Have you ever heard of Pinterest? It is a virtual pin board where you can pin all your ideas for bridal showers, weddings, recipes, clothes you want to buy, etc... There is a section where you can look at things other people have pinned too and one of these sections is "Fitness". I curiously started looking on this board one day and was absolutely intrigued. Neat catch phrases like "More sweat now, less jiggle later" and "sweat is fat crying" started getting me thinking about my own fitness regime. In the first four years of knowing PJ, I gained 4 pants sizes and I have been trying to work those off for the past two years. I have 3 sizes down, but dropping the last one has been difficult. At the beginning of the year, I cut out potato chips and desserts and we stopped going out to eat. I worked out every other day until the winter semester was over and for Spring semester started working out [almost] every day. I can't say that my body changed much though. I was starting to get think I could never drop the inches until I came across this Pinterest Fitness page. Oh! And The Biggest Loser.
Have you ever seen The Biggest Loser (or Big Fat Loser)? That show is amazing. Well, besides all the little drama parts but I watch it on Netflix so I can fast forward. Those people are awesome. I was into the third season when one of the contestants started to get smaller than me. A 200+ lbs woman was now a size 6. In a matter of months. Now I understand they are under a strict diet and work out for 3-5 hours a day, but it lit a light under my butt. So I stalked the Pinterest Fitness page for a day or two to see what else I could do. I could not up my workouts any more because of school, so I made a plan to start working out 3 hours a day over the 7 week break. I also looked at my diet. I found an outline of foods to eat and have implemented that. I have cut out pasta and white rice (oh how I love jasmine rice!) and really tried to make the most out of the time I work out. It has technically only been a week since I changed my diet and I was feeling the post diet jitters. Every cupcake, cookie, candy bar, something-covered-in-chocolate spoke to me and said "I taste so much better than that spinach crap!". I tried to persevere and only take one bite of chocolate a day, but by the end of the week I ate a whole cookie. It really wasn't even that good. Then I found this picture:
Oh Pinterest, how you motivate me. I was feeling so very discouraged. I started thinking "no matter what you do, you are going to stay this size". I started feeling like I was gaining weight. I started doubting my ability to even exercise 3 hours a day. Then I found a story (on Pinterest...) of a girl who was my similar weight, height and size who dropped down to my goal size in 30 days. I also found this picture:
Yah! I feel back on track. I have a week before school ends and 7 weeks to lose these final pounds. Then I'll be in the stage of maintaining my weight, not trying to lose it. My last plug for fitness is that the more I learn about it, the more I learn it is the answer to almost everything. Tired? Exercise! Depressed? Exercise! Stressed? Exercise! High blood pressure, heart problems, high cholesterol, diabetes, can't walk? Exercise! As some further motivation, PJ showed me this video today. Yah, if he can do it, I can do it.
And a final picture: Me as of today.