Truth Time.

May 31, 2012

I’ve decided to put it all out there, because really, it is just a number.  And even though the pounds are not melting away, I can feel and see changes in my body that keep me going.  I also like to think the massive amount of muscle I’m building in my legs from all the running (I did two miles this morning, woo!) might be hindering pounds lost.  I really should have taken measurements back then, but I did not.  I might tonight though, to start from today and compare in a few months.  Anyway, I am totally rambling to avoid the inevitable…..

January 1st I weighed in on the old Wii Fit (I’m buying a real scale soon) at 218 pounds.  This is two pounds shy of my highest adulthood weight back in 2007, when I began Weight Watchers for the first time.  I knew things needed to change.

This morning I hopped back on there and was at 204.  Hrm. Not exactly all that impressive.  About a month ago I weighed myself at the gym and was at 201.  (Now, I have been warned about the ridiculously old scale at the gym by another regular gym goer, that it is not reliable so I don’t trust it too much, but it still feels like I’ve gained a bit. Le Sigh.)  Bottom Line: I need to invest in a good scale to have at home but more over, I need to change some things, because obviously keeping on the way I’ve been doing things is not working in the best way.

A couple quotes I saw on Pinterest come to mind:

You will never out train a bad diet.

and:

Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now.

I will remember these when I feel the urge to mindlessly eat. Or opt for getting a pizza over making dinner because it feels easier.  These things have to stop in order for me to see better results.

Next time I’m going to find some before and current photos to throw on here, and maybe those measurements as well? Check back soon.

See you then!

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In the past I’ve strictly stuck to elliptical machines for my cardio work outs.  They work for me and are easy on the joints however since I’m in this for the long haul, I try and mix it up sometimes.  I began on a treadmill, running in intervals week by week earlier this year. Eventually I got to a point where I could run an entire mile.  This was a huge accomplishment for this lady because I faked injuries more than once as a child in an attempt to get out of running the mile in gym class. Once I got over my assumption that running outside in nature would be HARDER than on a treadmill (I had it backwards completely backwards) I’ve been trucking it along for a few weeks now.

I used to say I wasn’t built for running.  That is a bunch a crap.

Yesterday I was up at 6am and did two miles.  then after work I was at the gym for an hour.  This morning I ran two more.

I feel like the simple fact that I never thought I could run without stopping for two miles is what keeps me coming back for more. Every day when I get out there and do it, I’m doing something I thought I never could and if I can do this one hard thing, there is no reason I can’t do so many others.

Forrest Gump was so right, sometimes you just feel like running.

Stats and measurements still to come! 

January 2012 something in me shifted.  This was it. All the back and forth, losing and gaining I have gone through in my life was over.  I decided to make some drastic changes in my every day routines and lifestyle to be a healthier and happier verison of myself.

I have fought a lifelong struggle against my genetic makeup.  Chubby child turns into chubby teenager.  Being a chubby teenager took its toll.  This is my time to take those all too awful memories and make something positive out of it.

Five months and roughly twenty pounds later, I feel better than I have felt in my entire time on this planet.  And it feels amazing, but I’m not stopping here, I still have so much to lose. It may be slow going, but its steady and I have done this enough times in the past to know it is no easy task for me; progress no matter how slow or small, is progress.

This space is for reflecting on what I have accomplished and what is coming up next.  And to hold myself accountable.

Up next I’m going to put it all out there with stats and measurements.  Stay tuned.