Happy Monday, friends!
I thought I’d get a little personal on the blog today and share something I’ve been struggling with for a few years now. So far 2015 has been a year of change and growth, probably one of the wildest years yet. I’ve been planning on writing this post for a month now but yesterday I read Bri’s post about getting healthy and taking the challenge to make positive lifestyle changes, so I thought now is the right time.
Working out for me has always been a struggle. I hated everything about it. I hated the pain, I hated the feeling after finishing a workout, I hated sweating, I hated waking up the next day and barely being able to move. There was more hate than love when it came to working out so it’s never been easy for me. That all seemed to change after going through the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my 29 years on this planet. Now it’s a bit different. I enjoy the feeling of my muscles getting stronger, I love waking up in pain but knowing it’s a good pain and it’s making me stronger and healthier, I love working up a big sweat, I enjoy the after workout showers, and I appreciate the fact that I am able to shape my body into something I’m proud of.
The Weight: (*Cringe*)
Heaviest – 5’9″ – 185 pounds
My weight has always fluctuated over the years but it wasn’t until about two years ago I really started to gain a lot of weight. I was at my heaviest and becoming really depressed. Working full-time at a desk and coming home exhausted everyday didn’t help at all and I got super lazy.
Skinniest – 5’9″ -135 pounds
My last few years in college is when I was at my skinniest. (2011-2013) I was a poor college student barely eating, hardly sleeping and not living a healthy lifestyle. Even though I wasn’t necessarily losing weight the healthy way I was so confident and proud of my weight. When you’re overweight a good portion of your day is thinking about how you wish you could be thin and in shape. Those thoughts were never in my head and I felt comfortable in my body.
May 4th, 2015 – 5’9″ – 176
The last time I was weighed was at my Endo appointment. This was before I started working out constantly so I’m considering this my start weight. I’m also hoping this number has gone down since.
Yesterday I started week 3 of Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30. I’ve been doing it 5 days a week, so technically it will be 20 days for me, but that’s okay because in the evening I’ve been adding in a second workout. The second workout can range from running 1-2 miles in spot while watching tv, this video, or this video. Really it is whatever I’m feeling that day.
Today I’m starting Fitness Blender’s 8 week program and I still plan on finishing the Ripped in 30 as well. One workout in the morning and one in the evening. It’s going to be tough but I’m ready for the challenge. The 8 week program will end right before our vacation so it’s perfect timing to get in better shape before jetting off.
There is none! I hate diets and they don’t seem realistic to me at all. I cut back / avoid carbs when I can, I have cut back on sugar and have been eating healthier. However, some days require pizza and some days require ice cream and I won’t deny myself that.
I would love to reach the 140 mark as a start goal. I’m not aiming to be skinny, I am aiming to be fit, strong, and healthy. I want the flat stomach, and eventually be able to see those abs. I’m also running my first 5k on June 13 for Thyroid Cancer. Both excited and scared for it.
I’ve been following Tara’s fitness journey for a month now and she is so inspiring. When I’m feeling blah about working out I’ll go through her Instagram feed and feel motivated. I’ve also been following Bri’s fitness journey as well using the #dlfgetfit hashtag.
What I Won’t Be Doing:
Looking at the scale! Last year when I went on a workout binge I was weighing myself EVERYDAY! When the scale wasn’t moving I would get so discouraged and want to give up. This time around I’m avoiding that evil thing. I’ve been taking progress shots every week and can already see a change. Maybe one day I will share those photos with you but for now not a chance :p I have a physical coming up in 2 weeks maybe then I will look at the scale when she weighs me.
Do you have any workout tips? Are you taking on any lifestyle challenges? Let’s motivate each other!