Thursday, April 12, 2018
My weight is continuing to go down. I'm feeling really good. I am loving my workout schedule which now incorporates barre classes in addition to my beloved dance workouts. I realized that if I wanted to regain my pre-pregnancy muscle tone, it would take more than cardio. But I love the cardio, and need it to keep my moods balanced. The sweet spot seems to be 3 cardio classes, and 2 barre classes. I may increase the barre classes but I started getting results from even one class a week. It's insane. My body obviously needed the toning.
I'm feeling positive and patient with myself. I have my goals, but I don't need to meet them immediately. Just paring my weight back down to this level has been amazing. Although I don't want to stop here, the benefits have already been considerable: no more achy knees, better energy, better self-esteem. I am certain that I want to (and can) return to my pre-pregnancy weight. But we will see how I feel when I get there. I may want to continue losing weight, or maintain. I have spent months looking at photos of myself at my old weight longingly. I know how good I looked, and how happy I was, at that weight. I'm always chasing lower and lower weights, moving the goal post as soon as I hit a goal. But if I'm happy in my life, feel good, am healthy and love my wardrobe, then what else is there, really?
Lately, I've been really focused on other aspects of my appearance that I usually ignore. Skincare. Hair. Nails. There are other things, besides weight, that contribute to your outer package. In my mind, weight has always been so supreme that I have neglected the other aspects, focusing only on my weight and clothes. I think now I'd rather be happy with my weight, yes, but also improve my appearance in other ways. And practice self-care. Skincare, dental hygiene, all of that. It all factors into how I feel about myself, not just my weight, but the total package can be used to achieve the confidence I have previously sought primarily through weight loss. Food for thought!