About 9 months ago I started on a journey to lose weight and get healthy...more to lose weight than anything else - the healthy was just gonna be a bonus.
I joined the Y - I tried to start eating a little differently (notice I didn't say healthier - I really do HATE vegetables!) It took me a while to figure everything out. I would go to the gym 2 - 3 times a week - I took a yoga class - I had a trainer - I worked on my cardio - I TRIED to use the machines in the gym.......
and I HATED it!
I HATED seeing myself reflected in mirrors everywhere I looked......
I HATED feeling awkward and clumsy and klutzy - hell I nearly fell off the cross trainer and had the trainer suggest I stay off it!
I HATED myself for letting myself "go" as they say - retirement was NOT a good thing for me
It took a couple of months and a visit to my doctor to finally pull it all together.
I aimed for 10,000 steps a day
I aimed for smaller portions of the same meals I was making
I stopped the exercises that made me hate myself and feel awkward and old and stupid
And I started focusing on 10,000 steps a day 5 times a week.
I finally got into the routine........
and eventually the numbers on the scale started to drop........
AND that's called motivation !!!
So for 7 months now I have been slogging out an average of 60,000+ steps a week - eating less and less and less....
and watching weight that everyone warned me would be DAMN hard to lose at "my age" start to disappear.
My clothes didn't fit but the measuring tape did - and it was getting tighter and tighter around my body.
At the end of February - 7 months after i got serious about losing this weight I was down just a bit more than 45 pounds and inching my way to the 50 pound mark!
I LOVED the way I looked in clothes - bags and bags of BIG clothes went to charity
BUT one day I noticed - as I stepped out of the shower - my naked body looked old - and wrinkly and saggy. All the skin that had held all that fat was hanging off my body - nothing to hold up any longer - gravity took over.
My once much admired legs were floppy
My firm tight ass - that garned much praise when I was in a corset and garters was sagging
My stomach - never admired - was looking like a Chinese Shar-Pei dog
My arms looked like I had suddenly grown wings
I was shocked AND dismayed.
Simple fix - I just never looked again at myself in the mirror when I got out of the shower.
BUT as luck would have it (or not - depending on which side of this mirror you are on) Daddy Dom took physical education when he went to University ............ so yesterday when I was doing my weekly bitch about hating the gym and hating the treadmill (yeah after 9 months I still HATE it!!) He brought up the subject of maybe switching up my training and doing some of the machines instead of just the treadmill.
I shut down the email and sat and cried.
I CAN NOT do machines at the gym - CAN'T - it makes me physically sick
I CAN NOT exercise with weights - or sit ups at the gym - I feel awkward and klutsy
and all I could think was "all this weight gone and I am still fat and ugly"
But I thought - if I could beat a weight loss that was supposed to be really difficult for me to do........ then why can't I tighten up the muscles - why can't I exercise? ok not from the gym - but most exercises could be done in the privacy of my own home right??
So I swallowed my pride and choked back my tears - and wrote to Daddy Dom the gym teacher and asked if he would advise me what to do - what not to do - HELL - HOW to do this.
And the "teacher" in him said "sure" and we talked a bit about what I needed to do - and all the dreaded words I didn't want to hear came out - they were the truth and the truth hurts - and I probably needed to hear them - but still it made me cry.
"The muscle will get firmer and toned up which will help against any unwanted flapping of exterior skin. Toning will make your mushy muscles firmer."
So being me - I googled and found a half dozen or so exercise videos on Youtube. IF I could "dom" myself to the gym each day I guess I will dom myself into exercising each day after the gym.