Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My Road to Wellness - Part 1

The road to wellness starts with a giant leap. Since snapping my achilles tendon and injuring my back (resulting in 2 herniated discs), my overall physical fitness level has declined......and thus, so has my self confidence and internal happiness. It's been a real struggle to see the almost 30 extra pounds that I have accumulated reap havoc on my body and appearance. I am hoping to continue my dedication to my road to wellnes by blogging about it. Just the idea that one person might read my progress (or lack there of, *gulp*) is very motivating to me. So, with that, I'll be periodically sharing my progress on my blog.

We (Brad and I) have recently hired a personal trainer to help jump start our road to wellness. Brian's technique uses multiple moves to work different muscle groups, while also improving the strength of your core. This is exactly what I needed! In order to combat my daily back pain, I know I need to focus on my core muscles to help strengthen my back. After just 3 sessions, I can actually feel it back doesn't ache as much. Now, I don't know if this is because everything else is aching, but I'd like to think not.

I've never been motivate to lift weights or work out beyond just doing cardio. So, it's no surprise that these workouts are kicking my ass. They are very difficult, but have been very rewarding thus far. We work out with Brian on Tuesday and Friday evenings, so usually we are dying on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. :) We have the convenience of working out in the gym in our building, so we have no excuse!
I have an overall weight goal of losing roughly 30 pounds. So far, only one has been shed, but it's a move in the right direction though. We are taking a vacation in March, so I'm hoping to have dropped 12-15 pounds by then so I can actually enjoy laying on the beach in St. Thomas. AND, be able to wear about 15 pairs of pants in my closet that I currently cannot about expanding your wardrobe!
Hopefully you enjoy this journey with road to wellness.