I haven’t really felt like blogging lately because I’ve just been uninspired. My muse is gone and nothing I have to say is interesting or witty. So, I’ll just give you an update (all 2 of you who still read this) on what’s been happening in my life the past few months.
So, this year is apparently “LK’s Year of Fitness!” I have been HUSTLING on my fitness goals and have lost 14 pounds since May. I joined a Facebook accountability group and started counting calories and getting inspiration from others. The past year and a half, I have been running, but that didn’t really yield the type of visual results I was seeking. Sure, great cholesterol and blood pressure are a huge plus, but I still felt flabby and heavy and had low energy. My last doctor visit, she ran bloodwork and told me that my B12 was a little low and my iron reserves (not the iron that causes anemia, but what your body stores) were low; I started taking B12 and iron and it has really made a difference in my energy level. I started drinking as much water as I could stand. And you know what? My skin looks fabulous. Despite not getting the amount of rest that I need every day, I no longer have purple circles under my eyes and I haven’t had a pimple in months. I also have been drinking a very healthy meal supplement shake and it has helped with my digestion, skin, and energy. I have been avoiding sweets altogether (the shake helps curb the cravings).
For the last month, I’ve been getting up BEFORE 4:30 to do a workout DVD. It’s called PiYo and it’s a combination of pilates and yoga. I LOVE IT. It is amazing, my flexibility has increased, and I’ve lost 6 lbs since starting it a little over 30 days ago. Sure, it’s hard getting up that early, but it feels so good to stretch first thing and already have my workout done and out of the way. I do still do a bit of working out during lunch in the fitness center at work, but not always. I haven’t run in awhile; it’s so darn hot and I just hate the treadmill. I mean, we have had a relatively mild summer compared to what we usually have, but it’s still too humid to run outside unless it’s in the wee hours of the morning (I do sometimes run on my telework days or on Saturday mornings, but that’s about it). When I’m done with my PiYo Challenge, which will end sometime September, I plan to pick running back up. But for now, I’m content to taking a break.
I took before photos (I will not share those here! Gross) when I started the challenge and Sunday was my 30-day mark, so I took some photos then too (I will not show those either!). The visual changes definitely weren’t as dramatic as I had hoped, but there is still a bit of difference. Then, I measured and realized I had lost a total of 5 inches all over, the majority of it being in my waist (my biggest problem-area)!!! I was very excited about that. And my hubby has been telling me that I look skinnier, and I do feel like I’m more defined in my arms and shoulders.
It’s a little daunting to know that I’ve tried for so long to lose weight and have been doing “all the right things” (exercising, counting calories, eating healthy foods, etc.) with little results until now. I have had to make an investment of time and money, but for me, at this point in my life, I believe it’s worth it. It’s either take care of my body now, or suffer the consequences later. And this is setting a wonderful example for my son and has also encouraged my husband to slow down on the sodas and cookies and chips (he seriously only snacks on fruit, except for an occasional treat). I still have a ways to go (I’d like to lose about 20 more pounds) but I think I’m on the right track and can see that it’s possible. I won’t lie to myself and think that it is an easy fix–everyone is different. My body is way different than it was 10 years ago when I could just go to the gym three times a week and barely put in any effort and change a few of the things I was eating and immediately lose 25 lbs. Your body may be different; you just have to keep looking until you find the right combination of foods and fitness programs. So, don’t give up! I almost did, but I’m glad I found the accountability group and decided to go for it. It has not been wasted effort.