John’s Wellness Journey – Week 7


Here we are ending one of the toughest weeks I have had since this
journey has started. Allergy season has started and mine have been
completely out of control. It has been an adjustment in regards to the
workouts without a doubt. The weather has been perfect and all
activities lead to being outside in the sunshine. I enrolled in a
swimming class with the family and it has been great to have a
low-impact workout 2 days a week. It is much harder swimming 32 laps (1
mile) than I have ever imagined but, my upper and lower body have
tolerated it. I am also playing tennis twice a week to mix it up a bit
more. I am going to buy a pair of rollerblades and start working
different muscle groups each day. It helps not getting bored with the
workout routine (Thanks again Maria Hicks!!!) The hardest part of the
week is the BBQs, picnics and outdoor parties going on at this time of
year. I have been really trying to avoid all of the great summer
seasonal foods but, I caved in a few times this weekend. That explains
the couple of pounds I have gained. I am at a plateau and I can’t
afford to be at one at this point in the journey. I am going to make
sure that I eat a healthy meal before going to these events so that I
will not be hungry when I get there. I need to fight through this and
take it to another level. Harder workouts, lots of water and watching
what I eat better should help me get through this.
IFITISTOBEITISUPTOME!!!!! The Journey continues…..

10 replies
  1. Sandra Trumbo
    Sandra Trumbo says:

    Losing weight is one of the hardest “projects” to take on. Food seems to be the center of every function, especially in the summer! I have decided I am going to clean out my refrigerator and cupboards and only have healthy foods (as Maria Hicks suggested to me once). I am going to keep our refrigerator organized and also keep my lunches organized too so I don’t have to think about what I’m going to bring. I also note that when I go grocery shopping I tend to buy for two weeks…no more. No more hoarding of foods that we will either never eat or eat too much of just because it’s there. The love of food is like the love of money, it’s evil! Swimming sounds like fun for you and your family. I wish there were a magic bullet but there is none, no matter what the media comes out with. It just takes willpower! You can do it!! Let’s make next weigh day a happy one!! I will attempt to have a good week too!! See, you are inspiring me!

    • John "Flaco" Kontos
      John "Flaco" Kontos says:

      Thanks Sandy. It’s great to have so many team members here at KIG that are supportive. It has made all of the difference in the world to know that we work for an employer who walks the walk and talks the talk. I already feel the difference in my health.

    • Health Coach Maria
      Health Coach Maria says:

      Sandy, Good for you! You’re making great changes! If you only have healthy food… then, when you “crave” something… it might end up eating broccoli. (which would be good!) I was craving chocolate the other day – I was hunting around (wishing it was hidden somewhere). but, it wasn’t even in the house. yay! A few minutes later… the craving disappears and I am happy that I didn’t find the chocolate. 🙂 I had some raisins instead. Have healthy “sweet treats” around (dates, raisins, raw honey). You will have a good week!

      • Health Coach Maria
        Health Coach Maria says:

        John,
        I love the variety in your fitness routine!! NEVER GET BORED!! Plus, your body will start burning less fat & calories, if you always do the same old thing. Swimming is a MAJOR calorie burner! Eat a big bowl of steamed broccoli before your next BBQ… it will fill you up and you might be too full to eat anything too heavy at the picnic (quick tip: one of the worst bbq foods is ribs) – just steer clear. 🙂 Throw a veggie burger on the grill next time:) Hope you have a great week!

  2. Bethany Shoemaker
    Bethany Shoemaker says:

    John, I like to switch up my workouts too so they stay fresh and I don’t get bored. It was nice to meet u while I was working in Ann Arbor when Lisa was on pto. I love that saying ifitstobeitsuptome. Keep up the great work John! Have a excellent week!

    • John "Flaco" Kontos
      John "Flaco" Kontos says:

      Thanks for the feedback. It was great to meet you as well. I look forward to a good week of sweat and pain. That phrase was something that my high school basketball coach used to say and I laughed at him. He even had it painted on the wall in the locker room. After all of these years, it has been burned in my brain. It is true though.

  3. Ruthie
    Ruthie says:

    Everyone Plateaus Sometime! You have the right attitude and commitment to get past it. It is a journey remember, roads wind and hills climb.

  4. John "Flaco" Kontos
    John "Flaco" Kontos says:

    Thanks for all of the positive feedback. I am reall happy to work with such wonderful people. You truly define the word TEAM. I am crazy sore right now but I need to continue the push forward.

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