We joined a gym. Yay! One of the perks of living in the city of Leesburg proper is that you have access to the city run facility, Ida Lee Recreational Center. The rec center is seriously huge and is like any other gym you’d find in the area, but I’d compare it to a Lifetime Fitness more than anything. It’s filled with tons of cardio equipment, weights, an indoor and outdoor pool, basketball courts, racquetball courts, tennis courts, you name it. The best part though, is that it’s a fraction the cost of a “normal” gym membership and costs us only $56 dollars a month total. Can’t beat that!
I’m finding myself challenging myself, but being realistic at the same time. It took a while to gain weight, so it will take a while to take it off. I’m pretty encouraged to see I’ve already lost 4lbs (likely water weight), but I don’t expect that rapid loss to continue. My short-term goal is to lose 15lbs by Memorial Day. I’m thinking that’s a reachable goal, but between having to have my gallbladder removed in May, and a trip to NC in April with southern cooking, we’ll have to see how it goes. I’m fairly confident I can do it.
We’re cooking more, using our weight watchers cookbooks and cooking recipes shared from friends. We’re not doing the weight watchers program, but their cookbooks are awesome! It’s amazing how much people will help if you just ask! I’ve found myself talking to my friends who work out and are aware of what they eat and they’re just filled with knowledge, tips and encouragement. I think in the past I’ve tried to do everything on my own and opening myself up to asking for help and getting encouragement is going to make a difference. Also, I’m just really motivated to be more healthy.
I plan on blogging about this whole journey, sharing websites, asking for recipes and maybe even venting frustrations on bad days, but either way, I feel better already.