Saturday, October 31, 2009

Don't Stop Believin'

I don't know how many of you were actually reading two months ago when I posted about the "Show Me 60" challenge, but today is my 60th day. And I feel like I don't have much to "show you."

When I started the challenge I had high hopes of losing 8 pounds in those 60 days. A pound a week is totally doable, right? And it wouldn't have been out of the realm of possibility to lose 16 pounds in 60 days. Heck, if I were a contestant on the Biggest Loser, I could have lost 100 pounds in 60 days!

Alas, I didn't lose any pounds. May have actually gained a bit. I'll weigh in tomorrow and find out for sure.

But, I'm not despairing, because I realized this week, I am, in fact, making progress. Maybe not the kind that shows on the scale or in the waistband.

It first hit me in yoga class Thursday when I realized I could actually do the boat pose. That's the one where you sit up, holding behind your knees, then lean back so you're balancing on your tailbone in sort of a V shape. Used to be, when I'd do this I would literally shake all over. I was kind of embarrassed about it.

But Thursday, I did it. And I didn't shake! And I didn't have to stop before the instructor told me to stop. Yay!

Today, I walked my longer route, and I wasn't even high on Midol. And check this out: I jogged a little. Just a little. About a block, two different times. Tiny little step, but there's no way I could have done that two months ago, let alone had the desire to try.

Then I came inside and did my push ups and crunches. Six weeks ago, when I added my "baby step" of doing push ups (on the knees) and crunches, as many as I could of each, I did 17 push ups and 45 crunches. Today, I did 19 push ups and 85 crunches! Eighty-five! Can you imagine?! No wonder I could do the boat pose!

So, I've decided that I must not get discouraged. Progress may not come in the form, and with the speed, we want or expect, but it always comes if we don't give up!


Most Awesome Song I Heard While Working Out: "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey. Journey is of course the original and probably best version of this song, and that's the one on my Ipod. However, as I listened, I couldn't help thinking back to the version from Glee. And, if you're like me, (no offense to my baseball fan readers!) you are in a bit of withdrawal due to Glee being pre-empted by the World Series. So, enjoy!

1 comment:

Karen said...

Congratulations, Janet! It's so awesome when you start seeing progress. Makes it feel like it's worth it when you know you're actually getting somewhere.