Happy Monday, folks! Wishing you the best of luck in the week to come. Do me a favor and don’t need it, okay?
Today marked our official scheduling for the beginning of our 20/20 journey. In addition to planning the three initial appointments that are required before the program can begin, we set our daily program meetings and final start date in stone. Our first counseling appointments will take place tomorrow. Our initial fitness testing (photos taken, body scans made, etc.) will also be tomorrow. Last but not least, our initial physician appointments will take place on the 14th of March (Tuesday of next week.)
Once those three appointments are complete, we will have official clearance to begin the program on…
March 15th, 2017!
Our schedules for the next 28 weeks after that will look something like this:
- 55-minute personal training sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 1 PM
- Two additional days of self-guided cardio exercise per week, our choice
- 30-minute dietitian appointments on Tuesdays at 1:30 PM
- 55-minute group workshops on Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
- For those keeping count, we do get two days “off” from exercise if we choose to take them.
For the curious, the group workshops are not therapy or fitness classes. They’re focused on educating folks about the 20/20 program and other health-related topics. Think Sunday school or Bible study session; some group involvement will be going on, but nothing intensive and/or personal from the sound of it. To that end, the sessions are separated by gender. I don’t often mesh well with traditional ladies, so I am nervous about fitting in, but hopeful that I can meet some kindred spirits. We are required to go to ten of these workshops before the program ends, but after that, it’s up to us whether we continue to do so. We’ll see what the future brings!
I’d be lying if I said we weren’t nervous about all of this, but we are committed and ready to take the first steps into our new future. I’ll update you all tomorrow once the initial counseling and fitness assessment stuff happens. Getting the photos and scans from tomorrow is the 20/20 equivalent of having a “before” photo in other weight loss programs, and I’m planning on sharing mine with you all, no matter how embarrassing it might be. (I have not asked John yet for permission to share his, and until/unless he agrees, you’ll only be seeing mine.)
I appreciate that some of you may not be comfortable with that level of detail, but I promised myself that I am done with hiding myself from the world. Being honest about who I am, what I’m coming from, and how far I have to go means a lot to me, as does removing the shame for other plus-sized folks in my position.
No matter how hard the struggle may be, or how far you have to go, it is never too late to take control of your future. If I can prove this, once and for all, then I will consider anything else I do during 20/20 a grand success.