Hello Everyone! I am Raylene and here is my little blog entry about my weight loss journey and a little video I put together last weekend (finally had some nice weather).
I am not going to tell you a story about how I was an athlete that fell from glory or how I was obese once upon a time; I am just an average Jane trying to get stronger, sexier, and to stop making excuses. I have spent most of my adult life “chunky” and content with it. I figured I would take chunky over obese, right. Well, starting the end of last year I had decided enough was enough. I had began to have some digestive problems and I literally felt like shite all the time. At first I was quick to assume it was because I was getting older. I started taking Probiotics and they helped some, but not completely. As 2011 came to a close I was pretty miserable with the digestive issues and all the weight I had put back on, so I went online to try to help pull me up out of my lazy ass slump. See I have been “working out” on and off for quite
a few years, some years more than others, but I had fallen into a severe funk. I wasn’t finding any enjoyment in running, mainly because I sucked at it, and I had no real direction in the gym. I had picked up some kettlebells awhile back, played around for a bit, but again no direction equaling little to no progress. Meaning they sat in my basement and collected dust.
Anyhow, at the end of 2011 I found Marianne on Youtube. I had been searching for someone to show me some kettlebell workouts that weren’t all Jane Fonda like and MK fit the bill perfectly. I started doing her routines (at my ability level) and motivation slowly started creeping back into my fitness soul. Through MK, I found Nia Shanks and Girls Gone Strong.
Well all of them have assisted in changing my life.
Finding Nia helped me gain direction at the gym (in the weight room) and also helped me get my diet in order. Yes, I was one of those, “I can out exercise a bad diet” types. Nia wrote up a blog post about the different types of Intermittent Fasting programs that were around the fitness world and gave a little insight to each. I started simple (just like Nia suggested) and decided to fast at least 14 hours a day. It was a bitch at first, but slowly I started to grow accustomed to it. Now, I do a combination of 14-16 hours a day with 2 longer fasting each week and when I do eat I try to eat better choices. I digress… Fast forward to now and guess what I am down at least 20 lbs, I can do at least one unassisted chin-up, I can squat my bodyweight, I do MK’s workout 2-3 times a week, and I am loving every damn minute of it. Oh and by the way no digestive issues, my body was just sick and tired of all the shite I was eating.
Anywho, thanks MK for being there and also for the guest blog post thingy. GGS Rocks!!! Cheers!