It’s been a month since I have written any new blogs in regards to weight loss. On my 1/6/2021 blog (Proceeding in my Weight Loss Journey) I mentioned my commitment to the weight loss journey I have been on since April 7, 2020. I truly believe that whatever I say I make sure I practice. Therefore, making me accountable to me and to you. It has not been easy at all and I will tell you that it can be done if you are determined.
To begin I want to let you know that I have lost 5 of the 10 pounds I gained over the holidays. I simply began to follow my Herbalife eating plans, shakes, snacks, etc., I re-started my daily workouts in the morning, I re-started attending Zumba classes, I began running consistently, I signed up to the One Thousand Miles Run Club (1KRC), and finally I signed up to a half marathon on February 2022. At first it was overwhelming because these were not on my schedule of things to do. Once I incorporated all and organized myself, it became easier to manage, and I now have time to write on my blog.
Sometimes we become too comfortable in our ways that we do not open our options to do other things, and this is what was happening to me. The holidays were great, but between the eating, drinking, parties, the exercises were just a balance. Now with a combination of both being mindful of my eating and drinking, and exercising and running, I am back on track. I am challenging myself by incorporating all these different activities in my schedule.
I began with my Herbalife eating plan, I continuously followed it, but ate things that I knew would not allow me to loose weight. Now I am back to my one good and healthy meal a day, the healthy snacks, and tea, and 2 nutritious Herbalife shakes. How I lost my weight in the past, was following this plan and doing my workouts, including weights, in the morning before my day began. Therefore, it is exactly, what I started doing. Again, I emphasize that I went through many struggles, it was not easy but I could not go backwards, and saying that to myself kept me going forward.
I love to dance, and being a Zumba instructor gave me joy when after each class I felt like a 2 hour workout was completed, and it was only 1 hour. I am not teaching now, it takes time to choregraph, and right now I do not have time. So I went to my next choice, attend Zumba classes 3 days a week, in the evenings. These classes not only gave me a good workout, but it was like therapy, I just followed the instructor. The instructor knowing that I am a Zumba instructor has asked me several times to do 1-2 songs in her class. I told her I would consider it, and I will make this another challenge, but now right now.
Since I re-started running, and I accepted the challenge of running/walking 1,000 miles through 12/31/21, I decided to take a step further, and sign up for a half marathon on February 2022. The way I see it, I am already training for the half marathon by trying to reach 1,000 miles in the year. Challenging myself is a way for me to keep active, not fall out of my weight loss journey, and organizing myself so not to be overwhelmed. It also keeps me from being depress seeing how the Pandemic is causing so much destruction. I just take it one day at a time by being mindful of my eating, drinking, exercising, running, and by doing this I keep myself from not gaining weight, just getting fit, and staying healthy.
I am a half marathon runner, and I have completed 25 races through March 2020. When I decided to not do any more half marathons was because I was slacking to doing nothing with my training. The lack of training killed me when I was on mile 8 trying to complete the 13.1 miles in the race. So no more races unless I had a good, and steady training. It is why I signed up to the One Thousand Miles Run Club (1KRC), which was a challenge to complete 1,000 miles through 12/31/21. I accepted the challenge, and began to run some mornings, and on weekend.
Sometimes there are many obstacles in our way, and the only way to overcome them is to face them and do something about them. My personal journey above can only show you that when there is a will, there is a way. Never disregard or set aside something you can do to improve yourself. No one else can or will do it for you.
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