Imma stand up like a soldier! (14 pounds down!)
Friday, June 08, 2012
I love this song that they play in our BodyAttack class. It's called "We Dance On", by N-Dubz. Totally worth downloading, great lyrics and tempo for working out! Just a little sample, from the opening:
Watch me while I stand here
Watch my feet, my stance, my body language
I'm not someone to be messed with
I'm a fox on a mission
You know you're challenging the best here
Nice, huh? Other lyrics I love are, "I'll break what's in my way, I'mma stand up like a soldier." and "I'll keep marching to the beat, til' there's bruises on my feet"! They usually play this song towards the end when we're doing all sorts of high knees and punching kicks, so it's pretty motivating.
Anyway. That wasn't what I was originally going to post about, but the song is playing and I'm easily distractible, so there you go.
In other news, I've now officially lost 14.2 pounds! My Spark tracker is a bit off because I didn't start tracking until I'd already lost 2.6 pounds, but I'm not sure how to fix it easily and don't care enough to figure it out. I know what I've lost, lol. So I weighed in at 173.4 today. BOOM! 14.2 pounds! My initial goal was just to lose 10 pounds by July, and here I'm about to DOUBLE that by July! High five!
Really, I have myself in 2009 to thank. I feel like I went through all of the initial self-doubt, willpower struggles, and fears back then. That was when I lost around 45 pounds, for the first time in my adult life got to a healthy weight in a HEALTHY way (I struggled with anorexia as a teenager). It was a HUGE deal for me to do it the "right" way for the first time in my life, and then be able to maintain it.
So, I know what worked before. Sure, I still have doubts and low self-esteem days, but I'VE DONE THIS BEFORE. I KNOW I can, and I know how awesome it felt. I also know from experience that getting to my goal weight won't fix everything, but it will be one piece to my self-esteem and strength puzzle. That's powerful. I wish everyone can just KNOW this, but everyone has to go through their journeys first. I'm a little older and I've had another child since then, but I remember it. My body seems to remember, too.
I had a routine back then. It was a flexible routine, but a routine nonetheless. It's about the same now, only without the number tracking, and with more social working out (exercise classes, buddying up with some friends, etc). I decided to do this without counting calories, and so far I'd say I'm doing great even without that. If I ever hit a plateau or something, I can re-evaluate, but for now it works.
I do write down what I eat, and I keep it 80% whole food, healthy foods. My mom helps me out by picking up fresh produce for me when she goes to the farmer's market (with 3 kids, that just isn't gonna happen anytime soon for me!), and she is also a member of a buying club for a local farm. So, I get local chicken, no pesticides, nothing added, free range/veggie fed/etc etc from time to time as well. Heck yeah! Our local Kroger has a pretty large organic/natural foods section that has been growing for the past couple of years, and I can do almost ALL of my grocery shopping there (except produce and meat). It isn't exactly cheap, but I do my best, and I'd rather spend the money now on good food than spend it later on medicine and doctor's visits...at least I hope!
BodyAttack was rockin' today. I kept the pace, I stuck with the moves, I stayed in rhythm pretty darn well, and I pushed myself. I really felt shaky and sore afterward, which doesn't happen for me that often in that particular class. So I knew I really pushed myself further, in a good way. I stuck with the pushups, the squats, the lunges, the jumping jacks, the high knees, all of that. I was PUMPED afterward!
I have started to love and crave exercise. Even when it's REALLY hard, I love it. I love the burn. I love pushing myself to see how much farther I can go. I love it when I get into the zone like this! I can still go a lot farther than I even go now, no doubt.
I'm going to a skating rink for a 6 year old's birthday party tomorrow, so that should be fun. Other than that, resting up tomorrow and I'll hit the road again on Sunday. I'll keep marching to the beat, til' there's bruises on my feet! YEP.
Oh, just added a picture or two to the Photo Gallery. Main one is a "before" shot for this year (shows on my main page now, also). Yep yep. Have a good weekend, all!