Monday, March 22nd was the first anniversary of the beginning of my transformation. I had worked with a personal trainer before that and had gotten some momentum but then Christmas and illness hit. March 22nd was the first day of my first Body for Life challenge. I haven't actually entered the challenge ... I just do it on my own. It keeps me on track and it keeps me grounded and focussed.
I asked Barry today if I was still making progress. Sometimes we don't see ourselves as we actually are. We get so used to seeing a certain image, sometimes it's really hard to break that. I mean, I know that I've definitely made progress in the past year ... I've lost about 2 1/2 dress sizes. But lately I'm frustrated between being sick and then being injured. But at least I get right back at it as soon as I can. I hate not working out. I don't feel right. This is by far the longest I've ever stayed consistent. Maybe there's hope for me after all. But Barry did say that my attitude is MUCH better, my style is back, so much is better from an emotional perspective. And there have definitely been changes in my body. My face is much slimmer, there's a lot less to my back and my butt is lifted and more defined. That was always my biggest challenge ... I mean, I had the legs and the chest but never the butt. Now I do ... or at least I'm well on my way.
So my goal for this time next year ... shopping for a bikini. I've been wanting to do this for several years and although nobody will see me in it unless they're in my backyard, I'll know that I'll have the body for it. I've never been on the right track for long enough to even think that a bikini might ACTUALLY be in my future. Now I fully believe it will be. It might take another year, but it will be.
I must say, he's been a very good sport about it. And I promise I won't expand any further. Now it's vines. We're going to attach a 4x8' "lattice" to the back of the house and grow a honeysuckle up it.
I suspect there's going to be a LOT of vines in our yard. I mean, when you can't use up any more real estate, you might as well go up. I'm going to try my hands a peas this year. Grow them up along the fence. And we've got a beautiful red climbing rose in the back which will likely take up the entire back fence. Barry and I are going to build an arbour in front of our back gate next year ... we've talked about it for the past couple of years and of course we'll mimick the pergola. And the roses will grow up and over the arbour.
Damn, I just LOVE summer and gardening. It's supposed to get up to around 20C by the weekend. WOO HOO! These are old pictures tho'. I'll post in the spring and summer when we actually have plants that are blooming .....
Today has been much quieter and less active. Just normal household stuff. Plus Barry took me to our local nursery. I just HAD to buy a pot of red and yellow tulips (not blooming yet) and daffodils (neither are they), as well as bulbs/roots of 4 hostas, a red daylily, a red astilbe and a yellow and purple bearded iris. I have yellow and I have purple ... now I have a combo. It's been a good day. Actually made a decent breakfast and a nice dinner ... even had a glass of wine ... despite the cloudy, rainy weather, it's been a good day.
I hope you all have a great week. Stay tuned for Wednesday's post ... time for a celebration!