Pushing Through

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Sweaty selfie after Zumba class 😀

This past week has been full of motivation and pushing through.

If you read my recipe post then you know that my weight is down another 2 pounds, which is crazy in the 2 weeks that I’ve been giving it my all. Then I made the mistake of weighing myself again last night.  I gained back those 2 pounds plus 1. I don’t know why I felt the need to get on the scale. What is our obsession? I know that the 3 pound weight gain is incorrect. I had JUST eaten, I had just finished Zumba an hour before and I am about to start my period (sorry for the over share). This is not the day that I usually weigh myself and I vow not to weigh myself mid-week ever again lol

Getting back on topic though. Zumba is still going great, I am still loving every sweaty second of it! It blows my mind to see how many steps you take and how many calories you actually burn in that hour. It literally accounts for over half my steps on that day and it seems to go by so quickly.

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sweaty selfie at the gym

The gym is going well, but I am still finding it really difficult to get there. Not even to physically get there (I live 2 minutes away), but to mentally prepare myself to work out in the way that you work out at a gym. I find myself standing there, staring at all the machines not knowing which ones to do in what order. I also find that when I go to the gym by myself, I DO NOT push hard enough. Example: I went to the gym with my sister and we killed it. I felt that wonderfully awful pain in my muscles for days- that only a good workout can give you. The next week, I went to the gym by myself and thought I killed it! But during the next few days I waited for that delicious muscle pain and felt NOTHING. Clearly I did not push myself hard enough, even though during my workout I felt like I did.

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sweaty selfie AFTER the gym when I’ve fallen onto the couch and cant get up

On a better note, I did have a personal triumph at the gym (by myself) this week that I was really excited about 🙂 It was Sunday and I really did not want to be at the gym. I could not mentally wrap my head around a workout so, with a great pep talk from my friend, I decided that it was a cardio night. After spending 25 minutes on the bike and getting my stretches in, I decided to spend the rest of my time on the treadmill. 5 minutes in and I was ready to go home but I kept telling myself “1 more minute” or “after this song is done” or “finish this lap”. After 15 minutes I still did not want to be at the gym BUT I did feel like the walking wasnt enough so…I jogged. If you know me, or have read my blog, then you know that I am not necessarily supposed to jog because of the arthritis in my feet. But I felt really good and I felt like I could. I jogged for 3 minutes straight. Maybe that doesn’t seem like a lot of time to most people but for me, someone who hasn’t even attempted jogging in over 2 years, its huge. It felt amazing and although I could feel my feet hurting it wasnt as bad as I thought it would be. I didn’t push myself over the edge because I knew I wouldn’t be able to walk the next day if I did but I’m proud of myself.

So clearly some days I need to really push myself. Wether its to lift more weights, do more squats or just to keep going on my own. I made it a total of 20 minutes on the treadmill Sunday night, 3 of those jogging, before calling it a night. I pushed through that mental road block and am so glad that I didn’t leave after only 5, 10, or 15 minutes. Accomplishments, whether they are big or small, and progress in the right direction should always be celebrated.

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5 thoughts on “Pushing Through

  1. Keep it up! I know those days…where you REALLY don’t feel like doing anything, much less going to the gym. I always try to tell myself at that point that anything I do is better than what I would have done if I sat home.
    And yes, weight fluctuates, so don’t let that discourage you!

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    • Thank you! That is exactly what I tell myself too and on those days that is the only thing that gets me to the gym at all.
      Weight fluctuates every single day, so I still dont know why I decided it was a good idea to weigh in twice in a matter of 2 days lol Bad decision! I wont do that again lol

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  2. Keep pushing through girl! I know it gets hard not seeing results quickly but if you keep being persistent you will get there in time! Don’t be so hard on yourself. Even if the scale isn’t moving in the direction you want you are still improving your overall health by staying active with Zumba!! I hated running a year ago, and like you I started small with running for 1 min on, 1 min off, until I built up endurance. It is the most amazing feeling when you finally can run that first mile without stopping – so keep pushing! 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂
      You are right, my goal first and foremost is to improve my overall health and get active. I am definately doing those things so I really need to remember that on the days that are difficult.
      I actually loved running when I was doing it. I was progressing really well. Its just the arthrtis that really hinders it. Im hoping the more weight I lose, the easier it will be on my feet to withstand the impact while running.
      I cant wait to be able to run a mile without stopping 🙂

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      • Of course! I had a lot of issues with my ankles when I first started and was very overweight and as I lost weight I have not had any issues with them at all. I hope the same is true for you too! Love your blog – keep up the good work!

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