One Month of the gym

Today is the day that I have been working out at the gym for one full month. I have notice I have a bit more energy than usual and I do not feel quite as tired after class as when I first started. I have only missed two days of going to the gym from being sick and on one of the days our class was cancelled anyway from the instructors being sick.

I have been paying more attention to what I am eating and cut back on some of the things I eat that are high in calorie. Yesterday I was craving sweets so bad but to distract myself I ended up cleaning the house a bit. It helped that there was no sweet stuff at the ready so I would have either had to cooks something (I kept eying the box of brownie mix in the pantry) or drive to the store. I did neither.

In hoop class on Thursday I took a piece of my hoop out to make it a bit smaller, which makes it harder. I did it for a few minutes before I put it back in. I’m not quite ready for that yet, but I’m getting closer. I’ll be doing some hooping at home today as soon as I make room to do it.

With all that said, today on my one month mark, I weighed myself like I do every Sunday. I am now down a total of 13lbs! If I stay at this same pace then I should hit my goal weight by October or so. I’m going to work hard at getting myself in shape so maybe I won’t be afraid to put on  a swimsuit this summer.

Thank you to all who have been supporting me. It has really made a difference and makes me feel like I am fighting a losing battle. I know I can do this now and refuse to give up.

End of week three at the gym

Just a little update of non-craftiness.

I have been at the gym now for three weeks and a down seven pounds. It is not a lot but it is much better than gaining weight. I am going to continue working hard to lose this weight and get into shape and be healthy again. I have had a cold since Thursday so I have not been to the gym since Wed. but hopefully I’ll be able to breathe tomorrow and can go after work.

I am still loving the hooping class and am getting better at Active. My mother and I had one of the trainers show us how to use the circuit equipment and now we do that on days we don’t have a class. I hate the last machine so much. It really really hurts me just sitting in it since it is not designed for womens bodies at all and can only have the seat moved higher or lower which does not fix the problem. By the time I get off of that, I am in lots of pain that lasts a couple days. I am not going to use that one until I get into shape a bit more. I get my crunches in in the Active class.

Let us see how week four goes. It does not feel like it has been that long already, almost a month!

The Weight Loss Challenge

On Saturday January 7th my mother and I signed up at the YMCA. I have been slowly gaining weight since I have been out of school (back in ’03!) and I am to the point where I am disgusted with my body. I decided I was ready to start doing something before my weight got out of hand and I started getting bad heath problems.

My stats:

Age: 26

Height: 5’5

Weight: 245lbs *cringe*

Goal weight: 150/160. I need to lose 85-95lbs eek.

I will be weighing myself every Sunday and taking progress pictures at the start of each month.

I have signed up on a site called Lose It and it helps you keep track of what you eat and your weight. There is a form as well to get help, ideas and motivation from other people who are also trying to lose weight. It is all free.

This past Sunday (Jan 8th) was the first day my mother and I went and worked out. We did a step aerobic class but it was very fast and difficult for beginners. Unfortunantly, there are no beginner level things. There is a different step aerobic that we are going to try out instead that is part step, part cardio and part weights. This should be a bit easier, or so we have been told by people who do both classes.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays we are doing Hooping class. We have only gone twice since we first signed up at the beginning of the week, but I am already in love with it. Next week I will be buying my own hoop so I can practice at home. I have been researching hooping since Tuesday and have signed up on two sites to learn more things and hopefully meet more people. Hooping.org and Hoop City. I have also started looking for upbeat music to hoop to.

As I get more used to becoming active, I will be trying out Zumba as well as two different water aerobic classes.  In the future I will be looking into learning Poi but that is not offered at the Y. I have a friend who apparently has done it before so at least I’ll have someone to talk to about that.

On Monday an instructor will be showing us how to use the different types of equipment since neither myself or my mother know how to use all of them.

I really hope that I can keep at this and get down to the weight I should be. I will be thrilled if I can fit into size 12 pants again! It helps having someone else go with you, and helps even more when you have classes with such friendly people. I feel really welcome at the Y and hope it stays that way.