After moving to my house 2 years ago, I got out of the habit of working out.
I was no longer in walking distance to a gym, and it took me longer to get to and from work, etc. The habit just kind of died after this big change.
I had been making amazing progress before we moved. My arms were muscular. I had a 4 pack, and my legs were strong and muscular looking but curvy (I carry my weight in my hips, legs, and arms so these were all still “meaty” for lack of a better term).
I lost all of those gains over time. With every month that I didn’t work out, my pants started getting tighter. I went up a few sizes… I was no longer happy with my body.
Just like that day five or so years ago when I started working out religiously the first time, something snapped in me again. I decided that I was going to get fit again. That was about 7 weeks ago, and I’ve been working out at least 4 days a week at least 40 minutes those days ever since.
I began to snack on fruit instead of candy, and continue to drink Seltzer water more than sodas. I avoid eating fast food even more.
After just the first 2 weeks, I started to see just a hint of my upper abs again. This “quick” progress may be due to muscle memory. Ever since high school, I had done ab exercises. That had only ended when I moved into our house.
I quickly had more endurance also. I felt less tired after my workouts, and actually felt energized by them instead.
I have not been weighing myself, because I know that I would get discouraged. I’ve been measuring myself instead.
After the first month, despite seeing my “2 pack”, I did not lose any inches from any part of my body
6 weeks later, I happened to touch my upper legs while I was stretching one morning, and noticed that they felt “harder”. More muscular. You wouldn’t be able to notice in the mirror, though.
I flexed my arms that same morning and realized that the muscles on my arms and front shoulder (near my armpit) are massive compared to how they used to be, though I can’t see that definition yet. My arms are still the same size, but they are harder After a few more months of cardio I hope to be able to see it in the mirror.
Now, 7 weeks after that first day, I still do not see extreme changes, and have not taken my measurements yet. My pants honestly don’t seem to be getting looser, except for maybe around the waist ever so slightly… I did notice yesterday when I saw my back and back of my arms in a sports bra, when I stood at the right angle for the sunlight to hit, there was muscle definition in my back around the outside and inside of my shoulder blades and along the back of my arms.
I am both looking forward to, and dreading taking my measurements on September 30. I kind of doubt that I’ve lost inches… I know it takes a while to see results, but I really forgot just how long it takes…
I know that I can get there again, though.
I can’t wait to have the muscular shoulders and defined collar bone again. That was always my favorite section of my body when I was fit. I bought a set of adjustable weights so that I can get my arms back at home. I don’t want to look “model” thin, because I know that I would not be able to achieve this healthily. I want to look strong, because I am naturally muscular.
I heard that it takes 8 weeks to build a habit. I’m one week away.
I look forward to continuing to make slow, steady progress.