In last week's blog I shared that I am most proud of how strong I have become over the last year--that is my biggest accomplishment. And if I had known what I know today, I think that would have been my goal over the last few years instead of focusing on weight loss. Besides, getting stronger has helped the weight come off without the laser focus on the scale.
So my gift to myself this year is to continue to increase my muscle strength in areas that are not yet firmed up. While I feel that I have gotten stronger in my legs and with my core, my arms continue to be my weakness--swimming is just not enough. I still can't even move across even one rung of the monkey bars, and five push ups is about all I can manage without my arms giving out. Once Ironman is over I really want to add some strength training into my routine, and if the byproduct of my getting stronger is that I finally hit my goal weight, I will not complain one bit.