I have been working really hard to get into better shape. I know it’s not small, but my goal, when I started in February, was a size 8. Well, I achieved my goal about a month ago. It feels great.
I’m really not in that great of shape but people ask me all the time what my “secret” is. That’s hilarious; secret. It’s not a secret. I’ve been busting my ass.
Today, I went on a 26 mile bike ride. The first 15 miles I carried 35 pounds of paper and cardboard to the service center to be recycled. And the path I picked went right by the lake so I had tons of wind resistance to deal with (and hills, my thighs were screaming). Yesterday, I did 7 miles on the treadmill, took a 3 mile walk, and did 25 minutes of yoga. Tomorrow is going to be abs and weights.
I stopped eating fast food (actually, I did that a few years ago). I try to eat healthier versions of everything that I want to eat. I eat as much fresh fruit and vegetables as I can. I skip the free food at work (donuts and pastries and greasy chinese food). I try not to overeat. But I do let myself eat things I like. I’ve had ice cream this summer a reasonable amount of times. I just had a couple of malted milk balls (oh my, I bought these multi-flavored malted milk balls from nutsonline.com. They are amazing. I wouldn’t normally buy these things, I stick to chocolate-covered almonds so I can pretend that my chocolate indulgence is healthy. I’m so glad that I went a little crazy and bought these).
Now that I achieved this goal, I set myself a new goal. I’d like to lose 20 more pounds by next February. I’d also like to run a 5 k next May. I have no delusions of placing in a run. I just want to finish. I don’t run outdoors, so I am going to have a lot of work/training to do next spring.
I’ve never been athletic so this is all new to me. It’s been so empowering to see how hard I can push myself, to see how much my body is capable of. It’s not easy. Right now, I’m having a very hard time finding a comfortable way to sit; my tail bone is very sore from my bike ride. And there are parts of my body I still hate. Those parts are smaller now so there’s less of them to hate. But I keep focusing on how my body feels, how much stronger I feel rather than strictly how my body looks.
So, as for a secret, there is none. Work hard, eat less. And stop looking for secrets.