Friday, June 22, 2012
Yesterday, I was typing up what was meant to be a short introduction for one of the Insanity groups and it turned into a long time line of my weight loss journey.
And then I realized that I haven't done a blog about my weightloss journey, so today I'm taking what I did yesterday and adding some detail and creating a blog on my journey...
In high school, I remember senior year I did Slim Fast for Prom and maybe lost 10 pounds and maybe got down to 145lbs on a good day. I did the Slim Fast thing for maybe 2 months leading up to Prom.
After high school, I did way too much eating out as my work was surrounded by lots of lunch options. And it didn't help that a group of us that had the same community college classes together would go out to eat twice a week between our classes. I took open gym courses with a friend, but almost always we'd stop for dinner on the way home(talk about ruining a workout). I always tried choosing healthier options or what I thought were healthier options, but between June 2003(high school graduation) and January 2007(transfer to State School) I gained 30 to 40 pounds. There were a couple of pathetic attempts to lose weight, but they were always short lived...my own sabotage or sabotaged by those around me.
My highest weight was somewhere around the 170s if not higher in January 2007. Move away from home for school and lost around 15 lbs that first semester. Over the next two years, I managed to maintain in the 150s range.
Graduated in 2009 and then moved back home. April 2010, I recommited myself to getting healthy....started Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred program. August 2010, I started my 1st attempt at Couch to 5k and lost motivation by October.
Started 2011, weighing 130lbs with a New Year's Resolution to get in the best shape of my life... resolution started late January since my pesky incisions from a appendectomy too forever to heal. I was fully committed to making the 30 Day Shred work along with the Couch to 5k program. At one time, I was down to 122(I'm 5'4") in May and it was probably mostly diet that got me there since I don't think I was consistent with exercise at that time. I was fully committed all summer to Couch to 5k and then Bridge to 10k...found a love for running and I hated/despised any kind of running in school.
Went back to school to get my teaching credential. Life got hectic and I tried to keep consistent with Bridge to 10k, but school took over. But I still felt great and had some amazing muscle tone even if I was now weighing closer to 130.
Student teaching happened. You give up your life during this time...running and exercise was out of the question. I had no life outside of being in a classroom and taking classes. Weight starts creeping up on me and all my skinny clothes start getting tighter. I manage to get a few runs in on the weekend, but its not enough to reverse all my lost effort from the previous year.
Student Teaching is over!!! And I am absolutely miserable that none of my last summer "skinny" clothes fit! First official weigh-in and I'm up to 137lbs. I start back in with Couch to 5k and quickly find my love for running again, but I don't want to overdo it so I stick to every other day. I quickly realize that every other day is not going to get me results. I start up the 30 Day Shred again, but most non-running days was like pulling teeth to get me through the workout...I was burnt out on Jillian! (Even though I remember getting great results before and thought that would be motivation enough).
Randomly I come upon the Insanity videos online(not exactly legal, but I'm broke and can't afford that kind of price commitment and know no one in real life to borrow them from to test them before investing that kind of money...I definitely plan to purchase the program in the future). Motivation comes back and I'm feeling like this is just what I need to get me back into my last summer clothes! Did the fit test and took all my measurements on June 17th/Father's Day.
Its been almost love at first sight! I just did day 5 today(6/21/12) and I absolutely love the workouts...they are hard, but I've never sweated like this before! And weirdly, I almost feel like I'm starting to notice small changes already! I'm starting the program at 134 lbs...I know I'm not likely to get back to 122 lbs, but I just want to tone up and lose some inches. I would much rather get some awesome toning and definition from gaining muscles(but replacing fat) than to get down as close as I can to 120. I'm kinda thinking somewhere between 125 and 128 would be a nice range to get into, but again my focus is on inches and not pounds.
I'm hoping that I can stick to this and can't wait to see some results and fit back into my "skinny" shorts!