As i look back on my 5th month of this journey I’m at a loss of words. I do not have a “big” change this month to talk about, and I need to remind myself that that is OK. Something that i realized this month was that you have to find what works for you. I can not stand cardio and my eating is far from where it needs to be. But what I have found out is that I enjoy lifting weights. Lifting is my go to “happy place”, my stress reliever. It is the only fitness routine that I have ever stuck to for a decent amount of time. I have tried the home videos, the cardio programs, and so on. None of that stuck around. I got bored fast or didn’t see changes as fast as I wanted to.. I am 5 months into this journey and the only thing that has really changed in my normal weekly routine is that I lift 4-5 days a week for an hour to a hour and a half each time. With throwing this small change into my weekly routine and at a max taking up only 7.5 hours of time out of a 168 hour week i have seen the inches fall off, my clothes are getting smaller, my attitude/outlook at life has improved, and i feel so much better in the body I am in. I have a long ways to go, but it is great seeing the changes already happening. Because I have become more physically active and in shape I have more energy for my family. And time with your family is something you will never get back.
If you do not know where to start with beginning a weight lifting routine I suggest meeting with a personal trainer at your Gym. Another great starting place is pinterest, google, and youtube. Search around and start with the basics. Then grow into the more challenging lifts. The feeling of complete exhaustion after a great workout session is so rewarding in the end (I like taking Cellucor Alpha Amino in Blue Raspberry for recovery so i am not sore from a hard workout). You feel accomplished and proud at what you did for yourself. I am not one who does things for myself so “treating” myself to a better stronger me and allowing “me time” 4-5 days a week has been a huge reward. I’m growing mentally and physically and wanting and craving more and more as time goes on.