I have gone up and down, up and down in my weight for years. It’s safe to say, now I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been. I still remember my size 8 body. I barely had time to appreciate it before becoming a mom at nineteen. Since then, I haven’t been satisfied with my weight. Sure, I’ve had my moments and fortunately, I’m pretty body-positive even though I’ve gained a lot of weight.
Truth is, I became so comfortable in my mom body that I neglected to see the effects it was having on my health.
The joint pain, random inflammation, overwhelming fatigue, and general sluggishness my lack of activity was having on me.
Then one day, almost as if someone slapped me, it hit me! I needed this body to last. I needed it to be healthy for myself and my kids. Just like that, I joined a gym! Believe it or not, I actually went and started working out. No coach no trainer, just me.
Now before you get out the cheering squad and strike up the band, I’ve only been at it for about 3 months. BUT. I’m doing it. I go to a gym and I work out. I spin, I walk, I even squat, and not to pick up toys. LOL. I haven’t dropped tons of weight, but I am losing and, more than that, my endurance and energy levels are better.
Working out is something that I do for me. It gives me a totally different feeling than shopping or a cup of coffee. I feel strong and empowered!
Some tips I want to share to keep motivated:
Go early if you can; if not, just go when you can!
Some days I go early and I will say my day flows better I get much more done by lunchtime on those days. Some days it’s an afternoon work out to jump-start the rest of my day or just a few minutes to myself before I face the kids after work. I feel good when I complete this task. It’s rewarding!
Go at your own pace
I don’t let others intimidate me. I track my heart rate and I build myself up as I go. I’m not in a sprint; this life is a marathon. I’m in it for the long haul!
Sweat it out!!
Omg, I love sweating during a workout! It does wonders for my energy level. I’m motivated by the sweat, it helps me know I’m working. Lastly this glow! It’s amazing how my skin glows after I sweat and then immediately cleanse my skin!
You’ll drop pounds
The pounds will come off! For me, it’s been slow and steady but they’re coming off! I’m not discouraged by the scale it pushes me rather it goes up or down. The point of this journey is my health and I’m winning as long as I keep going!