I'm sitting here, not really knowing what I want to say. These past twelve weeks have been awesome. Let me go ahead and weigh in before I go any further.
This week's weight loss is 3 pounds for a total of 28 pounds in twelve weeks. (Yes, we are only on weigh-in number 11 because we skipped a week at Christmas.)
These past twelve weeks have helped me in so many ways! I truly do feel like a different person already. I have a long way to go still, but I am so excited about the progress I've made.
I haven't had a soda in twelve weeks. I feel so much better! I have more energy. I think the old Amanda,or I should say, the real Amanda is slowly emerging. I no longer feel like I am a slave to food. It doesn't control me. I control what I put in my mouth.
Before I started trying to get healthy, I honestly never thought I would be able to lose weight again. I felt helpless. I felt out of control. I was miserable. As my body has adjusted to not eating garbage, it has gotten easier! I crave fruits and veggies. The cravings for brownies and cakes and chips are few and far between. I was super stringent at first, but now I am finding a balance. I am developing a healthy relationship with food....the fact that it is a way to fuel my body for great health as opposed to my best friend when I am upset. Is it okay to have a slice of pie occasionally? Absolutely! But it can't be the norm. It has to be the exception.
And as far as fitness goes, I am getting stronger every week. I still could up the ante a bit with my exercising. That is my goal this week. To put more into exercising.
I am easing myself back into running. I ran for the first time in a month this past weekend. I didn't have any knee pain during or after the run, so I think it is safe to start increasing gradually. I am going to start training so I can run those five 5Ks this year.
Last week at Boot Camp class, we did Tabata drills. Have you ever done those? I really liked doing them. It was my first time. You do a group of exercises for intervals of 20 seconds, resting 10 seconds between each exercise. You repeat that set, lets say 6 times before moving to the next group of exercises.
Use this chart to do Tabata drills at home. It is a great workout! I also have some other Boot Camp workouts and others on my Fitness and Weight Loss Pinterst Board.
What I am doing is nothing special. Tons of people lose weight. Tons of people are probably doing it at a faster pace than I am. I hold no allusions that I'm doing something unique or fascinating. It's not. It's just a real life struggle being fought by a girl who had had enough. But, I want to reiterate that posting this helps me so much with accountability! I want to thank you for all the support and encouragement.
And I truly to hope to encourage others. If you are struggling, I really do know what you are going through. I have been down in the gutters with it all. Please hear me when I say that you can do it!
Be sure to check Facebook later today! I am going to post another fitness challenge. Are you in?
To view the post that started my weight loss journey, click here.