I am really embarrassed about this picture. It was taken at the Florida house this past August. I look absolutely horrible. Not only am I fat, but the hair? Wow. I finally decided to post a before picture of myself, because it can only get better from there. As time goes on I will post pictures of me as the weight loss journey progresses. I have been very diligent about my diet and exercise routine for the past week.
Last Thursday, my trainer had me do a lot of leg work. At the time I felt fine, no pain at all, but I really paid for it Friday thru Monday. I have arthritis in both knees, the right one being the worst. I hobbled around, popped Aleve and held an ice pack on my knees a several times. I continued to exercise at home, but just on my upper body. When I went to the gym on Tuesday, I told her about my knees. Even though they were feeling better, we decided just to work on the upper body, abs and waist to still rest my knees a few more days. Now this is a good thing because I am really looking forward to getting rid of my man arms. I haven’t had normal arms in a very long time. Also, I need the ab work because I to get the belly down some more. And at least now my boobs are back to being bigger then my waist, hence I still need work on these areas. When I finished with the upper body workout, the trainer had me ride the recumbent bike. I still was working my legs yet there was no pressure on my knees. So I did weight training for a half hour and rode the bike for a half hour. I am so enjoying it, I never thought I would ever say that. I really surprise myself by actually wanting to exercise!
Yesterday I did an upper body workout on the universal gym in the basement, then did 3 reps of crunches using the exercise ball. I had a lot of errands to accomplish afterward. At each stop I parked in the furthest parking spot so I would get somewhat of a workout on my legs. Before I left home to go out, I brought a banana, granola bar and a water just in case I got hungry. Surprisingly, except for being thirsty and drinking the water, I wasn’t hungry at all. As a matter of fact I didn’t even think about eating! This is extremely new to me.
Today was weigh in day at the gym. First my trainer had me do some light legwork. My knees felt pretty good but I didn’t want to overdo it. Then I worked the chest, back, shoulders, abs and waist. Once that was done, Jess led me into the room with the scale. I stared at it a few minutes because I was a little nervous. It seems unreal to me that I have been losing weight. I would say I have tried a million times and it didn’t work. I now realize I definitely was not trying hard enough nor was I motivated enough. Jess set the weight on the scale to what I weighed last week and once I stepped on the scale it was quite obvious the slide needed to go down. And down it did go, 3 lbs.!!! I was so excited. Now I am down a total of 22 lbs!!! I am so proud of myself.
That dress in my closet is looking better and better. I am already down a size, one more size and no more plus sizes for me! I can’t wait to get back into normal size clothes. Like I have said before, I am not striving for a size 4, a size 12 would be wonderful. I am already looking and feeling better and am excited for summer to come and maybe actually not loath myself this year. I also want to look good for Dave. He has always been supportive of me no matter what my weight, he loves me unconditionally. But I want to show him I can still be “one hot mamma”…….