Stronger. A current hit pop song by Kelly Clarkson. Taken from the old adage, 'What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger', a proverbial truth as I enter week three of my body transformation.
Phase one of my journey to a healthier life involved a 'quick' start with a weight loss program sans exercise. You see, I had to lose some weight first so that I could muster up the energy and confidence to move my fat ass. Down thirty or so pounds after three or so months, mission accomplished.
Phase two involves incorporating exercise into my new healthy life regimen so that I may accelerate the weight loss process and tighten up the muscles and loose flesh that tends to remain on a (formerly) morbidly obese person. I joined Curves two weeks ago and began working out at least three days a week for thirty minutes. After getting reacquainted with the machinery I am feeling 'the burn' after each session and working up a sweat. So far, it hasn't killed me. I feel stronger. When I get into 'the zone' I am intense, breathing, and always pushing for at least one more rep. It is a good feeling and builds confidence as I conquer my goals and push harder.
Phase three may involve pushing myself to add another day at Curves, incorporate a neighborhood walk on the days I don't go to Curves, and/or exploring a new weight-loss program to 'jump start' or, again, accelerate weight loss. I would love to play tennis, golf, and do some kind of water aerobics in the future as well. I can't do it all at once, I realize, but as I become stronger I hope to treat these activities as enjoyable time rather than a way to lose weight.
In the meantime, I take it one day at a time and realize that I own the power to make healthy choices in my life. Losing weight and adopting new healthy habits is all in the mindset.
DREAM it, DESIRE it, FOCUS on it, ACCOMPLISH it!