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Finishing up Week 4
I am back in my local fitness center for the past four weeks. While I cannot say I am joyful about getting up at 5:30 am to get a workout in before my workday starts, I can honestly say it hasn't been that difficult. Of the past 26 days, I have made it to the gym 20 days. When I do not have a body area to work/rest day, I either go to the fitness center to work on additional core, cardio, balance and stretching, or I do core, balance and stretching at home.
My goal was to increase some of the weight loads, strengthen the muscles around my knees, increase cardio and lose some pounds. I have acheived all of these, but would like to increase my cardio more. Officially, I am down over 10 pounds and am shooting for a total of 24 pounds by September 25, 36 pounds by October 29, 45 by Thanksgiving and 50 by Christmas. I allowed myself a little slow down period through the holidays, not because I am afraid of making the wrong choices, but anticipation of a plateau due to both stress and a slight change in meals during that time (not being as structured/designed meals at gatherings).
Long term ... what is my goal? Two things: 1) Once I hit my one year weight loss goal, I plan on investing in a nice bike (hopefully, my husband as well) and join my daughter on some trail bike rides around her college town area. If I'm feeling up to it and if I meet my goal in April 2022, I might move that purchase up to enjoy the spring and summer weather. 2) 100 pound weight loss by the end of July 2022. After I meet that goal, I will evaluate my progress and how I am feeling to start on the next journey of where I could be by December 31, 2022.
I used to be a three sport athlete in high school and in community college. I LOVED to be active and run. While I continued to play adult league sports (up to 4 - 5 different leagues before having kids and 1 - 2 after having kids), somewhere along the line, my passion for staying active, healthy and in-shape was lost - I felt I was too and still am. I know I am a work in progress. I know my path will not be a straight line of gains in activity and losses in weight, but I have confidence in myself.
The journey continues ...