*Disclaimer* First and foremost I am not a doctor. I am not a certified nutritionist nor am I a personal trainer. Please don’t try anything I post about before checking with an actual doctor first.
Surround yourself with people smarter than you.
Over the last 7 years and by glorious chance I became friends/acquainted with a few personal trainers. Their knowledge and understanding have become an invaluable part of my progress. When you are trying to lose weight and you are doing it the right way, gradually your mindset starts to shift. You get to a point where even a plateau or a step backward seem to teach you things.
There is a frame of mind possessed by people who train for a living. I’m convinced it’s contagious and if I hang around them long enough I’m going to catch it.
The health and fitness aspect of my writing is based off knowledge generally gained through one or more of the following methods:
Internet (fact checked of course)
Books and Print Articles
Those Awesome Personal Trainers I Mentioned
Experience is key. There are methods that may work for you that don’t for someone else or vice versa. I’ve attempted a wide variety of weight loss methods. The goal I hope to accomplish is putting everything I’ve learned together in a way that makes sense, to me and hopefully others like me.
I’ll do my best to be honest about my journey through the realm of physical fitness. I will over use the phrase ‘fitness journey’. For me it quite literally has been a journey of trial, errors and triumphs to find what works for me. I no longer get discouraged by slow progress or failure. I use it to keep moving me forward.
November 2016, I had lost 55 pounds. I ran. Slowly, but I ran. For the first time in years I weighed in under 200 pounds. I ran a 9 mile foot race, it included a very steep hill. I accomplished that. Me. I was ecstatic.
2017, slowly became the horror movie that lures you in with a happy beginning then unleashes the doom. My bad habits started to creep back into my life. By September, my friends at the gym fitness classes would be lucky to see my face two days a week. By November my couch was seeing more facetime and I kept saying I had to get back on track but, I didn’t. If there is only one thing you remember from this post let it be this; if you are on the right track don’t slack! The longer you wait the harder it is to get going again.
Fast forward to March 1st, 2018. My ‘Fat Clothes’ are back into the main rotation of my closet. I haven’t worked out in 4 months. My friend has started up her own classes at a new gym. I realize I have to come to terms with where I am or move forward. No more excuses. No more complaining.
March 1st, 2018, is the day I started over for the last time. These posts will share details of where I am now and revisit what has worked in the past.
[Get more details on my background and overcoming a struggle with weight and self-image, in my background post. I will updated this with a link later, when I make one.]
I’ll be sure to try and tag each post with what fits it best.
Please feel free to provide feedback or questions. I will do my best to answer them or find the answer.
“With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”
― Dr. Wayne W. Dyer