My 80lb Journey: Keep Moving
Sorry this one is late. I have been a little sidetracked this week, but I promise to update on Monday's each week, from now on!
So last week I shared with everyone that I wanted to lose 80lb and start making positive lifestyle choices little by little to help along the way. This is week 2 and I am mid way through the week.
I started by walking 2 days last week, Clayton and I did 3 kms and 2.5kms. My little guy joined me so the 3 km walk included a preschooler on my back for about 1km as well 🙂 Then another evening we did a short 1/2 hour walk.
My goals for last week were:
- Drink even more water.
- No Sugar in my coffee.
- No snacking at night (after 8pm). (NOT QUITE ACHIEVED)
- Eat leafy salad one meal a day, minimum.
- Start moving, go for a walk at least 2 evenings this week.
I was successful with most of this list.
I did cheat on the eating after 8pm goal, having had a handful of jelly beans one night and some pretzel crackers another night. But for the most part, I stuck to it!
So, as the week wore on, I realized that in order to see some change, my body needs to move. Walking is great, but over the past 4 years I have become very weak. Knowing that a walk with my son is at a slow pace makes it easy to convince myself to go, and I will continue that. Having carried him for a kilometer on my back, made the realization I was weak a reality!
My SIL has been doing a new workout for a few months and was encouraging me to try it out. Honestly, I was feeling embarrassed about what I have become physically...not just weight, but weak. I used to be an athlete, and never needed to "try" to lose weight or be strong. We seem to always think back to our school years when thinking of what we used to be able to do. Let's be realistic here! I am 41, I was a figure skater for 10 years, that's 1/4 of my life. After college, working, and having my first son, I did try to get back in shape doing Tae Kwon Do, losing 40lbs and felt great. That was before baby #2.
But really, when I look at the big picture, I have been lazy and eating poorly for more than half my life, it's time to realize that starting NOW, I am changing. Stop comparing what I used to do with what I am doing now. I am moving on and realizing, I need to change, and what worked for me 20+ years ago, may not work for me today.
So....back to the gym invitation!
I attended my first workout session at Airtime Fitness on Monday. Now, to say it was hard is an understatement, but I put every last effort in. I was extremely shocked at how weak my body was, and at the same time impressed at what I could push through. Yes, it hurts, and I could barely move yesterday and this morning, but I went back.
Today's workout was tough. I learned more, realized that skipping rope was much easier and more fun when I was 10, and I felt slightly defeated not making it through the 5 sets... BUT!!! I have to say that the trainers there, Jen is who I have worked with, kept me motivated, and reminded that I was there, working my butt off (literally!) and continued pushing me to do more. It made me feel supported and wanting to work harder.
What a great feeling tonight, knowing all the aches and pains I am feeling are a result of me FINALLY doing something about my health, weight and self image. I am determined even more to continue this journey.
NEXT WEEKS GOALS:
- Focus some more on food. I hate counting calories, but I think I may have to download an app to help me keep track. Did you know a handful of jelly beans is a lot of calories and NO nutritional value! (I did too, but if I was counting the calories towards an actual goal, I might not have let them cross my lips)
- Walk each day, even if it is only a half hour.
- Make a commitment to going to the gym on a regular basis.
- Keep Drinking MORE Water. I struggle with this one. Although the hot weather makes me crave it more.
- Get a haircut. This seems silly, right? But if you know me, you will understand. I spend very little time or money on my appearance. I have had about 3-4 haircuts over the past 3 years. So, I will make an appointment!
My goals from last week
still apply, I will simply add to or adjust them each week.
Are you on a weight loss journey? Maybe just looking to be more active and healthier. Please share and comment. I love feedback and hearing what others are doing. No one thing works for everyone. But sharing helps you and others realize there are many options and means to achieve your fitness/health goals.
I am now off to have a hot bath and soak these aching muscles, some of which I had no idea they even existed.
PS: Down 3.5lbs on the scale, but for me, this week was not at all about the numbers.
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