I can't believe I have not written since September of last year. I wanted to keep this journal for me as a way to document my journey to wellness. While I have worked hard on my journey and made progress I have not documented it in months except maybe some on instagram. The quote above has been my mantra.
Since last September I have continued to work out with a personal trainer twice a week. This has been something that has really changed me - and not just by helping with weight loss. I have done things that have surprised me in so many ways. First, I have stuck to it religiously for 7 months. That is a first for me. I tend to be gung-ho about something in the beginning and then start to make excuses. Second, I am doing things I never thought I could do - kettlebells, squats, TRX straps, weights - its been an amazing journey. I feel good about myself, am more confident (says my husband), feel stronger (which was one of my goals) and have lost weight and inches! Since starting this journey in August 2015 I have lost 32 lbs and lots of inches. I regret not taking measurements at the beginning - and this is one of my goals this month. I still have about 35 lbs that I would like to lose but I find I am not as focused on the number on the scale as I have been in the past. I am focusing on how I feel. And on progress. Every day is a little bit closer to my goal.
I've learned a lot about myself:
- I am stronger than I thought!
- I am way more adventurous than I have been since I was a 20-something.
- I absolutely love my workouts! They focus on functional movement - things we tend to lose as we get older - strength, balance, endurance, flexibility etc.
- I have seen a huge improvement in my arthritic knees. this may be because of weight loss so less pressure on my knees as well as the strengthening of the muscles around my knees which has helped to stabilize them. While they are still problematic they are so much better than before. Who knew I would ever be able to do squats!
- I really do feel better when I stay away from grains - and unfortunately this includes beer - which I love but does not love me.
- I am at my best when I plan ahead for meals.
- I have also learned that I am really good at sabotaging myself - especially when it comes to eating. I'll post about this another time.
As my journey continues I have realized I need to ramp up my exercise. My husband is going to help with this on my days off from the gym. We are planning on doing something at home that will include getting back to our early morning walks, yoga and some at-home work outs.