I workout hard because I believe that it’s the only way to make my body change. I have a long, long road ahead, but I’m happily moving forward. And I’ll keep taking it one day at a time until I start a different journey of maintaining my body’s healthy weight.
And while I don’t always feel like exercising, days like today make me so proud of who I’m becoming. Today, in addition to my regular work schedule, I completed Day 16 of the 30-Day Shred, hit the gym, came back and did 55 minutes of cardio, a few more sets of crunches then shredded again. I don’t usually shred twice per day, and I don’t plan on making that a habit. But I’ve done it a couple of times, and I’m amazed at just how much my body can handle.
I currently weigh 322.2 pounds, and my starting weight (in April ’09) was 393.6 pounds. I’ve never stated my weight before because it’s very personal. And I cannot believe that I’m in a place in which I’m comfortable enough with myself to share it with others, but I’m there. And I’ve been there for a while.
The reason I’m talking about it today is that I want everyone to know that if I can do crunches, lift weights, do (modified) pushups, static lunges with a bicep curl, squats, jumping jacks, jogging, bicycle crunches and other things at 322 pounds, then those of you who weigh 100 pounds less than me can probably do them too.
If you are not interested in losing weight or exercising then this does not apply to you. But if you want to lose weight, feel different and love the person you see in the mirror then know that you CAN do it too. If I can do it with a smile on my face then few will have an excuse.
I’m not nearly as big as I was, but I’m no where near little. Can you imagine how strong and toned and balanced I’ll be by the time I reach my goal? I can hardly wait because I won’t just feel pretty. I’ll also feel confident and light on my feet. The difference is already astounding.
So…I’ve officially put it all out there for you friends because when I started taking control of myself and my body, I found joy that came long before I reached my goal. And it’s only going to get better. And it can be that way for you too.
I know many of you workout regularly so if I’m preaching to the choir, forgive me. I just think it’s important to be honest with ourselves, to stop making excuses and to claim the healthy lives we can have if we’ll just work for it.