At least part of it, and my story hasn’t ended yet. I am a work in progress, and hope to never reach an end!
I was overweight/obese for a good portion of my life. My highest weight was before I had a scale, but no matter the number I was also unhappy with just about everything. I started to workout consistently in December of 2000, joining a gym near my work. I started going in the mornings when it was slow and would workout on some cardio equipment and hit the same weight machines (the ones I could figure out how to use on my own) a few times a week. It was alright, but not exciting or a very good plan.
Soon, I started taking classes. Kickboxing, yoga, sculpting…I’d try almost anything. I started seeing results, made some friends, and was having a blast! Kickboxing and yoga were my favorites then. I’d start lifting more weights in a few years. I gained confidence through my workouts and was able to make some other changes to increase my happiness!
Eventually in 2004, the gym and I had to go our separate ways. I was studying for actuarial exams and it was tough to go to the gym near work. Bring on the Beachbody! A friend of mine had been doing Turbo Jam and loved it. I bought it quickly and was also hooked! I soon had both the base package and the Fat Burning Elite package. It was around this time that I also started eating healthier. What a difference! I had lost about 30lbs in a bit over 3 years but was now losing around 5 lbs a month until I got to a much healthier weight, but about 15 lbs above goal. I was also around the same weight when I found out I was pregnant…work in progress always!
I was my lowest weight in 2008 for our wedding. By then I was lifting weights several times a week, having seen a personal trainer and using New Rules of Lifting for Women. Weights are great!! I maintained about 5lbs above that until we moved into our house in 2009. We had a few weeks without a place to live, which meant without a place to prepare food and without a schedule. When we moved in, it was still tough to prepare food as our kitchen was in shambles. Within about 3 months, I put on about 20 lbs! Back to getting it off again! I went back to Beachbody, working on TurboFire and then ChaLEAN Extreme (love those weights). I also started doing hot yoga more often, another love. Now, in 2012, I start a new weight chapter!
October, 2011, a few months pre-pregnancy:
In case you think I’m Chalene Johnson obsessed (well, I may be), I’ve also tried Hip Hop Abs, Yoga Booty Ballet and P90X but I haven’t done those programs fully. I’m looking forward to new challenges and adding to my story! Here’s to what comes next!