Well it seems to be that time of year again. Christmas is almost upon us and 2014 is just days from being over. There are so many things that I am thankful for this year. Most of all I am so pleased to say that I’ve taken my health back and I am on my way to a better me as we speak. My family is healthy, I’m healthy and we are all enjoying the positive attitudes we are sharing.
My favorite gym Planet Fitness opened up a new location close to where I live on November 17th. Well I got signed up for my membership and was there opening day to get started on my path to fitness once again. I’m determined not to let setbacks hold me back this time and I’m hoping my arthritis will just be chill and let me body feel the burn. So far so good. I’m losing inches, I’m building muscle and I get to work with the most amazing trainer who seems to just get me. I opted for a female trainer this time because in the past I have had no results from the male trainers that I have had. I just wasn’t connecting with them and they usually focused on heavy lifting which is not up my alley. This time I am doing circuit training and resistance machines in order to build the lean muscle that I’ll need in order to finish off the last 30 pounds I’m looking to get rid of. I absolutely love circuit training, it’s hard and it’s a challenge but I’ve noticed in the 4 1/2 weeks that I’ve been doing it, it’s gotten easier! I can do squats and lunges like a pro now. I can do things I never thought I’d be able to do easily (Russian Twists with 10lb weight). I’m starting to see the inner athlete that is inside me and has always been there but got lost once I was out of school and sports.
I use weight loss as my outlet for my bad feelings. If I’m angry or sad or feeling depressed, I’ll head to the gym and in a matter of minutes all that bad stuff melts away and I’m in my zone and working to create my healthy atmosphere. It’s a good feeling to know that I’m doing good things for my body and my mind at the same time. I sleep better at night and I haven’t had one bout of seasonal depression since the weather has gotten colder.
I’m also seriously thinking about becoming a trainer myself. I’d have to get certified and take the necessary classes so I am properly educated in fitness. I’d love to be able to be an inspiration for others and to be able to share my knowledge and love of an active life with people. If I’m going to be at the gym working out anyway, why not get paid to do what I love? I think it’s a reasonable idea. I plan on looking further into it after the new year.
It’s weird that I can not only see the changes in my body, but I can feel them as well. I walk different now. My stomach is flatter and feels different when I sit down, (only the tiniest of muffin tops remain). Jackets that were too tight can now easily be zipped up and fit just fine. I purchased a size 12 dress for a gaming event that we went to, which is a size I haven’t seen in 13 years. My face and neck are thinner too. It’s all these little things that are adding up into a very happy bigger picture for me. I can’t wait to see what sort of fitness goals I will hit in 2015 and what places we will hike and explore.
I may not have achieved my “weight loss” goal that I set for myself in 2014, but I did shrink my body and expand my mind. I’m fit, healthy and happy and that’s not something that I can say I’ve experienced in many years so I’m enjoying every day of it! It’s about time I focus on me for a change and do what I need to do to make sure that I am here for a very long time.