A year ago today I walked into Next Level Fitness in Palm Desert. I met one of the owner’s, Casey, for the first time and as is the custom in a gym when you first meet your trainer you get weighed and your body fat measured (welcome!). This was the day I did my very first Fit in 42 workout. Although I only did half of the class looking back on my fitness journal I very emphatically wrote how much it kicked my butt to do rowers, pushups, burpees, chest presses and run/walk two laps around a parking lot. I weighed 317lbs that day and since I’d been in hospital back in November I had managed to lose 4 lbs in 4 months on my own. A week into Fit Cam I’d lost 3 lbs. I remember crying with happiness as I drove back home, I couldn’t believe it could be done. These trainers taught me things I was unaware I didn’t know how to do, like eat. I mean I knew how much I could eat, A LOT, but I didn’t know how or what to eat to really nourish my body for it to function properly. I didn’t know I had an addiction to bad food and I certainly had no idea how to exercise. With some time I learned that much of the physical limitations were created by my own mind. I had to learn where my wall was and push myself to work past it. It’s a work in progress and the rewards have been innumerable.
Sometimes when reflecting all you need to do is count the little things.
Little things I can do now:
Cross my legs
Sit indian style
Touch my toes
Do flamingo stretches
Sit comfortably in a movie theater
Run! I can run miles now!
Look people in the eye.
Pose for pictures (thanks Tonita)
The Big Things:
Like a better person
Be a role model- I wanted to be a role model for my family, I didn’t anticipate other people would think of me that way. It’s mean more to me than I think I could express. They feed my motivation exponentially.
A year’s gone by, I’ve completed two Fit in 42’s with Fit Camps and I’m starting the third week of my third round. I’ve lost 70 lbs so far, I’m halfway to my goal. I find that a pretty significant milestone. I’m really looking forward to the next 70. I don’t know how long it will take but I do know with certainty I’m hooked on my new life and I am never going back to the way I used to be. Casey, Gerry, Ryan, Iva, Nik, all the trainers at Fit in 42 have provided unwavering support this whole time. They are my role models and my champions. Through them I learned that I could do this and all my accomplishments thus far are shared with them. To all of them, thank you so very much.