Hey guys! Welcome back to my blog. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve discussed my progress with my weight-loss/fitness journey. As mentioned in my previous blog, things have been crazy to say the least.
Going back through previous blog posts where I’ve updated readers on my health journey, I realized the most recent post where I’ve actually admitted to my weight was posted on August 13, 2019. (an update on my health journey) I was sitting at 185 lbs and I remember being so proud of myself. However, I haven’t given an honest update since then.
|January||190. 9 lbs|
I joined a gym for the first time sometime around December of last year, knowing that 2020 was a new decade and it was finally time I got my shit together. So while I’ve been on my “health journey” for a few years it seems, this year was really the turning point for me. January was a really good month for me as I was getting to the gym about 3 times a week. I started off by just going to get a 30 minute speed walk on the treadmill and then hightail it out of there. From there I talked to a trainer and branched out to the strength training equipment. Overall, I was feeling so confident in myself and my progress. I looked forward to my time at the gym.
Right around the time the pandemic started (before everything shut down) I actually got really sick. I posted about it in my one of my life update blogs. It was the worst “flu” that I’ve ever had, and I remember being so frustrated with how the hospitals (at least mine) wasn’t allowing patients in and were only testing “extreme” cases. I mean, I had a fever for three days which isn’t normal for me. But whatever! At least my work was understanding and allowed me the time off to completely get better, so that was a plus. Amidst those two weeks of self-quarantine is when the country basically shut down. Including my gym. Dealing with constant illnesses and not eating right, my weight slowly increased through the month of April.
The Turning Point
May 1st was the day when I decided that I had had enough feeling sorry for myself and hating the way my clothes fit. From May 1st until August 1st, I lost 20 lbs. It may seem like 20 lbs isn’t a lot, however, when I look in the mirror I can see the difference. It is more noticeable around my waist (no more love handles) and the curve of my butt. While I’ve seen the numbers on the scale slowly go down, the most noteworthy way to see that I’ve lost weight is how my clothes fit me. I wish that I had thought to take “before” photos in order to better see the difference because the results are real.
Taking A Break
I didn’t want or plan to take a break from working out, simply because I didn’t want to lose the progress that I have made. However, with the amount of sleep that I lost by prioritizing my workouts (having to wake up at 3 am to work out every day and then not sleeping until after 10 pm) and with working so much and with homework…….I realized during the last week in July that I had to take a break. Real time, today is August 17th, so I have not worked out or tracked my weight and water for 3 weeks. Thankfully by keeping up with my healthy eating choices, I have still managed to lose a small amount of weight during that time.
Even as this post is going live, I am starting at the beginning with Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix program. I can tell the difference already in how my body is responding to these workouts this second time around. I need fewer breaks and have taken out the modifications. Overall, my plan is to ease back into the swing of working out and let my body adjust as I get back to where I was. It’s also my goal to attempt to be more consistent with my weight-loss updates as I continue along my journey.
As always, thank you so much for reading and until next time…………