Leather Jacket: Forever 21 | Flannel button up: Old Navy | Black pants: Old Navy (Similar) | Black heels: JcPenney Photography: Becky Kimball
September was a pretty awesome month! I had several instances where I felt stronger than I have ever felt throughout my journey. Although, the number on the scale stays in the same, I don't really let that get me down. I am lifting much heavier weights and building muscle which is what I am really after.
Right now, I am focusing on lowering my body fat percentage which last I checked was at 29%. I would love to get it down to a 25% ultimately, but of course I have no rush to get there. Running served it's purpose in my life and helped me get the bulk of my weight off. While I still love the sport of running, it was becoming too predictable for my body. I needed something to challenge me like running did in the beginning. I started looking more into weights and have been focusing on weight lifting for the past month. I am so much stronger than I was when I was at my half marathon race shape! I know that running will always be apart of my life and I may even go back to it next year and run a few races, but I am looking forward to trying new things.
As far as what my new goals are? I don't have any clear cut "I want to be a size 4" goals. My main goals are to keep leaning out and build muscle, I want to be working out 5-6x a week. I want to continue to track my food through my fitness pal (username is dianawinksmith). I just want to continue bettering myself and I know that what I am doing is just that. I want to be better at less snacking (cheezits will be the death of me!) I want to have only one cheat meal a week since that is what really keeps me going most weeks.
I am really glad that I posted my weight loss updates throughout the last year on my blog. This time last year I was posting about my weight loss which you can find here. Last year I was training for my first half marathon and feeling like I could conquer the world. I can see such huge changes in my body compared to then and now. Giving up has never been an option. Slowing down or taking a small break has, but I never let myself say that I was done forever. I have taken plenty of small breaks to help me get back on track and each time I come back stronger than before. I am hoping to make the rest of the year stronger than ever!