Friday, June 20, 2014
4 1/2 months. 19 weeks. 137 days. I am fully engaged in this journey, this climb. The thing I'm currently most excited about is the fact that, for the first time in my adult life, I am fully committed to exercising. As a matter of fact, I am pretty obsessed with it.
A little history... I was an active and athletic kid. I ran track and cross-country (and I was really fast)! I played soccer. I rode horses. I was pretty darn active.
Then I got involved in music and theater and had to choose between sports and the arts. I sold my horse. My activity pretty much stopped and the pounds began to slowly pile on. Ten pounds a year may not seem that much but when ten years go by, well, you can do the math... By the time I was 25 years old, I was 100 pounds overweight. Over the years, I have had brief attempts at weight loss -- none of which were very successful and one of the hardest things for me was exercise. I found it tedious, boring, and downright painful. So, the fact that THIS TIME, I've been successful in incorporating exercise into my daily routine? Well that is huge. I wake in the morning and one of the first things I think about is what I will choose to do for exercise today. Will I walk? If so, will it be outside or on the treadmill? How about a bike ride? Will I ride Bubba? So many choices! I am so happy with how much my fitness has improved. When I started this journey, I could barely walk up our street (we live on a hill). The first time I rode my bike, in early May, I seriously thought I was going to die. Now I can ride 7 miles! As if that weren't inspiring enough, I find myself not liking sitting still for too long! When I watch TV, I want to stretch or do lunges or something -- ANYTHING. I can't believe it. Today, I went to the Y with my friend, Shirl, and told myself I would do laps for 30 minutes. I did it but felt my swimming was a bit leisurely so added ten extra minutes. Tonight, I wanted to do something more so I decided to get on the treadmill. I set it for 40 minutes, 5 minutes longer than my norm, and decided to do some H.I.I.T. work (High Intensity Interval Training) - running for 2.5 minutes 4 times throughout the 40 minutes. Yes, I said RUNNING. Me? Running?! OK, it was kind of more like lumbering but let's not worry about that! :) I feel so accomplished. I didn't die! So, I'm pretty motivated tonight and decided to blog about it. I'm so excited and hopeful to see what my future might hold. One of my goals with losing weight was to start riding again, which I have done. But I still have goals within that. At this point, I am only walking Bubba with brief intervals of trotting. I don't think I'll move actively into cantering until I've lost about another 25 or 30 pounds. And I cannot wait for the day that I'm able to jump again! Another goal of mine is to ski again. I adored skiing and have not been since knowing John (28+ years). I love the thought of being completely, truly physically fit again! I truly feel that God is empowering me to succeed. I am so excited to complete this journey and to give Him the glory. Without Him, I am powerless.