baby muscles edition! Top is January 1, bottom is today. *****
When I started my weight loss journey, and calculated out how long it would take me to lose all the weight, I was so depressed. Somehow I thought I wouldn't get to be proud of myself until I hit my goal weight. But in reality, every day I found new improvements to be excited about. A camera angle that was now flattering, a shirt that fit better or pants in a style that was previously off limits. *****
But for some reason, I forgot all about that lesson. When I set out to gain strength, I was thinking about how a year from now I'd maybe have some muscle to show for it - totally forgetting that the human body is an incredibly adaptive thing and muscle tone shows up pretty quickly!
At first I noticed the shoulders and arms in my shirts were fitting differently. Then I noticed my calves had definition when I wore heels, and then even in flats. I noticed my collar bones become more prominent, and then I noticed my arms actually had a shape! Finally, despite not losing any "weight," I had to size down in all my shirts. It's been so fun seeing everything change again!
So how did I do it? Slow but steady, just like I attacked my weight loss. PATIENCE is how you avoid injury and burn out. In January I started working out 3 times a week (plus my daily tabata challenges, you can check those out in my highlights or at #tabatamay
). At first it was just body weight exercises. In February, I added one 18lb kettlebell so I could follow @bodyfitbyamy
YouTube videos at home (they're seriously killer). And in April, I started lifting big girl barbells. Now it's May and I've officially got the gym bug! I love how, regardless of "success" in other areas of my life, I am in complete control of getting to the gym and beasting it out for 20-60 minutes. It's the best feeling to get that opportunity to do better than you thought you could! It sucked at first, I won't lie. All new things suck at first. It's not fun to be bad at things. But push through, because once you're not so bad anymore it will be so empowering!