I have pushed myself this year in exercise harder than I ever have. I walked in the extreme heat multiple times this summer-something I would have never done in the past.
I felt absolute joy when I got below 300lbs.
And I cried tears of happiness this summer at Walmart when I discovered that I was able to wear a size 20 in a dress and that I had a smaller waist than I was allowing myself to see. I was excited that same weekend to buy a size 20 bathing suit top for a girls weekend trip. You can't really see it but here I am being silly and laughing as I try to get back in the boat after swimming in the late.
I ran a lot this year-not long distances but I was consistent with it. This past fall I was so happy when I ran a whole lap at the track. I was training for my first 5K and was going to the track every Sunday to prepare it. I was not able to do the 5K at the last minute due to a family emergency. But I am proud of myself for training for it and I know that I will definitely be doing a 5K in 2014. Here is a picture of me, my daughter, and my friend's kids after I ran that whole lap.
I tried some things that didn't work for me but I learned from them. I realize I am a work in progress and remind myself of this constantly.
I received a new water bottle with infuser for Christmas from my best friend so I can experiment with flavoring my water naturally. She also sent me a book that has several recipes to change up the everyday water. It is just awesome to have friends & family support you on this life's journey.
I have big aspirations for my weight loss in the coming year. I want to lose another 100lbs. For the most part I am consistent with fitness however I do need to start adding in strength training. But nutrition? Not so much. So I have taken steps to get my nutrition on point. Just this past week I took a big step. I will go more into that in a future blog.
I am just SO stinking excited for 2014 and all it has to offer. I want to be healthy and I want to be more fit. I have two weddings to attend. The first is Memorial weekend and I will be a bridesmaid. The other will be in September.
I really am excited to see what progress I will make physically and mentally as I go through this next part of my transformation. I know that God has great things in store for me and I can't wait to see where He leads me...I've picked you, I haven’t dropped you, don’t panic, I’m with you. There’s no need for fear for I am your God. I’ll give you strength, I’ll help you I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you. Isaiah 41:9-11