Hi all ,
This is my first time ever posting in this forum, so please, be nice.
I am getting married October 3, and got engaged in May. I had decided I wanted to lose 10 pounds for the wedding and tone up, generally, and felt like I had all the time in the world to do so. All of a sudden 10 months passed by, and I realized I hadn't done anything to change my eating or exercise habits! I eat a ton of crap (I have a soft spot for candy in the late afternoon) but have always been semi-decent about exercising; I was an athletic kid whose metabolism only recently started to slow down a bit (I'm in my mid-twenties).
Anyway, so my fiance's sister is going to be a bridesmaid in our wedding and she wanted to lose a lot more weight than the 10 pounds I would like to shed (I'd estimate she wants to lose about 50 -75 pounds, although I'm not sure). I'd just like to share her story as inspiration: She actually started doing Zumba (at my suggestion, actually!) about three months ago. She went from being someone who *never* worked out to someone who goes to exercise class or the gym 5-6 times a week. It's been amazing watching her get into it, and seeing how body change can be done healthily (she decided she wanted to avoid scales, because they can be too disappointing when you don't see the numerical results, and disappointments then lead to binges/falling off the wagon, etc , and she hasn't been starving herself at all). But she has seen and loves the changes in her body, and is developing a whole new confidence she's never had before.
Her success has been very inspirational to me. I decided today that there is no more putting off developing a healthier lifestyle. For me this means cooking more and eating out less, eating less red meat, cheese, and sugar, and, most importantly, getting back to into the habit of working out about 5 times a week. I wish I could do it all through Zumba, because I *love* to dance, especially latin dance, and I've lived in places where Zumba was offered nearby, I can just say, it is the funnest way to burn calories, and the hour literally just flies by!! And it's suuuuuch a good workout. But there's no where near my house or school that offers it, and I already pay an arm and a leg for my gym membership. I do have the Zumba DVDs but it's just not as fun to do it alone, and, I don't think it's anywhere near as good of a workout as the classes I've taken. So, I've decided it's the gym for me, and I will keep writing "offer Zumba classes!!!" every day in the "Suggestions" box until they do.
So, I just went to the gym today and jogged four miles on the treadmill, which was actually an all-time high for myself (I don't think I've ever run more than 2 miles consecutively). I only did it on 6.0 speed, so I wasn't really "running" but I felt like I could have gone on even longer, which is a feeling I've never have felt. The only thing that made me stop was I have a long history of shin splints (boo! - would love tips from anyone of how to deal with them).
Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself on these boards and so that you know who I am when I join the HLT thread.
Have a great weekend everyone!