This is going to be a long one so bear with me. I have lots to say! 🙂
First I would like to say thank you to each and every one of you who have either emailed, text-ed, or commented on facebook to me words of encouragement and congrats. They all have meant so much to me and it’s nice to know you have a huge support system of friends and family behind you. I find that to be a critical part of losing weight. The more support you have the more likely you are to stick with it and succeed. I mean who needs sabotagers right?
As of yesterday morning I am down 22 lbs. Of course I would love for it to be more, but I struggled in the beginning of this journey to get on track, so I am definitely proud of coming this far and there is definitely no turning back. Several people have asked me how I am losing weight. Well, I am not using the latest diet craze, or have some secret I use, I don’t even count calories, but I am very conscious of how many I eat per day. I make sure to get plenty of protein, fruit, and veggies each day. It doesn’t always happen, but I do try to incorporate each of those in each meal. I limit dairy, carbs (I only eat brown rice and pasta), and fats, and I don’t drink sodas. BUT I do NOT deprive myself. I have found that is the number one reason I have failed every time I have tried to lose weight. In the past I would completely give up everything I loved like flavored coffees and of course anything chocolate. Then I would crave them so much I would binge, then feel guilty about it, then give up and binge some more. Ultimately each time the weight came back and it was always more than I lost to begin with. Now, if I want a flavored coffee I will have it, but I order the smallest size, fat free milk, no whip cream, and I only drink about half of it and throw the rest out. I don’t feel deprived, I got my fix, and I will work out harder the next day. The cravings are less and less now, and even when I do end up ordering the coffee it almost tastes too sweet for me now. I think of it as a lifestyle change, not a diet. There is no point in dieting if you are not enjoying life while doing it. No I am not recommending working your butt off in the gym and then splurging on a pint of ice cream. It’s all about moderation. I also workout 5 days a week, 3 days with a personal trainer. I also truly believe the mind plays a huge role in losing weight. If you don’t believe in yourself, you are only setting yourself up to fail. Get out of the “I can’t” mindset and tell yourself daily “I can.” Even if you don’t believe it at first, eventually you will learn to believe it and you will see changes. That isn’t just for weight loss, that is for everything in life. Believe in yourself! I even use prayer. That’s right, nothing is too big or small for God. If you do your part, he will do the rest! So that pretty much sums it up as far as my efforts to lose weight, and it’s paying off.
Now on to other things. The week before last on my off days (days without my trainer) I decided to do kettlebell swings. 250 to be exact. The first set I used a 25 lb KB and did it with in 13 min. My trainer said that was pretty good and to use a 30 lb KB next time. I did those with in 14 min. So after that I was on a mission to beat my own time. Just a goal I had set for myself, NO BIG DEAL. So the next time I did them, I finished in 9 min and 40 sec. I was so excited I did them in less than 10 min. Nothing, I’m telling you nothing could have ruined that high I was on…until I stepped in the gym the next day. My trainer informs me that he told a girl he trains about my time. Apparently my awesome time didn’t go over too well with her and she does them in 9:30! What?! Ok I was more aggravated not so much that she beat my time, but that she felt she needed to. Competition fuels me and my trainer knows this. I was not going down easy. So this past Tues I attempt it again. I was really sore in my arms and back from the day before but wasn’t going to let that stop me. I started off pretty good and was ahead already by about 15-20 seconds. Then I must have gotten tired or slowed down, because I ended up finishing in 9:37. Now I’m really mad…at myself. My lower lip started to quiver and I shook that off really fast. I decided I was not going to be defeated and keep trying. Well…before I even had a chance to try again, another girl he trains, who happens to be a friend of mine, finishes in get this…8:46! Are you kidding me?! And she used a heavier KB by 5 lbs! Ok, no biggie I got this. Well, today when I get to the gym another girl who was working out with us does all 250 without stopping…in 6:27. Do I feel like throwing in the towel? Yes. Will I? Heck no I won’t! I will keep pressing on! This whole kettlebell competition is making me somewhat crazy, and my trainer is encouraging it! LOL! But I’m not one to give up, it’s just not my style! 🙂
Which brings me to some new goals I have set for myself, short term and long term.
- To lose a minimum of 10 more lbs by the end of this month.
- To lose at least another 25 by the end of May, for a total of 35 by the time school is out.
- To run/walk 90 miles in the month of April. (A friend posted this challenge on facebook from weightwatchers.com)
- To be able to do 250 35 lb kettlebell swings within 6:27 or less. (probably the hardest one!)
- To lose a total of 80 lbs, which gives me 58 to go as of now.
I am very determined and focused this month. My goal for this week…to lose at least 3 lbs! I plan to meet each one of those goals. If I come up short I won’t get down on myself, I’ll dust myself off and try again! 🙂