The last 12 weeks have certainly flown by. When I started the Go Green Get Fit Challenge at the beginning of summer, I anticipated doing before and after shots. I was excited to share how much weight I’ve lost. I also miscalculated the length of the challenge and thought I’d be completing my sprint triathalon before we wrapped up. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted my goals to be and how I’d meet them.
I started out the summer enthusiastic and set lofty goals for myself. I pushed through sleep deprivation, hectic schedules, absurd heat and poor motivation. I ran with people and I ran alone. I cut calories and added so. much. water to my diet. I started biking again. I bought a swim suit and went down slides at a water park.
I decided to not weigh myself at the end of this challenge, because although there is a radical difference in my body, muscle weighs a lot more than fat and I didn’t feel like being bummed by a number. But here are a few details for you:
- I bought a swim suit two sizes smaller than I bought just last summer.
- A t-shirt of my husband’s that barely fit around my hips and rear earlier this spring, hangs off me now.
- The Mommy and Me Fitness shirt that was tight on me this time last year, looks absurd.
- The two-a-day workouts were so hard the first few weeks, but I really learned to like them… when it wasn’t still 97 degrees at 730pm that is!
- I will have buy new pants to work out in, since my usual ones don’t even stay up now!
- I catch myself loading the kids in the jogging stroller and then automatically stretching… even if I’m just walking and not actually running.
- I think about how I get a greater workout out of doing everyday things. When I go downstairs to do laundry, I run up and down the stairs a few times instead of just schlepping back and forth. I am the crazy lady doing calf raises in the grocery checkout line.
- I most definitely am the mom who races her children everywhere now, doing extra laps between the start and the finish so they can win.