Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Well, I am still at it 37 days later. I am really liking this program. I never would have believed that I would like heavy lifting, but I do.
Today's workout was difficult. It seemed harder for me probably due to lack of sleep. You will never win trying to reason with a teenager,LOL! She kept me up late voicing her opinion, so to speak!
Anyway, as I sit at my desk and reflect on my workout today I realize that I am becoming stronger every day. When I first started lifting I thought 5 lbs was a lot. Now I am doing 13-15 lb dumbbells and not even thinking about it.
One of the most interesting things about this particular journey so far has been my husbands amazement at how much I am lifting. His comment the other day was. I noticed your dumbbells are about maxed out! Yes, my dumbbells are almost maxed out! I will have to buy more plates for them or get a new set.
As I was at Zumba for my cardio last night I couldn't help look at my reflection in the huge mirrors hanging on the walls. My muscles were clearly visible but I am not sure I was happy with what I saw. Did I see a 47 yr old who was in amazing shape or did I see a slightly overweight woman attempting something unachievable? What am I really trying to achieve anyway?
Well, for starters I am attempting to maintain a 70lb weight loss. Going up and down the scale with the same 5 lbs is difficult.
I am attempting to achieve a healthy body. I suffer from scoliosis in my right shoulder and have endured days of relentless pain from the constant muscle spasms. Lifting heavy had build up those muscles in such a way that I am not suffering any spasms at the moment. That is HUGE!
I gave myself permission to those these last few lbs I have been struggling with. I am excited to see where this all leads. I haven't seen much scale movement, but my pants are fitting really weird, in a good way. I have never had my pants fit like this. All baggy in the but but still fitting snuggly around the waiste. We shall see as we progress how this all pans out!
I am attempting to try new things. I put a lot of time and effort into researching body building before I decided to take the plunge. This program just fit. It has been a really great thing. I don't know if I will continue the program after the 12 weeks. I get bored easily. But I will continue lifting heavy. I am falling in love with it!
I am attempting to be a healthy role model for my girls. It is hard to find good role models for children but by eating healthy and exercising I can ensure I set a good example for them.
So, all in all I am really going down a path of trying to find balance. A happy medium. I am really attempting to be the fittest I can be and still lead a normal life.
I will never be a bodybuilder, but I will not go back to that overweight gal I was 5 years ago either.
Trying this 12 week transformation has been fun. I will continue to do it for the next six weeks. Where this takes me from there God only knows, but I am ready for the challenge.
Keep Sparking everyone!