Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My “Weight loss” Journey; still a work in progress

I officially started this journey in January, 2013.  I had wanted to start for a while, and prior to January I had made a few attempts, but never really followed through; clearly I was not ready.  I had surgery in November, 2012 that put me into full menopause, so I knew that getting the extra weight off was absolutely necessary, as the longer I waited the harder it would be.  However, more important was learning to keep the weight off in a sustainable manner.  I was ready to do this for the last time. I had been following DFIT Bodies, Creation Fitness and other fitness pages’ posts on Facebook for quite a while, so I knew I had the tools and support I needed to get going, I just needed to decide to do it and stick to it.

With the New Year, I decided (like millions of others) to resolve to lose weight and get healthy.   However, I didn't want it to end up like my usual resolutions, done by the end of January, so I knew I had to approach this journey differently.  My resolution was not just to lose weight; it was to get healthy both physically and spiritually.  I knew that if I approached this journey in faith I could be successful (Philippians 4:13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength-NLT).  And so I resolved to lose weight, get healthy, but most importantly grow in my faith.  On January 2nd I attended my first Weight Watchers meeting, and my journey began.  (I had successfully lost 30+lbs. 10 years ago following Weight Watchers, so I know the program works).  I also joined “The WAY Weigh Down” a weight loss challenge Facebook group that was created by the Christian radio station I listen to (WAY-FM).  Its mission (originally an 8 week challenge) was to bring listeners together to encourage and pray for one another as we embarked on our goal to get healthy.

Since past experience has taught me that I am not the type to lose weight just by adjusting my eating habits, I knew that I had to incorporate exercise into my routine from the beginning.  So I started walking, dusted off some of my workout DVDs and started moving every chance I got. I also bought a couple of Groupon vouchers for fitness classes (kickboxing and CrossFit; I used the kickboxing one first as I needed to mentally prepare for CrossFit).  I was on my way!

As I was nearing the end of my kickboxing classes in February (and still mentally preparing for CrossFit), I was blessed with winning a 5 week boot camp with Hard Exercise Works (HEW) in West Palm Beach.  While their workouts were CrossFit workouts, and I was not sure I was ready for CrossFit, I was sure that I was not going to let this blessing slip by; obviously God had a plan for me.  I made a commitment to give it my all for the 5 weeks.

I started at HEW on February 18th.  Already having lost 10 lbs., I was curious what additional results I’d see in 5 weeks.  I committed to go 5 days a week for the 5 weeks.  HEW was great, the people, the coaches, the workouts; everything about it was just what I needed, but before I knew it the five weeks had come to an end.  It was bittersweet. As for results, they spoke for themselves; I lost an additional 6 lbs., almost a full inch from my neck, 2” inches from my waist, 2.25” inches from my hips, ½ inch from my leg, and 1” inch from my calf.  I wanted to stay on with them, but I still had the CrossFit Groupon to redeem, which I now felt ready for.  Not wanting to lose my momentum, I started beginner boot camp classes at Cast Iron CrossFit the very next week.

My HEW results

I have been committed to this journey for just over 6 months.  While I am almost at my goal weight (I've lost 38 lbs., and have about 5 more to go), the journey doesn't end at goal, in a sense that is where it really begins. Through this process I've learned how to lose weight, how to enjoy exercise, how to appreciate even the small changes in my body and my health (especially when I don’t feel anything is happening), and how to step out in faith to do things I didn't think I could do; I've surprised myself with what I am capable of doing.


I will continue in faith on this journey being sure to be intentional about making healthy choices every day.  And I am thankful that I am not on this journey alone. This post is about my journey, but through it all my husband has been on his own journey and has had success as well, but his story is his to tell.

The journey continues…

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