Some Things I’ve Learned About Fitness

On January 13, 2012 I started a fitness challenge and since then I’ve lost 25 pounds.  My goal is not just to lose weight, but to attain and maintain a healthy body fat percentage.  I’m about 10- 15 pounds away from reaching that goal, closer than I’ve been in over twenty years.

For the very first time I know without a doubt that I will achieve that goal.  In the past, I have been hopeful that it would happen only to have that hope turn to disappointment because I returned to old patterns and fell short.  But now, I know it will happen.  What’s the difference this time?  I have changed.  Along the way to finding this freedom I’ve learned so many things about fitness.  Here’s a few of them…

  • The most difficult muscle to train is my brain.  Sore arms and legs are nothing compared to the complete overhaul that my mind needed.  I had to change my relationship with food and my understanding of exercise.  I had fight the urge to fall back into old mindsets.  I had to be willing to train my mind right along with my body.
  • Keeping a consistent and honest food/exercise journal is an important key to success.  Every day, every meal, every calorie, every workout even the mistakes and mess ups, each one logged and learned from.  Most of us know the basic science to losing weight (create a weekly deficit of calories that are consumed versus calories burned) the food and exercise journal help to make that a reality.
  • My body is capable of intense exercise.  Working out 6 days a week and averaging 14-16 hours of workouts per week.  My body can be trained to do things I never thought I could do.  Variety in exercise is a good thing.  Cardio, kick boxing, interval training, cross fit and strength training.  I am looking forward to discovering new ways to workout and continuing to improve on the base I have.
  • Drinking enough water and eating small, healthy combinations of proteins and carbs regularly throughout the day stabilize blood sugar and prevent headaches and hunger.
  • I’ve learned that there is still so much to learn… but even applying the smallest amount of education will produce results if you don’t quit!

 

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7 Responses to “Some Things I’ve Learned About Fitness”

  1. Karyn April 25, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Hi Denise Thanks for this inspiration. So true about the brain being the hardest muscle to train!

    • danise April 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

      Hi Karyn! Thanks for taking time to comment! I am so glad the post was inspiring to you :)

  2. Rachel April 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    This is a great post! I totally agree – I’m not overweight but am not healthy…I’ve started working out because I want to be strong and healthy, and slimming down is a bonus of that. Congrats on losing 25lbs – that’s awesome and you must be working so hard! Keep it up!!

    • danise April 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

      Hi Rachel! Thanks for the encouragement and taking time to comment! :)

  3. Marie April 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    Danise, thank you for sharing your honest insight and journey. I’m seriously right alongside you on this, as I too am currently fighting every inch of desire for my bad eating habits and the strong urge to strangle my trainer’s neck daily LOL! But I loved what you wrote about how the brain is the most difficult to train and that I have to be willing to train my mind right along with my body. Love your blog as it is such a great encouragement and reminder that in this life, we’re not alone and others are running the race alongside us, be it at different speeds, but still we’re all in it to win it. Xx

  4. Jessica @ Muthering Heights April 27, 2012 at 12:47 am #

    Very true. Good for you, for making such progress! :)

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