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Monday, February 6, 2012

Return from Blog Hiatus

Hey guys.  It has been forever since I last blogged.  So, let me give you a quick summary for those who haven't seen my blog posts in so long that you've forgotten my story:

I'm 29 years old, and decided last summer that I was going to get a serious amount of weight off before my 30th birthday on June 8th of this year.  So far I have lost 43.2 pounds.  I blogged weekly up until around the end of October, when I met my current boyfriend who I'm completely crazy about.  He moved from South Carolina to be with me in December, so we live together.  It may seem a bit crazy, but we didn't want to be 6 hours apart.  Things are going very well relationship-wise.

Since we got together, I've struggled a bit with my weight loss efforts.  I haven't fallen off the wagon altogether, but I have definitely lost a bit of the focus I had going on before I met him.  At first it was because I just wanted to spend my free time with him.  We had so much to talk about, so much to do, and see, and share; I simply stopped making time for workouts and food preparation and all of the other organization that goes into a real effort to change one's lifestyle.  By the time December rolled around, I had gotten control of my diet and was back on track in terms of my calorie budget and such, but I never did get my workouts back on track.  And honestly I was never that hardcore about working out anyway, I was mostly just doing anything I felt like for cardio (dancing, hiking) for 30 minutes 4 times a week.

Now that he lives with me, I have struggled with my workouts because I don't really like doing them in front of him.  However he is very fit, and into working out and such, so he is willing to help me anyway he can.  I have finally gotten comfortable enough that I think I can handle working out with him around.  I just really struggled with giving in on that because for me, my workouts were something I owned, and I was moving at my own pace.  I didn't want him to threaten that.  But I have decided that since he loves me deeply, and since he doesn't judge me, and since he has a wealth of knowledge and guidance to offer in this department, that I should just be fucking grateful I have a free personal trainer living in my house and make the most of it.

He set up a resistant bands-thingie with handles and it hangs on the back of the closet door.  He says I can do most any type of strength training I need with that.  So he's designing a workout for me that he wants me to do every other day, and I'll do my own cardio of whatever I choose on the days I'm not working with the resistance bands.  And on Sundays I'll rest.  This seems incredibly ambitious to me...very overwhelming...but I really do want to make a big change before my birthday in June, and I've got 4 months to do it.  I have already gotten a decent amount of weight off, and I'm still losing on a regular basis, but I really need to work on my strength and endurance.  I want to be able to go hiking without getting worn out so easily.  I have asthma too so having stronger muscles will help me breathe easier.

Anyway, the workout stuff starts this week so I'm nervous and kinda grumpy about it but I know I have to do it.  I am hoping I will be more excited about it soon, lol.

Thanks for reading and sorry it took me so long to post... I really need to get back into my blogging.