On the 20th of January I wrote about a fitness challenge I set for myself here. How did all this come about and why is it different from all the other hundred times I’ve set this goal? I quickly realized that I’ve been too comfortable settling for mediocrity. I needed to set a goal that would, a. break me out of my comfort zone and b. show me results to keep me motivated.
Well on Thursday, January 9th, I reached a point of no return. It was like a light bulb went off and I’d had it, had it with all the excuses, the not following through, you name it-I was DONE. I was at work and started drifting off into daydream land when I starting thinking about all the people who have achieved so much with every obstacle imaginable in front of them and yet they continue to push forward. They set a goal, have a vision of what they want to achieve, and get moving. Of course it’s challenging, requires hard work, late nights, and sacrifices but dang it, that’s what it takes!
Basically, my goal is to work out every. single. day. for 30 days. When I say working out, I mean going to the gym to work out. Why the gym and not just get in a workout at home? I actually love the group fitness classes at the gym. When working out with other people, I want to do my best and it sort of holds me accountable.
Immediately, here were the excuses that ran through my mind:
“Getting up before 5am is just too early” –yep it is, so I workout after work.
“But I’m so tired after work” – I get off work at 5pm, I am tired until I get to the gym and then the workout gives me a burst of energy.
“I won’t get home until late and have to rush for dinner etc.” –I’m getting home later than I’d like but it’s worked out. We eat dinner at 6:30pm and I plan easy meals that gives us leftovers so it’s not so hectic.
“I’ll miss out on time with my daughter” –This hasn’t suffered one bit. When I put her to bed at night I make sure to fit extra time to get some quality time together. On the weekends she goes to the gym with me and we also have a quality outing of something she wants to do.
“I don’t have any workout clothes to wear to the gym” –I had two pair of workout pants and two shirts. 2 outfits doesn’t suffice for 7 days of gym time so I did lots of laundry. I finally broke down and went to Old Navy and picked up three more pair of pants. I also picked up a 6 pack of men’s plain grey and black t-shirts from Sam’s. (more on gym attire in a later post!)
“I won’t know what to do in the fitness classes” –We all have to start somewhere and until I get comfortable, I stick to the back of the room. If I’m really nervous, I let the instructor know it’s my first class.
“What if everybody at the gym can tell I don’t know what I’m doing?”- The first three times I went to the gym, I was pretty sure everyone was staring at me and it was awkward. I was so paranoid I thought maybe I had something on my face or clothes and went to the bathroom to check myself!
“I don’t want to give up my weekends” –true, so true. This has been the hardest. Let me tell you that Saturday and Sunday have been the hardest of all the days to go to the gym. There have been times when I would have rather lost an appendage then go but after I get there and work out, I feel good and am glad I went.
The challenge started Jan. 10th and today is my 20th straight of working out!! Whoooo Hooooo! However, with the recent snow storms the past two weeks, there’s been three days where I’ve had to work out at home. On the days I’ve had to workout at home I’ve used my kettle bells and did a couple of workout videos I found on FitSugar – best part, they are free! Today, I signed up for a free week trial at Crunchlive.com (school & work are closed due to snow) They have a cardio kickboxing video (my fave) that I’m going to try this afternoon along with doing another kettle bell exercise circuit.
So how’s it going so far? Slowly but surely, I’m getting into it. I look forward to getting a workout in. I’ve noticed a marked difference from my first workout/weight session until now. It makes me feel good and strong. Also, I’ve been trying different classes that I’ve never tried before, they are usually an hour long and this helps with the boredom and keeps my body guessing.
So far I’ve tried Beginners Yoga, BodyAttack, BodyPump, BodyStep, & BodyFlow. Minus the beginners yoga class, the others are part of the Les Mills workout system. On days when I can’t catch a class, I jump on the elliptical machine for at least 30 minutes and then do 10 minutes on the treadclimber (a beast) or stairclimber. Sometimes I’ll finish it off with a quick weight circuit. Another plus of going to the gym is that for $15 a month, I can bring my daughter to the gym and drop her off at the kids club (that she loves) while I work out.
What about food? Well, once I started working out, I started being more conscious about what foods I eat. I crave healthy, good for you food that I know my body needs. All the time? No, but for the most part. With all the hard work the last thing I want to do is sabotage myself with bad food choices. That’s not to say I don’t indulge. I have a sweet tooth and keep dark chocolate on hand for when I have a craving.
Ultimately, I want to lose 79 pounds and be fit and healthy. I’m looking for a lifestyle change. I weighed myself the day before my challenge and will weigh myself on day 31. Here are my stats:
Height: 5’6 inches
Starting Weight: 224
Shirt Size: XL
Pant Size: 16 – 16w
Ahhhhhh!!! I can’t believe I’m sharing these numbers. Maybe next post I’ll have enough nerve to post pics. If you’re like me, the best part is the before and after photos.
After my 30 day challenge I figure I will start taking measurements since I’m doing a lot of weight lifting. However I think I’ll stick to weighing myself every 30 days. My next update will be Feb. 9th when I post my results.
Have you struggled to get fit or lose weight? Do you have any tips or tricks?