Finally! I am back! I have so much to catch up on, but for now it's just the basics.
I decided to join a gym; hired a personal trainer. It's been four short weeks, I'm down 12.3 pounds! That is HUGE for me! Normally it would take me about six weeks to lose ten pounds, never mind twelve in four! Crazy stuff is going on here for me. I'm loving every minute of it too. Seriously.
What brought me to the gym? Well, a few things. One, if people like Arthur and Courtney on The Biggest Loser can do it, so can I! And Two (most important reason), I'm having some health issues. Nothing that won't allow me to be active, but stuff that is serious enough to warrant me to get into shape. Unfortunately, I don't want to talk about it as of yet. Just know that it is nothing weight related and I'm going to be OK.
I am very lucky to have such a great trainer. I found him through Elizabeth Ruiz (Biggest Loser Season 10). She posted about her working at this gym, I commented, she responded and the rest is history. Elizabeth also trains with me when she is able. She's a huge inspiration. Her and I took a small walk last week which lead me to some thinking. She asked me what I wanted to do when the weight was off. What are my goals? My response was that I can't think that far ahead. I've been down this road a million times only to give up. This time feels different though (not just saying that, it honestly does). I'm feeling like I can actually set some goals or a wish list of things I would like to feel/do throughout my journey.
Here's my list thus far. I will add to it/update as time fits.
1. Be able to tie my shoes without having to sit down.
2. Have the laces on my shoes sit in the middle of the shoe, not on the side. (sounds strange, just a little annoyance of being heavy).
3. Have the ability to get up off the floor without thinking about how I am going to do it.
4. Go for a bike ride.
5. Complete a 5K
6. Feel comfortable enough to take my kids to a water park.
7. Be able to fully enjoy said water park (go down the slides with the kids).
8. Fit on rides with the kids (Disney doesn't count - they are "size-friendly")
9. Shop at any store I want to for clothes.
10. Not have to shop in the "plus size" section of department stores.
11. Go hiking.
12. Hike to the top of Mt. "what's-it-called". (there is a small mountain here that I tried climbing when I was in high school. Everyone in my group finished, I had to walk back down by myself when we were almost 1/2 way up).
I had a list of about fifty things in my head and of course I can't think of them all right now. Murphy's Law.