My kids are spending their spring break at my mom's house this week, a couple hours away, which is giving me a lot of free time that I am putting to good use. I have been sleeping in a bit, still working out, and having a few uninterrupted conversations with my husband. Last night, after shopping for a new watch and shoes, and coming up empty-handed, I went home defeated. I didn't like feeling that way, and it made me feel like I wanted to eat junk, so I made a quick decision to get a strength session in. I put on my workout gear that allows me to see my physique, and it was really effective at pushing me to work harder. What's nice is that I can see my muscles moving when I contract them. As a long-time obese girl, this is so exhillerating to see. I am not a gigantic blob of fat anymore, I have muscle tone. There is still a lot of work to do, but where I am at is definite progress from where I have been the majority of my life. I did a full body workout since I have not been commited to doing 3 per week, I figured I might as well get as much out of it as I can. I did some old-school moves like 21's and one-legged squats. Those two really kicked my butt! I am paying for it today, but it makes me smile. And when I woke up this morning, I put in a really challenging cardio session, driven by how awesome the progress is coming along. I am stronger than I have been in a long while, and excited about it!
Over the past few weeks, I have been told how thin I am getting by two seperate people who I haven't seen in a while (one of them was my mother, but she is very slow to give out compliments, so it surprised me a bit). It's funny, because I have been feeling so flabby and uncommited lately, but I know they are comparing that to what I looked like for most of the time they knew me. It just made me feel really great to hear it, and it drove me to keep pushing toward my goals. When I am done, people won't even recognize me! And I plan to have some professional "after" photos taken when I am satisfied with my physique. That may be a few years down the road, but it will happen. If this journey has tought me anything, its that persistence is everything. Get knocked down 7 times, get up 8. As long as I keep rising to the challenge, I know I'll conquer it. I already am.
Happy Tuesday readers!