At the time of this writing, I am in my early 30s. I am a mom and I have a husband who does the vast majority of the cooking (go me!). I work a lot, from home, and am often tired. In September of 2017, at 215 pounds, I decided that I had had enough of feeling tired and uncomfortable.
So I began to take my want to feel better more seriously. I was tired of being worn out after walking short distances, and not doing anything fun with my kiddo, or anyone for that matter. My preferred position was sitting and right behind that was laying down. I was a chronic snacker with a serious sweet tooth, and the easier it was to get to the more likely it was to go in my mouth.
I had a gym membership, but I was not really getting a lot from it. I went a few days a week and thought I was doing something, but really I was not. I have never been big on running or cardio. I would get a little sweaty and think I was doing something. I never pushed myself because that initial increase in your heart rate (you know the one when your body is just starting to get warmed up) made me think I was doing too much since I never did anything.
So, I took a leap of faith and opted to pay an additional fee (UGH! more money?!??) and start taking classes.
This proved to be a wonderful decision. One of the best I have ever made for myself, actually. (I am so very happy to spend the money now.) I started taking what is called Survival Cycle and a Large Group class. Survival Cycle consists of being on a spin bike for a few minutes and then going to an off bike exercise and then back to the bike, repeat with various other exercises. Large Group is a lot of body or low weight floor exercises, but don’t let that fool you, it will kick your ass just the same as anything else out there.
In going to these classes I made some new gym friends and in doing so, developed a wonderful support group. If I am out for a few days, guess what, somebody hunts me down to check on me, and I do the same for them.
This was different for me as I am kind of a loner type person. I am happy to do things on my own. But I am so glad that I have these people in my life now. I like doing things with them. I like someone holding me accountable. I like being surrounded by a group of people who have similar goals and who are encouraging to themselves as well as to others. They help me get up and do things I never thought I could do. And it makes me feel good in more ways that one.
When I started I simply wanted to feel better, I decided to try to lose a little bit of weight. So I did. Then I wanted to lose some more, so I really began to focus on the diet that I had. Was I just stuffing my face, or fueling my body?
I had been stuffing my face for far too long. It boils down to the fact that I was lazy about food (I like vegetable and other healthy foods, they just weren’t always easy/ready to eat) and my portion sizes were absolutely out of control.
In six months time, with consistent exericse and more often healthy than not eating, I had lost 30 pounds, and most importantly, I felt great!
I know 30 pounds does not seem like an earth shattering amount of weight, but I was not in a hurry. And the saying it is harder to lose than it is to gain is certainly true. The thing is, I was very proud of that 30 pounds. I was surprised that once I found my pace with a healthy lifestyle how “easily” it started to go.
I am not going to say I didn’t want to give up or quit. Because I did, right in the middle of exercises when I was tired and my muscles burned I wanted to quit. I wanted to give up when my legs were so sore that I could hardly walk up the one step to get into my house or sit to use the toilet. I have a constant battle raging inside my head. Instead of good me and evil me it was fit me with goals and lazy me who wants nothing to do with goals and to gorge itself on pie all day. I love pie, but I wanted to be fit me more, so I kept going.
If you are living an active lifestyle, I am so proud of you for doing so. It may or may not come easy to you to maintain it and keep going, but I think it is great. And if you have been considering being more active, there really is no better time than now. Get educated, try different things. There is something out there for everyone. Even if you are just starting with walking around your neighborhood a few times or cutting out soda and drinking more water. Make the change.
The best habits are formed one step, or one day at a time. I can assure you, that in the end, you will be so glad you did. It is good to do something that you are proud of and can see real results with.