I have a million and one things floating though my mind right now, so I have a feeling this is going to a hodgepodge of a post! But, you cannot say I did not warn you… This is Jessii’s Hodgepodge, after all! ;o)
ONE! I am soooo excited for August! It is my final month before I reach my one year mark for being on my weight-loss journey and I am so excited to see what I can do this month. I went ahead and filled out my workout calendar for the month. If you have never done this and have a hard time keeping yourself accountable with workouts (you find yourself saying you will work out and never get around to it), then I HIGHLY recommend doing this. And even if you are someone who always works out, I still recommend it. It is an amazing feeling to be able to look back over the month and see exactly what you have done. It really helps me stay accountable to myself. So, anyway, I have my August all planned out. I am going to finish up the Lean Phase of ChaLEAN Extreme. My measurement day is August 21st, I believe. After that, I think I am going to start it all over again. It is a program that you can just keep doing and doing, as long as you switch phases every month. I am also thinking that I am going to get out at least four days a week (seven, if the weather will allow) and take Zeeva for a walk. She loves being outside but we have not had much chance to do it this summer because it has been too hot for her to go out most days. I also have a daily countdown marked on the whole month, to remind myself how many days I have left until my one-year anniversary. Yep, I am definitely excited! ;o)
TWO! I have noticed that I have a lot more confidence lately. I used to ALWAYS have to have full makeup on when I left the house, even if I was just running into the grocery store for an item or two. Now, I usually just throw on a little powder, eyeliner and mascara. And half the time, my hair is back in two buns, which is my signature style these days when I am just lounging or working out. My hair is getting really long, because I am growing it out so I can get an awesome haircut when I really 75 pounds lost. But I hate having long hair, so I almost always put it up. It is so much cooler that way during these hot summer days. I also am willing to wear tank tops around my family, which I would NEVER do before.
THREE! I did something today that I have never willingly done before. I keep having dreams about this but have always insisted that it is something that I would never do, that it was just not part of who I am. But I really pushed myself today and I did it anyway. What did I do, you ask? I ran. I was out, walking Zeeva in her stroller and I just decided to try to see if I could run one stretch of road. And I could. So I tried another stretch a little while later. I ended up running five stretches throughout my whole walk, which totaled about 0.3 miles. Yes, I know this is not a ton, but it is more than I have ever run before. And it was of my own volition… I was not being forced to run for a gym class or to get to the next base in softball. This was all me.
FOUR! I just want to leave you all with something that I have had on my fridge for a few months now. It is something that really inspires me and makes me tear up to even think about reaching this point…
Imagine that day, where you can finally say “I did it!”. When you can say “I never gave up, I never quit!”. Imagine that day when you when you win that gold medal, or reach your goal weight. Where these moments of pain turn into memories for the goal you wanted to obtain. It might take long to reach that moment, but as soon as you get there you’ll thank yourself for the rest of your life.