Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Size 8? Really?

I will start by saying that eight months ago, I would have never believed how far I've come today. I knew I had done the weight loss thing before, but I'm older with a slower metabolism, so I was a little nervous about how this would go.

I'm here to tell you that I'm over 65 pounds lighter which is amazing even to me. I feel so much better, and I feel better about myself. Let me tell you about today's little boost in the Kohl's dressing room....

I've actually been wearing size 8's from my old clothes here and there while I'm in losing mode. I've been trying to hold off buying a lot of stuff, because I'm not where I want to be yet. But I have to get a few things, hence my trip to Kohl's. I have no shorts or capris, and honey, I live in the hot, humid south, so jeans are becoming miserable FAST! I decided to check out the clearance racks. If you have time to sift through, you can find some nice things at great prices. I optimistically decided to start my search with size 8. I found a cute pair of casual capris and a nice pair of dress slacks for work. I went to the dressing room expecting them to not quite fit, but if close, I'd get them for later. Both pair fit perfectly. DId I mention they were size 8? LOL

Needless to say, I snapped them up. Now, all the pants I currently wear are either size 8 or baggy size 10. The ones I'm wearing today don't even have to be unbuttoned/unzipped to take off. They are a Kohl's clearance pair I got a couple of months ago that were too tight when I got them. They are practically new, so they'll hopefully find a happy home via the local Goodwill.

My wonderful friends, I tell you all this for two reasons:

First, I want to pat myself on the back for my hard work. Hey, I think I deserve it!

And second, if I can do this, ANYONE can. Don't get discouraged. Or if you do, #moveforward and keep on going. You can be healthy and fit. You just have to do it. It's not rocket science; you don't have to deprive yourself; just make good choices most of the time and enjoy LIFE!

You are all a HUGE part of my success, and I am truly grateful for all of you, but especially my fabulous husband who is my #1 fan.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What is a Workout?

I ran across this today. It's uncredited, so I have no idea from whom it originated, but I think it is very cool, and I wanted to share:

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What is a Workout?

A workout is 25% perspiration and 75% determination.
Stated another way it's 1 part physical and 3 parts self-discipline.
Doing it is easy once you get started.

A workout makes you better today than you were yesterday.
It strengthens the body, relaxes the mind and toughens the spirit. When you workout regularly, your problems diminish and your confidence grows.

A workout is a personal triumph over laziness and procrastination. It is the badge of a winner, the mark of the organized, goal-oriented person who has taken charge of his/her destiny.

A workout is a wise use of time and an investment in excellence. It is a way of preparing for life's challenges and proving to yourself that you have what it takes to do what is necessary.

A workout is a key that helps unlock the door to opportunity and success. Hidden within each of us is an extraordinary force. Physical and mental fitness are the triggers that can release it.

A workout is a form of rebirth; when you finish a good workout you don't simply feel better... you feel better about yourself.

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Don't y'all just LOVE that? It's very true.

Last night I so wanted to just blow off my workout because I had gotten home late and was hungry. I finally willed myself to get it done and felt such a sense of accomplishment and empowerment afterward. I knew I had done something good for myself.

I triumphed!