It’s time for an update. I’m excited to write this post, mostly because I’m in the mood to write, but also because I’m happy to share my accomplishments in my health.

I mentioned in my last post that I wasn’t losing any weight. And that was true. Since October 11th (almost 3 months), I hadn’t lost any weight and actually gained one pound from all the strength training I’ve been doing. BUT, I have GREAT news! I weighed in yesterday for a weight loss challenge group I’m in and the scale moved! Not one pound…but THREE pounds in TEN days! I couldn’t believe my eyes! I wasn’t overly thrilled, but I definitely was happy.

It made sense too, because the last week or so I began trying on some of my size large clothing for the heck of it because I wanted something different to wear…and it fit! And I was losing inches too the entire time that I wasn’t losing weight. So even though I wasn’t losing weight, I still felt rewarded for my efforts. But seeing the scale change yesterday was just awesome.

Unless I join another challenge, I won’t be weighing in for a month. That was my usual schedule and I’d like to get back to it. I also do my measurements each time I weigh in. The last challenge, which just ended yesterday, was what got me going with exercising again. I am so grateful for joining that challenge and for the great group of people in it. If it wasn’t for that challenge, I might still not be exercising. But for the last two months, I’ve worked out almost every day! In fact, I only took three days off in December! My goal is to keep it up, and my short-term goal is to workout more days in a row than the last time. Last time, I worked out for ten days straight. So far, this time, I’ve worked out for nine days. So if I workout for two more days, I’ll have beat my record.

My thighs are so sore right now from squats! I’m thinking a walk or yoga is in order for tomorrow to give my muscles a break.

2012 was a great year. I started my lifelong commitment to healthy living in April; I lost 52 lbs and many inches; I found the joy in exercise and made it a permanent part of my life; and I stuck with healthy eating since I started in April (not one cheat!). I feel like it’s a blessing or truly a miracle. It might seem that way to others, but really it’s a lot of hard work, dedication, and making healthy choices. I have won the battle with my mind that carbs made it hard to fight. I’m speaking of my food addiction. Since I have eliminated the “drug” (sugar, refined carbs, starches), I have become more powerful. It is pretty easy to stay away from those foods now…easier than trying to bounce back from cheating on carbs.

It’s also easier to continue my exercise program everyday than to stop for two days and try to workout again. I have learned who I am and how I work, so I know what to do to stay on track.

I wish you all success this year with your health. I will be posting a couple of book reviews in the next few days for fitness books I’ve read recently. I can’t wait to see how far I can get with my workouts. My goal for 2013 is to get as fit as I can. I know I can do it.

(Originally posted on Christine's Health Blog.)

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