Wednesday, January 22, 2014
So I have decided that I need to take a new approach to my workouts and weight loss. I'm back to only losing a couple pounds a month. I'm okay with that, even though it can be very frustrating. I'm not giving up, I'm counting all my calories, and continuing to go to the gym almost every day.
But I think it's time to start something new. So after talking to a friend she encouraged me to try Shakeology. I know there are some who would say that this is a scam or whatever, but I really think I see a lot of benefits of doing it. I did a lot of research and say a ton of reviews on it, almost everything I saw was positive. If nothing else it will be a great source of vitamins, veggies, and fruits in the morning.
I'm also going to do TurboFire, a series of workout DVDs by the same people who make P90x and Insanity. It's a lot of cardio kickboxing, which I have taken some classes of in the past, so I feel pretty good about doing it. I'm really excited to do something new and different and from what I have seen if I work hard and complete the 20 weeks of the series, I could really see some major changes in my body. And that's what I am looking to do. I've done great at losing the weight, but now I'm ready to work on toning and strengthening.
My goal is at the end of each 4 week rotation to do a blog about how my progress is going. I really hope I get the results I'm hoping for, or at least even a portion of them lol. Here goes nothing!
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
This morning I looked at my social medial accounts and saw so many people reflecting on their versions of 2013. Some people were sad to see the year end, and others were more than grateful for it to be over.
I have a mixture of both. 2013 was the year that I decided to change my entire outlook on life. I signed up for SparkPeople in January. But it wasn't until March that I really decided to get serious about it. In March I lost my best friend in the entire world, my grandmother. Her wish for me was to always be happy and healthy. When she passed on March 10th, I decided that I really needed to make that happen. So March 16th, I took the plunge and completely changed everything about myself from my attitude, my eating habits, and my exercise abilities.
Things started out with a bang. My first week really following SparkPeople, I lost 3 pounds. It was the best feeling stepping on that scale and seeing the number go from 225 to 222. I was ready to commit and make my dreams of a healthier me happen.
I signed up for my first 5k for June 9th. I could barely run a mile at that point without stopping. My average pace was about 12 minutes, but I was moving. I was nervous about running in front of people, but I had found a great support system with my friends and co-workers who helped me through every step.
June 9th came and I had butterflies in my stomach. It was about 90 degrees out that day and the race was almost all uphill. I made it about 2 miles before I had to stop and walk a little. But when I crossed that finish line and saw that I finished the race in 42 minutes, I wasn't disappointed in myself for the time, I was excited that I conquered my first milestone.
From there, I was hooked on running. The feeling of actually doing something that I set out to do and finishing it was the best feeling I had had in so long. After a night out with some co-workers and hearing that some of them were signing up for a half marathon, I thought to myself "why the hell not!?" In July I singed up for the Boston Half Marathon.
I spent all summer working on my running. I went from not being able to run a full mile to running at least 4 miles a day non-stop. Running became my mental release after a long day at work. The weight was still coming off. I was feeling amazing at what I was doing.
August came and with that the start of another school year. I work with college students and all along I wanted to hit at least 30 pounds down by the start of the school year. And I did it! I even did a high ropes course, something that was absolutely terrifying. But with losing weight and feeling more confident in myself I took on that challenge.
October came and so did my big race! At this point I was 40 pounds lighter and feeling amazing. People were noticing my weight loss and were now asking me what I was doing to make it happen. I was determined to show them how much hard work pays off that day. My goal was to finish in 2 hours and 40 minutes. I beat my time by finishing it in 2 hours 38 minutes and 36 seconds! I didn't stop once! t have never felt so proud of myself and all the work that I put into reaching such a huge physical accomplishment. My parents and whole family were there to cheer me on, knowing how much hard work and effort I put into this. The months of training.
After the race it took a couple days for me to get over the soreness. I decided that I would change up my workouts. I joined a nearby gym and started kickboxing and strength training classes. My weightless has slowed down a lot, but my determination to continue has not. As of today I have lost 48 pounds, 23 inches from my body, and have gained more confidence in myself that I ever thought possible.
I have 7 more pounds to go before hitting my first major weight loss goal. From there I have about another 20 to 25 more pounds to go. I used to think I needed to put a time limit on when I needed to reach my goals by. I'm no longer doing that. I'm taking things one day at a time. I'm working on making me happy, taking on new challenges, and doing it in a heathy/positive way.
Overall, 2013 has been the year of change for me. I don't ever see myself going backwards; I only see myself pushing my self forward. This year instead of making yet another weightless resolution, I'm making the continued commitment to working on myself and being positive about who I am. My wish for anyone who reads this is that you are able to make anything you want happen to happen in 2014. Be the best version of yourself and to remember that everything happens for a reason. Happy New Year!
May of 2012 225 pounds
December 2013 177 pounds
Monday, December 09, 2013
So far, I've been doing okay with reaching my 5 pound goal for December. Sadly, the scale has still not moved (going on two weeks now), but I did take my measurements. I've officially lost 23 inched! Only one more inch to make an even two feet lost.
I really needed that boost to help me see that just because I'm not seeing the results I want on the scale doesn't mean I'm not still getting results.
I went shopping this weekend, and and very happy to say I only bought smaller clothes which was also a great pick me up. It's nice to see that little by little I've had to get rid of a lot of my old clothes. I keep putting them into garbage bags and putting them in my closet to donate at the end of the year. Yesterday I went to add another bag in their and found that I have no more room. I've filled up 8 trash bags full of clothes that no longer fit! (Clearly I have a shopping problem lol)
Hope your December is going well too!
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