The non-scale differences (and a challenge!)

I’ve been actively working out for the past 3 weeks. I know I haven’t lost much weight, but I know things are changing in my body with each week that I work out. :-)

Kickboxing. Oh man, I remember the first class. (If you’ve been reading this blog a while, you might remember that I went to kickboxing a bunch before the wedding, so I’m familiar to how the classes work, and oh boy, do they work!!) Our Y hired a new instructor, who I just really didn’t like. Her teaching style was much different, and I’m just not a person for change. There were some moves I couldn’t do (due to terrible balance) and some moves I couldn’t do with the pace of the music (kicking way too fast). It was way more advanced than I was used to, and I wanted to quit. I remember walking out of the first class feeling that I didn’t get a good workout in, because I couldn’t do some of the moves, so I’d march in place or do knee lifts. However, in my class this week, I noticed that I was able to do a couple of sets of the moves that required better balance, and my kicks are getting faster and more intense. WIN! I walked out of class feeling sweaty, which is SUPER awesome!

I’ve also started taking Millie on her long walks again (which, for now, is only 0.6 miles) since it’s warming up outside. The first walk, my thighs were absolutely sore (since Millie pulls like crazy…this is why she’s in training), and I was way out of breath! A couple of days ago, though, the hubs offered to come with me, and I noticed I was able to talk the whole time with him and came home feeling refreshed, rather than tired. Another WIN!

I’m also noticing some changes in my legs. I don’t notice their size going down or anything, but a few months ago, I started getting this weird pain in my legs when I’d try to fall asleep, which would only feel better if I moved my legs around or something. I was pretty worried that I was getting restless leg syndrome or something, thanks to Dr. Google. I have no idea if working out contributes to this, but the pain doesn’t really happen anymore. Maybe it’s all in my head, but I really think something with the work-out routine did wonders to nipping this pain in the bud!

I’m just so glad that I’m already feeling some changes! It definitely encourages me to keep going with the work-outs, and even find time to work-out more frequently. :-) This is good stuff, y’all. Good stuff.

I’m going to spice things up for next week. I’m getting my cardio in pretty well, but I really need to get back to weights. Weights + cardio literally melted weight off of me in the wedding planning days, so this week’s challenge is about focusing on weights!

For every comment you guys leave until Monday night, I will lift 40 lbs. of weights in some form next week. Whether it’s a leg machine, arm machine or chest machine, I’m going to lift it.

I appreciate y’all’s support in advance! You guys are awesome at pushing me further in this weight loss journey of mine!

Comments

  1. I’m glad to hear that things are going better. Keep up the good work, in the end it’ll be worth it! Good luck with weights next week!

  2. I always love that you’re willing to challenge yourself with these comments! You’re awesome. :)

    Also, I just started working out again (and hey, it’s nice out, correlation much?) and I’m scared to see that initial bump in my numbers! It always happens, and I know it’s normal and good, but I’m not looking forward to it.

  3. Go for it! Lifting weights jumpstarts your metabolism and helps prevent osteoporsis (however you spell that!) Keep up the awesome work!

  4. ShoeFanatic says:

    =) You’re doing so great!

  5. Amy, this is AWESOME news… definitely good stuff! Reading about your progress inspires + motivates me on my own weight-loss journey. I haven’t yet added weight training to my routine, but remember how much good it’s done me in the past. So, I’ll join you in lifting at least 40 lbs. twice this coming week.

    You’re not in this alone! ♥

  6. It’s amazing all the unexpected benefits of exercise! Keep up the great work!!

  7. way to go! I’m looking forward to noticing the results when my stamina and strength increase! go weight lifting!

  8. YAY! You are doing awesome! I’m so proud of you. Keep up the great work!

  9. This is great news! Keep it up, and good luck with the weight lifting!

  10. Good luck with the weights! I agree, the weights/cardio combo is what moves the pounds quickest, and for me, getting motivated is the hardest part of the process!

  11. Keep up the great work! Life some weight for me! :)

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