17 August 2015
Usually, I am an overachiever.
I love to be the first one done, the first to raise my hand in meetings, the one that gets the highest grade. It’s in my nature as a proud Type-A person to always want to be my very best. Don’t get me wrong, never at the expense of others. I like to lead by example, and have others join me where I am heading.
Sadly, however, we all have our faults.
I am not the athletic type. I’ve tried, this year more than others, to get my butt into shape. During Spring Break I decided to try Bikram Yoga. This summer I joined an indoor soccer league. I even enlisted my BFF at the beginning of the year to be my gym buddy, and we were regular Zumba queens for a while. Like my husband would say, though, “I’m not a Spring Chicken anymore.” My need to suddenly jump into a regimen resulted in me being in crutches not once, but twice this year. Crutches are the worst! Someone like me does not like to be slowed down, trust me.
I know this much about myself: I like variety. I like to mix things up and, more than anything, I like things to be fun. Because I like to overachieve, I tend to work hard as much as I can, but physical labor? Forget it. I am more of a supervisor than a worker, I always say. That needs to change. As far as health limitations go, I have hypothyroid, which makes it difficult to lose weight. Never impossible, though, I just need more discipline than the average non-hypothyroid-stricken person. It tends to affect my energy levels, especially when I am not active.
Let me make something clear, though: I am in no way interested in being skinny. My confidence, in fact, is above average. I like curves, meat. My butt and my wide hips are awesome. Food rocks, too. There is little attraction in being all bones, in my opinion. So what am I after, you ask? Health! Strength! When I do workout, even if once or twice a week, I feel better, I am more alert and focused. I sleep better, too. It feels great, and I feel accomplished (the best feeling ever, other than love, of course). Result? Less fatigue and awesome moods, which lead to more fun! Who doesn’t like fun?
So here is my challenge and commitment to myself: I am going to follow a well-thought-out, planned regiment for thirty days. I have done some personal research (nothing fancy), and workouts will be six days out of the week, three of them strength training with a volume of about 60-120 reps total for the week per big muscle group. Three days will be dedicated to fun things like Zumba, Yoga, hiking, etc. The seventh day of the week will be completely off, just recovery. If I flake out on myself and skip a day I am not supposed to skip, I will begin the challenge all over again. Remember, I am learning as I go. It is okay to make mistakes, but it os not okay to quit.
Writing this blog and reflections will keep me accountable to myself. Who cares if no one reads it?
Maybe I am fooling myself, maybe not. There’s a small chance that I will actually go through with this and that chance is worth sticking with. I like to think that maybe, just maybe, I will actually go through with it and actually change my habits. That is why I am taking baby steps and I am sticking, for now, within my comfort zone. I am a beginner, after all, and we are still on shaky grounds. If I do complete my personal challenge, then that is when I take it to the next level. For now, let’s make a habit out of working out, and let’s enjoy it. While I’m at it, I may make myself a salad (ha!). Baby steps…baby steps.
Wish me luck!
This is me at the gym during Day 1 of my PHC. 200lbs. Size 14-16 jeans. Everything else, XL.