Today we're continuing the Sisterhood Shrink-a-versary celebration as well as starting our Thanksgiving a day early!!
First off to the scales - this will be my 2nd to last time weighing because I'm starting a new fitness venture. A friend of mine (you know the one that gets an idea and the next thing you know I'm running a half marathon?) has been reading up on weight training and the benefits of high weight, low rep.
Since February of this year, I've been doing a class twice a week with low weight, high reps. Yesterday, she and I skipped class to familiarize ourselves with the weights machines, and different exercises. Starting next week instead of doing squats with two 10 pound dumbells - we'll be squatting 60 pounds with a barbell.
The hope is that we'll build muscle, which in turn will burn up all of our fat in order to fuel itself. With the weights program we're doing, we know that its quite possible we'll gain weight. She's as neurotic as me, so keep ourselves from going crazy we're not going to step on the scales.
I'm going to have Jay take a "before" picture of me in a tiny little outfit to track my progress, as well as trying on my skinny jeans weekly. They fit me almost perfectly now, so I'll be able to judge by them if I'm shrinking or not. I'll also know if they get too snug that I'm letting fat creep back on and I need to change up something.
I'm excited to get started and you'd better believe I'm still going to be reporting in on Wednesday even if I'm not officially "weighing-in".
Now to what I'm thankful for:
1) New opportunities
I hate to sound so vague, but I'm trying not to get too excited until I know for sure its a solid thing. I'll post more when I know more.
2) Acheiving goals
Just in case you missed it - I ran a half marathon last weekend!!
3) Setting new goals
This year, when writing my New Year's resolutions - I know they won't just be empty hopes and dreams. Last year I told myself I was going to lose weight and get more healthy, and here I am!
4) Christmas with my family!!
When Jay and I got married, we decided that holidays would be rotated yearly - one year we'd do Thanksgiving with his family and Christmas with mine, then the next we'd do Thanksgiving with mine and Christmas with his.
Last year, I asked for Christmas with my family (just to get things started) because it was the Little Man's first Christmas. Which meant this year it was Jay's turn to have Christmas with his family. I've been bummed about it, whenever I think of Christmas.
Earlier this week, Jay asked how I would feel about switching it up. His alma mater is playing a big game the day after Thanksgiving and he wants to go. So this year we're doing Thanksgiving with his family (since OU is just an hour away) and I get Christmas with my family again!!
5) My brother-in-law
Now, if my family is reading this they might be offended - but they know I'm thankful for them. Its easy and trite to say we're thankful for our families.
But I'm truly blessed to have a great brother-in-law. He was one of those people who didn't think I could/should be able to run a half, but was one of the most proud of me for actually doing it.
6) My job
Also a little trite, but I don't care. I have a secure job with great benefits. Two things that bring me much peace of mind - and is much needed considering Jay is self employed! Not to mention the free gym access!
7) The Blog-o-sphere
I have met so many wonderful people through the bloggy world. I've grown as a person and a writer because of you.
8) My type A personality
I'm good with money. I'm good at meal planning. I'm good at keeping track of all the bills. My need to have everything just so might drive Jay crazy sometimes, but it keeps our household running smoothly. And I get a high off marking that last thing off my check list.
*note to self, write out Thanksgiving packing list*
9) The Sisterhood
This past week was the 1 year anniversary of the start of the sisterhood. I haven't been with them since the beginning, but I can promise that if I never found them I'd have given up on weight loss.
I love reading, hiking, running and get to do them all on a regular basis. Trust me, I understand that each of these is its own blessing.
There are many, even in this country, that don't have the ablity to read. Then there are people like my father who just doesn't enjoy it. Not to mention all you moms without the time.
I'm blessed to live in an area surrounded by great hiking trails. And am blessed to be healthy enough that I can hike and run no problem!
What about you, what are you thankful for this week? Are you thankful for how you did on the scales? Talk to me.