Sweat and sore muscles - two things I never thought I'd miss so much. I am so grateful to be back at normal work out routine again.

Taking two weeks off was really frustrating and I was so worried that it would end up being a major set back for me. Thankfully, I am very pleased to report that it was not and that I'm already right back to where I was before I got sick! I lost the 3 pounds of water weight that I was retaining after my illness and am now a mere 4 pounds away from my initial goal weight! I can't even tell you all how very happy that makes me.

However, I know that I can't pause to enjoy this feel good moment too long, because I still have a lot more work to do over these next five weeks.

My trainer warned me that, often times, the closer you get to your ideal weight, the slower the progress becomes and the more effort it takes to get those last few pounds off. He also said that as your body adjusts to your nutrition and exercise routines, it's common to reach a plateau of sorts and you have to push yourself even harder to break through it, so that you can keep making more progress.

It's definitely not easy to push yourself even harder, when you already feel like you're pushing yourself more than you ever thought you would. That's how I feel at least. But, I know it's what I have to do. I know that it's the only way I'll accomplish my initial goal of losing my 12% excess body fat and I don't intend to stop there. I want to push myself to be the very best version of myself that I can be. If that means dealing with a plateau, fine. Slower progress, sure. Pushing myself harder than I originally thought possible, bring it on. What's absolutely not okay with me though, is settling for where I'm at right now and coasting through these final few weeks.

I want to keep pushing myself right up to the finish line. To do that will require both mental and physical work. Mentally, I know that I have to remain positive and focused. Practically, that means I need to do just one more rep of an exercise I absolutely hate and do faster reps even though I feel breathless and shaky.

To be perfectly honest with you, I'm not exactly looking forward to pushing myself even harder than I already have been, but I have to keep reminding myself that it will all be worth it in the end.

Honestly, I don't even have a "goal weight" in mind. From all my online research and talks with my trainer, I've concluded that there isn't one ideal number for my height, but rather, a healthy range. That range depends a little bit on your overall build and a lot on how much muscle mass you have.

Basically, the more muscle you have, the more you can weigh & still be healthy. Naturally, the opposite is also true.

So, I'm choosing to not focus so much on my number (although I do want it to still be heading in the right direction), & instead focus on how I look & feel. I'm confident that when I reach my final goal, I'll know it, because it will staring back at me in the mirror.