Thursday, May 02, 2013
In 11 days I will start Paul Lacoste Summer Coast Training. I'm so excited that I can't think about much else. Should I be scared? Probably. Looking at photos of previous 12 week programs Paul Lacoste has done in the state (Mississippi), I should be terrified. Think Biggest Loser's Last Chance Workout 4 times a week. Yeah I should be terrified, but I'm not I'm so excited about this opportunity that I don't have room for any other emotions.
This past month has been very difficult. I signed up for the training at the end of March and I have been in anticipation mode ever since. I want to get everything I possibly can out of the training. So, even though I might have been tempted to wait until May 13 to get serious about dropping some pounds, I stayed motivated and lost 10 pounds this month.
Let me back up and tell you a little more of the story. I graduated college in December of 2010 @ 204 pounds. Since I no longer had the stress of classes and finals, I knew I had no more excuses for hauling around that much weight. I started eating better and exercising regularly. The next week I found out that I was pregnant with my second child. I continued to make healthier eating choices, but backed off an exercise routine, just walking around the block occasionally. Just with the change in diet I was dropping a few pounds a week even though I wasn't trying to do that. My doctor started worrying about me loosing and not gaining any weight. So I slacked off and ate whatever was convenient. I put the pounds back on that I had lost plus 16 more. I was at 220 when I delivered my beautiful boy in September of 2011. I had lost my "get healthy" motivation and was happy to just get a few hours of sleep every night.
January of this year it hit me that I would be turning 30 in February. I realized that I was not happy with me and that I should expect more from myself. I started looking for ways I could become more active. I have always enjoyed the outdoors, kayaking, hiking, etc., although enjoying these activities while carry more than an extra 60 pounds was difficult. I decided to start doing more activities like this to help me become healthier. I signed up for 5Ks, and I signed up to become a kayaking guide so I could spend more time on the water. By the end of March I had lost 30 pounds since having my son about a year-and-a-half before. I was changing 1 thing a week to make myself better. First I switched to diet soda which eliminated over 500 calories from my daily intake. Yeah, I drank a lot of soda. Then I dropped the diet soda and replaced it with water. One week I tried waking up earlier, but that one didn't stick. I was still getting my exercise in big chunks, an activity or two on the weekend. Lots of calories burned but no routine to it. A friend told me about a training opportunity with Paul Lacoste Sports, and after spending an hour on the PLS website ( www.paullacoste.com/
) I was all in.
So PLS is my next change. I'm already eating healthier, and I'm more active than I ever have been. The next step is to push myself to the "Next Level" which is one of the mottoes of the PLS training.
On a side note I reached two very big achievements today: I am out of the "Obese" BMI category and I am wearing 10 year old pants that I got on my 20th birthday.
All smiles, can't contain it!