Shawna – On My Weigh – Week 6

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So this week wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I am currently just working out with my personal trainer once a week. TEMPORARILY. So after our work out on Tuesday he sent me my “homework” via email and my plan was to work out on Thursday. Due to a friend needing me, I decided I would do it on Friday. So I hauled my 16 year old daughter to the gym with me and we did my “homework”. It’s kinda funny because it was just as difficult on my own as it is with my trainer. My daughter seems to enjoy herself. So I think I’ll keep bringing her with me for that second workout in the week. It was also nice to have a workout partner. I truly thought I would find an excuse not to do the workout a second time. My goal for next week is to repeat it twice afterwards!

In between my workouts at the gym, I went out and jogged the neighbourhood. The loop I do is about 2 KM. With my first of the season triathlon looming over me, I have to get these old rickety knees in top shape if I plan to beat last year’s time. It’s coming. It’s taking me about 15 minutes to do 2 KM and my race is 4 KM so with a little luck I’ll be able to greatly improve my time. I have 27 days left!  I’m hoping to make it into the 260s and I would even like to be 30 pounds lighter than I was last year!  At the moment I am 20 pounds lighter than last year’s race. Between my workouts with my personal trainer, and my healthy eating and my added cardio, I WILL be 30 pounds lighter, and faster, than last year. I don’t care if I still come in dead last…because I’ll be coming in dead last 30 pounds lighter!!!

I joined the next weight loss challenge through Epicure, and it starts tomorrow. And even if I never win the money, I’m gaining so much more…slowly, ever so slowly, my mind is starting to reach that point where I am feeling the changes. I am a hell of a lot stronger than I was when I “rehired” my personal trainer back in November 2017. He has me do the stairs.  A lot. As difficult and tiring as they are, they are actually my favorite exercise. Because way back when I was diagnosed with arthritis in my knees, it was stairs that were the hardest for me to maneuver and I’m pretty much showing those damn stairs who’s boss now. No way, no how, would I have said this back in November. So I use those stair exercises as my “guide” to how strong I’m getting.

So as you can see…weight loss doesn’t only change you physically, but it changes you mentally too. I do have a long way to go. I happened to meet up with a lady who was training before me (on Tuesday) and she complimented my hard work and I kinda dismissed it…but I have to thank her (Mark can thank her for me) because that day I had a better day at work. I had a smile on my face and she really made me feel better about my progress. I’m my own worst enemy when it comes to compliments and as embarrassed as I was at first, it truly made me want to work that much harder the rest of the week.

So with that, I shall end this week’s blog. Stay healthy. Keep moving. And remember…”Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try”

Shawna