August 1, 2016

Fitness | My One Year Fitness Transformation & Weight Loss Anniversary

Fitness Transformation & Weight Loss Anniversary
I started my weight loss journey at the beginning of August 2015 my birthday month, I was weighing 160 lbs and I wasn't happy with how I looked or felt. One year later i'm at my goal weight of 140 lbs. Because of my height 5'7" I pretty much can't go lower than that without losing muscle. I started out doing random juice fasts once a week and walking everyday. My body will only lose about 1 lb every two weeks because I don't have any metabolism. I added weightlifting to my program and begin taking swimsuit photos every month because that's what the bodybuilders did on Instagram. My scale fluctuated up and down as I began to put on muscle and shed the fat.... so I relied only on my photos and not the scale...  well maybe just a wee bit.
Fitness Transformation & Weight Loss Anniversary
I have a love hate relationship with my gym 24hr Fitness but I continued to go 5x's a week faithfully. My routine was pretty simple in the beginning, 1 hr of cardio and 30 mins of weights. By January 2016 I was slowly seeing progress but I wanted faster results so bought 10 personal training sessions and spaced them out. 

Working with a trainer was a game changer for me. I was encouraged to stop the juice fasts because my goal was to put on muscle and that required more protein and carbs. The nutritional part was a little hard for me to grasp, why in the world would I want to eat more carbs when I was trying to lose fat? I really had no understanding of how to gain muscle at all. Years ago I had lost weight by replacing one meal a day with a fat burning soup. I thought how wonderful... i'm going to try this again, I would have my high protein & carb meals earlier in the day when I burned the most energy and my fat burning soup along with a delicious salad at night.
Fitness Transformation & Weight Loss Anniversary
As my workouts became longer with more weight lifting and less cardio, I was starting to see the fruits of my labor. I was also wrapping with Albolene and saran wrap on the days that I did cardio. Albolene works wonders for shrinking the fat cells. I wrote an entire article about it here a few years back showing how I wrapped my body.  As I push through my workouts, my body continues to get sore but I have found ways to combat the soreness by using a muscle roller, massage oils, soaking in epson salt and using a heating pad.
Fitness Transformation & Weight Loss Anniversary
Ovarian Cancer | Chemotherapy | Going Forward
As some of you may already know that on June 27, 2016 I had a hysterectomy, there was some cancer found on the mass that put me at stage 2C. I now have to undergo chemotherapy 3x's a month for the next 6mos. The cancer was all contained to the organs removed and seven areas of tissue along with fluid from the lymph nodes were tested and all came back negative..... the chemo is to make sure it doesn't return. I feel really positive that I will get through the next 6mos with ease and grace because I have a huge support system of family and friends... and of course all of you reading my Blog... read my full story here.

I'm not sure about the fitness part of this journey. I know that I have to be very careful of germs because the chemo makes the white blood cell count very low. I also know that people still go to work, church, grocery shopping and live a normal life while on chemo and I plan on doing the same. I want chemo to adapt to my way of living and not the other way around.... so I will keep pushing forward and continue on this journey called life!