So I have seen tons of people who have been posting and talking about a 30 day squat challenge. I thought that was a super neat idea, the only problem is I am not a squatter. I have arthritis in my knees, and I am always worried about possible flare ups. I have been doing wall squats with a
in between myself and the wall, but that is about as good as it gets.
I have been on this journey 16 months, and have cardio
, eating/tracking calories
, drinking water
, and sleep
down to a science... but the strength training always gets left out.
Before you tell me how important strength training is, I totally and completely understand. My brother is always good about reminding me that I don't want to see big losses on the scale because I'm losing both fat AND muscle, and I know what I should be doing. I don't know why I don't do it regularly, I don't really enjoy doing it, but it's really not awful, so I don't know why I resist.
So I decided to search for a 30 Day Dumbbell Challenge
, and this is what I found...
The only thing that worried me a little bit was the squat/lunge type things, but I will work on it. I am excited about this, and completed
tonight. I am doing it just on the beginner level and with a 5lb weight, but everyone has to start somewhere, right? I mainly want to do this to prove to myself that I can stick with consistent strength training for 30 days and complete a structured program. If I can do that, I will do it again at the intermediate level and see about adding more weight... and not to mention maybe I will see some toning in my arms.
In other news, I weighed in at 201 today, and am right on the edge, peering into Onederland! I got to celebrate my 70 lbs down and receive my
! I have no idea why a virtual trophy excites me so much, but it does. I really feel like Part 1 of my journey is ending, and Part 2 is just beginning. When I was 272 pounds, not thinking I could do this, I would tell myself just get to 199. That was never my goal weight, but it sounded slightly less daunting then losing 100 pounds to get to 170. Now that I am finally there (well, nearly), I feel like Part 2 of my journey is starting and I feel excited and upbeat about weight loss again. I'm ready to push forward, I'm ready to take fitness more seriously (that's where the challenge comes in), and I am just ready to push on to goal and then maintenance. After many struggles during my 16 month journey, and a life long struggle with weight, I finally feel like I am in a good place, with
's and I am really feeling in control of this journey!