By the time Phil and I got engaged (back in 2009), we had both put on what my mom calls "happy weight." Depending on the day, it was about 15 pounds. It wasn't cute. And I didn't want to go wedding dress shopping for a dress that size. I decided it was time to trim down.
I started by training for a half-marathon And I completed it. Not exactly in the best time, but whatever. 13.1 miles is 13.1 miles. Then we joined a gym and I started taking some classes, did a TON of cardio, tracked my calories in versus calories out, etc. And I did see results. I lost about 17 lbs and got down to my lowest post-college weight.
But the results were no where near what my calorie tracking said it should be. I was burning enough to lose between 1/2 to 1 pound a week and would be lucky if I lost that much in a month. It was super frustrating, to say the least.
Come my wedding day, my dress (which since I was between sizes, they ordered DOWN a size) was almost too big. I felt beautiful and LOVE all of my wedding pictures.
But then the newlywed weight came a little. And then when we started trying to get pregnant, I quit restricting my calories and exercising as strenuously. And the thyroid cancer made a few pounds pack on. Pregnancy was obviously a big time for weight gain time for me.
Thankfully, the pregnancy weight is gone and I'm almost back down to my wedding weight. Since I have an artificial metabolism, I know that controlling my weight isn't going to be all that easy. And I just don't have the time or energy to track my calories or work out like I did before my wedding. Plus it didn't work all that well.
Somehow, I stumbled upon a workout schedule for July called "Jiggle Free July".
To be honest, it looked downright impossible. 60 burpees? Yeah right. But I thought I would give it a go.
Well, I got sick during the second week of July, so I missed a few days there. And then I just got sick again, so that was a few more days missed. While I have been doing the lunges, squats, russian twists, push-ups, and sit-ups, I have completely skipped the burpees.
Have you done a burpee? They suck.
It's working!!! I have abs again. And I can do so many more push-ups than I used to be able to do. I think I might actually be smaller than I was before my wedding, giving proof to the theory that it isn't the number on the scale that matters.
Since I have kind of cheated my way through this month, I have decided that next month, I am going to start over and try and do the whole month according to the calendar.
Jiggle free August doesn't roll off the tongue kind of like "Jiggle Free July". I don't care what you call it as long as it firms things up.
Care to join me in "Jiggle Free August"? We can get a support group going. :)