|My friend Jill and I after running the Hawley 5 K this October!|
If you didn’t know, approximately 1 1/2 years ago I began a new quest…I decided that I needed to improve my health and get into better shape. I had gained weight over the years of childbearing and just wasn’t overly concerned enough to persue a change. I had so many excuses…I am fine…I will eventually diet…tomorrow perhaps…..and so on. I kept procrastinating until about a year after I had had my second child, Ana, that I decided enough was enough and I needed to really do this. I think my main motivation was that I was just sick of the excuses I was making as I knew they were excuses. I knew I needed to gain control of my health. I had gained a bit of weight over the years and just didn’t feel good about myself. I felt overwhelmed and didn’t know where to begin so I started with a goal to lose 10 pounds. Well, getting started is the hardest part and I know as a therapist that breaking patterns and beginning new ones takes a good long while. I also knew that the pain of making the change must outweight the pain of tmaking the change happen. I was more concerned with my poor health, eating, lack of exercise, etc… that the idea of persuing change was appealing and appeared to be the better choice of the two. I cut out desserts and went with cutting out most whites (rice, white bread and potatoes and so on). I journaled everything I ate. I went whole wheat everything. I began to walk at the track, the park, and the treadmill. I lost 10 pounds and was very happy about this, but I knew I needed to go on. I was motivated now as I felt the positive results. I felt confident and was happy to have begun the process as I knew this was one of the hardest parts to conquer. Shortly after this, I was approached by an awesome friend who gifted me with personal training sessions one a week for about two months. I took her up on this generous offer – I was both excited and scared to death (think Jillian Michaels from Biggest Loser!). Could I do this? What would it be like? Will I humiliate myself? I gathered the courage and off I went and it was so awesome!!! I was so blessed to have this opportunity and it really jump started my process. Jeannie helped me with diet and excerise..she motivated and encouaged me. She helped me make better food choices and educated me. I switched to a modified Atkins diet and several times a week of regular exercise. I continued to lose weight. I kept upping my goal from 10 to 20 to 30 and so on. I had a goal, but could have stopped whenever as I was already pleased about where I was at. I began going to a fitness class taught by my friend Mindy my church where fitness classes were (and still are) offered to all women at all levels. Tuesday was arms/abs and Thursday was step class. I never ever took a class before this. I was very self-conscious about starting and was concerned people would be watching me as I fumbled all the moves so to speak. Well, after several times, I got over my anxiety and really began to enjoy the challenge. I stepped it up and began to attend Jeannie’s class initially once a week with modifications and then twice a week. I continued to lose weight and feel better. I was able to get new clothes which is a reason in itself to diet, isn’t it ladies? Of course the weight loss slowed, but I eventually lost 55 pounds with a modified diet (no bread or fruit for a long time!) and exercise four times a week. I am maintaining this loss currently and am pleased with that. My goal is to continue to eat right and exercise. I want to be healthy and fit and strong- I hope to be able to keep up with all life’s demands and my children! I love exercise and am thankful to Jeannie, Mindy and the other women I have met and been encouraged by in the process. This has truely been a metamorphisis for me. The workouts continue to be a challenge, but I love it. I love hearing how many burpees, sit ups, squat jumps and push ups we have done in an hour…who would have thought I could have ever accomplished that? I believe that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. This is my story…what will yours entail? I would love to hear from you..please do share.