New around here? Read some of my other posts on Health & Wellness:
- Rethinking weight loss nutrition- Living a Balanced Life: Doughnuts Included
- My changing workout routine- Treadmill Workout Playlist for Power Walking
- How I keep myself accountable- Fitbit Zip Review
- A weight loss milestone- Climbing Gray’s Peak: My First 14er
- Being honest with myself- On Weight
Part of my goal in opening up to you all on this blog is selfish: It has been amazing to have this documentation of this journey that I have been on to a happier, fitter person over the past 8 months. I think you all can see that through my blog, but forcing myself to write down my successes has continued to empower me on this path. What I didn’t expect from opening up to you all was the amount of support I’d receive, and how we truly are all on the same journey to find balance between indulgence and self confidence.
I hope that my story can continue to empower you if you need the nudge, or help you feel like you’re not alone if your friends or family aren’t on the page that you need them to be at. At the core of this blog, I want to be here to remind you that every aspect of life is meant to be delicious and fun.
The last time we talked on this topic early this year, I was getting consistent with my gym routine and learning how to work out on cardio equipment by myself. This was a big step for me – finally sticking to my personal goals of making it into the gym 3-4 times a week to work out for 45 minutes to an hour. I proved to myself that I could climb a 14er over the summer. I quickly realized that I was no longer pushing myself as hard just by power walking on the treadmill, and began doing a walk/run combination for a few months to keep my heart rate up. I finally felt comfortable running intervals for the first time in my life, and pushed myself by running one mile on the treadmill straight. Then two.
At this point, I struggled with motivation to get to the gym more than 3 times per week, because it wasn’t particularly “fun” to be alone on machines. I knew I needed something to motivate me to continue my progress – so I signed up for a 5K. 6 months ago, I would have told you that I couldn’t run, that my body wasn’t built for it, that I couldn’t breathe. It took me pushing myself to realize that I could do it by taking the first few steps on the treadmill, and that I could be a runner by running reaaallly slow. Noah, my #1 supporter, would cheer me on as I texted him my new best time for my practice 5K on the treadmill, and about a month ago we started running outside together (the first exercise we’ve ever done together besides a yoga class or a bike ride). When it came time for the Halloween-themed 5K two weekends ago, I felt so relaxed – and he was by my side encouraging me the whole way and wearing a tiger suit. We finished right under 35 minutes, making my goal of under 12 minute miles.
At this point in my weight loss journey, I am happy and excited about where I am because I haven’t done anything drastic to get here. I’ve eaten well (a post for another day- but I eat all the recipes I post on this blog!), and taught my body to love exercise and the endorphins that come with sweating and having fun doing fitness. A current week for me right now is about 5 days of exercise, formal or not: a Zumba class, two 2-3 mile runs with Noah, a Tabata/strength training class, and yoga or a bike ride. I try to move everyday, even if it’s just a quick walk around Cheesman Park before dinner or a few minutes on the treadmill desk in a nearby building. Those 5 days a week though, I prioritize myself for that one hour (or less!) and feel great about it.
The best part about my transformation is that I feel like this is the me that was hiding all along – the me who is excited to get sweaty with others, prides herself on being fit and enjoys being active outdoors. I am bringing it to group fitness classes, buying myself better work out clothes, and using the foam roller to work my muscles. That feeling is exhilarating (read: self-confidence and self-acceptance) and it just so happens that my body responds positively to my increased happiness with exercise.
So thank you, blog readers, for your support on this journey to a happier, fitter me. I was recently chosen as a FitFluential Ambassador, and want to keep these lines of communication open because a healthy life is one where good food and tasty recipes are complemented by moving your body and giving it the time and energy it deserves.
So tell me – what do you want to see and where do you get stuck on your journey to a happier, fitter person? Let’s brainstorm and work together to make healthy easy.