Ok, so I have been overweight most of my life. In elementary I sported the Husky Jeans, in Junior High I was the last one picked on the team, and in high school I was just slightly less then overweight. When I got married 15 years ago, I weighed 159 lbs. and wore size 33 pants. 14 years later I hit 220 lbs, and wore a snug size 38. It may not sound like much but when you are a short person like me, those extra pounds make a big difference. I have lost some weight over the past year, but not much. I have tried exercise and eating right but I don’t keep up with it very long or I am just inconsistent.
About 2 months ago my son gave me a mountain bike, and since I have upgraded to a better/faster bike. I ride more through out the week, and I ride farther distances. This has motivated me back to the gym finally. So last night I started my workouts again, and tonight I am feeling sore so that is a good thing. Today was cardio and had a decent ride. Tomorrow it’s back to the gym for lower body.
I have my before pictures, but I have decided to wait before I post them. You just wouldn’t look at me the same for a awhile if I did. Yes, they are…. not attractive to say the least. I figure once I have lost a decent amount of weight I will go public with them.
I will have to admit that I am not happy with my body, the weight, and my fitness level. Like I said I have tried before and failed to lose weight and get fit. This time it feels different.
- First of all I am not doing it just for myself, I am doing it to glorify God. He gave me this body, and it is a temple of the Holy Spirit. So my efforts are not for my praise, but for His. That I will honor Him by being more disciplined, and improving my health.
- Second, I am not setting hard goals, and expectations. People may disagree with me on that, but I did it before and it didn’t work. This is more about progress in improving my eating habits, and exercise. Just like the bike riding motivated be back to the gym I believe I will be motivated on to more disciplined conditions.
- Third, it is about enjoyment. I love riding my bike, and while I get great exercise from doing it, it is something I really enjoy. It motivated me to keep moving. I may not just work out with weights, I may join a Boot Camp work out program or find some other physical activity that brings satisfaction.
I am confident that this time next year I will a totally different person on the outside. I will change my habits, and behaviors. I will lose this weight, and become more physically fit. I want to keep my progress posted as I go along, and see where this leads. I have decide to include pictures that won’t gross you out.