So as you read a few blogs ago, I mentioned that I’m down just over 15lbs. Let me start by thanking everyone who’s noticed and who’s taken the time to congratulate me! It feels great! I definitely notice the difference, my energy is up, and my clothes fit so much better, some jackets and jeans are even too big now! I am starting to love what I see in the mirror again! I’ve only been doing this for about 8 weeks, but in looking back at pictures and video of me before I started this journey I am just shocked at that difference a few (or 15lbs) can make!
This brings me to the point of this blog…why didn’t I do this sooner! These past few days I’ve been asking myself…how the heck did I allow myself to get as unhealthy as I did? To be quite honest, there is no single answer to this question. In fact there are a lot of reasons, too many to name here, for why I didn’t take action sooner. But as I look back over the past year, I am reminded of the rut I was in and I never want to go back there again! I remember hating trying to find clothes to wear each day…it was a pain to find something that was still flattering. Now, I LOVE going through my closet, searching for things that I haven’t worn in a while that I now might fit back into. It feels great and I never, ever, ever want to fall into a rut again. So here’s to moving forward, loving clothes again, and living life healthier and happier! The best part: This is only the beginning!
I’m sure there’s an actual name for this hill/road that I’m referring to located near 31st street and Gillham in KCMO. You may have seen me running up it on this week’s Que Pasa KC. But to me it’s just called the “Red Brick Hill of Pain.” Hitch Fit’s Micah and Diana Lacerte first introduced me to this “road of fitness fun” about a month ago. Diana challenged me to run up the hill, do squats up the hill, do this frog-jump exercise up the hill – basically I did all these leg exercises that are painful enough when you do them on a flat surface – on a hill. Good times.
Ok, I know I sound like I’m complaining about this work out – and maybe I am, just a little lol – but it’s actually a great way to work out and enjoy the outdoors at the same time. This time of year is a perfect time to get out of the gym, switch up your regular indoors workout routine, and get outdoors. I’ve now run up this red road/hill twice and while it was just as challenging the second time around, it actually got a tad easier. Then, when I reach the top, I felt like doing the Rocky dance. You know the one he does after he tackles the stairs? Everyone knows that movie. 🙂
So if you’re ever in the Union Hill area, I challenge you to try this road for yourself. You may struggle at first, but I promise you that it will feel great once you’ve tackled it!
Wow – I never thought I’d be as excited about my new pair of running shoes as I am now. As you saw in my previous blog, I have been on a journey not only to lose weight but to become a runner. It doesn’t come naturally to me so I have to push myself to run every single day. But as I’ve learned – being a good runner starts with having a good pair of running shoes. Makes all the difference! I had so much pain in my shins, and my ankle after running with my old shoes. Turns out you have to replace running shoes on a regular basis otherwise you risk getting injured by wearing old shoes. Who knew. These are things I’m learning along the way. So if you’re like me and can’t figure out why it hurts too much to walk or run, try looking into a new pair of running shoes. Maybe you need special support like I did. Now that I’ve found a good pair I feel like I’m “sprinting” toward my goals. 😉
So as I’ve taken on this journey of losing weight and becoming healthier, I’ve also created a side-goal for myself along the way:
I was always active when I was younger and was a regular swimmer and even a runner. I still remember the first time I ran a full mile, without stopping. It was my junior year of high school and I was training for my cheerleading squad. Our coach pushed us that season to get physically fit and each week we spent time on the track. I remember the feeling I had after running that one mile – I was SO excited. It had taken a few days to build up to that point, but I’d finally accomplished it. I was so proud of myself. Unfortunately that was years ago – a long, long time ago. So now as I’ve been doing my fitness transformation I’ve challenged myself to learn to become a runner once again. Now, I know some people are just natural athletes, and born runners. I am definitely not one of those people. It takes a whole lot of effort for me to run a mile, let alone a 5k or longer. But in the past 8 weeks I’ve been slowly building up my endurance. I am proud to say that now, not only can I run a mile but I can run 4 to 5 miles! Yeah, it’s a struggle, and I feel like I’m dying toward the end…but man it feels SO good once I reach those 5 miles. I get that same feeling I had back in high school, after I ran my first mile. I feel proud of myself. 🙂 Maybe in a few months 5 miles will become 10.
I do apologize for the lack of posts over the past few weeks. I’ve been super focused on dropping the pounds. I never realized how busy life gets when you have to hit the gym every day! But it’s a good busy 🙂 Life is definitely feeling more balanced now that I’ve increased my physical activity.
Anyway, If you happened to miss my update on Que Pasa KC this evening, here you go: I have been “transforming” for the past 8 weeks. It’s been a slow process – getting used to working out regularly, making sure to keep my diet in check – but I am proud to say that I have dropped a total of 15 pounds! Yay! That’s an average of about 2 pounds per week, which I’m told is on track. Of course I wish the weight drop was a little higher, and going a little faster, but I just have to remind myself that in due time I’ll reach my goal. I just have to keep working hard! Now, I have a friend’s wedding coming up in a couple of weeks and I hope to drop another 6 pounds before the big day…wish me luck! I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂
So, whenever I’m feeling unmotivated, or uninspired, or that I’m not making any progress I like to check out the stories of folks who’ve gone through transformations before me. Seeing those before and after pictures and also reading their personal stories is a great reminder that I can do it too. So if you’re ever in need of a little push, I encourage you to check out the Hitch Fit website (link below). Not only are the transformation pictures amazing, but I find that I really connect with many of the stories. 🙂 🙂 Hopefully you’ll find them just as inspiring as I do.
Also – this is one of my favorites: I had a chance to meet Brandi this past week and she was a great person to chat with. Her story is shared by many, including myself. She made a huge transformation and truly shows us that with some hard work we can all transform into healthier, happier versions of ourselves!
Have a great weekend!
Progress update alert! 🙂
So this week at Hitch Fit we took my updated measurements, body fat percentage, and weight and I am happy to report that the numbers are going down! In the last four weeks I’ve dropped my body fat percentage by 3%! It’s not a huge drop, but it’s a solid drop. Yay!
I’ve been struggling these past few weeks with regaining my motivation, so this news was exactly what I needed to get back in action. You would think that losing weight in the public eye would be enough to keep me motivated, right 😉 Unfortunately, the fact of the matter is that we all have days where the last thing we want to do is go to the gym. Also, our brains are so used to living a non-active lifestyle that sometimes it seems easier to just go back to our old ways. Thankfully, I’ve had Micah and Diana’s support along the way. They understand what I’m going through and have given me several much-needed pep talks this week. Also, all of my awesome followers are AMAZING motivators! I can’t thank you enough for your support and for sharing your personal stories with me. I promise to not let you or myself down! I’m back in action and ready to keep pushing through.