Today I am feeling the burn. I didn’t run this morning because it is my volunteer day on base. I volunteer every Wednesday, so I will probably make that my routine “break day” from running until I get stronger. My goal is to be able to run every morning AND to a light weight or yoga strengthening workout Monday-Friday. I will be doing abs and arms when I get home. My goal tonight is 100 crunches and a few sets of arm exercises with 5-10lb weights. I don’t want bulk. I want to be *long and lean* which is very appropriate for being 5’10. It just sounds nice to say, “long and lean”. I don’t want to be “thin” or “skinny”. I want to be healthy and active. I want strength. If that keeps me at a size 8, I’m good with that. If it dropped me back to a size 6, well at least I could wear the clothes in my closet.
*DISCLAIMER* I have not alway been a size 8. After three knee surgeries and a near death experience with pneumonia, I gained almost 50 lbs. I know that isn’t a huge amount for a lot of people, but for me it was heartbreaking. I couldn’t move the way that I wanted to with my children, I wasn’t feeling good and I just didn’t feel like myself. I also was diagnosed with asthma. I’m now about 20-28lbs away from my earlier healthy weight. Oh what the heck, I can give numbers. Maybe it will help others feel motivated and join me.
I am tall, but I’ve always been athletic. That’s kept me between 138-145 lbs naturally. Even after two kids, I was always doing something that kept me moving. I was healthy. I went up to 188 lbs and at one point hit 192 lbs. I have been on a weight roller coaster though. In the last few years, I weighed below 180 lbs and then in the last year got down to 155 lbs. But after that feeling of accomplishment and only 10 lbs away from my goal, we PCS’d.
Yep, I could easily blame “the Navy” for my acts of pure stupidity, but I won’t. This is on me. I was back up to 175 lbs. I have made a conscious effort in the last month and I weighed in this morning at 167.4 lbs. This made me giddy. I’m keeping track of the numbers to track my progress, but I don’t have a “set” number that I am trying to get to. I just want energy and to be able to keep up with my very athletic husband and incredibly entertaining kids. And of course, I want to win against “The Jiggle”.