I started my weight loss journey last year at this time.
Had you told me then that a year later I would only be 30 pounds down I would have not been even remotely encouraged to even start. I did honestly feel that I would be at goal weight by now. I am not even remotely close to my goal but I really feel I have achieved so much more than just a number on a scale this year.
This year certainly has not been a waste by any means and I don’t think I could have done anything different. I feel for once I am doing this right! The only thing I could have done different would be work myself to death and eat lettuce and cross my fingers that the scale goes down. This year was so full of ah-ha moments that I needed to experience to know what being healthy for life is going to mean for me.
What I have learned this year
- I learned how to eat like a human being. Meat, veggies, fruit..learning that things from boxes & bags with 1,000 ingredients isn’t a good choice.
EvenEspecially when it says “low fat!” “fat free!”
- Meal prep and planning is vital
- It is okay to sweat. It will not make me melt.
- My comfort zone really wasn’t very comfortable at all
- I love lifting. Let me say it again….I love lifting!
- Training goals are so much more rewarding than weight loss goals
- Scales don’t cooperate when you start lifting. I had to learn to be okay with that. It took a while but I am finally getting that!
- Morning workouts are possible!
- Coffee makes above statement more true
- There is life beyond Diet Cherry Dr Pepper
- I can survive without daily chocolate (really!)
- Auto-immune disease can’t and won’t stop me
- Whenever I tell myself I can’t – I rebel…and then I do!
- I am my best support system, coach and cheerleader
There is so much more but I think that list is something to be very proud of!
My goals for this year:
- Focus on training & fitness goals over weight loss goals
- Learn to eat like an athlete
My newest adventure – CrossFit!
I am on my third week of CrossFit and I am beyond happy with my choice of starting at Crossfit AMRAP. I have never felt more accepted in a fitness program or met a nicer group of people. In a normal gym you’re lucky to get a head nod of an acknowledgement. I haven’t been able to cross anyone’s path without them introducing themselves and having nothing but encouraging things to say! Beyond the community the training has pushed me beyond where I felt I could go. Nothing that I have done at AMRAP I feel I could have pushed myself to do on my own. Once I hit that uncomfortable edge I would always stop. That race against the clock or race to get a workout done is addicting and it becomes such a mind game to push yourself to finish. I don’t do it because I feel I have to..I do it because I want to prove myself that I can.
This is the year of I can..and I will!
I gotta say I’m so proud of you Danielle! I’m on a workout and life style change myself! I really enjoyed this post and feel like you would make such a great coach and influence to others. I totally agree with everything you learned about. So much so that i am going to become a beach body coach so that i can help others succeed in reaching their fitness goals! Keep up the great work girl! You are an inspiration!
Thats awesome mel! Ive seen people do great as a Beach Body coach! I am hoping to become a life coach and teach people to cook and meal plan..but thats down the road 🙂