In 5 months...
- I am 28 pounds lighter
- My baseline workout (21 - 15 - 9 reps of squats, pushups, sit-ups) finished 15 minutes faster
- I am 4 pant sizes smaller
- a bra cup smaller :(
- My deadlift improved 75 pounds
- My back squat improved 70 pounds
- My push press improved 40 pounds
- I haven't measured it, but I can run further before walking
- I use my asthma inhaler way less
- My joints hurt less
- I went from working out 2-3 days per week to 4-6 days per week
...but those reasons are not enough to stand the test of time to keep me showing up week after week when I've hit a weight loss plateau (for the past month), or I feel like I'm not improving like I should, or when the 20-somthing year olds are still leaving me in the dust.
Why keep going? Two main reasons:
1) I found something I love. If there's a barbell, kettle bell or slam ball involved, then it's game ON! I feel powerful. I can take on the world. I especially love Olympic weight lifting. When the workout includes a barbell, I'm loving it. Even when I'm laying in the "recovery position' and often dead last afterwards, I feel accomplished and athletic. FIND SOMETHING YOU LOVE TO DO! I'm not bashing other avenues of fitness, this is just what clicked for me. Try out different things, get a friend involved!
2) I figured out what I was fighting for. We've all seen the trite "fitspiration" memes on the interwebs that say "to look good naked" or "nothing tastes as good as thin feels". I'm sorry, but those reasons make me want to vomit. I don't know about you, but that's not enough reason to make such a lifestyle change when you're sweating your toenails and pushing yourself harder than you ever thought you could. I had a hard time nailing down my reasons until I read a post Find Your Fight by Nate Miyaki and it was like a lightbulb moment for me! I'm not the same person!
- for my health - I have psoriatic arthritis and my increasing weight and couch potato experience points weren't doing me any favors
- to not feel weak and incapable
- to be a good example for my patients and to earn more trust as a healthcare provider. You might not trust a skinny cook, but you certainly have trouble trusting a fat healthcare provider giving health advice.
- against empty nest syndrome
- loneliness and boredom
- to feel comfortable in my own skin.