Working out. It’s something I have come to love. I NEVER thought I would say that. I used to count taking the dog for a short 1/4 mile stretch a workout, but not anymore. I made a decision to make some big changes in my life this year. On April 1st I signed up with a friend at Planet Fitness and started going to work out. At first I just did the treadmill and the elliptical. I went 11 times in one month and was so proud and I started to see the scale move a little. I went to my great nieces birthday party on May 24th and I still have pictures of me holding one of the great nieces on my Facebook page and I definitely was “frowning at the pounds”. I felt like a failure-even though I had been going to the gym some, I hadn’t made the commitment to really do what I needed to get the weight off. My sweet beautiful niece-the mom of the birthday girl was looking amazing as ever and she had been really committed to working out. You could see the changes and that her effort was paying off. She probably doesn’t even realize that she really challenged me to get serious!
I ended up having a detour in the plans to get more serious-I did work out at the gym and I even tried a Zumba class and started going to it two days a week in the afternoons. I’ve met some wonderful ladies through this class and it helped to spur me on. But my detour was some minor female surgery. I was out on a Wednesday, June 24th and I had to wait for the ok from the doctor to get active again. I started back to Zumba on July 7th AND committed to going to the gym more regularly and started that on July 8th. My surgery had made me appreciate that life is short and if I was ever going to do something about my weight it had to be now.
On July 17th I had been reading Facebook posts from my friend from high school Joel Stroud. He lost 20 pounds in 30 days eating low carb and working out. I knew I didn’t have to be as aggressive as he was but I liked what I saw and he took time to post specific helps on his page including WRITING DOWN YOUR GOALS!! Oh, how that has changed the game for me. I took time and made a goal list of what I want to weigh AND how I was going to get there. “Working out at the gym on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Zumba on Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Saturdays and eating a low carb diet. I also committed to stopping drinking cokes. This was the hardest thing for me. You see, I am a 4-5 soda per day girl. I love Coca-Cola so much. I still will have an Icee or a single coke as a treat on a “cheat day”. Yes, I absolutely will have a day to reward myself as I hit different goals. I wouldn’t be able to stick with what I do if I didn’t have a treat coming in the future. I took my written goals and even made silly sticky notes to go on my mirror in the bedroom and the bathroom. Thank goodness my hubby and children are supportive so they don’t make fun of me for my notes. The best feeling is being able to change out the sticky note with the next weight loss goal.
I have worked out for 13 weeks now and seen a change of 27 pounds! I have dropped two pants sizes and I’m so excited to see the next changes.
So, this morning I got up and went to Planet Fitness and worked out with my trainer Tres. I met him when I joined the gym and he showed me and my friend the equipment. It was a lot to take in at first. Once I was in a good routine I talked back with him and we set up a workout time. If you join a Planet Fitness unlimited training is available and I highly recommend it. We did legs one day and arms another and at first I was like ok were done right? But he had me keep signing up for appointments and I will walk the treadmill or do the elliptical to warm up and then we work arms or legs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He shows me exercises I would never try on my own and pushes me to do more than I ever thought I could. We’ve talked about my goals and he’s there to help push me to keep working toward them. So, it’s Monday and I was at the gym at 6am then on to work. I do Zumba in the afternoons on Tuesday and Thursdays and the gym in the afternoon on Wednesdays. I think one of the biggest things I can stress is to find a routine that works for you and find something you love. Whether it’s walking outdoors or going to a class. Find something that you really look forward to and then on the days you are struggling you will be more likely to go. Trust me I have struggle days-especially in the weeks 9 and 10. If you do an activity for three weeks, it will start to become a habit and a part of your life. Get out there and try something new! Then we won’t have to frown so much because there will be less pounds.