You may recall that in October, in an All About Me post, I shared this picture that made me sad.
In December, my Mom (who is only 63) had a heart attack and received a new diagnosis of Diabetes. Sitting in the hospital with my Mom for several days, I was forced to evaluate some things. The fact was, I could picture myself sitting in that hospital bed with the same fate, and it scared me.
So, I determined to make some changes. So, in January I posted about Getting Fit and the new elliptical that we purchased. I didn’t have the nerve to post a current photo of my actual weight in that post, so I re-edited the prior photo and added the word HELP to the scale’s digital readout.
It was so hard to admit that I had hit 225 pounds over the holidays. I was ashamed to admit it to myself, let alone any of you.
But, I stuck to my guns and have been consistently making lifestyle changes since the beginning of the year. I started talking to a weight coach every three weeks via telephone, which is a benefit afforded to me through my husbands work. I started using the calorie and exercise trackers at http://loseit.com. And since we purchased the elliptical, I have been working out at least 90 minutes every week.
I am now proud to say that for the first time in nearly FOUR years, I am back in ONEderland.
I can’t even begin to tell you how I felt this morning when I stepped on the scale and saw the number dip below 200. I literally stepped off and stepped back on at least ten times to make sure the scale had it right (our scale is a bit wonky at times). I even jumped in the shower and weighed again afterward. Same number. In just over three months, I reached my first short term goal of getting under 200 pounds, and my BMI is down to 33.2.
Here is what I looked like just a few months ago…
Here is what I look like today…
You may not be able to see the difference, but I can sure feel it. Anyway, for accountability purposes, I’ve decided that I want to be completely open on here about my weight loss and journey to being fit. With that being said, I’m about to get personal—as in measurements…
As of today my measurements are:
Weight- 199.8 pounds
Right Upper Arm- 14.5
Left Upper Arm- 14
Right Wrist- 6.75
Left Wrist- 6.75
Both thighs- 29
Both calves- 16
Now that I have a handle on the cardio with the elliptical, I need to start doing some strength training. Trouble is, we don’t own weights or anything like that. So, we have to work on that.
So, what strength training exercises do you recommend?