Once upon a time there was a woman in her early forties who decided to take her life back one step at a time by dropping diet soda cold turkey--a small step but it was an important one. And though she smiled sometimes it was not a truly happy smile because of the feeling she had for her body and health. Not the least of which when her sister remarked that her rear was so wide it was scaring her.
Yes she tried to look nice and wore makeup to look the best she could but the displeasure of how she felt emotionally and physically after recovering from the accident in 2007 showed plainly.
But trudge on she did. At home with tape and DVDs, then at the gym at work. Low carb was the eating style and it did help with weight loss--ah, the days of steak, butter and heavy cream were weekly preparations.
She discovered a wonderful website called SparkPeople--others like herself who wanted to be healthier as she was trying to do. Learning that it was okay to laugh, to make misteps and to appreciate the journey rather than rush to the destination.
Going from low carb to pescatarian to vegan was also a part of this voyage--and the ability to share it and the visuals made the journey all the happier:
4 years ago she dreamed of wearing a swimsuit-she reached that goal too:
Four years of Spark have been wonderful..and that woman....me...is so blessed to be here and looking forward to 5 years and more! God bless you all--and remember that weight loss and fitness is not a sprint(even though I LOVE sprinting...and kettlebells, and Zumba, and bench pressing, and Jillian Michaels...it's a marathon.. And one of my goals this year is complete a half marathon-God give me the strength to do so! ~Priscilla
I like being challenged at the gym-lifting heavier weights thrills me, sprinting at higher speeds-without damaging major body parts is cathartic! Yes I like to live on the edge so to speak especially being 44 now-but age is just a number! Yet...
The rowing machine. I admit to shuddering at it all these years as I walked by them. Who in their right mind found that medieval device fulfilling to exercise on? Nevermind that the people that were on it were extremely fit and enjoyed it from what I could see while I was over in the weight section or treadmilling my heart out. No, no, those insanely fit people didn't have my weak wrists so they could do it so effortlessly. I had an excuse to keep away!
But thinking back to the earlier part of my fitness journey I remembered how I'd never thought I could learn to lift heavy weights with my carpal tunnel braced wrists-but I did. It took determination and building up to it but I did do it-so how was this different? Could I let my own cowardice keep me from trying something new? The answer is finally NO.
So the past couple weeks I have been doing short sessions on the rowing machine--no longer than 5 minutes with plenty of breaks and praying and water and gasping for air --but I am doing it. The final frontier is still a bit away for me-but I am adding this to my goals. Fear (and carpal tunnel)will NOT keep this dream from coming to fruition!
I'd set my goal for this year at 35, 000 fitness minutes--and saw the other day that I'd gone past them-last year had been 30, 000 so I ambitiously set it at the 35k for 2013--how cool is that! And two months to go--so I still have some Zumbaing, walking and sprinting (and my beloved heavy weightlifting)to go!
And something else this week that made me geek out--it was today actually--when I was doing those evil Tabata sprints with sideways, incline and backwards treadmill when the woman next to me who was doing incline treadmill told me that I was the only person besides her who did Tabata sprints and she was a bodybuilder training for shows--I told her that I'd been unfit for a long time and showed her my pics and she congratulated me--what a happy HAPPY thing to hear!
And to show that the muscle building is happening--these pics are almost a year apart as you can see by the Christmas tree, and on today--long live sprints heavy weights and healthy(vegan)eating! Stay blessed Sparkfriends!!
I do have to say that my quest to gain muscle is going well--of course my lower half is still my (not!)favorite part but I have been faithfully doing my squats and sprints. (And sideways treadmill which is still fun!!!!) But a longtime friend and coworker who came back to work with us this week gave me the happiest compliment (after saying how good my chili smelled and begged for the recipe) when I was standing at our desk: "Look at those leg muscles! You are doing great!" I was wearing my jeans and could not stop smiling after--I was the woman who was very very unhealthy when I had last seen her (five years ago, way too long)and to get such support meant the world to me!
So all of the weighted squats...sideways treadmill..sprints...and vegan diet is still doing this almost 44 year old good! Life is beautiful!!