Tomorrow is weigh-in #2 and symbolizes that I have completed 1/3 of this challenge. Yay me!!. I’m super nervous to see what the scale has to say this time around. I have been seeing a lot of amazing posts from my fellow challengers celebrating that they have already lost 5, 7 some even 10lbs already. I don’t happen to have a working scale at home so I haven’t been able to weigh myself through this last 2 weeks (which might actually be a good thing), which means I am walking into tomorrow’s weigh-in with no clue where I might be in term of reaching my goal. It’s exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time.
This weekend is going to be jammed packed and I probably will not have an opportunity to post anything until Monday so you’ll have to wait until then to find out my results :). What I thought I would do instead is make a quick post about some of the changes I have noticed in the last 2 weeks alone. Keep in mind that I am eating wheat free, dairy free, sugar-free, and soy free so some of the changes I’ve seen may have less to do with fitness training and more to do with my body adjusting to my new way of eating. Here is what I have noticed:
- I have WAY more energy than I did before. Yes, I still get tired (especially on those days where I’m at the gym for 5:45 in the morning) and yes I still have times when I don’t feel like doing anything at all but overall my willingness to get up and do things and move around is much better. I can’t even remember the last time I watched any of the shows that I was binge-watching on Netflix (honestly, I used to get 2 or 3 episodes in during a day). Household chores aren’t as much of a chore anymore lol. I have a pep in my step and I feel an all day buzz on the days I workout.
- I sleep MUCH better! This was a huge one for me because I routinely wake up 3-4 times per night because of headaches, back pain, and sometimes just for no reason at all. Since I started the challenge with GoFitnessNiagara I rarely wake up through the night, which of course means I wake up more rested and better prepared to start the day!
- My morning back pain is GONE! I have lived with back pain for over a decade due to an old injury and my weight. As my weight began to increase so did my back problems. In the week prior to starting the challenge, I couldn’t fully stand up in the morning when I got out of bed in the morning or when I got up from a seated position. I would have to walk hunchback for a few steps and then I could get a little straighter, walk a few more steps, get a little straighter and so on. I was actually quite concerned that I wouldn’t be able to complete the classes in the first week because my back was so bad. The first week I had some minor discomfort in my lower back but nothing like what I experienced on a regular basis. This week I haven’t woke up with pain at all (ab pain yes! lol but no back pain!).
- My gastrointestinal symptoms are BETTER!. I can go out shopping without fear that I would have to abandon the cart if a wave of attacks hit. I don’t have to be afraid to eat outside of my home for fear that I will aggravate my digestive system and it will kick me with a vengeance while I am out in public. I have less bloating and discomfort as well which means my clothes fit better and a bit looser 🙂
- My focus and attention are IMPROVING!. The first week I was trying to stay awake in my afternoon class because my body was not used to the early mornings but I find now that I can concentrate better and I’m starting to retain more (which is much needed for me)
- My body is STRONGER! I can’t do everything I want to yet but I’m holding positions longer, doing more reps, and lasting longer on continuous activities.
These may not HUGE things on their own but put them all together and consider that it’s ONLY been 2 weeks (that’s only 14 day’s!!!!) I’d say that’s pretty GREAT! Regardless of what the scale says tomorrow I know that I am getting healthier and stronger and at the end of the day that’s what really matters.
Always celebrate your small achievements because they often become your big achievements before you even realize it. Your health and wellbeing are what truly matters – not a number on a scale. The most important relationship you will ever have is the one with yourself, so be kind to you!!!
T.G.I.F everyone! Have a safe and happy weekend!