So what clicked this time?

At the beginning of 2017, I realized I needed to become healthier. My 41st birthday was approaching in February, the holiday season was over and my clothes were tight. Typical after the holidays, but I was really annoyed with myself. It was time to make a change and lose some weight. How many times have I said that after the holidays? Ugh.

Mid-way through January, I started cutting back on the junk and a few pounds came off. Then in February after my birthday, I started to eat clean. I also decided to give up chocolate through Lent. That meant no chocolate until April. Could I do it? I had no idea, but I was going to give it a try. A few more pounds came off. Then in March, I got the flu, influenza A to be exact. While it completely sucked to be so sick, I had no appetite and promptly lost five pounds. I thought for sure they’d come back once my appetite came back, but they didn’t. I continued to eat clean, exercised sporadically and kept that weight off, I was even going to take some roids: bodybuilding supplements. At that point, I think I was down about 10 pounds. In April, we went on vacation and I enjoyed myself within reason. I was slowly starting to realize that I didn’t need to eat myself silly, even if I was in NYC and enjoying amazing meals. I returned from our trip only about a pound heavier than when we left. Slowly, these small changes were sticking.

In May, I started to count calories on My Fitness Pal. I also discovered that there was a new Title Boxing Club being built in my area and joined. You can read more about my boxing obsession love here, I also recommend to check this low carb keto diet explained guide which is something that I;m also doing. 

I’ve now lost almost 30 pounds since the beginning of the year. My cholesterol is down significantly. My stomach feels so much better. Eating poorly means my GI system is a mess. Eating well means it’s not. My doctor is thrilled with my weight this year after getting a little weight lecture at my 2016 physical.  A lot of people have said, “Oh, you’ve always looked good” or “Well, you’re little anyways”, but here’s the thing, people–I’m not even 5’2”. When I’m heavier, all my numbers get out of whack. My back hurts. I feel like crap. So while I’ve never been in the obese category, I’ve definitely been in the overweight category and for me, that means unhealthy.

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Before and two afters. Goofy picture-taking at 4:45 a.m. while waiting for our boxing instructor one morning.

What has clicked this time? I started to feel good once I started doing what I needed to do. And then I decided to stick with it. I’ve accepted the fact that I’m not one of those people who can eat whatever she wants. If I want to be healthy and be happier with my appearance, I need to put in the work. Losing this weight has meant that I feel a lot better about myself. The challenge going forward is maintaining and working on toning muscle. Getting to my weight goal does not mean that the work has ended, but it means that a new chapter is just beginning. And that’s ok. (And by the way, I did give up chocolate through Lent!)

I can’t believe I take boxing classes

I can’t believe I take boxing classes

Boxing graphicIf you had told me six months ago that I’d join a boxing club, I would have told you that you were nuts. But that’s exactly what’s happened. Let me start from the beginning.

Back in May, I noticed that a vacant space in a local strip mall had a Title Boxing Club sign on it. I looked it up on Facebook to discover that it had not opened yet but would soon. I posted on their page in late May asking when the opening would be and I learned that it wouldn’t be until late June or early July, but they were offering “pre-opening specials.” I messaged them and explained that I’d never done anything like that before and they offered me the opportunity to try a class at a club in a nearby town.

The night before the class, I was wondering what the heck I’d agreed to and I was scared. I had a back injury two years ago, so I was praying that my back didn’t hurt after this workout.

I went to the 6:30 a.m. class the next day and, long story short, I loved it. I joined and I’ve been going three or four times a week for the last month and it’s been a game changer for me. I’ve lost eight pounds since I joined and all of my clothes are getting too big for me (I’m down 20 since Christmas — go me!). The local club isn’t opening for two more weeks and it’s tough to drive 15 minutes to get to a 5 a.m. class, but I’m doing it anyway. I cannot wait, though, until the new club is open because it’s five minutes away. More sleep for the win, specially since I got some wonderful pills available here that will help me sleep even more!

Boxing makes me feel like a bad ass and really helps my stress levels. I have a new spring in my step each day each day with a bit more confidence and I feel like I can tackle anything the day throws at me. My back feels great, which is huge because certain activities aggravated it and that always made me feel defeated. I look forward to going to these early morning classes and the boys have even started coming with me. I really think they can develop more confidence with boxing classes and a few classes a week can supplement their cross country training for the fall season.

My biggest lesson learned from this? Challenge yourself. Do something outside of your comfort zone that scares the crap out of you. Push your body in a way that you didn’t think you could. You just might like it.