If you have been following this blog for any length of time, you know that one thing I have been trying to do, for years, is to lose weight. Back in 2013, when I started getting into triathlons, for the first time, I actually started losing weight. I was training hard and consistently, watching what I ate and was felt great. I had actually gotten down to my lowest weight since college, 175 pounds. That was in August of 2013.
It was also during this time when we decided that we were going to move halfway across the country. Soon my time was filled with cleaning, painting, packing, repair people, searching for a house and all the other headaches that come with moving. Needless to say, training was no longer a top priority. Once our house was actually on the market, our meals were nothing but fast food.
We moved from Texas to Georgia the first part of December, but went back to Texas for Christmas, so the fast food meals continued combined with the usual Christmas faire. Over the course of the move and the holidays I managed to gain only 5 pounds or so which was quiet the accomplishment.
January 2014 rolls around and we are slowly getting settled in our new home, trying to get integrated with different homeschool groups and just trying to find our way around. What I didn’t count on was how long it took us to get into the swing of things and how much energy it took for me to get us there.
Exercising was just not happening. I would start a few time and then something would happen and I would stop. I even signed up for several triathlons thinking that was what I needed to do to motivate myself. Nope, instead I did several triathlons that kicked my butt, especially the hills on the bike courses. However, I still managed to place, so it didn’t motivate me like I had hoped.
In October I decided to start playing indoor soccer in two different leagues. I had not played organized soccer in 9 years. Yes, I played with the boys, but it is just not the same. Wow, the first couple of games were a wakeup call of how out of shape I was. It became even more glaringly obvious when I ended up having to play the entire game. I needed to get my act together if I was going to keep playing because it sucked trying to walk the next morning. I hated being so sore and out of shape.
So a few weeks into the season, I decided that it was time to get serious again. I started at the very beginning. I weighed myself, I took measurements and outlined a workout plan. I weighed 187 pounds. My goal was to make it through the holiday season without gaining any weight.
Thankfully, I survived the holiday season and made it out at 185. January 2015 came around, I was ready to get serious. I started tracking all my food on the Lose It! App that I have had on my phone for years. I started exercising almost daily. I am playing soccer in 3 different leagues, I ride my bike indoors 1-2 days a week, I run at least 2 days a week, I walk on my off days, and I have been doing yoga, almost daily.
Since January 2015, I have lost 13 pounds and 12 inches off my body. My clothes fit better. I have been able to wear clothes that I haven’t been able to fit into for over a year. I have even gone shopping for new clothes in sizes I haven’t worn since before kids. I am able to play in two entire soccer games every Sunday and then wake up Monday morning ride my bike for an hour and then play over half of another soccer game that night and I am rarely sore.
I am ecstatic about my recent progress and can’t wait to see how my body continues to transform. Back in 2013, it took me almost the entire year to lose the 25 pounds that I had lost. This time around I have managed to lose 13 pounds in only a couple of months. I know I am more successful this time because I am tracking my food and exercise. I have read for years that people who have food and exercise journals are more successful and now I understand why. There is nothing like seeing in black and white how many calories your meal is to make you stop and think before you just mindlessly eat. It forces me to make better food choices. It also allows me to stop and decide if I am really hungry or if I am just bored.
I am going to continue to make progress. This month I am adding weight lifting to my usual routine. Summer is coming soon and I want to show off some muscles.
How are your goals coming?