September 2012 – Getting Started

I’ve been keeping track of my fitness journey on a big white board in my workout studio. I decided I should transfer that info here since eventually my white board will get full and I’ll need to clear it and start over, this way I can keep track of this progress long-term. I am writing this in May 2013, back-dating some entries just to keep track of what I was doing and when.

In September of 2012 I decided it was time to get back in action. A few years prior I had spent a year working on health and fitness and I lost about 15 pounds but then over the course of the next 2 years I became very lazy with my eating habits and inconsistent with my exercise to the point of about 6 months of no working out at all. My starting weight initially was 150 lbs and I had managed to get down to 135. At this point in September I am not sure how much I weighed but I think I was getting close to that 150 lb mark again and decided it was time to start getting busy to rectify that. Keep in mind, I am only 5’2″ so at 150 lbs I’m a size 12 and feeling very “pudgy”. I was feeling very out of shape and any exercise at all was really challenging. So I started small, but at least I started!

Treadmill stats:

1.0 mph starting speed. Increased speed by .2 mph every minute during warm up until I reached max speed of 3.0 mph

Duration: 30 minutes

Frequency: 2 to 3 times per week (mostly twice per week)

Ending weight: 145 lbs

February 2012 in Bahamas, weight approx. 140 lbs

February 2012 in Bahamas, weight approx. 140 lbs

I don’t have any pictures from this exact time period. At that point, I was not going out of my way to have my picture taken. I’m posting a pic here that was actually from February 2012 just to give an idea of where I was at – I put on about another 10 pounds after this picture was taken. This was taken on our balcony of the cruise ship from a short Bahamas cruise we went on. This was also before I cut my hair. I got my hair cut in March 2012, the day before I walked my first 5K race. I’d had really long hair for years and finally got it “chopped” – you’ll see more of that in posts to come.