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Finding Motivation to Get Fit
How I found motivation to lose weight, get in shape and help others to do the same.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Scales don't tell the whole truth

Tipping the scales at 251 pounds shocked me into action two and a half years ago.  I've been hovering around 200 pounds for the past few months and haven't had much of an opportunity to work out on a regular basis due to softball season.  Unfortunately, the Lady Knights season ended a little less than three weeks ago and now I'm back on track.

I know that I haven't been getting nearly enough cardio work to drop weight considering the fact that I'm lifting pretty heavy.  My focus through summer and into the first of August will be to build strength and power which is more than likely going to add muscle and weight.  In August my focus will shift to getting the Lady Knights Power Program back in action and then I'll be getting lots of cardio and weight work so hopefully the weight will start falling off then.

I've noticed that my pants are fitting a tad snug but my shirts don't seem to be as restrictive.  I can still bend over and tie my shoes without having to hold my breath or lean to the side so basically I still feel good and I still have range of motion and flexibility to do the things I was doing when I was at my lowest weight which seems a lifetime ago in October!

Because I am still comfortable with how I look and feel, I have decided to shelve the scales until July 3rd.  I'll get an accurate weight on the third so that I can eat "healthy" on the Fourth and not worry about the few pounds I might put on!

With the heat coming on strong remember to hydrate well before, during and after your workouts.  A great sweat is a real motivator but you don't want to lose too many fluids or you can get muscle cramps or become dehydrated.  And remember, whenever possible, workout with a partner!  It's not just for helping with lifts.  In extreme heat you could pass out and need the assistance.

Have a great end of school year and a very safe, very healthy summer!  Goodluck in finding your motivation to get fit!