No, not the eating kind (although I love my fruit) but the kind of fruit that you see after laboring long and hard. I have been on this journey many times in the last few years (okay, strike that- last MANY years). but this time, something is different. I don't know if it was seriousness of the doctor, the kidney issues I deal with and being tired of that, the fact I had to go on blood pressure meds, or something else completely different; but this time- something clicked and I knew it was time. Seeing myself in my picture from early June may have helped this thought process along for sure, bottom line, it was time. I began this journey in spin class on June 11 but that first week was "iffy" so in all honesty, I started this journey on June 18. Since that time, a span of two months and a few days, I have lost 14 lbs. and I don't even know how many inches (I wish I had measured before I started). In the process of losing I have also gained- I have gained new friends. I have made so many new friends in my spin class and I truly look forward to seeing them in class- their encouragement to me motivates me to keep on going. I have gained confidence- I am approaching my life with a different perspective and wondering what God has for me as a result of this journey. I have gained physically- I have pushed myself in ways I never thought possible and try to use each class to push me beyond what I did the first time.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
We have all experienced them (hopefully), we have all given them (hopefully). I have worked hard this summer and while I have seen results in myself- about a month after starting- I have had several people at work and church encourage me with their sweet comments about the difference. Anytime I get discouraged or frustrated because I can't do what I WANT to do, someone always speaks up at just the right time to encourage me in this journey. So, the next time you notice a change in someone- speak up- it might be exactly what they needed to hear at that point in time.
Now, the sign below is what I stared at while running on the treadmill yesterday. For so long I wished for what I wasn't willing to work for- and then one day it clicked- if I don't work- I don't get results. Wishing does absolutely nothing except get me frustrated. The work is what gets me there. I have decided this year is the year- I will gain a better grasp on my time management, I will deal with my stress in a much better (more appropriate) way, I will work for what I want. To do that means giving up things- junk food, time spent doing other things, re-evaluating my load of work and non-work activities, etc. If I work- I will see results!
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Also- if there are any favorite exercise/workout apps that you enjoy?