When I turned off the alarm this morning my mind went through three thoughts. 1. I know I lost this week, I worked hard and did great with the food choices and calorie counting. 2. I might not have lost this week, maybe I didn’t do enough. 3. I have a few ideas of things I want to try, regardless what the scale has to say I should do them. Knowing that only a non-loss would really get me to make a new change, I actually didn’t know what to wish for, gosh I’m strange!!
As it turns out I think I got it all. I didn’t gain but I only lost 1/2 a pound. A new zero has entered my life and I was happy to see it. Last week my weight was 151.2 and this week it is 150.7. I was hoping to see 149 something, but that zero was a happy sight. On a really bright side, I have some non scale news. I’ve not been liking my clothes lately. My t-shirts are so loose they look like maternity shirts and my jeans keep falling down. Yesterday I found myself with 5 extra minutes as I exited the mall and I tried on size 8 jeans (when my journey started I was stuffed into a size 12, remember I’m only 5′ 2″) and I got them all the way up. Sure they were snug, but I got them up and over my butt. Speaking of which my butt is still large, but I have a waist and it’s smaller than my butt!! Plus I’m starting to see the effects of all those ab exercises and my arms, lets just say I have muscles and I like to flex them. I know I’m a dork, but it’s been a long time since I had anything to flex. I also need to mention saddle bags. When I started this journey one of the things I was thankful for was that I didn’t really have bad saddle bags. Well as it turns out they were just covered up in excess fat. Now that I have shed some of that fat you can see the bags. They are not really bad, unless my doing side planks, wow and then they just hang down, so gross. Ok, enough of that talk. A few additional numbers to through out, my BMI has actually changed from last week, it’s down a tenth to 27.6, which is down 2.6 from where I started, not bad at all. I only have 2.7 more points before I can say I am not over weight.
Several weeks ago I started a stretching goal, because I was feeling sore and it really helped. The last few weeks I’ve been feeling pretty good and I’ve found my extra stretching sessions going by the wayside. For almost three months now I’ve been working out practically everyday, in fact I’ve only missed 4 days. This week actually included a missed day, but I doubled up my workouts a couple of days later. My workouts are still very challenging. Sure I’m making my movements bigger from where I started but I’m still able to get my heart rate up there…but I want a new challenge.
I have a zillion Pilates and several Yoga tapes that I have not yet gotten into. I’m planning on adding two afternoon sessions this week, one Pilates and one Yoga. the first Pilates session I’m going to try killed my arms the last time I did it (which was probably more than 5 years ago), it uses the band and I can’t wait to see if my new arms can handle the session.
I have huge plans for the next 6-months of my life and I can’t believe I have not yet mentioned it here. You may have read some where along the way on my blog that I’ve studied dance all my life, including college and even had a scholarship with a company in Chicago post graduation. Problems with my knees killed my dreams at the time and I came back to MI. The move turned out to be a great decision since I married the man who made me want to come back and we now have two amazing boys. My mother has been bugging me for years to try Nia and more recently one of my favorite bloggers sent me a Nia workout. To say it was love at first dance is an understatement. My love for Nia grows the more I learn about it and I have signed on to undergo White Belt Training in mid November, which will allow me to teach Nia. The thought of making any kind of living from movement has me jumping up and down, in fact excuse me for a moment…ok I’m back 🙂 I am very thankful that my mom kept bugging me (ok that is what she excels at) and for my new bestest friend for bringing Nia to my life.
I’m not sure what the future holds but I’m going to work hard to put my body and mind in a place where I will hopefully be teaching and spreading the love of Nia to Kalamazoo (who currently does not have a Nia teacher). Yes I need to keep up my cardio, because not only will I need to be able to do the Nia steps for my students but I will also need to be able to talk and instruct them through the class!! But I also need to improve my flexibility. I remember me as a new dancer back in elementary school, stretching daily in order to do the splits, thirty years later I’m in the same spot. I know first hand what it takes to be flexible enough for the splits (all three ways) and to fold yourself in half over your legs when they are straight out in front of you (seated forward bend).
Here are my goals: splits, a full seated forward bend and losing another 6 pounds before While Belt Training.
How am I going to do it? I’m going to keep eating well, keep working out daily, add afternoon Pilates and Yoga (starting once a week) and I WILL stretch daily. The only way to really improve my flexibility is to really work at it, not just as my muscles are warming up or cooling down. It needs to get its own part of my attention. I can’t wait to see what my body has to say about these new goals. Hmmm, a sense of excitement and a can do attitude, that for sure puts me on the right foot.