Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Feeling Results . . .
I think the hardest part of this journey for me is not "seeing" the results of all my labor. I actually feel great physically and am emotionally better. Working out has produced so many feelings: feeling stronger; feeling those cut muscles underneath the flab; feeling the strong quads and hamstrings from doing a ton of squats, plyometrics, and Warrior I and II; feeling that "high" after completing a hard exercise DVD; feeling my muscles tingle the day after a weight training routine; feeling leaner muscles and flexibility from Yoga; the exhilarating feeling of keeping my body in a plank for more than 30 seconds; feeling lighter while running 5Ks; and on and on and on. But none of that makes me happy when I don't see the results on the scale or when I haven't been able to move down a size in clothing.
I am grateful and proud of my accomplishments. I will continue to make fitness a life long journey, but sometimes, I wish I could just have that size 10 jeans and dress as a byproduct of my fitness. But I know that I am still struggling with combining every element of weight loss: calories in versus calories out.
I will soon post pictures of a "not so lovely" thank you gift from a friend of ours that lost a tremendous amount of weight through diet and exercise. She has recently finished her first 1/2 marathon and asked me to run a full marathon with her and another friend next year. I haven't turned them down.