Today I want to share with you a awesome girl I met through this wonderful little thing we call blogging. E from Adventure of E is one awesome chick! She and I have a shared passion for health and fitness and the stuff she is about to share with you is great!
Hey there! My name is E and I blog over at adventure of E. Come by and say hi!
When Nikki shot me an email asking if I’d be interested in writing a guest post for her, I felt honored! While Nikki and I have only been talking for a short time, it’s easy to see that we both have a passion for fitness and being healthy. Nikki is an inspiration. She has worked hard and that hard work has paid off. I think, unfortunately, in today’s society, people get discouraged very easily when it comes to weight loss and getting in shape. The most important thing I’ve learned is it does NOT happen over night, or even over a month. It is a commitment you make to yourself and if you stick with it, you will make a change and you will see and feel that difference. Personally, I could feel a difference immediately after I got into a routine. However, it was the visual progress that took a while to see.
Before the new year, I had gotten into a rut. I was not eating right and I was not staying active. At my highest, I was up to 145 pounds. By no means am I saying that 145 pounds is not healthy. However, for me to have gained ten pounds in the span of 6 months, was what was not healthy. I could feel it, too. I just did not feel good. I made a commitment to myself to make a change. I started out trying new fitness classes. I’d never taken a yoga class, so I (nervously) went to a studio to try out a class. I also joined in a Zumba class.
The end of January is when I started logging all the food I put in my body, too. My concern, at this time was just the caloric values. I was not paying attention to the quality of calories I was eating.
By February, I had my routine of Zumba twice a week, yoga once a week, and running three times a week. From January to February, I was working on my running because I was registered for an 8 mile race the end of the month.
In March, my weight was to 140. I was still sticking to the same exercise and eating habits. Mid-March, however, I got sick. For me, if I don’t allow my body adequate recovery time between workouts, I get sick. And it takes its toll on me. This time was no exception. I ended up going to the doctor who told me I shouldn’t run the half-marathon I was registered for that month. I basically did nothing for over a week. Once I got back in to my routine, I took it really slow. Despite that this has happened to me before, I still didn’t learn to rest.
By the time April rolled around, I was down to 135 pounds. I had stopped running, but had upped my yoga to twice a week, still did Zumba twice a week, and I went on long walks a few times a week with my pup. I was still eating the same.
The end of April, I went back to Texas for 3.5 weeks. I tried to keep up my routine, but, let’s be honest, when you’re visiting friends, everyone wants to go out to eat. And that seriously kicked my butt. When I finally got home, I gained a few pounds, and was at 137 pounds.
I was pretty proud of how far I came, on my own. But my goal, after losing some of that extra weight, was to get leaner and stronger.
The end of May, the new gym I joined opened its doors and I got to training with a trainer.
I forgot to take my measurements throughout the first six months of the year, but the pictures definitely show me I lost inches. From November (when I last measured) to mid-June, I was down a total of 14 inches.
Since mid-June, I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my strength. I can actually see muscles now! For me, that’s the biggest encouragement. The number on the scale can get me caught up, from time to time, but it’s truly being able to see a change in my body, that pushes me to go further.
So here’s the latest photos of me. It didn’t happen overnight. And it took a lot of hard work. And I know that if I stop working at it, I won’t continue to look like I do. Staying fit is something you have to work at all the time. Recovery is super important, so don’t forget to give your body rest, too!
I also think it’s really important to set different kind of goals for yourself. Weight, muscle definition, inches, being able to do something you couldn’t do before… anything that keeps your going!
My short term goals are:
– to be able to do a full-military style, no knees pushup. Elbows in, core tight, all the way down the floor, and back up. I’ve noticed improvement, but I’m still working towards this one.
– continue to eat well.
– make exercise a habit (so that even when I’m out of town, I do something active.)
My long term goals are:
– (I know is going to take me some time) to be able to do one, unassisted pull-up. Phew. That’s hard. I’m using the assisted pull-up machine at the gym now, and this goal seems so far away!
– to decrease my body fat into the “fitness” range. (I’m still in the “acceptable” range according to a caliper fat analysis.)
|Classification||Women (% fat)||Men (% fat)|
|Obese||32% plus||25% plus|
What are your goals? Don’t have any? Make a commitment and comment right now with what you want to accomplish! You can do it, if you commit!
Thanks Nikki for having me! I hope you’re having a great vacation!
E your transformation is awesome! Thank you so so much for your encouragement to everyone! With that said I encourage all of you to GET OUT AND MOVE TODAY!