Strength training and boxing update
Friday, April 03, 2009
Whew!! is all I can say what a blast Im having. I have been with sparkpeople since last July and I am happy to say I have lost an additional 50lbs and many inches off my body. This year has been frustrating in weight loss Im so used to dropping big numbers and the weight loss has slowed drastically but I am still losing but at a slower pace and I know its due to me trying to build muscle and lose weight at the same time.
The positive side to this is that I have build muscle all over my body. Im seeing definition in my legs, thighs, hips, arms and stomach. My arms are an issue only because being over 400lbs I have hanging skin in the tricep area. I hate the way it looks but on the positive side of that its the only area on my body where I have this problem. I thought for sure I would have it in my stomach and thigh area because this is where I held most of my weight.
My workouts have become more intense especially in weight training Im lifting more than I ever thought I could lift. I do squats with 60lbs on my shoulders like its nothing, Im leg pressing 160lbs and Im able to pull and drag 200lb plates around the gym Im really surprising myself. Im 48yrs old and I stronger and healthier than I have ever been in my life.
In my boxing Im alot faster than I was last year and I have finally learned to box like a boxer instead of a girl (lol). This workout is straight up cardio and its the best cardio I could have ever picked for myself. It works the whole body all at one time and I burn at least 1000 calories in every workout. Boxing is a continual learning process and its different everytime I do it. Its never the same and thats what I love about it. I love that it teaches stamina, endurance, mental preparedness and discipline. Getting in the ring is a fear I had to overcome because its both intimidating and fearful at the same time. I found out that fear has a way of stepping in and saying "Your not ready for this" "You cant do this" it stops you dead in your tracks if you let it and takes away a victory that can be yours whether it be weight loss or stepping in the ring to spar. I have learned through this journey of weight loss to say to my fear "Really you also said that I couldn't lose over 200lbs and I did that so I have taken my fear and turn it into a confidence that I haven't had in a very long time.
Both these workouts together have helped me change the way I see,think and feel about myself. When I think back after losing the first 100lbs that I would enter a gym it was just something that I never thought I would do. Being obese going to the gym at least for me was intimidating and mostly embarassing. How many very obese people do you see at the gym? Not many, but I knew I needed weight training to help me get this weight off so I sucked it up and I told myself you cant care about other peoples opinions, you cant care about the jokes that people will tell at your expense, you cant care about people laughing at you behind your back I could not and would not allow them to deter me from what I knew I needed to do.
I was put to the test though when I went into the gym to hire my weight trainer he turned out to be a gorgeous body builder. Here he is at 6'3" 220lbs of nothing but muscle and here I am at that time with 300lbs on my body talk about intimidating, talk about embarassing. Especially when the time came I had to stand in front of him with nothing but my sportsbra and shorts on to get weighed and have my bodyfat percentage taken. I just died inside but I did it because I kept telling myself this is what Im here for and I cant care what he thinks.
It was hard Im not going to lie, I remember sitting in my car and willing myself into the gym sometimes I would just sit and cry because of how humiliating and embarassed I felt and if it wasnt for my Lord Jesus I never would have stepped into that gym. I had to make up my mind that his opinion had to be the only opinion I cared about and as I cried and prayed to him about how I felt he just wrapped his arms around me and said "You can do all things through me, trust me, lean on me, allow me to strengthen you, use the faith that I have given you to get you through this". With that I walked into the gym every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Thank you my Jesus for seeing me through this for giving me the victory over this flesh when I thought there was no way I could have ever stepped into a gym, you showed me the way and you got me through, all praise honor and glory to you Lord.
Now you cant get me out of the gym!!(lol). I know that if I can do this anyone of you who are reading this can do it too!!
What an amazing journey Im on I have 50 more pounds to lose and it doesnt matter how long its going to take me the fact that Im not over 400lbs anymore is a dream that I thought would never come true.
Our God is amazing because he took my fear and turned it into his glory and gave me the victory! Now instead of people cracking jokes, talking behind my back and laughing at me they are saying "Hey thats the girl thats lost over 200lbs and now they want to know how Ive done it and how I am able to stick to it. I just point them to the one who loved me no matter how much I weighed thats my Lord Jesus.