though my trainer Colin is NOT going easy on me with my routines. Eating healthy and recording everything is the hard part but today is a new day so I am back on track.  I am proud to say that with my consistent workouts, regular coaching sessions, and slight changes to my diet, I am down 12 pounds!!!!!!

One of my workout sessions led by the ever-encouraging, Colin!

My life is very busy and I can’t seem to find enough time in the day to do what I want.  I am trying to juggle family and work obligations and remain positive at a time when some things aren’t going well for me. I felt emotionally drained.  I am thankful for my close friends, whom get to see my vulnerable side.  They offered their time to listen and provided support and encouragement.  These friends are a very huge part of my support system and I am thankful for them. Time management and organization is something I will learn in my health coaching sessions so I can improve my healthy living choices. I know it is important to find work-life balance, reduce my stress, and organize my time to make healthier choices in order to be happier over all.

Moving on, I am starting today off fresh and positive, knowing that I am not doing this alone.  I packed my breakfast and lunch for today with smart choices.  I am also wearing a size smaller than I normally wear. (new pants I bought this weekend).  Buying new and smaller clothes this past weekend made me feel good and I will use this as my motivation to get back on track and keep going. I will not let myself fail.

Check back every Friday for another update in Vickie's journey!
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