OK you guys. It’s all about the realness here. Hopefully, by now, you’ve realized that I curse. If not, you’ve been scandalized by the title above but just HAD to check it out, you little rebel, you.
Soooooooo…. After I came back from my Easter vacation in Kelowna, I decided not to weigh myself until the end of this program. I have become too obsessed with the scale and have let it dictate my mood when things aren’t going the way I want them to. With metabolic and hormonal issues, I need to accept that my journey is just going to take longer than most. Can’t do much about it but keep on keeping on.
But this doesn’t mean I haven’t noticed changes. This program has been a huge mental challenge for me because it’s nothing like any other program that I’ve done before. I have never really lifted weights before Body Beast. I used to only do exercises that used body weight or cardio. And let’s face it, it was waaay easier to do it that way. I never had any excuse to not workout because I always had my equipment with me. Thankfully, on this trip, I could use my dad’s weights. No excuses. Ugh.
When I was told I could no longer do high intensity or cardio workouts, I was like what’s left?! What else can you do besides yoga and walking?! That’s when I started PiYo. As much as I loved it, I knew I would get bored if that’s all that I did.
I saw Body Beast and when I realized it had next to no cardio, or like NO CARDIO at all, I figured I would give it a try.
So want to know what changed?
Every. Damn. Thing.
I have felt my metabolism increase. I know there is no way to measure this but I feel like my body temp is up, I am hungrier for healthy foods and need more water. My core tightened up SO MUCH even though I barely worked it directly. I sleep waaaay better now (good bye night time anxiety)
On days where I would try other programs (I like to use my cardio days to try other things so I don’t get bored) or even try programs that I have done before, I was so surprised at how strong I was. How much better and lower I could hold my warrior poses in PiYo. How much better my form was in plank.
Of course, my cardio ability has suffered (wah) but that can’t be helped since I need to remain low cardio for awhile due to my hormone imbalances.
Transformations don’t just happen on the scale. I know as a society we like to use numbers to determine our success. But the real transformation has happened in my perspective, attitude and strength. I feel more confident, I feel stronger, I stand taller, I have less back pain, I have less pain in my feet.
The scale, as much as I would like it to fucking move already so I can be lighter and have less pressure on my joints, is not what I focus on now. I focus on how I feel, what my body is doing and my mental game.
Transformations aren’t just for the before and afters, yo. The ones that last are all in your head.