Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Getting fit and healthy...a work in progress

So over the past 6 months I have been committed to eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.  Of course I wanted to lose weight, but more than that I wanted to get in shape and just feel better.  I started Weight Watchers at the beginning of March 2011.  The company I work for offers on site meetings.  My WW group is awesome!  The leader and members are so supportive.  The group has really helped me stay motivated.  The WW plan just works for me too.  I track everything I eat online - which it's really not as daunting as you would think.  The tracking and meetings keeps me accountable.  This was the third time I have joined WW but I knew this time I was really going to make it work.  I lost some weight the other two times, but was never fully committed to stay with it.

I also started taking different kinds of exercise classes.  Some at work and some at the YMCA.  I was trying all kinds of classes - weight lifting (body pump), pilates, yoga, zumba, kettlebell, belly dancing (that was funny!).  I was also getting some running in on the treadmill.  In May, me and a friend tried this outdoor boot camp.  It was great!  Although, I could not believe I liked being outside in the heat and dirt working out (and sweating) very close with other people. I think the reason I liked the boot camp was because it pushes you physically and the group setting was supportive.  You can never have enough support! 

In boot camp we had a biggest loser contest.  The camper with the most weight loss won a free month of boot camp and a few other prizes.  Guess what?...  I won!  That was a complete surprise because I only lost 5 pounds in the one month.  So for June, I was boot camping it again.  And I ended up going in July too.

My hard work is paying off.  I have lost a little over 20 pounds, went down 2 sizes, lost inches all over and I'm getting stronger - building up some muscles!  I still have a ways to go until I reach my goal weight, but having success is keeping me motivated.

Although I have enjoyed the boot camp (TBC rocks!), July is going to be my last month because I need to focus on running.  Boot camp meets 3 nights a week and I've made it a rule to not work out on Friday nights, which then falls into not working out on the weekends either.  So I've got to step it up!  I still going to take body pump and pilates classes at lunch.  I think my rule about not working out on the weekends will have to change.  To focus on running I decided to join another running school.  Well, 3rd time was the charm for WW so I'm hoping 3rd time will be the charm for the running school too.  No injuries please!!!

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