Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Welcome to my first ďLetís get in shape!Ē blog! Are you excited? Itís ok..you can feign the excitement for now if youíd like. I know when I generally hear the words ďexerciseĒ, ďdietingĒ or ďswimsuit seasonĒ I cringe as well.
As with most women (and probably a lot of men) I have always been on a never-ending merry-go-round with my weight. I wasnít one of those blessed souls born with a slender, size 2 figure, who looks like I swallowed a basketball after eating a hamburger. (You donít sense bitterness, I promise).
I like to think Iím a ĎNormal Girlí. In most regards Iím average: average height, average weight, average shoe size, etc. Iíve never really cared for exercising or sweating or muscle soreness. Iíd rather eat a good burger or greasy slice of Pepperoni, Mushroom and Onion pizza than a salad with a spritz of Balsamic Vinaigrette. Yet, I realize that all of the unpleasantries are necessary evils if I want to feel good naked. :)
Iím curvy, bless genetics for that! But at 5í5″ and my weight falling somewhere between here and there (when I reach my goal Iíll share that information), I cannot attribute the fact that Iím (by medical standards) about 60lbs overweight, to my genes. My father is tall and slender, my mother short and petite. It was a real downer to read that Iím considered Ďobeseí.
Why me? Why?!?! (Did I mention Iím a little over dramatic sometimes?)
What Is A Girl To Do?
Once again, Iíve jumped on the carousel. Iím trying to get to a healthy weight and into shape. Iím determined this time (as with most other times) that this will be the time I stick to my guns and make a full blown lifestyle change. I intend to post here once a week (or more) with an update of tips/tricks and trials/tribulations that I go through. If anyone can find inspiration, comfort or a person to commiserate with from my posts then I consider them a success!
About a month ago my fiance and I started a new workout program called DDPYoga. DDPYoga was created by the former pro-wrestler Diamond Dallas Page as a way for him to stay in shape after suffering debilitating back injuries from wrestling. As the program boasts, ďThis ainít your mamaís yoga!Ē With the program you also get to join an AMAZING community of others doing the workouts. They have proven to be some of the most inspirational, kind-hearted individuals Iíve met online. Dallas himself is also very involved with the members.
My fiance and I are doing DDPYoga around 3-5 days/week. The workouts are only about 20 minutes each so it fits easy into my schedule even with an 8:30 to 5 PM mon-fri work schedule. I also have added an hour of Zumba to the repertoire. At this point in time, I would like to say I am done with killing myself and my body at the gym or out on the pavement. (Iíve always wanted to be a runner, but my body has always told me that it is not for me lol)
As far as eating is concerned, DDPYoga has a recommended diet that is gluten-free and dairy free. Iím not quite there yet (love cheese, far too much!) but I am slowly working on it. Iím starting with making little changes here and there so that I donít feel deprived. The eating aspect of losing weight has ALWAYS been the hardest part for me.
Start this journey with meÖ itís going to be a long ride but the journey is alwaysmore exciting than the destination!