I wasn't going to write this post for another week. I planned to do bi-weekly posts on this challenge, but there are some things I just had to share. I mean, my poor husband's eyes are starting to glaze over when I start gushing about the results I'm seeing already so I know he needs a breather. lol
I started my challenge on June 1st. At the time of writing this post (June 10th), I have lost 10 pounds. TEN POUNDS!
I realize this is the beginning jump from starting any fitness regime, but damn it feels great to see those numbers slowly dropping every time I step on the scale! This morning I weighed in at 194.2. WOW!
My clothes are starting to fit differently. My jeans are all getting loose and I have to wear a belt with them. Speaking of belts, I have dropped a belt hole too. That felt pretty fantastic this morning. I was on the second to last hole and now theres some space and the end of the belt to tuck it into the loop again. YES!!
My back no longer pulls out of alignment when I bend over. That used to be very painful and annoying too. I was always limping because it hurt to walk. I didn't realize how much I had adjusted to this way of living until I realized I wasn't doing it anymore! No more twisting as hard as I could to try and get everything back into place. Nope. I'm feeling kinda great!
My shoulders are no longer knotted up either. I realize that exercise is a great stress reliever but this outward result is a real God-send! I mean, I used to be a ball of knots and lumps all across my back but that has all changed. I can lift my shoulders to my ears without any pain. AND I can turn my head all the way to the sides without pain too. What an amazing feeling to be able to see almost behind me again since I can turn all the way. I feel like a safer driver now! lol
My feet and ankles are not swollen anymore. I have always had a problem with weak and swollen ankles. I had injuries when I was a child that ended my Olympic dreams and left me hobbling for months. Those injuries never fully healed correctly. While I can walk and even run, the swelling always crept up and lingered for what felt like forever. Doctors say it's poor circulation. Fair enough. But since I've been exercising regularly, I have not been dealing with this problem at all. And my first steps in the morning are no longer painful. No more limping to the bathroom when I wake up in the middle of the night. What a relief!!
I've kicked my caffeine addiction. I guess drinking all that water (approximately 80 oz a day) has really had some great benefits after all! I wake up mentally clear and ready to go in the mornings now. No more grogginess or drowsy yawning throughout the day either. And while my sleeping habits are mostly the same (waking up at 4 am every single day, only to doze off again at 5 am and then have to be up at 7:30 am to take my daughter to school), I wake up more refreshed and rested. What a huge plus!
My double chin is getting smaller and my cheekbones are starting to pop back out again too! My face doesn't look quite as round as it did a couple of weeks ago and my chin is more pronounced. Finally!
Lastly, I have more energy throughout the day. I don't feel winded walking up a flight of stairs now and I can feel the power in my legs as I take each step toward the top! Overall, I feel better. My days are more productive until bedtime now because I don't need an afternoon nap anymore. That in itself has been worth it!
All in all, I am super happy with the results I'm seeing. I feel pretty great and my mood is even improved. I can't wait to see what changes happen in the next week so I can share them with you! Boom! 💋
My name is Carla Helené. I am a cheeky naturalista, serial entrepreneur, speaker, educator and self love advocate who encourages women to embrace their truth, love themselves and make margaritas out of life’s lemons. Is there a recipe for this? I’m not sure I but I know we can figure it out together.
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