August 27th. My progress update day. What started in 2012 and was updated in 2013 and 2014, suddenly found a stop this year. Why? What kept me from sharing unlike the years before?
The visible changes. Those were what stopped me. The changes in the picture from last year to this year don’t show progress towards a “skinner” me. No they in fact reveal some weight gain.
Yes in 2015 I gained some weight. A number of variables played a role in that but to be honest, I believe my journey towards health is shifting. It took a chat with a dear friend of mine yesterday that opened my eyes. See in 2015 there was progress. It’s just not progress you would outwardly see. In the year between Aug 27 2014 and Aug 27 2015 I competed in my first federational powerlifting meet. I set the USPA GA state record in my squat and as well as meet total. I had a 45 lb pr in my deadlift. Since then I’ve seen my lifts only increase. In that time frame I also got engaged and married. In that time frame I also feel in love with RPM and am now headed to training in hopes of being an instructor. In that time frame I let go of some disordered eating habits. I still have bad days, but don’t we all. In that time frame I had probably one of the biggest achievements of them all, and it’s one you’d never see from the outside., I stopped taking diet pills. I had become addicted to them. Now though, just like in the beginning, I want my efforts and hard work to get the credit for this journey.
I don’t know where my journey is headed right now. I’m no longer fixated on a number on the scale or my clothes. What once were tools to measure success and define me, now no longer apply. My journey is health. My journey is athleticism. My journey is inspiring others to make small daily changes that would result in lifelong habits. When I started this journey, I didn’t know where the journey would lead me. It’s had it’s bumps and bruises, it’s had its detours, but at the end of the day it’s ultimately had the life God’s called me to at its foundation. This journey would be nothing without the cause of my Savior. I’m working on being a vessel He can use for as long as He’s called me to. That’s my new destination.
So here’s to the journey that’s now 4 years old. May the hard days be evident of His strength and the good days be an echoing of His grace. May my actions never cease to glorify Him and may the journey always reflect the love He shed on me.
This week the women stepped up to the scales once again. Our biggest loser was Tara losing 5.4 lbs! I do not currently know the total amount of all the women at the time but I know they worked hard. In addition to the scale they faced the tape measure. Every 2 weeks the women will have their measurements taken. This is an important thing to keep track of and I encourage all who are on a weight lose journey to go ahead and take them now. Even if you’ve been going at it for awhile, get a reading for today and you’ll be surprised in the change that comes. Measurements often show us what the scale doesn’t. For many women who saw no change in the scale, they saw big numbers in inches. Overall, many women we’re losing on average 8 inches all around. That’s huge motivation right there.
After weighin and measurements we bundled up and headed to the park for the Ultimate Park Workout. What I love about this workout is that you can do it with things you find at all parks and you can do it on your own. I got to lead the women on this one this week which was a joy because I got to know some of them better. We started out with a .5 walk/run. When we got to the base of the hill we started lunges up, walked the stairs down *due to ice, had there been no ice, we would have ran*, then back up. Once they got to the top we did step ups on the picnic tables followed by squat sits (squat down til you sit on the bench and stand up) and ended the cycle with pushups. We did that twice then went into table lifts and thrusts. We walked down the hill and finished with 3 loops of a by-pass run ( last person runs to front of the line.) All in all, we had fun in our 30 minutes and then some of us went back to the gym for D’s workout.
I’m so proud of these women. Seeing them fight to lose weight and encourage each other along the way. There was no complaining or whining today just smiles and motivation to keep going.
Have a strong week ladies. Hit the gym at least 3 times this week, stay active during the day, eat the way you are suppose to eat, drink your gallon, and stay positive!
And if you try to pull out an excuse remember:
The first week is officially over. The women all weighed in this morning and as a team lost a total of 40 lbs. The top loser was Dena losing 9lbs this week! Way to go Dena!
After weigh in they laced up their shoes and headed outside for some running as well as other exercises.
Good luck to everyone this week.
The new season of Biggest Loser began last night and this year they are bringing the challenge to America. They have created the biggestloser.com challenge page. Go on, build your profile, join the daily challenges, and let’s change America- I did. You can find me under the username kae_kae02.
Today officially began the second Biggest Loser Challenge at my gym. There are 11 or 12 women competing and I am so glad I get to come and help them along the way.
Today everyone got a taste of what their next 12 Saturdays will be like- 7:30am weighins, group challenges, and then class if they choose to stay.
With many of the women being new to cardio kickboxing, D took time today to go over proper form and made sure that everyone understood the basic punches and kicks. Form is huge in CKB because if your not doing it proper you could cause injury but also your not maximizing your bodies capability to burn more. I was super proud of the women who stayed for class today. Choices like that lead to great results.
Good luck this week ladies- stay focused and hit your goal next week.
Look here every week for an update on what the women did and how much they have lost as a group.