hi. my name is mckenzie, and i am a gym rat.
this year has started out really well. i’m happy. i love my job. i love my friends. i love myself and (newly) i love going to the gym.
the pack a day smoker loves loves loves going to the gym and kicking her own ass on the elliptical.
I thought keeping up with my fitness goals was going to be more difficult, or frustrating…. but god bless my iphone, cause that thing has an app that makes everything easier. I’ve been counting calories through MyFitnessPal.com (if anyone is on there, add me! lets be friends and get healthy together! *kenzieloowho) it’s a pretty awesome app, you can add recipes, and workouts… also it has a scanner for counting calories! It’s made keeping up with the food i eat and the workouts i complete so much easier, i can’t even tell you. So far, since starting my weight loss plan in September, i’ve gone from 169.8 to 160.1. I know, it’s not much, but it’s something.
I have surrounded myself with a bunch of friends who really care about their health and are as dedicated (if not more so… *cough Chloe cough*) to keeping up a good work out schedule and sticking to it. It feels amazing to be worried about how long i’ll be at the gym today, instead of how i’m going to get through the workday tomorrow with the hangover i’m definitely going to have. I hardly ever go out anymore, which i’m fiiiine with. The last time i had a beer it was at the laundromat. (Hi, Bar of Soap. You are my favorite place ever right now.)
I’ve become a different person than i’ve ever been before… but I really like it. I am finally ecstatic about my place of employment, i’m finally making good money (even in the winter), i’m finally feeling good about my body again (and in a healthy way), and i’m finally completely in love with ME. I got my first compliment from a guy friend on how good i look and how he can tell i lost weight, and ohmylord. you have no idea how good it felt. Thanks Duncan, you really made my day.
I have always been a swimmer, but for some reason, even though my gym has a lap pool, i hadn’t swam laps in it yet. Maybe i was worried that i would die of a brain aneurism because i’m old and fat and i smoke too much and i haven’t swam laps in ummm 3 years. I swam in elementary school and all through high school, i was a life guard and a private swim lesson instructor for years. I coached an award winning swim team for eff’s sake. Yet for some reason I’ve just been putting it off, until yesterday. I just got ready, put on my ugly ass drag suit (which fit… um. awesome. i bought that thing in 2002 when i was 17!) and got in the pool. I don’t know why I thought it was going to be so difficult. I just swam. And swam. And swam. For an hour. It felt amazing, and I think the pool at the rush is going to be my new Friday night date night. I fell instantly back in love with the sound of my breath and my strokes and the weak feeling your arms get after 100 yards of free style pulls (swimming with just your arms). Swimming gets into your blood, and it never lets you go.
Any one else trying to lose weight this year? Or did you have a year where you just decided that this was the year and got yourself into shape? Please give me your tips, favorite healthy recipe, or your favorite work out!