Monday, January 30, 2012
As part of my BLC-18 team's weekend challenge that ends tonight, I'm offering this blog to discuss my transformation in health/fitness/wellness.
I've been struggling with my weight for years, especially recently as I've hit menopause, have thyroid issues, and now am dealing with arthritis. I've even been on SP before, but never joined actively in any teams, and kept falling off the wagon as far as tracking my nutrition and fitness. But my DS Ferne (1TRULYBLESSED) inspired me to try once again, with a renewed sense of purpose and determination after seeing her transform herself in less than a year, thanks in large part to the support she has gotten on SP -- and by becoming such an active member here.
So, I signed up at the end of December for both the January Jumpstart Challenge, and the BLC-18 Challenge, and joined my sister's Light Blue Bombshells team as I started my journey towards health and fitness again. I must say, the challenges have woken up a competitive demon in me! In the past I would always have an excuse for not exercising, or for eating that extra piece of cake, but with these challenges, and with the support of my fellow Bombshells telling their stories and encouraging each other every day, I have found that I am consistently making much better choices. I haven't seen much happen on the scale yet (except for possibly this week, since I've been fighting intestinal troubles that have me living on Saltines and Gatorade pretty much!), but I am generally feeling healthier and more able to get out and move on a daily basis.
One great motivation that I found had to be pointed out to me by a fellow Bombshell: I made it onto the top-10 list of the SparkDallas Team's fitness roster, at #8! I climbed as high as #6 before this bug took me down, but now that I know about it, I plan to get exercising again as soon as I'm healthy, and try to make it into the top 5! I've been doing a walk/jog combination around a 3-mile path near my home, aiming to get there 3 times a week or more. As I continued to get out there, I've found that I have been able to up the jogging quotient a little each week. I'm even toying with the idea of walk/running a 5k again, for the first time in probably 25 years or so!
I just started a new job, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to keep up with the level of activity that I had achieved during the better part of January, but I've scheduled my work hours to take the best advantage of the workout times and classes that appeal to me the most. With the support and encouragement of my Bombshells and other SP friends (and more than a little dependence on God along the way), I hope to follow in my "little" (in more ways than one) sister's footsteps and become a healthy, fit, slender, confident new me by year's end. At that time, I hope to write a follow-up blog that will catalog the goals I will have reached. Stay tuned!