Wednesday, October 14, 2015

My Journey... so far...

So, it's not secret that I've been on a fitness journey. With most of my life (short of the black hole of the past year) I always want to remember where I was and what I did. Since this is something that has been a huge part of my life, I really wanted to make sure that I document it.
 
I know that some day in the future, I'll find myself pregnant again, and trying to lost the baby weight AGAIN. I really want to make sure that I remember this. Not only so that I can remember to treat myself well while I am pregnant, to be healthier for myself and my baby, but also to remember that it's a journey. That I did it before, and I can do it again. To remind myself not to continue to push off something til "tomorrow". Because that's what I did.
 
Here is my "before" picture:
 
 
Notice the date? Yeah. August 2014. This was my beginning! I was going to DO THIS!
 
Except... I didn't. I did nothing. Absolutely nothing. (Other than be miserable)
 
You know when I DID start? January 5th. FIVE months later. Do you know that I could be 5 months further into my journey? 5 months further into my progress? Do you know what we did in those 5 months?
 
We did family pictures. Celebrated our baby's first Thanksgiving. Celebrated my birthday. Celebrated our baby's first Christmas. All of those events involve countless pictures (the ones I DID take, not the ones I dodged) that I hate looking at. I hate they way I look. I know I look uncomfortable, because I'm probably thinking of how bad the pictures will look. That was most of my baby's first year. Avoiding the camera. Hating the pictures we took. I can't believe I did that to myself.
 
So, I had enough. I started January 5th and got my eating on track. I logged everything that I put in my mouth. If it wasn't in my calories, I didn't do it. I only drank on the weekends, and even when I did, it wasn't a lot. I needed to lose the baby weight (I still had 15 to lose) and my goal was his first birthday, March 22nd.
 
I lost 9 lbs that month. And nine inches. JUST from changing my diet.
 
February, I got started working out again. I dusted off the old T25 and I did. Every day. Even when it killed me. Even when I didn't want to. Even when it was hard. Eventually, it became part of my routine and I started to look forward to it (well... I didn't dread it).
 
I got through Alpha in the 5 weeks and moved onto Beta. Beta was my JAM! Alpha has a lot of cardio in it, which is what I needed, but I was so out of shape that it was tough. It got easier, but it was tough. Beta brought in a lot more weights, so I really enjoyed that. By the time I was about 3 weeks into Beta, I knew I was hooked and I ordered Gamma to make sure I had it in time to continue on.
 
5 weeks of Beta. Done.
 
Then I started Gamma. And then life got busy. And then it was the Summer. And then I started that damn program over THREE times before I finally finished it. My last day of Gamma was October 1st. 8 months after I started. A 15 week program took me 8 months. BUT, I did it. I kept with it.
 
Although it just goes to show, if I had just kept with it, where would I be now? I still have about 8 more lbs to hit my goal. I still have areas that I want to work on. BUT... I don't want to focus on what I could have done, or I should have done. The important part is what I DID do, and that was kick some serious ass.
 
Check it out for yourself:
 
 


 
That's me now. Notice the big difference? Yeah. I do too! It's the smile. I'm wearing a bathing suit, taking a picture, and I am SMILING. That's the big difference that I notice. Yeah, there's a huge change in my body. BUT, I most love the big change in ME! As a person. I'm happier. I'm more confident. It's a big difference, from how MISERABLE I was.
 
Take a look at them together:
 
 
And here's the results in numbers:
 
 
 
30 pounds. 30 inches.
 
Not THAT is progress!
 
And now, I just can't stop. I've been doing PiYo for the last couple weeks, and then I'm starting a Runners Challenge Group on the 26th. It's been really great being a coach because it's definitely keeping me motivated to keep going with my journey.
 
And then the next excitement? The new Hammer & Chisel workout comes out December 1st. It's all about weights and building muscle, which I am definitely down for. T25 helped me lose the weight and define. PiYo is definitely helping me define a bit more, but Hammer & Chisel will DEFINITELY get me tones! Hopefully I'll be meeting my goals soon!
 
My new plan is to (hopefully) hit my goal weight and be about 95% happy with the progress I'm making on my "rough" areas by my 30th birthday, which is December 20th. I mean, I don't know a better way to enter my 30's than to be in the best shape of my entire life.
 
So that's what I've been up to. When I'm not running around work like a crazy person, or doing 12,000 things to make sure the baby/husband/dog have everything they need, whilst making sure that I stop that baby from doing the 20,000 things that will end up with him in the Emergency Room (there's no time for an ER visit in the schedule), I'm working on ME. It has helped so much with my stress, my self confidence, my sleep. I'm so glad I finally took the time to do this for myself.
 
 

2 comments:

  1. Girl you look amazing! I am so proud of you! I'm so happy you decided to give this another go b/c you are KILLING it!!!!

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  2. Good for you for sticking with it! You look great!!

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