Kim's Weight Loss Journey with Integrity Health Coaching Fitness Centers & Gyms in NH
Fri, Feb 05, 2016
Ups & Downs...We all have these struggles.
Just know you are not alone!
After having such great success with my weight loss about 6 months ago I fell off the wagon in a big way.
I have been having trouble re-motivating myself to get back on the wagon so I am hoping by publicly telling my story this will help me and maybe inspire others in my similar position.
(See above)- the series of pictures of myself, the first picture is my original before and after picture.
The next is of me in a tank top in August 2014, followed by a picture of me taken today in that same tank top.
I told you, I fell off the fitness wagon - and yes, I know I have a lot of work ahead of me...But I am determined!
The last two pictures are of me in a dress that someone gave me that I really LOVE but because of the weight I have gained back I think it look's horrible on me.
So, here is my goal, in black and white!
I want to get back in shape and look fantastic in that dress! Of course this will be a GREAT excuse to buy some new shoes too!
I'm sure all you ladies can relate to what I am saying.
I thought adding these pictures and my story will definitely help keep me accountable and maybe it will be a good motivator to some other people out there who may be struggling.
Let's get into the nitty-gritty...
Why did I gain the weight back?
This is a very good question that there isn't one answer. It was more like a combination of things that got me back to where I am right now.
I felt that I was invincible from becoming over weight again. After thinking long and hard about it... I felt I had come so far and done so well with my weight loss success, that there was no way that my body would physically let me go back to where I was in the past. There was no way that I would EVER gain the weight back....in my mind it was impossible.
I also feel like I tested the " muscle has memory" theory to it's limits.
My deciding factor to make a change:
I have been saying, "this week is the week" since September!
But day after day, I struggled with what I was eating, with my time management - how was I suppose to fit in working out and working? I was exhausted everyday. My motivation was ZERO.
For months I have been beating a dead horse with Donna (my coach at Integrity) trying to figure out what to do to get back on track and then by December I had completely given up on working out all together.
In short, I was in search of that "magic pill". We all know deep down inside that pill just doesn't exist.
At the end of December - the picture of me in the tank top from August 2014 was one of my memories that keep coming back to me and it got me to thinking....
On January 1st I cleaned out my closet and dressers and was horrified by everything that had fit me just 6 short months earlier but no longer fit! I was mortified...
In the mounds of clothing that no longer fit, I found the dress (pictured) and thought about how much I loved it but never got to where it.
After a conversation (or two or three!) with Donna and Jillian which were ALWAYS filled with encouragement, I decided that telling my story was what I was going to do as an extra "accountability" for myself and I wanted to get the message out there that, "no one is perfect and not all is hopeless!"
I hope that my journey can help other people that are struggling out there just like me. Maybe my story can provide the encouragement or inspiration needed for others to take that first step.
At the time the first picture was taken in 2014, I weighted 132 pounds when the second picture was taken last week I weighted 160.
The past year was filled with stress, I had surrounded myself with people that weren't supportive of my new life style, they mocked the way I chose to eat, my workouts and my time didn't matter to them. I buckled under peer-pressure. I guess it's true, misery loves company!
I encourage all of you who want to get healthy to surround yourself with like-mined people! This is SO important in the journey.
I also work two jobs, a full time job in child care and part time job at Integrity Health Coaching, as well as babysitting! So, yes, I am very busy! We are ALL busy.
My two biggest challenges are time and finances; however, I am proof, that no matter what challenges are facing you, you can do it once you set your mind to it!
It is all about getting back to the basics and "making" time.
Right now I am focused and back on track at Integrity - with the assistance of the supportive coaches and my EZCOACH program built for my body.
At this stage, I know I have to increase my cardio and focus on my form when doing my strength training workout. I am a work in progress.
I am working in 30 minutes of cardio every day, along with my three EZCOACH workouts per week.
I also attend BODYBURN Integrity's small group training twice a week, not because I have to, but, because I like it. It's fun and different so it challenges me.
I am a 36 year old woman, working two jobs, and I do have a relationship and it's complicated.
My point in telling you this information is to show you - even though I struggle with many of life's obstacles; I have managed to realize, I am the most important thing in my life. Without a healthy "me" nothing else in my life matters!
If I am not feeling good - mentally or physically, I know I will struggle doing everyday tasks. When I was at a healthy weight - I had so much energy! I was completing work tasks in half the time!
My over all goals are these -
When I get back to 132 pounds I am going to buy some new shoes, work on my tan, get my hair done, and treat myself to a night on the town in that dressthat I love so much!
What I have learned from all this, is to keep my goals true to myself, keep my life and weight in check.
I encourage everyone to join me in this journey! I would love company on the treadmill (cardio is my weakness), let's swap healthy recipes, as cooking is another one of my weaknesses!
Together we can all make 2016 healthier with some Integrity! :)