It starts today, and I am somewhat excited, awfully nervous, but most of all I am ready. I joined a fitness challenge in my neighborhood. I need this challenge. I want this challenge. Summer is a beast called eating out, vacations spent sitting sedentary while road tripping and my schedule turned upside down. What better way to get back into the swing of fitness and those jeans I want to wear this fall than a fitness challenge.
I take photos today. They are my before shots and that is what is really making me nervous. Exposure, vulnerability, embracing a body that isn't exactly matching how I feel in my head. My body is misshapen by pregnancies, soft and flabby from times I chose a sweet treat instead of a sweaty run, and most of all it lacks the energy I want to have by the weight of some extra pounds I've picked up along the way. Some of my fellow challengees have called it a wake-up call, and I hear the phone ringing loudly.
I dreadfully stepped on the scale and was pleasantly surprised to find I had lost two pounds since my last little encounter with the truth teller in my bathroom. In my previous posts, I have given body measurements and I am on the fence if I am going to measure every week. It became frustrating not seeing big results so I think I will only measure every 4 weeks from here on out. I popped open my journal that I haven't written in for months and decided I'll track myself there and give y'all the highlights and lowlights.
My revised goals for the challenge:
*Drink 1/2 my body weight in ounces of water each day.
*Exercise 3-5 times a week
*Eat REAL food & track calories
*Lose body fat
*Strengthen & firm my core
*Firm up my triceps
*Give up adult beverages
So much of that list is tough stuff. I'm brewing green tea to meet my water intake. I've already given up soda. I'm lucky to have a neighborhood gym, another one we belong to and plenty of boot camps to choose from in my area. I have a great support system in place to motivate those workouts to strengthen and firm. I'm discovering eating REAL food, not processed food can be fun. I do love to cook, and finding new recipes is a joyful expression for me! However, that last one is tough, but I'm gonna do it! I live in a very social neighborhood where often times a glass of wine, beer or mixed drink is available. I can do this. I'm at least keeping my coffee!
So as of today, I have 32.9% body fat. I would like to see that number decrease to 25%. While the number on the scale lowering is quite gratifying, I am certain knowing I'm carrying around less body fat will literally feel much better.
Cheers to a challenge and my new-found motivation.