I'm also a lady that's been working out again!
I don't remember my last post, and frankly I'm too
I stepped on the scale a few months ago and nearly cried. I was at 212 pounds and miserable. My knees hurt. My ankles hurt. My feet hurt. I hated the way I looked in the mirror and everything just SUCKED. I didn't have time to go to the gym, but I figured since I'm on my feet all day and I know exactly how many calories I burn (thanks to the MedGem Metabolic Analysis I did at the VA's nutrition clinic), I could at least count calories and eat better.
So I started eating more fruits and veggies. Less fried crap. No soda. TONS of water. I only took in 1500 calories per day AT MOST. And I started dropping weight. Quickly. Then, I talked to one of my friends who works with PK about weight loss and she told me that she goes to the gym every evening at 6pm. Since I'm now finished with school, I can totally do that! Turns out, she works out at her apartment complex's gym and it's really nice.
The first day, I hopped on the elliptical and I swore to God I was going to DIE by the end. I lifted some weights and did some situps on the yoga ball. I went home and cried like a little girl. But I made myself go back the next day. And the next. And the next. Pretty soon, I was actually looking forward to going to the gym!
My knees aren't hurting anymore (unless it's going to rain, then there's nothing I can do about that. Arthritis sucks). My ankles aren't hurting anymore. My feet... well, I have heel spurs so they're going to ache, but they don't hurt because I'm too heavy to cart myself around anymore.
I'm down to 190 and feeling awesome. Still have 40 pounds to go before I hit my goal weight, but I have faith that I'll make it.
I'll leave you today with a link that my friend NinjaKitty gave me on the science of weight loss. It covers a lot of things I've previously talked about (back when I was actually posting here regularly) but it's good info to know.