Kathleen’s Year-Long Journey to Change Her Health: First Quarter Progress Report

January 2015 (left) and April 2015 (right)

Someone told me to take it one day at a time, so that is what I’ve been doing. My alarm goes off. I get out of bed. I workout. I carry on with my day. (Don’t tell high school Kathleen that she will go to bed at 9:30 at the height of her partying years.) I log my workouts in my tracker spreadsheet when I get to work. I’ve had it set to a large font, so not all months fit on the page at once. But today, I zoomed out so I could see the whole year, and for the first time, I thought “Good. I have plenty of time to hit my goals.”

Obviously, I have more than 12 months to change my life, but it is nice to look at time-restricted goals and for me, the year ends on December 18. There’s an old saying about not wishing your life away, but I want results, and I want them now! At the end of four month-long bootcamp sessions, it’s nice to look back at how all the incremental gains have cumulated into something more substantial.

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This morning, we were running through standard moves: squats, push-ups, sit-ups, star jumps, etc. as a group, and for each exercise, the three people who finished first set the pace for everyone else. I was feeling good this morning and knocking out the exercises like a boss. When we got to sit-ups, I realized I was in the top three every time! Someone even called me a ringer. I distinctly remember, when I started working out in January, how badly my back hurt when I would do just 10 sit-ups. Today, I led the class without a second thought.

There are plenty of things to work on in the realm of fitness. Some of them will just take time. I mentioned that I want to be able to do a pull-up with one band, so I’m practicing, knowing that it will come with time. I want to be a faster runner, so I’m eating right and really pushing in our Thursday running drills. I signed up to participate in a half-marathon at Thanksgiving to cap off the year. I want to be able to do box jumps, so I’m working on my balance (I have an old scar on my right shin from a failed box jump attempt). I want to have the skill to do a double-under, so I’m working on speed jump ropes.

All of this to say that I can’t wait to continue on this journey.

Unknown-1WellATL columnist Kathleen Lorey won one year of fitness classes from FitWit (disclosure: WellATL’s publisher is president of FitWit) and will be documenting her 365-day journey to better health. If her column inspires you, motivates you, helps you see that you aren’t alone in whatever struggles you face, or just makes you want to cheer her on, it has done its job and we hope you’ll let her know or share your own experiences in the comments.

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