Getting to Healthy: My ongoing journey in fitness

I haven’t spoken much about my health and fitness journey because I was in the process of figuring it out and going through much trial and error. Now, I feel I’m at the place that I can share what’s worked for me and some of the things I’ve learned in the past 7 months.


Turning point

My youngest daughter was about to turn two in a few months and I could no longer recognize this body in the mirror as my own. This could not; would not, be my body going forward. I felt lethargic, unhealthy and just blah. That was November of 2016, and I made a conscious  decision to do something about it. I’ve always felt better physically, emotionally  and mentally with regular exercise. I knew in the past running  worked for me but for some reason this time around, I lacked the motivation to run alone. Thankfully, I found a runners group via Facebook and in the middle of winter began running Saturday mornings at 7:30.

Cheerleaders are everything

I soon realized, if I truly wanted to change my body, one day a week would not be enough. I reached out to a friend of mine who helped me create a plan for long term effective change. I can’t stress how important  it is to have a support system of friend(s) you can bounce ideas off of and are knowledgeable about fitness and nutrition. I learned about tracking my carbs, fats and proteins. (Macros) The importance of water consumption and weight training in weight loss etc.

Andre(spouse) also got on board too, we often workout together and motivate each other. Which has been a great support system on this journey to healthy living.

winter running


Think long term

The main mistake I realized I’ve made over and over again is looking for the quick fix. Quick fixes do not work. You can do a crash diet, or juicing cleanse and loose 20-30lbs in a short time frame. However, those results are not sustainable and you will ultimately gain it all back and then some. I’ve been there and got the t-shirt. Now my focus is on long term changes. From November  to now I’ve lost a total of 17lbs. To many people that actually doesn’t seem like a lot, due to the time frame, however, my body fat has dropped by 10%. My body is much more defined and I’ve gained quite a bit of muscle.  Long term changes are working for me because I realize there is no end date in mind. I’m constantly adjusting and giving myself room to enjoy the food I like, while also keeping track of the overall picture.(Macros)


My Mantra

Change nothing and nothing changes!

This phrase is huge. In order for something to change we have to decide to do something different.  I’m constantly adjusting my goals. That first run I wanted to turn back and go home half way through. I’m not kidding, I actually asked if I could. Now I’m researching how to improve my breathing and run with ease. I’m also researching correct weight training  forms and how to maximize  my results by incorporating things like HIIT.

I’ve realised for me I’m a happier, healthy, mom and partner when my health is at the top of the list. I hope you find what makes you a happier, healthier, individual and do that.


weight training





*PLEASE NOTE: I am not a fitness expert and the information I’ve shared is based on my own personal experience and research.  Please seek expert advice before making any changes to your own routine or fitness regimen.

  • Natishaw July 11, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Great work Gina. Thank you for sharing this and motivating others. I have realized as I aged my body has changed and I can no longer loose weight and look good in two weeks. Over the last two years I have gained over 20 lbs and could no longer recognize to person in the mirror. As you know I have always been small so it’s was hard to see myself with an extra 20 lbs. everyone said I needed it because I was too skinny, But to me it was not healthy cause I was not working out or being active. So I’m trying to get into the gym and change my diet. I’m very lazy and cannot make any excuses. So I will like to say thank you for sharing you story. Keep going my friend 😘

    • Gina Ayanna
      Gina Ayanna July 11, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      Thanks Natishaw! Ultimately you have to decide for yourself. The people telling you, you need it, don’t walk around in your body. Do what makes you happy and have fun with it. Work out with the hubby to be. When you feel good everything else feeds off that.

      Best of luck.


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