It’s been a minute since I have been on my blog. My life has been moving at a twister’s pace! However, I have managed to stay focused on my FAVORITE HOBBY…WORKING OUT! I have been holding steady at 105 pounds lost, but my body has been stubborn on losing more weight. What boggles me is that I have ACTUALLY GOTTEN SMALLER! I can wear a SIZE 10 (depending on the cut) and my size 12 clothes are becoming baggy. This has been a mystery! I’ve stopped weighing myself because it can get a bit annoying week to week. Instead, I decided to start weighing myself monthly or if my trainer decides to weigh me when we have a session.
Although the scale hasn’t budged, my body is becoming more and more sculpted and defined. I am amazed at it. Everyday, I look at myself to see what has changed, and what I need to change. It makes me work harder. It makes me want to sweat more. It makes me want to KEEP PUSHING. Now, there is a reason why I have seen this tremendous transformation because I have been keeping a BIG SECRET…I HAVE BEEN TRAINING TO COMPETE IN MY FIRST AMATEUR POWERLIFTING MEET!!!!!!!!! Yep, I said it. I, Yvette Michelle Nathan-Jones, is training to become a POWERLIFTER. Some of you all may be happy for me, and some of you all may wish me nothing but misfortune, but that’s OK. My life is in GOD’S HANDS and what he has for me WILL BE FOR ME.
When I first started training with my coach, Brad Hill, husband of my trainer, Katrina Hill, I questioned my intent. I thought I was being overambitious to take on such a daunting task, but after all I have been through, I have learned TO NEVER DOUBT MYSELF. As a result, I decided to keep pressing. My coach believed in me, my husband and kids believed in me, so it was IMPERATIVE THAT I BELIEVED IN ME! I must admit, it has been very challenging-the heavy weights, the constant reps, practicing technique, and seeing how far you can push your body. At the same time, it’s INVIGORATING, A RUSH!!! Especially when I successfully complete a lift.
So now, it’s April, and I have set some goals for myself:
1. Lose my last 20 pounds (165) by my birthday, December 9th
2. Compete in my first Powerlifting Competition in 2013
3. Start writing about my weight loss journey
Ok, so it’s official. These are the 3 major goals I have set for myself. I don’t expect them to be easy, but it can be done.
If you are reading this, and you feel like all hope is lost, and that your life has no meaning or purpose, IT’S A LIE!!!! Your life DOES HAVE A PURPOSE! For those out there who are heavy, obese, and are just ready to call it quits on trying to lose weight or on life itself…PLEASE, PLEASE, DON’T QUIT! YOUR LIFE HAS A PURPOSE ALSO!!!! Ask God to give you strength and discipline to try again. Ask God to surround you with positive people that will whole-heartedly support you through your UPS and your DOWNS. Find something that inspires and motivates you to push yourself OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE such as your children, your spouse, or having better health. PLEASE!!!! DON’T GIVE UP!
YOUR LIFE IS WORTH IT…