Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My 12 Week "Summer Slim" Workout Results ~ Because I'm Worth It!


During the first week of summer vacation, two friends and I stepped out of our comfort zones and accepted a challenge to get fit!  Together, we joined a 12 week program at the gym with a personal trainer.  We would meet for training two nights a week and focus on getting fit: cardio, weight training, and nutrition.

I will admit that when I singed up, I was nervous, scared, and excited.  I was terrified that I wouldn't be able to do what our trainer asked me to do.  I was scared that I wouldn't be able to finish.  I was worried that other members at the gym would stare at me.  Honestly, I was scared most about failing!  Could I do it?  But, at the same time, I was excited for the journey, where it would lead and the results that I would see at the end!

Would it be worth it?

I missed two training sessions due to our family summer vacation.  I knew that in order to make my team (and myself proud), I couldn't take time off ~ even though I was on vacation.  So, during our normal class time, I made it my goal to get my workout in at the beach.  At one point, my son and I raced up a flight of 53 stairs... FOR FUN!


Who knew working out could be so much fun?  Even though my son beat me to the top ( I knew he would), I stayed close behind him.  The fact is that a year ago I could barely walk up a flight of stairs... let alone race up them!

Throughout our 12 week "Summer Slim" program, our trainer gave us several daily challenges and held us accountable! I have a reminder on my mirror that I see every morning when I wake up...

"I'm Beautiful. I'm Confident. I'm Worth it."

PLEASE write this somewhere you will see it EVERY DAY (preferably on your bathroom mirror). Then please post a picture of it here for accountability. If you are extra awesome, post it on your main wall and tag me in it so I know you did it. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

I love that the gym is family friendly (my teenage son and husband are both members), and that I don't feel like I'm being stared at while I'm there.  The staff and other members are always friendly and the environment is great.

There were several times during my training sessions that I thought for sure I wasn't going to finish.  I was hot, sweaty, had a hard time breathing, and my legs felt like rubber.  There were several occasions when a couple days "post workout" that I could barely move... every inch of my body hurt!  I didn't quit, I never gave up, and I kept going... at my own pace, but pushing myself through.  Proving to myself each week that I could do it!

My trainer reminds us frequently that we are all in our own lane.  We aren't there to out-do each other, do more than our teammates, or be the first to finish.  We are all there for our own reasons and we are all at different levels: both personal and fitness.

As a woman, I think we are programed to focus at the number on the scale.  Even though I still struggle with it, I'm slowly learning that the weight on the scale is not nearly as important as the way I feel.  

While I didn't lose as much weight as I had hoped to over the past 3 months, I did lose inches... and I'll take it all day long!  Inches, weight, and confidence are all at a new level and I'm getting stronger every day!

My 12 Week "Summer Slim" results....  I lost 4 pounds and a total of 21.5 inches! 

SUCCESS!  It was worth it and so am I! I can't wait to see what the next 12 weeks will bring!

~ A special thanks to my AWESOME trainer (Dave), fun workout partners (Andrea & Jen), and wonderful husband, for all of their support along the way!


lil_lady_dz said...

The huge tires is a great workout, I love doing that one, and I use the local school track to run. The stairs is also great when you incorporate other exercise movements on each step as you go.

Anonymous said...

Good for you! Making yourself a priority will benefit your entire family!