22 May 2008

Working Out Like a Crazy Lady!

I was just sitting here thinking that the me that started Weight Watchers in March of 2005 would think that the new me is insane. I am soooooo glad that I joined Gold's Gym. I am really glad that I went to a boot camp at my church for 6 months until I was too pregnant to continue. When I started at boot camp I couldn't even do one push up and I couldn't jog 1/4 of a mile! I made a LOT of progress at boot camp and it is amazing to me to see how much this "muscle memory" I had heard about really does exist! See, before I started the boot camp program I had not ever exercised, not really anyway. See, I am two jean sizes smaller now than I was when I graduated from High School! Yeah for me!!!

I am also a woman on a mission. I really want to weigh less than 200 lbs! I really want to meet my 20 more pounds by July 4th goal that I set for myself 6 weeks ago. By the way, when I reach the goal of 20 more by the 4th, I will also have reached and passed on by my second 10% with WW! I can't wait to see all these goals happen so that I can set my next goals! I have started exercising on a regular basis at Gold's and I have been attending several of their group classes. I have been going to step aerobics (which kicks my butt and earns me 10 Activity Points for the full hour of intense exercise!). Well, yesterday, my step leader was Nancy and she talked me into giving her spinning class a chance this morning. She promised she would show me how to work the bike, etc. Well, I showed up this morning at 8:30 ready to go. She showed me how to strap in my feet and tighten the tension. Then told everyone in the class to welcome her new friend Natalie (yeah, I'm making friends, and then I thought, crap, guess if this kicks my butt I will be stuck here for the whole class now that I have been "noticed") Well at 8:33 when I was already breathing hard and looking at the clock I knew I was really in for a LONG hour! I did not spend as much time standing as the others and I turned my tension down a few times but I did not quit! That made me very proud of myself. Then, from the spinning class I went next door to Jamie's Body Pump class. (All of these classes are choreographed to music.) See I had been watching Jamie in step aerobics (she takes the class with us normal people) and was already impressed with her amazing athletic ability and with the fact that NOTHING on her body jiggles and you can see muscle definition in her legs and arms when she is relaxing! (Pretty sure that is what my glorified body in heaven will look like!!!). Anyway, she was VERY nice to me and showed me what weights I should start with and helped me and checked on me (via her loud speaker microphone) several times. Thus, I had to keep going even though my body really wanted me to RUN away! So, I got in a good hour of aerobic activity on the bike and then I did a good solid hour of choreographed weight training. I plan to go back to step class tomorrow. See by going to these classes I am doing a few things... I am pushing myself much harder than I would on my own and I am forming some accountability because some of these ladies ask me as I am leaving to go home and die if I will be back tomorrow. Again my mouth works faster than my brain and I say "SURE, See you tomorrow"!

I really hope that all of this work shows up on the official WW scale soon! If nothing else, I am already sleeping sounder and feeling better about myself again! Yeah for exercise!!! (Again, my old me would be in shock to hear the 'new' me say something like that!)

I am going to find some "old me" pictures to post to show you and remind me just how far I have come! Thanks Amanda for reminding me to be proud of the 40+ pounds that I have already lost (twice I might add...once before getting pregnant with James and then again since having him! My starting weight on my ticker was what I weighed just before I got pregnant with Kirstyn in Jan 2003...I actually think I was even heavier than that at times but we didn't even own a scale back then!) Oh and if you are still reading then you are amazing! Thanks for listening!!!
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15 comments:

Bluestocking said...

Keep it up! I work out 5 days a week myself as well. I had to build up to it. It was really bad because I was only 26 and I hadn't worked out in 9 years. 30 minutes would kill me. But you can do it!

Bluestocking said...

Keep it up! I work out 5 days a week myself as well. I had to build up to it. It was really bad because I was only 26 and I hadn't worked out in 9 years. 30 minutes would kill me. But you can do it!

Bluestocking said...

Keep it up! I work out 5 days a week myself as well. I had to build up to it. It was really bad because I was only 26 and I hadn't worked out in 9 years. 30 minutes would kill me. But you can do it!

Candace said...

Hey - thanks for the comment on my blog. Looks like you're doing a great job. Never worry about 1.2 lbs. I think mini-goals are great, but try not to focus too much on the date. I ended up meeting my goal 3 months late. My losses for the last half year were crazy small. Also, I often had a gain or very small loss every few weeks - always good to look at the past 2-4 weeks (makes you feel better).
Cheers.

Roni said...

Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

And congrats on the loss so far!!! You are doing AWESOME!!

Kim said...

Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Congrats on all of the changes you have made!! You're doing great!!

p.s.
I found my Wii deal at Costco :)

Elaine A. said...

Yay Natalie, keep it up! You are SO much more motivated than me. I AM trying to walk at least 4 days a week. It's the eating that I am having issues with, as in sweets.

Sorry, didn't mean for the comment to become a confession! HA!

You are doing so well and I am SO proud of your determination and progress!

Motherhood for Dummies said...

proud of you!!!! I have been tryin to loos weight for 8 months now with no success. I just had a baby 8 months ago and still have yet to loose any of the weight... I just wont come off... so good for you for work so hard!

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Kami said...

You are doing so well Natalie, and I promise once you start exercising you won't want to stop. It gives you so many benefits and the most visual of which is weight loss and muscle definition. THe confidence and endorphins are the icing on the cake - oops, bad metaphor huh!

I am so happy for you, you deserve to bask in your success! Here's to achieving your goals and striving for new ones :-)

Headless Mom said...

You rock Natalie! I sooo needed to hear this tonight. I've gained back a few of what I've lost and need to GET MOVING. Reading your enthusiasm and success has motivated me!

Shelle said...

Wow I am totally proud of you! That is motivating to me...I am also on this weight loss journey...so much fun to hear all that you are experiencing! I LOVE spin class...so glad you tried that...it get better! Lots of Luck your way!

forgetfulone said...

I tagged you on my blog if you'd like to play along. If not, that's okay too.

Nadine said...

Keep up the good work. I'm sure you will meet your goal. You've lost so much so far - way to go.

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