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I apologize if this should go somewhere else. I didn’t see a thread for Introductions. I’d like to share my experience with Walk On and Jessica’s YouTube videos.
I was never an athletic kid growing up. I never had an interest in working out or sports until my husband and I began riding our bicycles in 2011. We developed this real love of riding around everywhere on the trails. It didn’t feel like exercise, and I got to really bond with my husband.
Fast forward to getting pregnant in 2014. I bicycled until my second trimester, and then I had to stop because it was uncomfortable. I had a really great pregnancy, but the delivery was pretty traumatic. I had to have multiple blood transfusions, and I ended up in bedrest for a few months afterwards.
The last four years were a bit of a daze. I became (quite literally) a walking feeding station for the first year or so, and it was really hard to find that rhythm in a schedule just for day-to-day living. I am a working mother, so I found it easiest to try to get back into that rhythm first, and just kind of forgot about taking care of me. Because of this, I ended up continually stressed out, frequently overeating, and just generally unhappy. I was tipping the scales at 216 (I was 175 pre pregnancy).
I realized a few months ago that I needed to make a change for me. I needed to feel like myself again. I didn’t know who this person was in the mirror. My body not only looks different, but it feels different. It’s a different weight and different shape than I was pre-pregnancy. My first stop was just learning to eat better. No dieting, because I knew that would never work. I started by eating smaller portions; eating small, healthy snacks; and cutting out soda all together.
After I felt I had a good handle on eating better, I looked for a workout dvd to do at home. The first three dvds I tried made me just feel worse about myself. They were highly rated on Amazon, but I couldn’t understand why. The coaches yelled and made me feel badly that I couldn’t keep up. I felt like a failure. I started my search again, thinking I just couldn’t ever find a workout series that fit me or that I was just “broken” and not good enough to do any of these dvds. I then found Walk On: Walk the Weight Off 30 Day Plan.
The first few days were pretty rough, I won’t lie. I was clearly out of shape. I was breathing heavily, dripping with sweat, and red in the face, but I miraculously didn’t feel like a failure. I felt like a friend was holding my hand, supporting me every step of the way. After the first week, I could make it through a workout without a red face! Three weeks into the series, we went on vacation to San Diego to the zoo and Safari Park. I walked over 6 miles each day, and never once got winded!
I finished my first 30-days, then I restarted the 30-day plan. After I did that, I discovered Jessica’s YouTube videos and went “hog wild,” creating my own schedule of videos. I am four and a half months in now. I have better posture, I feel stronger, I have more energy, and am starting to feel more like myself. I am currently at 185, and have lost a combined 23 inches from my bust, arms, waist, thighs, and hips!
I have to add, my new “go to” workout the last few weeks has been starting each day with a 1 mile Walk and Talk (I LOVE THESE! I wish there were more!), and then doing the 5 day Fall Back into Fitness in order Monday through Friday. I sparkle a LOT for Day three!!
Sorry for rambling. I just wanted to say hello, and “meet” everyone on this journey with me!