It was nearly a year ago that I ate a diet focused on beans and meat. When I passed my third successful day of “not cheating” I was exuberant. I succeeded in two straight week of successful healthy eating before I fell off the wagon.
Today I finished my third day in a row of working out. That’s right. I just exercised three consecutive days. On my own. Using my own willpower. Two years ago when I started Zumba classes. Of the 13 (or so) classes I attended in 8 months, I think two of them were within the same week. Up to this point, that was the most regular exercise routine I have ever followed.
I don’t know how many people will really understand what an amazing accomplishment this has been for me. I plan to keep this up as much, and for as long, as possible. I have scheduled to attend a convention this weekend. I anticipate walking constantly for three days, so I am not going to try and force myself to make time to work out during the weekend. But I will work out tomorrow, and then start up again Monday!
Today’s Fitness Blender routine was an upper body strength training exercise. As I don’t have a phsyioball, nor weights, I made due with what I do have. I used a blanket on top of a step-stool as my ball to lay on. Halfway through the routine I realized I could move the stool back a little and rest my head on the couch, that helped. And as I am terribly lacking in muscle tone for the moment, I decided that I would be fine with 1 lb weights. Thus enter cans of tomato sauce! At 1.25 lbs each, and easy to hold with a single hand, I have my perfect dumbbells. Once I tone up a little I will have to come up with heavier items. I’m thinking of duct-taping two cans together to create 2.5 lb weights.
I can have “Day 1” as many times as I need.
I finally started a new thing. This morning I completed the first workout in my 8 week program. I have done workouts before, and this one was more difficult for me to push through than any I have done before. The routine itself was not extremely difficult, I am just farther out of shape than I have been before, and I have never really been in shape. But while pushing myself toward finishing the 30 minute video, I found that I have more reason to continue this time. I have real goals and desires that are stronger than ever before.
I have weighed over 180 lbs for 8 years, around and over 200 lbs for 5 of those years. My husband and I are soon reaching the 9 year mark since we met. He has never known a physically fit me. He only had a few months with me where I did not weigh 30 lbs more than him. He deserves to have a wife that can go on hikes, and actually have a good time. I deserve to look at family photos and feel like I fit in with the family, instead of being “the fat one”. I deserve to like my body, and for that, I will work out 5 days a week for 8 weeks. Hopefully by the end of that period it will be something I enjoy, and I will continue a fitness routine.
I am beginning my 8 week exercise program by sitting at my computer. It might sound counter productive, but I am more serious about losing weight this time than I have ever been before.
I will probably not post consistent updates, but I do plan to follow the program through until the end. (And the idea I just had now gives me a stipulation that any time I miss working out I have to submit a blog entry as to why I did not work out.)
I have found and decided to participate in Fitness Blender’s 8-week fat loss program. They provide free instructional videos, and for only $10 you can get a pdf where they have listed out which videos to do on each day, in a specific order, for an 8 week period.
So here we go. At 204lbs (stupid Holiday season) I am ready to lose some weight! My (final and eventual) goal is somewhere between 170 and 150. I do not have a weight goal for the program. My goal is to actually exercise the 5-6 days a week of the program for 8 weeks. I know myself, it may take longer than 8 weeks to get through the program. But I will not accept failure!
You probably are not wondering about me possibly having new motivation for this. But this attempt is not fueled by my regular desire to lose weight. My new and improved self motivation comes in the form of a guilt-free $3000 when I reach 185lbs.
I have been unable to lose weight to make myself happy. I have been unable to lose weight to make my husband happy. I have been unable to lose weight to meet my health and fitness desires. Let’s see if I can lose weight for monetary gain.