2018-01-09 / Sports

Six Week Journey to Healthy Living With Juliane Hillis

By Rosie Cunningham

Juliane Hillis on Jan. 2 at her initial meeting and weigh-in. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Juliane Hillis on Jan. 2 at her initial meeting and weigh-in. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Sometimes the hardest part of a weight loss journey is staying motivated. When you’re trying to get fit by eating healthier and taking time out to exercise, particularly in this cold weather, staying on track can be tough. When the goal line is looking fuzzy in the distance, it can be super-inspiring to revel in other people’s successes and be reminded that, yes, like them, you can do this.

For The Reporter, Juliane Hillis, 39, and mother of four (three years old, five years old, eight years old and nine years old), volunteered to put herself in the spotlight with the goal to lose 25 pounds over a six week period, with the long-term intention to lose approximately two to three pounds each week.

In the past, Hillis has taken part in weight loss challenges and has lost a tremendous amount of weight, but has often gained most of it back.

Side view of Juliane Hillis prior to losing five pounds. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Side view of Juliane Hillis prior to losing five pounds. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter “The past challenges were great - I was given the tools and I learned what I needed to do,” she said. “But, I need to carry out what I learned and find balance and maintain my weight loss and success.”

The Delhi resident, who also has two part-time jobs, will continue her weight loss journey after the six week challenge - her initial 25 pound goal is just the beginning.

“My mind set is different now than it was in the past,” said Hillis. “I need to chase what matters in my weight loss journey and what matters is my four children, my husband and myself. I am doing this for longevity. I want to be a good role model for my kids, a healthy role model. I want to be able to run around with my children and not get tired.”

Hillis added that she needs to work on her relationship with food.

“Oftentimes I am very on-point, but then I feel depravity and I binge eat when I know I should not,” she said. “Portion control has also been an issue in the past. I enjoy working out and exercising, but then I fall short when it comes to eating - they need to go hand-in-hand.”

Hillis said carving out time to exercise has been challenging in the past and after a weigh-in she can go overboard. This is one reason Hillis will be weighing in every Monday - so she stays focused over the weekend.

“I also am keeping in mind the importance of digestive health as well,” she said. “I am not in competition with anyone else to lose pounds and inches, it’s just me and I think that will be great to keep in mind.”

Hillis will also be working on balance all around and what can be maintained long-term.

She will courageously track what she eats each week and will detail the challenges and temptations, as well as her exercise routine. Readers will be updated on her weight each week. After three weeks and again at week six, her measurements will be updated and shared.

Weight loss isn’t just about hitting a certain number on the scale. Hillis will demonstrate that losing weight takes a lot of work, including eating and exercising in a way that works for her body, while managing life’s stressors, engaging in healthy habits like getting enough sleep and keeping a reality check on what’s sustainable and what’s not.

Encourage her over the course of the next six weeks as she lets her guard down and bares all, with the hope to motivate others to do the same.

On Tuesday, Jan. 2, Hillis, who is 5’8 1/2”, weighed in at 264.8 pounds. Six days after the initial weigh in, she hit the scale at 259.8. Her week was filled with cardio, which included spin classes at the Cardio Club in Delhi and additional workout routines. Hillis is keeping a food diary via a phone app. Her diet has consisted of fruits, veggies and high fats such as avocado. She has been getting her fill of proteins which has included eggs. Her sweet tooth has been curbed with a moderate treat of Halo ice cream. Although her focus is not actively counting calories, her intake is ranging between 1,500-1,800 calories.

Saturday, Hillis indulged in chicken wings and pizza, but was up the following day for a 7:15 a.m. workout.

Even if your goals have nothing to do with weight whatsoever, seeing what people can accomplish when they set their minds to it can be a powerful boost if ever you feel your motivation flagging. Let Hillis’ weight loss and healthy living journey inspire you as she challenges herself each day.

Rosie Cunningham is also a personal fitness trainer and will be Hillis’ accountability coach over the next six weeks. Although she will check in regularly, Hillis will be managing every aspect of her weight loss - from her food journal to her diet adjustments - and it is up to her to challenge herself to stay active and exercise.

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