Thursday, October 2, 2008

Less of Me

I don't know how much less.
But less. Definitely less. And also so much more.
What on earth am I talking about?
2+ months ago, I joined a gym with a good friend of mine (Christy). 7 weeks ago, we started a twice weekly Boot Camp to kick our butts into gear. 6 weeks ago, as one of our classes, we took a fitness test. Today, our last class, we redid the fitness test.
I will share my results once I have them in writing so that I know I am being completely accurate.
But I can tell you that my pants are too big. And that I can feel muscles in my legs and arms. And that I was able to run more of today's mile than I could 6 weeks ago.
I feel like there should be fanfare and excitement. But I feel kinda blah this afternoon. Not sure why. Maybe because there hasn't been any fanfare and excitement? This was a huge accomplishment for me and I'm not feeling a big surge of accomplishment or pride. Maybe once I see all my numbers in print... maybe then I can celebrate more.
Let me tell you something else. I have no idea how much I weigh. I know a ballpark and will even share it with you... definitely over 200 lb. I made the mistake of stepping on the scale a week or so prior to starting the Boot Camp and the number was so dismal that it almost made me quit the gym right then and there. I will not step on a scale again for a long while. Especially since the type of exercise I am getting is really building muscle and not just burning fat. And it has been very freeing to not have a scale or tape measure in my future. Because I am measuring my success on how I feel and what I can do and that feels awesome.
OK... maybe there's a little bit of fanfare... excitement... celebration...

2 comments:

Lynn Freeman said...

Here's a bit of Calgary fanfare for ya.....YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE HAWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! Way to go mama....that's alot of steps in the right direction and you should be proud and wanting some fanfare! I'm with you on the scale thing - I don't believe that's the sole key indicator of success in our bids to be healthy and fit. I weigh in once a week at my Weight Watchers meeting and that's all I need. And I only do it because it keeps me on track with my eating and exercise - more accountability I think. Otherwise, I think I'd put the scale away but once a month and focus on the other fantastic things going on with me and my body.

Isn't feeling good about yourself and the choices you make a wonderful thing?! Great for the mental being!

Keep up the good work - I'm trudging right along with ya :)

Liz said...

You keep it up too, Lynn!! I realized today that I can't even refer to what I do as weight loss. Because I'm tracking nothing to do with weight. All I'm doing is getting fit. Exercising my body on a regular basis. Getting my blood moving, my heart rate up, feeling some sweat. It's a good thing! Or, as Trainer Brad says, "It's a great day to be alive!"