Back in December I told you about my journey in making the decision to become a member at Alchemy. I figured I could give an update of how it's going.
At first, I started with 2–3 times per week, depending on how sore I was. Now I'm consistently going 4–5 times per week. It's not easy. I am challenged every day. The difference between old me and new me — I relish in the challenges and know I'll come out stronger.
My mindset about working out and my body has completely changed. I no longer dread going to the gym. [Sound of record skipping.] Yes, you read that right. I am now the person that I used to roll my eyes at. I enjoy going to a workout. Alchemy has become part of my morning routine and when I don't go, I don't feel right.
Alchemy posts the next day's workout every evening. When I check it the night before and it looks really hard, I am excited to see how I can push myself. I get excited about a workout. [Gross. Sorry, I'm rolling my eyes reading my own words.]
I can't tell you enough. The level of encouragement and care that everyone exudes is astonishing. I walk in at 6:15 a.m. and I'm greeted with a smile. Not only a smile, but a genuine smile. It also helps that I've made friends with "the regulars" that I see every morning. Aaannd I have friends that also go to Alchemy, so it's fun to meet up and work out together.
During the last 4 months, I've measured my success in different ways. My favorite way is with my weights. I've collected some dumbbells over the years for my at-home workouts ... I have a set of 2, 3 and 5 lb weights. I remember using my boyfriend's 10 lb weights one time and thinking, "Woah, toooo heavy!" At Alchemy, the smallest dumbbell is 10 lbs and it took some time to get comfortable with them. Then I slowly worked my way up to 15 lb. And now I'm using 20 lbs for some of the movements. Let me tell you, I feel like a BAMF when I grab a set of 20s.
After a few months at Alchemy, I was getting trimmer but I wasn't seeing the scale go down. I know a giant reason is the muscle I now have. But still. So, I thought that now that I have my workout routine, I wanted to try doing another Whole30. I previously told myself, there's no way I could do Whole30 and work out consistently. I wouldn't have the energy. All that extra food prep ... there's not enough time in the day to work out, too! Wrong. It's funny how many excuses I can come up with when I try. A lot of em. But guess what. Excuses be damned, today is day 27 of my Whole30! [Celebratory dance.] It has been difficult at some points, but it was just what I needed to jumpstart my spring.
All in all I feel amazing. I am more confident in myself, my body and my abilities than I ever have been. What more could you ask for? And for reals, if you want to try out Alchemy, the first week is free and I'd totally give you a personal tour!