My non-scale victory this week probably has to be my commitment to fitness.
I know that I'm just really jumping on the fitness bandwagon a few months ago but it really is addictive. This past week I was able to see so much success by eating on point and working out. I guess I always knew there was a direct correlation between working out and losing weight-- I just never realized how simple it was.
I try to do all my workouts with my Heart Rate monitor on. Even if I go for a walk. Those calories count for me! Seeing the total calories achieved by working out for the week really is a huge motivator the next week to try to meet or top that.
I think along with watching the calories go up on the HR Monitor, another huge motivator was how good I feel during and after working out. Okay, so sometimes when I'm on the stair stepper or the last lap of my run I want to die, but after I do complete my workout I feel so successful. I feel strong and confident. Sure, I wake up sore the next day, but I know that soreness is saying goodbye to all those calories and saying hello to the new me.
A few weeks ago I wrote about accomplishing 2.20 miles. That was huge for me. Mentally and physically. Last week, I was after that 3.0 mile marker. Saturday, I got on the treadmill and said to myself I wasn't getting off until I reached that 3.0. I even got a page (I was on call), and a phone call-- but seriously nothing was taking me off that treadmill. When I got to 3.0 sure I felt like death. Sure I had a stabbing cramp in my side. Sure my legs hurt like hell. But I did it.
I ran 3.0 miles.
The next day, I got on the treadmill- my confidence was high, I felt sooooo good from the day before, I increased the speed.
I ran 3.5 miles
Tuesday, a friend from work challenged me to do a cross-fit like workout. 1 mile run, 1500 meter row. Three times. It was hard. It took me 58 minutes to complete it. But I did it. I put it in my head and said I was going to do it. And I wasn't giving up until I did it. And then I did 30 minutes on the stair stepper. WHO AM I?
I posted yesterday on twitter about having a rest day. And many of you saw, my rest day turned into a workout day. While puppy-sitting Goose man, I ended up jumping on my sisters treadmill and cranking out 3.0 miles again.
I love the feeling of being physically AND mentally able to run 3.0 miles. I keep saying 3.0. That POINT Zero is HUGE. I mean, at the beginning I could barely run a few minutes at a time-- so your damn right i'm going to be taking every point whatever of a mile that I can get!
Now I don't want you to think that my fitness is all running and no fun. Hell no. This chick NEEDS her zumba in her life. I don't skip zumba for anything. Even a birthday dinner. I'm even making the BF wait till after I complete my run and Zumba tonight before we head over to Applebees for dinner! (sorry!)
I guess my point is, I'm extremely excited with this new level of fitness I'm crossing. I love working out. I love going to the gym and sweating out all the stress from the day and feeling alive. I like pushing myself and seeing how far I can go and making that a personal record that will be crushed later.
So whats your Non scale victory?
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