Since my last post I have experienced an “epiphany”
Yes, seriously. I have finally found my WILL to live fit, and work out consistently. I’ve accepted the fact that up until now, I have had the DESIRE to be fit, and healthy, and slim, and sexy, and a size 6…. But, desire alone is not enough. I’ve lacked true 100% COMMITMENT to do what it takes to get myself to my goal. Of course, I had found some important level of commitment – or I would not have started, and remained on the Medifast “Take Shape For Life” Plan for the past 6 months. However, the meal plan combined with sporadic exercise could only take me so far. For me, that meant from start weight 185 dropping to 160. A loss of 25 lbs, and dropping from size 14/16 to 12. Not too shabby – but after 6 long months, not good enough. At 5’3″ my ideal weight and body fat % means I have to be between 105-130, and somewhere around size 6. Being the reasonable gal that I am, I chose 130 as my goal. :)
That means I still have another 30 lbs to go. But, I had just STOPPED losing. Completly stuck week after week at 160! And, no significant loss in inches. It didn’t help that I sabotaged myself the first 2 weeks of December, (combo of frustration/anger/holiday cheer) regaining 8 pounds (yes, 8) – but then I managed to lose them again by the 2nd week of Jan, and remained STUCK again at 160. OK. Something had to change.
For me, it was a paradigm shift of thinking in terms of a spiritual nature. I believe in God, and I believe in holy scripture. The Bible teaches that my body is a gift from God, and a temple for my spirit. Therefore, I have been given a holy responsibility to take care of it. I’ve known this all my life, and I have made many healthy commitments – such as no alcohol, tobacco, misuse of pharmaceuticals, or street drugs…etc…and trying to eat fruit and veggies. But this time, I really pondered and let the idea sink in. I realized that I don’t have to do this alone. If God gives us a command, then He also gives us a way to accomplish it. In fact, I am convinced, that for me, I can not do this alone. I needed to make God my workout partner, and all I had to do was ask. So, I had a serious chat with Him. In prayer, I made a commitment that I would follow His command to take care of his gift (my body) and asked for Him in turn to open the way and give me the strength to follow through.
Since making this commitment with God, everything has changed for me. I’ve made a serious promise that I don’t take lightly. And, I feel a renewed power inside of me.
- Wake up at 5 am every day, go to the gym and work out six days per week. (Sunday – day of rest)
- When days are warm enough, walk the dog at least 30 min.
- Continue following my meal plan / water intake as close as possible
God has made it possible for me to wake up this early without even hitting the snooze button every morning (if you knew me, folks, you would realize this took divine intervention). I’ve gotten my butt out the door every morning. I’ve moved my body for 1 hour every monring.
The result has been nothing short of miraculous.
#1. I feel great!
#2. I’m loving the variety at my local gym, and the ease of just following a simple daily routine: getting up, putting on my gym clothing (which I lay out the night before) and leaving the house. It’s a 6 minute drive. By the time I get up, brush my hair and teeth, get dressed, drink some water, and drive to the gym, I arrive a few minutes before 5:30 am, which allows me to secure a good place for a 5:30 am class. Or, I jump on a treadmill, or other piece of equipment. This particular gym even has a “movie room” where I can work out in the dark with no one watching me, and cool fans blowing, while I enjoy a feature film playing with surround sound (yes, totally cool).
#3. Scale results: My first week of new routine = 161. Ugh, gain of 1 pound! But, I realized it could be muscle gain or water retention, so, I kept up the pace, I tried a kickboxing class (which had me limping the next day…not injured – just aching in places I hadn’t felt for years), and I increased the speed/incline on my machines. This morning, the scale read 157! WOOT WOOT!! A 4 pound loss in one week. Best of all, I have finally broken the 60’s barrier. I’m MEGA energized! I am also comfortably wearing a size 10, and Mediums (instead of Large). [I bought myself a sexy red dress to surprize my hubby at our yearly valentines dinner. It's a size 10. My 16 yr. old daughter even told me I look "hot".] This is getting good.
New Challenge: With the mega calories I am burning, my appetite has also increased. I have had to ramp up my water intake, add an extra MF meal or snack per day, and am chewing a lot of gum when the sugar cravings hit around 3-4 PM every day.
Bottom line, everyone has to find their own WILL, and inner COMMITMENT to live fit. I’m so grateful I have finally found mine, better late than never. I give all the Glory to God. I’ll try to make time to post pics and a video this week.
Live Well and Keep Surviving! – HK