I took Lily out for a bike ride today. It was the first time that I rode my bide with her instead of walked along the side. It's exciting that she is good enough now that I can ride with her. We have a big hill by our house and I have always thought that his was super steep. I remember being 211 pounds and going up that hill, I thought I was going to die and I remember thinking how I would never be able to bike up that hill. Today, I biked up the hill with ease and thought "what was I so worried about? That was nothing!"
I may not yet be at my goal weight, and the weight may not be coming off as fast as I would like it to, but I have made huge strides in my physical abilities. Today, that hill seems small. I have biked up bigger hills, and I work harder than that every day at the gym. I am accomplishing amazing things. People are starting to notice again that I'm slimming down. I saw some people at the gym today I haven't seen in several weeks and they commented that I'm looking really good. I know I'm building muscle and I am sure that attributes to the slower weight loss. It's important for me to build muscle and cardiovascular endurance as well as lose weight. It will all come together, I just have to be patient and persevere. It is hard. Every day is hard, but I love my exercise now. I look forward to listening to my music and challenging myself, and becoming better. I love the Zumba classes, and my Zumba Wii games.
My food is coming along too. I am making healthier choices. Even when I eat more, I eat healthier. I was talking to my sister yesterday and noted that I cannot eat like I used to otherwise I get really sick. It also interferes with my training workouts and I'm not willing to let those slide if I can help it. I'm not back to where I was with my weight before I regained 15 pounds, I still have 8 more to lose before I get there, but I am doing things now that I couldn't have done then.
I am happy with how things are going, even though I wish that when I get on the scale this Saturday it will read 148 (which it probably won't, that would be a three pound loss in one week) I have to keep in mind the other progress I am making. I know I have decreased in size at least a little, and now I should try to forget about it for another four weeks and see where I am at the end of week 8 training. It's hard to forget about it, and I probably won't be able to but there is so much more to focus on.