I did something today that I thought I never would do. 6 months ago I would have laughed at you had you told me I would be doing this. 3 months ago...I would have said "Never!" But I did. And I am both terrified and thrilled.
Baby Number 3 was a killer on my body. I knew this would be my last "free-pass" to eat what ever I wanted, so I did. Caramel Blue-Bell Milkshakes every night before bed (hey, I needed the dairy!), 2-3 Big Macs a week (I craved the special sauce), and ohhh did I indulge in the cookies!!! Needless to say, I gain a large amount of weight. When Bubba was around 8 months old, I was ready to do something about it.
When working full-time, I tried many different diets. The Adkins diet left me wanting to attack anyone eating carbs within 50 feet of me. The "You" diet was sensible, but BORING. I never took the time to figure out Weight Watchers, so I chalked it up as "confusing". And the cabbage soup diet left me bloated and hating bananas.
I researched for weeks the best way to diet and the most sensible one was simply to count my calories. AND IT WORKED!! There is a fantastic app that I used on my iPhone (Lose It!) that tabulates everything I eat for the day that kept me completely accountable. The best part of it was discovering that I can eat whatever I wanted, as long as I kept it under a certain amount of calories to reach my goal. I started off really strict and discovered so many great foods that I enjoyed that were low calorie. As the months went by and I started to shed weight, I allowed myself to indulge a little on the weekends. My family LOVES pizza, so I would enjoy a slice or two, as long as I had a good week. And I finally found a recipe for my beloved margarita that I could enjoy without the guilt!
But eating healthy was only half of it.
I hate exercising. Did you hear me loud enough? HATED IT!! Until I forced myself.
I started doing the Jillian Michael's The Shred dvd along with several of you out in bloggyland. We held ourselves accountable for a good month or so, shredding away every day...expecting to look just like Miss Jillian in 60 days. um..no. But it was a hard workout and while I cursed everyday while doing it, I am glad I stuck with it.
I also started the Couch to 5K running plan in January. Once again, my iPhone came in handy with a great app that told me when to run versus walk. I would strap the baby into my jogging stroller, bundle him up, and off we would go! Now remember how I hated exercising...running was at the top of that list. So why on earth would I start something I hated to do to lose weight? Because I always admired runners- they were healthy, had some crazy "love" to run, and looked so great. Could that possibly be me someday??
I invested in a good pair of running shoes (my hubby forced me to pay the money), a Polar HR monitor (to accurately count my calories...the more you burn in your workout, the more you go to eat that day!!), and a few more of JM's dvds since The Shed can get a little boring after 3 months.
Slowly the weight came off.
Slowly my clothes started to get baggier.
Slowly I started to lose my late night snack cravings.
Slowly I started to crave exercising.
Slowly I needed to buy smaller sizes.
Slowly I crept to my goal weight.....and past it.
I started increasing my distances in my runs. I started running with actual runners....and could call myself a runner. I started aiming to burn twice as many calories then I did when I first started. I went on vacation...and still exercised. I went down 10 pounds past my goal and am in a size I haven't been in since before college.
I run with a dear friend. We just naturally started running together months ago. In June she told me she was going to run her first half-marathon. I was proud of her and told her good luck.
We kept running together and I kept increasing my distances with her. Last week we ran 10 miles. TEN MILES! I shake my head in amazement. Only because 6 months ago I would think you were crazy if you told me you ran 10 miles. Now it's do-able. Now it's another distance. Now it's fun. And tomorrow we run 11.
So what did I do that has me terrified? thrilled? I signed up to run the Half too. On November 14, 2010 at 7:00 a.m. I will be running the San Antonio Half-Marathon. wow. that still shocks me. I never wanted to run a distance race like that until I forced myself out of my comfort zone and tried something new.
I am excited.
I am nervous.
I always believed that you could do anything you put your mind to....now I just proved it.
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