Starting the Journey Over Again...
Sunday, March 15, 2015
I had originally joined SparkPeople a few years ago, but fell off the "lifestyle change" wagon. I call it this because to me, this is not a diet or a phase, it is truly a change in my lifestyle.
I started this journey again toward the end of January. I was feeling tired all the time. I had gained more weight, I had no energy, my snoring was worsening, and I was out of breath just walking at work while rooming patients. I just did not feel well at all. I see people get diagnosed with hypertension and diabetes on a daily basis, and I knew I was headed in that direction as well if I didn't change something.
I started very slowly, changing little things here and there. About a month ago my husband and I joined a gym, and it has been the greatest decision. I did make the mistake of starting out too fast and walked 3 miles every day for the first week. It was too much too fast, and my foot was causing me extreme pain. I finally had to see the Dr. Turns out I have very high arches, so she put inserts and wedges in my shoes, and my pain is completely gone!
I have been going to the gym almost daily, still striving for that 3 miles. I started to ride the bike as well, and I had forgotten how much of a workout that was. Last week I started little bouts of jogging on the treadmill, but I still can't go for long periods. I gave up fast food, stopped snacking at night, I have decreased my portions, and started eating more fruits and vegetables.
I do feel self-conscious at the gym. I feel like everyone is staring and judging me. I hope as I keep going and gain more confidence, it won't bother me as much.
I now am starting to notice little changes in my body. I am down 18 lbs and my clothes are getting bigger. I have way more energy, my snoring has decreased according to my husband, and I am no longer out of breath just walking. The biggest benefit I have experienced thus far is the improvement in my depression and anxety. I feel so much better!
I pray I can stick with it this time. I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts and feelings, as I have really no one else except my husband.
I feel I am beautiful on the inside, I just want my outside to match. :)
Here's to finding the new me!