Over the years, I've made several attempts at losing weight and getting healthy, and I usually jump in really fast and burn myself out and quit.
That is not happening this time.
I have decided that I will work out 3 days a week -- that's it. Just 3 lifting days, with a little cardio warm-up and cool down. And that is all. I am eating my calories, making sure I'm getting enough to support my activities and my body and the lifting, which is actually more than I had previously been told. A lot more.
I did a Jillian Michaels video on Monday, and it kicked my butt. Wednesday, I felt pretty good, so I did a great workout ... and had a hard time walking on Thursday AND Friday. Feeling better this morning, and after learning a few things about different workouts, I did work out today with an actual outlined weight lifting program.
And overall, I feel really pretty good about this.
But that's not all!
I realized that I've been doing this sort of low-key, low-stress working out for about a month now. The scale hasn't moved much, and I'm OK with that. I can chase my kids easier, pick up my 5-year-old again, and my knees don't hurt going up our stairs anymore. I can feel the muscles in my arms and legs getting stronger, and they are firmer to touch as well. I can walk across campus without getting winded.
I'm just taking things a day at a time. I will keep lifting and using this program. The Rock and VOD have been super helpful with the little kids and supportive, and it helps that it's only about every other day. I've proved I can do this and I know I'm worth taking the time to improve my health, and my mindset.
You know what else? So are you.