Jimi’s weight loss journey Pt. 2: Working out and maintaining

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I’m convinced losing weight and maintaining weight require two totally different mindsets.

Most people tell me that they are proud of the weight I lost, but I am more proud of keeping it off. The changes that I laid out in the first part of my weight loss journey are three vital factors that keep me on my path.

Read Jimi’s Weight-loss Journey – Part 1

Maintaining my weight

Losing and maintaining weight are equally difficult.

Starting out, it’s tough to change your life and push yourself. On the plus side, you’re shaving off the LBs, and you have the visual gratification of body transformation.

Maintaining your weight is almost the opposite.

You have already pushed beyond the starting point and most likely have a healthy routine. The difficulty is when semi-regular visual gratification is replaced by less-regular incremental gratification.

I was discouraged at one point because although I kept up with my new lifestyle, I had hit a weight loss wall.

Physical activity was the next step.

To the gym

I think one reason why so many people fall short of their healthy living goals is that they attempt to do too much too soon.

That’s is why I chose to get my diet on track before stepping into the gym.

The problem was I hated the gym. From a treadmill to free weights, you name it, I didn’t want any part of it.

I knew forcing exercises I hated was a recipe for failure. At the time, swimming was the only exercise I enjoyed.

That’s where I started.

Before I knew it, my usual 60 laps in 45 minutes on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday became part of my weekly routine.

The results were noticeable, and I had caught the workout bug. I wanted to do more and build muscle.

Thrive Fit Co.

As you can tell, I didn’t enjoy normal forms of exercise. That’s why I was intrigued when I heard about Thrive Fit Co.‘s boxing class.

You mean I get to sweat and hit something at 6 a.m.? Sounds great.

I was both excited and nervous for my first class. Everything I had done up to that point was on my own. If I failed, I was the only one who saw that. If I failed in the class, everyone else would see.

Thankfully, I had encouragement from my friend Heather, who is a local trainer and has become a bonafide ride or die workout partner.

I was hooked after the first class and realized I had nothing to fear. I was able to push myself while still working in my comfort zone.

A weekly class quickly became twice a week when I added full-body bootcamps to my schedule.

My attendance for classes went up to 3-4 times a week by March. Then everything shut down.

Working out during the pandemic

My last in-person class before the initial shutdown was Friday, March 13.

Thrive wasted no time keeping their members active.

What started with daily Instagram workouts quickly moved to Zoom classes using what you could at home for weights. I’ve always said that I would put my two crappy wine bottle weights in my “Pandemic Time Capsule.”

As I started to feel more fit and cabin fever set in, I added running to my workout routine with 3-4 runs a week that maxed out around 4 miles.

I hit my stride with workouts during the summer. Thrive built a balanced schedule of strength and conditioning classes, and I found myself logging on every day at 8 a.m.

Throughout, I was grateful to have a virtual workout bud like Heather and the rest of the Thrive Tribe.

Hopping on Thrive classes became more than just a workout. It was a small virtual community that helped me get through some of the toughest times of the pandemic.

The classmates and instructors still made us feel like we were part of a community even when we were all on tiny screens.

Anyone looking for a virtual way to get fit should check out Thrive! They offer live classes multiple times a day and have an online archive so you can workout when convenient for you.

Thrive also opened a gorgeous new studio in Camp Hill right off of Market Street. They have some in-person classes running with limited attendance.

How it’s going

As of this publishing, I can say I am in the best shape I’ve ever been.

There’s no doubt that the last year made it a challenge to stick to my new lifestyle. Trust me, I still snacked, drank, and lounged more than I wanted to like the rest.

Having those core values I started three years ago were driving factors that helped me stay on my path and even expand it.

This is not the end of my journey. I’m excited to get back in the pool when it’s safe and run in warmer weather.

Thanks to all who made it this far! You know where to find me if you have any questions!

Sara Bozich
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