Today on my 35th birthday I’m giving myself the gift of health. The knowledge that through the choices I have made over the past 2 years and will continue to make have made me a healthier person for myself, my family and friends.
Well…it’s been awhile. Life kind of happens and I forget about this thing called blogging. But, I recently finished a new workout program that I HAVE to share with you. Now, I love HIIT workouts and I love lifting weights, but Piyo by Chalene Johnson, is none of that. And it’s awesomeness. It’s about toning, building strength, and using your body without impact to define the muscles that you have.
When I started Piyo, I’m not going to lie, I was a little skeptical. I was used to jumping up and down like a crazy woman with Shaun T and well a program that touted you were going to burn a ton of calories doing pilates, yoga and body strength exercises sounded a little too good to be true. But the first time I tried the workouts aptly named Sweat and Drench and came out at the end of the workouts looking like a hot mess, I knew I had found a good workout.
What I really loved about Piyo was no impact. After doing multiple workouts with a lot of impact, going to a workout that had none felt amazing for my body. Also, building strength in muscles that I had used, but not really targeted and worked in my other workouts was amazing to see how they were more defined and toned by the end. Piyo is a 2 month program and I loved every minute of it.
So, here are my Piyo results:
I lost about 7 lbs total on the program, but losing wasn’t really a goal. Slimming down in the waist line was the biggest improvement I saw as well as a lot more definition in my arms and legs. Lean and strong!
p.s. You must excuse the craziness across my stomach in the afters….that would be where I burned my stomach like an idiot because I thought it would be a good idea to cook with hot oil in my underwear. Truly a doh! moment on my part.
Two years ago I started a journey. It started with a wake up call or one serious kick in the pants from the universe, whatever you want to call it, and now, two years later, it has turned into not just a straight path to lose weight, but a journey with its ups and downs, turns, bumps, bruises, sweat, tears, and so many other things I can’t put into words.
I quickly learned that losing weight is not just about losing weight. It’s about changing your mindset. Building an inner strength in yourself to propel yourself forward into a new life.
To use that strength to push through when you have no motivation to get up and workout. To pass on the sweets some days, but to also have the confidence to know that a piece a cake one day isn’t going to ruin everything you’ve been working towards. It’s about living your life, a new, healthier life for yourself and those around you.
In 2 years I’ve lost 140lbs. I’m just now starting to realize the gravity of how I have changed my life forever.
If I had a chance to talk to the Tracy in 2012 who thought the task was impossible I would have told her to believe in herself a little more and to trust herself. To know that the strength mentally and physically would grow each day and a new person would emerge that has confidence to take on new crazier workouts, push herself farther and test her willpower more each day.
I’m now in what I believe is the hardest part of my journey…maintenance. Or basically “living my life” after losing 140lbs. It boils down to trusting myself. Trusting that I know what to do to maintain my lifestyle. Knowing that I started out thinking I could never, EVER do a workout like Insanity but DID and trusting in my abilities to take on any workout now. And trusting myself on what to eat, how much to eat and when.
I’ve learned now that a lot of weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is about trusting yourself. Building that confidence and inner strength to keep moving forward despite the trips and falls. To pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward because amazing things will happen if you do.
We recently went on a little mini-family vacation to Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, OH. We love Great Wolf because it has everything packaged in one location and the kiddo has a TON of fun.
On our way home we stopped in Newport, KY, ate lunch on the river at the Claddagh Irish Pub (one of Mike’s and my favorites), walked on the Purple People Bridge, then took Sam on her first ever Duck Ride! At first she wasn’t sure about the duck noise makers, but by the end she was the only one left quacking at everyone we passed. Needless to say, she loved it.
For another Throwback Thursday edition of my Getting Healthy posts, I wanted to share a comparison picture of not just me, but me and my partner in crime aka the husband, Mike. We are always so busy snapping photos of our kiddo that these pictures of the two of us are rare. Over the Labor Day weekend we took a family trip and I took a pic of the two of us. When I took a look at the picture later on it got me thinking back to when we first met and how far we have come.
Getting healthy is not just a “me” thing. It’s been a family affair. From the way we eat to the way we conduct our daily lives, a lot has changed over the past few years and it shows. Before I ever began my process, Mike was on his own to shed pounds as well. While he will never kick his love of sweet things, he became more aware of what he was eating. And now, we are each other’s checks and balances a lot of times when it comes to what we eat or that push to get moving.
When you are in the process to get healthy it helps to have the support wherever you can find it. In my own journey I couldn’t have done it without Mike. From giving me that sideways glance to say “check yourself Tracy” to watching the kiddo so I can go for a run, he’s been a huge supporter and helper to get me to where I am today and he’s looking pretty good himself these days too.
I have changed. It was a lesson in showing me that I have established habits that are set in stone now. I started out thinking I was going to kill a 500+ day streak on MyFitnessPal and I was ok with it, but because of my healthy habits I wasn’t able to break it. During the 7 day test I was running. And running meant turning on an awesome app called RunKeeper which logged my runs into MyFitnessPal…not breaking my streak. So there was that.
Trust. I do NOT trust myself. I could write pages about this and maybe one day I will, but for now all I can say is I have trust issues. With myself. And myself around food. I actually did pretty well in what I ate during the 7 days, but I second guessed everything I put in my mouth. Was it the right thing to eat? Can I Sherlock the calories in my head and trust that it is ok to eat? How did I forget how to add big numbers in my head? I ate that piece of cake and I can’t weigh myself tomorrow, do you think it will matter? Seriously, all of these things went through my head.
I came to the conclusion, you might say, that I didn’t trust myself because I didn’t trust ‘Fat Tracy’ to not rear her ugly head. To binge and run off the rails completely. So, I have to learn to trust myself. To know that I am a different person with imperfections, ups and downs, and that I’m on a journey. I have to trust that I have learned healthier habits. I’m not the same person, that 317lb woman who was eating herself into a life of unhealthy habits. I’m stronger now. I know I can push my body to amazing physical feats and come back from it. I can’t stuff a whole cake into my stomach and be OK with it.
I’m a better, healthier version of that fat girl now, but she’ll always be there as a reminder. And I have to learn to forgive her, but never forget.
Baby steps. Back to that whole cold turkey thing. Yeah, that doesn’t work for me. So what was I thinking going cold turkey with logging and not weighing myself? Obviously I had a temporary lapse in judgment. Or just plain stupidity. You call it. What have I been saying is one of the keys to weight loss and building healthy habits? BABY STEPS. I mean seriously, BABY Fucking STEPS! I’ve made it this far in my journey to change my life into the healthier, stronger woman that I am because I took it one day at a time and made changes slowly. So why should that be any different when going into a new phase of my life? Well it shouldn’t…but again…momentary lapse in judgment on my part. So my takeaway was to SLOW DOWN.
Baby steps, Bob. Baby Steps.
Accountability. My process to lose 140lbs was to be accountable. Set small goals to get to the big one, but I always had a system to keep me accountable. I still need that accountability. It’s part of that trusting myself thing. So I have to put the brakes on my new journey to ‘normal’/maintenance. I can’t just flip a switch and be in maintenance. I have to break down the process in my head and ease into it. Just like I eased into the process of losing the weight. Now I have to ease into maintaining my current weight to make this my new ‘normal’. Because honestly, I don’t know what my normal is yet.
So, I’m on the quest to find my new ‘normal’. To find that balance. To maintain. And to give myself a break sometimes.