A Year in My Shoes

"Life is like riding a bicycle, in order to keep your balance you must keep moving."  Einstein

A year in these tennis shoes.  Man, it's hard to believe it's been a year.  When I left the Flea 2 years ago, one of the first things I did was join a gym.  And I went to the gym....day after day.....exercising.  I am one of those wack people that feels completely alive after working out.  In fact, without it I am sort of a you know what.  But for one year of working out I saw NO results.  I felt better, yes.  But no jeans size down, no shoe size down....wait, it doesn't work that way for feet does it?  Anyhoo......Exactly one year today I hired the amazing Kathleen as my personal trainer.  Yep, just like the rich and famous.  And together for the past 365 days we've taken a journey together.  She's one of those doors I am so thankful to have opened. 
If you've ever met me in person I know, I did not need to loose weight.  But that really wasn't the issue.  I wanted muscles, definition and more stamina.  It is no secret that we women folk have body issues, I imagine even hot Heidi Klum has something she doesn't like about her body.  It's finding that peace within that this is MY body and learning to love every square inch of it.  So 365 days of being more aware of what nutrition I put into this vessel, and being aware of how to push the muscles that are there folks, I am close to the point of looking in the mirror and really seeing me.  And I kind of like it. 

So I debated sharing my results...but I am so proud, so I am.  I share so much of myself with you here why wouldn't I share this.  We measure every 6 weeks.  My best was in May, I suppose the summer took its toll and I had one too many slurpees at the pool.  But here's where it stands now:
weight/ 7 pds lighter
body fat/ 1% less  (I've gone from the BAD to the good range too!)
BMI/ 1 point less  (again from BAD to good)
chest/ -1" 
waist/ -1"
hips/ -2"
thighs/ -1" 

Oh, and in case you are wondering about my routine, I was training with her for two days and doing cardio on my own for two for the first 6 months.  Then we went to one day with her, one day weights on my own and cardio on my own.  Currently I box on Tuesday, walk on Wednesday in my neighborhood, weight train with Kathleen on Thursday and Friday weights on my own.  I am generally in the gym an hour.  Well, thanks for listening and if you are thinking about starting to move your body more, do.  It has opened some creative doors that were covered in serious cobwebs for me!


leslie said...

Way to go! I wish i would have measured...at this age and stage in my exercise life the scale just isn't showing the results like a tape measure would! (summer was hard on me too, too many celebrations!)

Suzanne said...

Good for you! I'm currently doing the Personal Fitness Merit Badge with my son for boy scouts. Last week I dropped a dumbbell on my toes and broke two of them. You seem to be doing a lot better than I am. Although I have increased the number of push-ups I can do in a minute.

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