Before I get to todayâ€™s actual post, I just wanted to share that my weight loss story was featured on Womenâ€™s Health!
It was nearly five years ago that I reached my goal weight, so it feels weird talking about my journey since Iâ€™ve been on the after side for so long. As I read the comments my friends left when I shared it on Facebook, I teared up thinking about how lucky I am to have such supportive people in my life.
But, of course, I wasnâ€™t always an â€œafter,â€ and thatâ€™s where todayâ€™s story will start.
The other day, I was having a drink with my buddy Heather. I donâ€™t remember what we were talking about, but I asked her if sheâ€™d ever seen my â€œfat license.â€ (My driverâ€™s license from when I was overweight.) I used to always carry it around in my wallet as a party trick, but now I just show someone the before-and-after on this blog if the subject of my weight loss comes up.
She asked how Iâ€™d gained the weight since weâ€™d been talking about the high school sports we played, and I told her it was because I didnâ€™t know how to work out on my own and â€¦college food.
My junior year of college, my roommate at the time had just come back from studying abroad in Italy and brought back a few extra pounds with her that she wanted to lose. She talked me into joining Washington Sports Club with her, and weâ€™d go nearly every day of the week, either using the ellipticals or taking Total Body Conditioning classes. She was a good cook and loved to be in the kitchen, so sheâ€™d make us healthy meals at our apartment. Yet she lost weight, and I didnâ€™t.
I was lazy. I took the easy way. I didnâ€™t know working out was supposed to be so hard if you wanted to see results.
I didnâ€™t put resistance on that elliptical. I picked up the lightest weights I could in those TBC classes. I stopped a few reps before we were done.
â€œItâ€™s not supposed to be easy,â€ I told Heather, â€œbut I definitely didnâ€™t know that.â€ I didnâ€™t know that pushing yourself until you were all hot and sweaty and had left everything out there was what would get results. I didnâ€™t know other people were struggling, too. I thought sweating was weakness, that it meant that you werenâ€™t fit enough to do these exercises without breaking a sweat. I had no idea sweat was actually strength, that it meant you were working hard.
One of our DailyBurn trainers, the adorable Anja, always says in her videos â€œItâ€™s not supposed to be easy!â€ And her workouts are killer, so itâ€™s always a good reminder that if it feels hard, youâ€™re doing it right.
And these days, I LOVE when it feels hard and giving it my all in my workouts. I feel proud and accomplished at the end.