Tuesday, September 30, 2008

workin on my fitness

So yesterday, I went to the Athletic Training class, taught by Terri K., at 24 Hour Fitness, Newport Beach. Let me tell you...I get so freaked out and scared before going to her class every week because the class is so challenging. And I always feel good about myself for going afterwards. I always felt like my pants fit more loosely after taking this class, and I knew I had to be losing some pounds too. Well, yesterday, I weighed myself before and after, and I can confirm that her class is that good. I weighed 2 lbs less after taking the class. Granted, it might have been water weight that I lost, BUT I lost 2 lbs with that 1 hour class!!

I never had an issue with my weight. I was content with myself and the boyfriend weight I packed on (or aka freshman 15, which stayed with me throughout my college years). Now, I wasn't fat, but here are some pix to give you a little perspective. I don't have any pix from when we first got together (2001); I'll have to scan some later. Digital cameras were just coming out...can you believe it?!

Winter 2002

Summer 2003

Spring 2004

Summer 2005

Fall 2006: Mom and me. She told me I was gaining weight, but I didn't want to hear it.

February2007: my turning point.

Fi had started to lose weight because he was training to run a half-marathon, and I...was not losing weight. And I finally noticed in that last picture. So right away, I joined a gym. I started counting calories and watching what I ate...baby steps. I had a small goal of 5 pounds, which I lost fairly quickly while sticking to my diet and workout program. So I continued to stick to my diet and workout program. Here's what my progress looked like:

April 2007

May 2007: check out my arms. I'm particularly proud of them. They are shrinking!

June 2007: The biggest thing I noticed was how the shape of my face changed.

October 2007

November 2007: Check me out sideways

I was pretty happy with my progress at this point. I lost 18 lbs! I couldn't believe it. Hard work does pay off...and I did it the healthy way, which I'm even more proud of.

From this point, I worked out to maintain my weight. Fi and I both work out...together. He was my motivation to get in shape back then, and he's still my motivation to keep it up. But I thank him for loving me at any shape. So here's me maintaining my fitness:

April 2008

May 2008: Face shape maintenance

August 2008

Our most recent adventure: Yosemite

I'm so happy that I don't have to worry about losing weight while planning the wedding. I don't think my body would be able to handle the stress.

I'll share my workout tips in another post. Until then, make healthy choices! ;-)

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markessaxo said...

Go you, you look amazing! And it is very inspiring to see your progress pics. Thanks for sharing!

Abbie said...

Bold of you to post pics of the transition! I'm not that brave. ;) I am going thru the same transformation and am down 11 pounds... the right way! Good for you!!