Well, we are halfway through the work week! Woot! Woot!
Actually, today begins my first day of "summer".
I couldn't wait to link up with my friend Corinna at Surfin' Through Second for her new linky party
So I thought I'd start my first "Workin' It Wednesday" by sharing a personal goal I have been working on since the start of the New Year.
My New Year's goal almost EVERY SINGLE YEAR is to lose weight and become more fit. I have to say that I tried every year. I even began running a couple of months after my youngest was born. NOTHING seemed to work to help me lose the weight. I tried several different weight loss plans over the years. It was so discouraging.
This year I was determined to try something different. I got a personal trainer. Another teacher friend and I met with him one hour every Saturday. He also shared with us a healthy eating plan and helped me with a strength training work out. We were measured once a month and our body fat percentages were calculated.
It was HARD WORK! BUT getting a personal trainer was the BEST thing I have ever done for myself in the area of health and fitness. I understand the importance of "clean eating" and sticking to a low carb diet. That first month was the hardest for me just getting used to the weight equipment. I was always a cardio girl and never thought once about using weights.
I also had to juggle my schedule at home to accommodate this new lifestyle. I prepared meals ahead of time on Sunday for myself and my family to make things easier during the week. My husband was and still is so supportive. I would work out each day after school. I didn't go home first because if I did, I knew I wouldn't make it into the gym to work out.
So after 4 months of working out and healthy eating, I have lost 21 pounds, 17 1/2 inches, and 11% body fat. BUT the best thing for me is that I have so much more energy to keep up with the demands of my busy family and those of my students. I also notice such a difference in my ability to handle stress and react to it.
Here's my "before" photo:
AND here's my "after" photo
AND one more for Workin' It Wednesday
I'm loving that it's sundress season.
Here's my new favorite sundress that I wore to celebrate the last day of school.
It's from Old Navy.
Have a fabulous rest of the week friends!!! Thanks for stopping by!