MADISON (WKOW) --- I have been the queen of excuses over the past couple of years. I'm always too tired to exercise, and it's too hard to always eat healthy.
Those are a couple of my most used excuses.
So, how do you make the change, after all, they say getting started is half the battle.
Experts say find your motivation, and set a goal.
Trish Baehr-Schaefer has lost 50 pounds since the start of the year. She is up four mornings a week at 4:30.
She lost 25 pounds just by changing her diet, and then she turned to exercise. Since May she has lost another 25 pounds thanks to the exercise.
"It is a real aggressive, fast moving cancer. It's called Triple Negative, and it lives up to it's name."
Scared for her future, and for her two kids, Trish says she had to change her ways, and points out that the sweat and hard work she now puts in is nothing compared to the battle her sister is facing.
"I can go through this considering what she goes through," says Trish.
For Maleah Moskoff the motivation is different. It comes from a 5-year-old boy.
"I said I didn't want my son to say, Mom, you're fat," says Maleah.
It's emotional, but Maleah is now committed to exercising and eating right.
"I say, yah know, it's ok, that people come in different sizes, but as long as you're working hard, it's ok."
And Maleah is working hard. In the past six months she has lost 15 pounds, but says she isn't done yet.
"It's going to be a journey, and it's part of showing my son a healthy lifestyle.
Personal trainer Dustin Maher knows that for most people, getting started is the hardest part.
He stressed the importance of focusing on the long term benefits.
Dustin says, "The reason that people don't start a program is because mentally they believe that there is more pain associated with starting and whatever they have to give up in order to start. They have so much pain associated with that compared to the benefits of feeling good and getting in shape."
Dustin says if you are ready to change your lifestyle, it is ok to start working on your diet first, and then eventually incorporate exercise.
He says set goals, and when you reach them, reward yourself.
Just don't reward yourself with food.
Also, as difficult as it may seem, take before and after pictures and document your measurements.
And don't get frustrated with the scale.
If you're taking pictures that will likely give you a better idea of your progress.
And dig deep, find something that motivates you and what's important to you.
Both Trish and Maleah have already had success, but both say they still have work to do.
Trish wants to lose another 40 pounds by May.
Maleah wants to be down 15 pounds by January 12th, her 35th birthday.
Next week we will be looking at the issue of nutrition.
Many experts say that nutrition plays a more important role in weight loss than exercise.
So, we're going grocery shopping to find foods that should be in everyone's diet.
A year ago, her sister Becky was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer at age 43.
We all want to be healthy and feel good, but let's face it, eating right and finding time to exercise isn't always easy.
This month we are focusing on healthy moms, and making good choices.
This week, we are talking about motivation, finding ways to change your lifestyle.