Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I did it (Jennifer)

I did it.  I went to the gym(and even went in this time :)  With my new busier routine and my injured ankle and such, it has been a while since I have been at the gym.  Today I did it.  And it felt great.  The workout was tougher than usual since it has been almost a month since my injury and my body felt it.  But I did it.  I used the elliptical.  My ankle tolerated it but I did have some numbness in the foot area.  After 6 minutes I was asking myself how I could do it for 20 or 30 minutes.  I was tired and out of breath already.  It was a foreign feeling.  Interesting right?  But I got chatting(between panting of course) with the lady next to me and before I knew it I had burned 350 calories and was well over 20 minutes.  Then I moved on to some upper body weight training.  That felt good too.  But what really felt good was just knowing that I am helping myelf.   Even though things are busier in our lives these days it feels good to know that I am making the effort to help myself.  That plays a big part for me in the mental part of this journey. 

Another thing I realized is that although I have "stumbled" and have had a few rough eating days, my weight has really been amazingly(for me) consistent.  I usually weigh between the same 5 lbs range.  This morning I was at 163.6.  My range my body seems to be liking at this point(its been since June I think) is 161-166 ish.  Life has been busy.  I have had treats here and there.  I have had, and still do, have an obstacle with my ankle.  Life has happened day after day, and I realized that I seem to be handling it well.  I would like to get some more weight off but so far I am proud of my accomplishments.   As of today I am 63 lbs down in this journey. It is different now.   I am different now.  There is no yo-yoing going on.  There are no binges, and therefore no guilt afterward.  And there is no finish line.  I now understand that I am doing this for my health and I will never be able to go back to the way I used to eat and how inactive I was.   So despite the challenges that have come up and will come up in the future, I have confidence in myself that I can handle it.  Now...that is something I can be proud of. 

Hope you are all having a great day.


Lesia said...

1st Thank you for your kind words on my blog. Now let me say HURRAY FOR YOU on several levels. The exercise and the weight consistency. Those are 2 really BIG things to be proud of. Can't wait for my turn to return to the bike:-)

Ann-Marie said...

Your awesome.
It's a great feeling when you realize the yo yo has stopped, so proud of you.

Karen said...

Yay for getting back into working out. That is determination! Woo Hoo! I bet you were tired and I bet you will sleep good tonight!

Jen said...

Great job on the workout :)


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Laura said...

That's awesome! Getting back to the gym after a time away, no matter how brief, is tough. :)

Polar's Mom said...

Keep at it-the stamina will come back much faster than you will expect..and best of luck with your ankle, too. Would biking be easier on your ankle right now?

Polar's Mom

Joy said...

Hi Jennifer, Way to go!!! Just getting to the gym is success!! You are doing great!! Keep it up!!