Hey, guys. Hope all is well in your lives and summer has been a fantastic one filled with lots of sunshine, love and happiness! My summer has been great, though not quite long enough. I (finally) graduated in May with my Bachelor of Arts in History, and I will begin my first graduate courses in just a few weeks as I pursue my Masters in History. I am equal parts excited and terrified at taking on graduate school. My oldest daughter starts kindergarten and my youngest starts pre-k on the 19th. Basically, this month is going to be jam-packed with new adventures for all of us. I welcome the challenges!
I last posted back in April and was attempting, yet again, to cut back on bad food and be more active. This has been an off-and-on thing since I fell off the wagon last Spring. In June I jumped back on the wagon in full force, and have since created a great fitness routine that I'm proud to say the Hubs has joined in on, and I have changed my meals to strictly clean foods. My mindset has become less about weight loss and more about fitness. I want to be fit and healthy. I want my kids to see my husband and I eating well and exercising - and enjoying it - so they can learn good habits and being healthy will just be a part of life for them, and not something they have to struggle with.
What really boosted my motivation recently has been Extreme Weight Loss with Chris Powell. I saw a preview for an episode, so I went on YouTube and found several episodes from seasons past. With each episode I watched, I found myself thinking, man, if people 400 and 500 pounds can find the willpower and determination to do this, then I certainly can! I went on Amazon and found a workout dvd by Chris Powell featuring some of the previous participants. I saw that it had three levels, and one could progress as their fitness improves. I bought it, and two days later it arrived. I put it in and set level one, which was only fifteen minutes. I did it easily and without much sweat. The next day I jumped to level two, feeling confident. Needless to say, it kicked my butt! I pushed through and 25 minutes later, as I was going through my cool down stretches, I felt SO proud of myself. I felt strong. I felt optimistic.
A few hours later I found myself excited for the next day to come so I could do the workout again. Now THAT was a first. I have never looked forward to exercising, save for basketball and softball practice as a teenager. The second day, I did the workout, and felt the same sense of accomplishment and excitement. I made a commitment to myself that I would workout five days a week and eat clean seven days a week. I did the video workout for a couple of weeks and then decided I should change it up a bit so as to keep from getting bored. I decided to do the video three days a week and treadmill/weights two days.
Before long, I could feel myself getting stronger. I had more energy, I had greater endurance. I found myself choosing to do activities with my kids that I used to dread doing. If we were going somewhere within walking distance, I set out with the kids and made it an adventure. I was surprising myself! Then one night, Hubs came in from work and declared he was ready to start working out with me. Well, imagine my delight! I had a workout partner! Woohoo!
So, since then Hubs has worked out three days a week with me, and I have actually RAN on the treadmill - something I haven't done since high school - and have demolished 24 pounds. Tomorrow Hubs and I are moving to the third level of the video workouts, which we plan to do for 2-3 weeks before starting P90X. It's gonna get real! We did the Ab Ripper X earlier and it was serious business. Sheesh.
Anyhoo, that's what's been up with me and what's going on now! I'll leave you guys with my new motto:
Finish what you started.