Today is the second anniversary of my first workout. Yep, that's right. January 27, 2012 was my first tottering (and achy!) step on the path to fitness. And although my body is still not yet the perfect temple and I am still a long way from my goal weight, my lifestyle and habits have changed enormously over the past 2 years - - overwhelmingly for the better.
In the spirit of focusing on where I am now and what I have done to get here, I thought I would look back at some of the many milestones and stepping stones along the way.
The first 6 months:
After the first 6 months I found that working out was a regular part of my daily routine. Eating consistently healthy was still a struggle until I started tracking my food with MyFitnessPal in July of 2012.
The second 6 months:
The back half of 2012 really laid the foundation for the wins I would see in 2013.
One year down, the third 6 months:
The most recent 6 months:
I won't lie to you - - the last quarter of 2013 was a tough one for me, but I managed to regroup and get focused back on my healthy eating and strong workouts once more, and I am seeing results. I am once again at my lowest weight in years, and have completely eliminated the weight gains of last autumn.
From now my plan for the next 6 months is to keep focusing on my goals: do a pushup (or 10), run 5K, and reach my target weight. All of these things should be possible within the next 6 months.
Here are some of my favourite experiences/memories over the past 2 years of lifestyle change: