Thanks for visiting the Monroe County YMCA blog! Today we get a visit from Chris as she chronicles her journey in the Thursday evening Weight Loss Program.
Twelve weeks have flown by so fast! I can’t believe that our Thursday night Weight Loss class is over. It’s been a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs. I’ve learned so much in the twelve weeks about nutrition, food journaling and myself. I’m sad that this class is over; but I’m also happy and proud that I was able to participate in this great program. Like I said, I’ve learned so much about myself – some good; some not so good.
Here is just a small list of things I’ve learned and will take away from this class:
- You are not alone. Everyone has challenges – whether losing weight or overcoming some other obstacle. You are not alone. This program has taught me that. What I thought I was feeling is also felt by my other group members. This is where you need the support of your friends and family.
- Food journaling is a MUST! I cannot even begin to name the reasons writing down everything you eat is priority number one! When I first started journaling, it was a real eye opener to what I was actually eating compared to what I thought I was eating.
- You are going to have your ups and downs. That’s what life is all about. This is where you need to keep thinking positive. Take those negative thoughts and throw them out. Crumple them up like a piece of paper and throw it in the garbage can.
- Truth be told, it’s not going to be easy. Even though it was easy to put the weight on, taking it off and keeping it off is a full time job. This is why eating healthier and exercising is very important. This is a lifestyle change, not just a “diet”. You are working on and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
- Exercise! Even if you are just walking up and down your driveway to get your mail. That is exercise. Keep moving. Keep putting one foot in front of the other.
- Challenge yourself! For me, getting back to running and working out was the biggest challenge I faced. I remembered when I ran my first marathon and did my first triathlon how amazing I felt when I was training and when I completed my events. I want that again.
- You are going to have slips. As you have read in my previous blog entries, the last few weeks have been rough for me. I’ve slipped and eaten foods that I know were not healthy. I’ve not exercised enough. The negative thoughts creep in and take hold of my attitude. Again, this is where having my weight loss class buddies and instructors have helped me. They turned these negative thoughts around and countered with all the positive changes I’ve made.
- Stay motivated! When you’ve completed one goal, think of another goal to complete. Keep climbing the ladder of success to a healthy lifestyle.
If you are able to participate in the YMCA Weight Loss Class, do it! Now is the time. Start your new year off on the right foot. I don’t have enough positive words to say about this class and my instructors. The weight loss class will give you the tools to a healthier lifestyle. The instructors will help you overcome your obstacles and take the necessary steps to a healthier YOU!
Like Jim Kobow said in his previous blog entry, if you ever need a workout partner, he is always at the Y. I’m also putting out the same request. I’m always at the Y and working out. If you ever need someone to walk/run with, I’m here for you. Even if you need someone to listen, I’m here. If you want to try a new class at the Y and need that first step to walk in the door, I’ll go with you. I know what it’s like to be “the shy one”. If you want to try a cycling class, come to one of the ones that I am teaching.
Finally, this is your life! Don’t waste it! Get out there and get moving. Remember small steps – One foot in front of the other. You WILL make a positive change in your life.
Even though the Weight Loss class is over, my journey is not. I’ve got my goal set for my next half marathon, then another half ironman. I’m getting back to the athlete I once was and will continue to be. I’ve enjoyed blogging about my adventures and hope that I can continue to do so and let you all know how my journey is progressing.
If you see someone out on the roads run/walking with brightly colored socks and a long ponytail waving in the wind – that’s ME! Give me a honk and thumbs up. I can always use the support and encouragement of my friends and family!
Strong and Determined!!
Chris, thank you for sharing your experience in the YMCA Weight Loss Program these past weeks. Congratulations on all of your progress and success and best wishes to you in 2013! Don’t be a stranger to the blog … we’d love to hear more from you.
To our blog-followers – registration is currently open for the new Weight Loss Programs beginning in January! There will once again be a Tuesday night group and a Thursday night group. You can register by clicking here… https://ops1.operations.daxko.com/programs/redirector.aspx?cid=3043&tagid=3491