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My husband and I took before and after pictures today to mark the 1 year anniversary of starting a workout and sticking through it. And frankly, I’m not that impressed with my pictures. In fact, I’d be depressed if I didn’t FEEL the difference of working out. I need to go back and look, but I think I was around 180 lb.s or so when we started and now I’m at about 174 lbs. Not even close to my goal which is around 135 to 140. But I’m on my way. Was all that working out worth it?
- Totally Worth it. Even if I had gained weight it would have been worth it to get in the habit of working out.
- I do look better. Even though I haven’t lost a bunch of weight, I believe I’ve regained muscle mass and that’s slimmed me down somewhat.
- I feel so much better than a year ago. Last year I was having so much trouble with carpal tunnel syndrome, lack of circulation, and tingling in my hands and feet. That is almost completely gone now since I’ve been lifting weights. Go figure.
- I don’t always enjoy working out but I enjoy getting to listen to good music, sermons, and even DIY craft and youtube tutorials. It feels like a mini break usually during my little one’s nap times. Once in a while I’m a rockstar and work out in the morning before everyone else gets up. But not usually.
- I don’t feel guilty and scared like I did a year ago. Last year I was afraid of what the symptoms in my body were predicting for my future. Especially since my mother battled lymphoma last year. I had always considered my mom and dad to be such healthy, full of life people. So when my mom got so frail and skinny and had to endure chemotherapy, it made me take a more serious look at my own daily habits and amplified the voice of God that had been telling me for years, “it’s time to lose weight”. Seriously, God was telling me that alot -for like 5 years. When we finally started working out all that lifted off of me.
- I’m more optimistic. The future looks bright and I want to be around for it. I have invested in the future with my children. I want to be around for them and those yet to come.
- My husband and I are closer because we hold each other accountable. When we first started last year we did the Shaun T25 BeachBody Dvd . I believe it was a 9 week program. It was given to us by my brother when he came to visit in the spring. The whole family did the workout together except for the 2 smallest children. After that my husband got the Athlean X workout and I did the Lindsay Brinn Pretty Fierce program. After we finished those my husband got me Athlean XX for women and he’s about to move on to Body Beast. He went back through the Athlean X again, but he’s ready to try something new now. That’s one of the things that’s important, to keep increasing the workout challenge so you don’t get lazy. I always seem to have trouble with that. I get comfortable and want to keep doing what I’m doing without interrupting my youtube tutorial watching, haha. But it’s fun to change things up, and our bodies need it. My husband is really good about this. He loves challenging himself and seeing the change. He competes with himself. And I’ve seen a big change in him and his outlook. Working out has given him a new lease on life I’d say. And that by itself is also totally worth a whole year of working out and not seeing huge outward changes. There was a huge inward change that occurred that is slowly but surely making itself seen. My next big challenge is to really hone in on my nutrition. I need less bread and sugar (now I use raw honey), and more veggies and colorful fruits and berries. I believe that’s the key to seeing real weight loss.