Challenge 1, 3/19/07 - 6/10/07
Gained about 30 pounds in 2 years when I started my own company and found myself stuck behind a desk working all the time. Legs hurt from sitting! Nothing fit comfortably except my pajamas. So then why (I have a home office) do my hair or makeup just to wear pajamas? Who is this person? It isn't me.
To feel good in anything besides loose elastic waisted pajamas! To feel good again. To weigh around 135. To wear my favorite dress, lucky shorts and pink coat again.
Done! Pink coat fits, favorite dress looks great, lucky shorts too big.
Challenge 2, 6/18/07 - 9/9/07
My main physical focus this challenge is to continue gaining muscle. I'd like to be a little more muscular than the average woman wants to be.
My main goal mentally is to develop my habits so that I can focus on the task at hand. I tend to be strong at whatever I do so long as I give it all my attention. I need to be able to focus on work when it is time to work, working out when it is time to work out, etc.
Well it didn't end exactly as planned with a little surgery at the end but that's gonna be life isn't it? Things like that are going to come along. You control whether you get back up and going again when something slows you down or stops you, right? Right.
Challenge 3, 1/26/15
So many life changes. Going into pregnancy at 39 I was very healthy. BFL was never far from me although I didn't always remain as strict. I can't live a life without cheese. The pregnancy caused some severe muscle and nerve problems and I spent last 6 months of pregnancy in bed. I reached 215 lbs. I delivered a 10 lb 3 oz boy at 40. I lost 45 pounds of baby and water in a week and settled in at 170. I continued to have pregnancy related muscle/nerve problems as well as some huge life changes that led to serious depression. Some normalcy returned to my life in Nov 2013 and I got down to 155 in March 2014. Then more damage, likely still related to the pregnancy put me in bad shape. I often couldn't stand. I lost all feeling in my left arm and hand. I couldn't sit on the floor and play with my toddler. I had 10% mobility in my neck when I was finally referred to physical therapy. I was released from therapy in Oct 2014 while still in quite a bit of pain but they had taken me as far as they could take me. I have good days, bad days and severe pain days. My diet has gone to crap, I' have no energy on the good days. I've had some soreness but this past week has been the best overall as far as days in a row. I feel a spark. My biggest challenge is going to be making progress without hurting myself and going 10 steps backward. I fear going back to the pain and immobility of the spring and summer. But more importantly I want my son to have the healthy, energetic, active, happy mommy he had when I conceived him.
(It's crazy to look at my profile photo which was once my success story and is now my inspiration. When I finished challenge 2 I thought my results were pretty good but I did not see what I bet everyone else saw. Pretty good? Am I kidding me? Sheesh, look at yourself, Michelle. Holy crap! Ah to think my results are "pretty good" again. Haha)