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Monday, April 9, 2012

Weigh in - 6 months

This month I've lost 4 pounds, which means I'm (over) halfway to my goal!

I'm really happy to see the pounds are coming off more easily now.  I was worried that I wouldn't lose much this month, what with the back pain, the steroid injection that left me unable to work out for a week, and all the stress of the diagnosis.  (Read this, if you don't know what I'm talking about.)

I haven't changed my diet much this month, but I have made a change-up in the workouts.  I'm now officially addicted to the group fitness classes at my gym.  On Mondays I'm doing a Core Strength class (cuz everyone keeps telling me toning the core will help with back pain, although I don't know how much that applies to arthritis pain... whatever, it can't hurt) and on Thursdays I do a Cardio Kickboxing class.  There's another Kickboxing class on Wednesdays that I sometimes make it to, but the Monday and Thursday classes I'm pretty consistent about.  And then in addition to the classes, I'm working out on my own once or twice a week (elliptical and/or rower).  

I have to say... I am starting to feel... a little buff.  Just a little.  Like the teeniest bit buff.  Not in the way I look, but in what I am capable of.  I am noticing that I can do things that I couldn't do before... and do them easily.  Such a good feeling.  

Although speaking of the way I look, I have had 4 different people tell me this month that I looked like I had lost some weight.  So I must be looking a bit better, anyway.  It's hard for me to see because when I look in the mirror I only seem to see how much further I have to go.  So it helps a lot to hear that other people are noticing a difference.

I lost 4 pounds this month. Since I started 6 months ago, I've lost 16 pounds, putting me 14 pounds away from my goal of losing 30 pounds.