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Krysta weighs in: Double dose

Published:Monday | August 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Krysta and The Gleaner's gym instructor Richard Cowan.
Krysta and Shaun Gray.
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Krysta Anderson, Lifestyle Writer

The battle with being overweight has been a hard pill to swallow for a very long time, but now I am ready to give my body a double dose.

If you are just tuning in, welcome to the beginning of chapter two of my personal weight-loss journey. Chapter one included a lot of defeats and triumphs, with sweat and tears in-between.

I learned so much about health, discovered a whole new me in the process, and was ready to take on the health and fitness world on my own. Or so I thought.

The summer finally arrived and I was feeling the heat at the desk. 'Tis the season for intense brainstorming, heavier work load and seemingly shorter deadlines. This affected my diet to some degree. But for the most part, I had it under control, until it came time for cocktails.

Cocktail hour arrived whenever cheering up was needed for a story gone wrong, liquid courage was necessary for writer's block and celebrations were in order for a job well done.

familiar territory

I was beginning to sink deep into the abyss of familiar territory of all things sweet. And it came in the form of dirty bananas and 'chocolaty' mudslides swimming in a sea of vodka. Workouts suffered because of these new developments, despite the fact that I was now able to get in training at the company gym, what little time I could.

Now, my family and friends would say I am being too hard on myself, since I didn't look any bigger than I did when I started. And while I wasn't doing so badly, I must confess, though, that I am indeed my worst critic, especially when it comes to diet and exercise. I found myself caught between guilty pleasures of sinfully delicious foods and nutritiously healthy food that, quite frankly, had begun to bore me with their bland flavour.

So I decided then and there that a change was going to come, it will be enforced as of now. To sort out the imbalance as it related to training, I decided to take up a double dose of training. I now have two trainers: Richard Cowan from the Gleaner's Gym and Shaun 'Xavier' Gray from Ultimate Fitness Gym. Now this will rectify my busy schedule: Xavier will have my mornings and when I do not have an assignment, Richard will take the evening shift. Both have different training styles, but I'm sure this dynamic duo will together motivate me to kick this new regime into high gear. As far as eating goes, I am going to have to bite the bullet and find creative ways to make healthy food fun and delicious.

What sparked this change? Well, my birthday is coming up in three months, and already I have the birthday dress in the closet waiting for me. So my short-term goal is to be able to slim down to rock it in style on my birthday night. So, join me as I weigh in on the double dose of fitness and through healthy eating, aspire to get myself out of the 200s. #teamhealthy and #teamfit, here I come.

krysta.anderson@gleanerjm.com