Thursday, February 16, 2012

I am changing

Hello my friends.  It's been quite a while. 
Grab your drink of choice and allow me to catch up with you.

This year I have declared unofficially, the year of me.  I had three resolutions this year and I have kept up with all three.  The first was to take a multivitamin every day.  The second was go to the dentist.  I hate the dentist.  But, I went!  I will go back when $4,000 magically appears in my bank account lol.  The third was to work on my weight.  And by work, I mean lower it, not keep adding to it.  The last one is what has made the biggest impact on my life.

I cannot tell you how many gyms I have tried over the years.  I can't afford a personal trainer and even if I could this is a problem for me b/c I don't like when my handsome husband sees me sweat, let alone someone I don't know.  So, no personal trainer.  I don't want to take supplements, I don't want to eat seaweed, back off muscle man!  Plus, the only machine I feel comfortable with is the treadmill.  And, it's really boring watching tv, or people in front of me, and there's not enough music in the world to keep me motivated and the pulsating boom boom of the gym sounds more like porno than a gym (I would imagine).  A friend of mine, Amy Williams, works at a different type of gym.  Different as it's not a gym, it's a studio.  We talked and I figure I'd give it a whirl.  I've tried everything else, right?  I am officially a three month member of Leading Cast Rhythm and Fitness in the Villages of Allen.  In January, I signed up for a 12 week program called fit & fierce. 

I am currently in week six.  I have lost 11 pounds.  I am eating fruits and vegetables.  Did you get that?  ME, eating fruits and vegetables!  Fresh mind you, not canned or frozen.  What can I say, I'm a vegetable snob. lol  I am drinking almond milk (yum) and eating Ezekiel bread (cinnamon raisin) and now drinking green tea (mixed berry).  I am exercising.  Let me repeat that.  I am exercising.  Not just running in circles, or jumping to conclusions.  I am doing Pilates, Zumba, and bollymix.  I am doing a thing called chisel fit and I am now incorporating yoga, and I played dodgeball! I cannot tell you how much the last six weeks have affected me personally.  I am drinking TWELVE glasses of water a day.  I am peeing all the time.  I joke at work that I'm going to get depends! lol  I have major energy to burn!  I am constantly moving, even at work, when I'm at the register.  I find ways to move.  I am seeing changes in the mirror, not just the scale.  Now, when I walk by my scale, it doesn't say 'to be continued'.  I walk by my scale and say "hello, friend!"

I was lamenting to my loving husband this morning, just how much my family life has gotten in the way of my gym time. lol  Monday, I had Fr. Tim's class, Tuesday was Valentine's, last night was the older two's bowling match, tonight is one of Jaime's last orchestra performances.  Saturday I have a chrp meeting!  George said, it's all about making choices.  And, when I make the choices, I can't be disappointed at the one I didn't choose.  I told him I was so upset I missed Zumba with Lori.  He said to go another time (I'll be there Friday).  He doesn't get it.  It was ZUMBA WITH LORI!!!!  While I love Zumba with T, I can barely keep up with Lori! lol  I was so upset I didn't go last night.  Yes, I enjoyed watching my kids, but I MISSED ZUMBA WITH LORI!  Saturday, I am going to miss my chrp meeting.  I am going to Pilates with Amy (what can I say, I'm in the mood to kick a little of my own butt) and Zumba with T (yes, I have a death wish) and I am going to my fit & fierce meeting.  I will be sad to miss my church friends, but priorities people! lol  I'm lacking on my strength training this week and I prefer to do that at the studio than home. :(   Doing push ups at home and hearing Amy in my head saying "butt down!" is not the same as actually being in the studio and hearing Amy say "butt down!" lol I can tell you this though...I can now do 20 push ups in a row!  Before I couldn't do two!

So, I am changing.  I am feeling amazing.  I'm happier, lighter and have more energy.  I could not have done it in a million years without Teresa, Lori, Amy and all of my friends at R&F.  I cannot thank them enough for what they have done for me.  The encouragement is amazing.  They are amazing!  I can't wait to see what week 12 brings!

Until next time,
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