Emilee Speaks: Always believe in yourself

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Always believe in yourself


Hello friends!  I've had a pretty life changing couple of weeks and I can't wait to tell you about it.  

Friday the 24th of February 2017: The beginning of the end for me.  The end of what?  The end of bad habits, sedentary days, and negative thoughts.  I woke up that Friday determined to change my outlook on many things in life, including myself.  I realize we're now into March, but that moment I declared '2017' to be the year of 'ME'.  I'm always giving giving giving my time and energy to everyone else and putting myself on the back burner.  This has been detrimental to my health and spirit.  Please, don't get me wrong, I'm not making a choice to be a selfish asshole, I'm choosing to focus on myself.  I don't think there's anything selfish about that!  I think more moms and wives need to.

Now why was this life changing?  Well I'm overweight.  Very overweight.  Last year I did well on weight watchers and lost 20lbs in 3 months.  Then we went on summer vacation and I didn't get back in the groove once we returned home.  Then it was excuse after excuse until the holidays came and went.  I've been paying for weight watchers that entire time and every month I'd feel the pang of guilt when it was deducted from my bank account.  This $19.95 reminder of what I failed to commit to.  Speaking of failing to commit and monthly reminders... I have paid $32 each month to the local YMCA for 4 years.  I've only been a handful of times in that 4 years.  Friday the 24th of February 2017, that all changed.  I decided no more.  This is insane.  I either need to commit and be proud of myself, or cancel these memberships and just continue to be fat.  I could no longer sit in the limbo of "some day".  I woke up Friday the 24th of February 2017 and had a healthy breakfast (I never eat breakfast) and counted my points.  I worked all morning then at noon, I put on my gym shoes, grabbed my headphones, and took off to the gym.  

Going into the gym, I had a plan.  I'd do cardio today for 45mins, then lift for 15mins.  I got on the treadmill and I walked.  Slowly.  I walked at a speed of 2.0-2.7 for my 45mins and I walked a little over a mile.  I work at a desk all day and haven't had a very active lifestyle in ages.  So THIS was a big accomplishment for me.  Then I worked out on the weight machines, and went home to shower.  I made a smoothie and light lunch, counting my ww points.  And you know what?  I wasn't tired!  I was energized!  That evening we went shopping and I walked all over the mall, Target, Michael's, etc etc.  I purchased a few new outfits to wear to the gym, and a new pair of Adidas.

Saturday the 25th of February 2017: I wasn't able to go to the gym due to my work schedule.  I felt sad about this.  After one day of feeling the rush of endorphins and pushing myself, I was sad that I couldn't work out.

Sunday the 26th of February 2017: I worked from 7am-4pm at my corporate job.  I wasn't in the mood to work out after work.  It was a crappy day and I just wanted to go home.  I did go home.  I went home and changed into my gym clothes, grabbed my headphones, and went to the gym.  The minute I walked through the door, I felt proud.  I felt energized.  I got on the treadmill and I walked 2.2-2.7 for a mile and a half in my 45mins (notice the little increase here?). 

Monday the 27th of February-Sunday the 5th of March: I went to the gym every day except for Tuesday & Saturday.  I got up to 2.7-3.2 for my 45mins and I'm going a little over 2 miles!  I love it.  I love how good it makes me feel, and I love how proud of myself I am.  I love seeing my body endure and adapt.  I love seeing myself be able to do better every single day.  It's addicting.

As of Monday the 6th, I am down 10lbs.  From February 24th to March 6th... 10lbs.  I'm doing it!

I will be committing to weekly blogs about my progress.  I fully INTEND to do daily "What I Ate On Weight Watchers" videos, but I keep forgetting to film my meals.  I'm working on it... I promise!


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