Friday, February 17, 2012
A year ago I was featured in a magazine, thanks to the staff at Sparkpeople. Today, I am not in the same shape. I stopped tracking my food and cut down on some work outs. The result is a weight swing from 127lbs to 155lbs. I am certainly back down to a healthier me, but nowhere near the fitness level I was 9 months ago. I had said that 135 would be my "cap", then 140, 145... feel me? But for me, it's more than the number on the scale that matters. My self-esteem is deflating as fast as my endurance.
I know I need to add more running, but I have a hard time taking that first step out the door. So, I have been showing up to my workout class 20 minutes early to get in an extra run or bag work.
I have also started taking a boxing class one night a week (while it's not kids' sports seasons.) I love it and really don't want to give it up come cheer season, but my daughter has practice nightly, so that already makes me sad.
Eating, I have been making better choices, but not the regular..healthy ones I used to. This is where I am struggling the most. I know what works for me, I maintained an 85 pound loss for quite some time, but the minute I stopped logging in here.... I lost my balance.
This is hard, for everyone. The struggle for some of us isn't over at goal. It's a lifetime of getting back up, dusting back off and choosing to want to be healthy. I don't need to be a supermodel, or even wear a bikini ever again. I just want to feel good, live life well and pass on life enhancing tools to my children.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
In my boot camp class, we bench mark basic physical fitness tests. My stats for Feb are:
.8 Mile Run: 6:27 vs. 6:10
1 min burpees: 20 vs. 20
1 min push ups: 19 vs. 27
1 min sit ups: 33 vs. 40
It looks like I need to start stronger in my cardio, I obviously have more to give.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
My six year old son loves to write. He practices letters and numbers all the time. So, he has his own Composition Book that he uses a lot. As I was cleaning the dining room a couple of weeks ago, I picked up his book and thumbed through it. He had dictated a story of the three bears to his Daddy and I happened across it.
In his story, the three bears were eating soup. The Daddy bear said the soup was too hot, the little bear said it was too cold and the Mommy bear said the soup was too warm. So, they went for a jog..
They went for a jog.
There was a little more to the story, but my heart stopped at that jog. I felt so proud of his choice of activities for them there bears. I helped do that. I take them to work out with me all the time, we run and play now in the yard, soccer field and park. We take hours long bike rides for fun. Together, as a family. They see that we love activities and that choosing to be active is fun and rewarding. That is why I wanted to get healthy....to teach my children, so that their lives were richer and fuller. So, that at nearly 40 they too aren't fighting obesity and self esteem issues. My new, regular habits and passions have come through in their stories. I couldn't be prouder.
Because, I tell you what.....two years ago....them same bears would have been sitting on the couch waiting for their soup to cool, snacking on a bag of chips.
Monday, May 18, 2009
My husband and I went away to a meeting this week and I missed my regular kickboxing class for the first time in three months. I feel like I am cheating on my class. The hotel we stayed in didn't have a fitness center and the town was not condusive to me strapping on my running shoes and gear (though I brought them). After four full days of no exersize, I feel the difference in my stature, my mood and my energy levels.
I've learned when my regular routine de-rails, look harder at finding fitness opportunities.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Well, today is Mother's Day. I don't have anything I have to do today but be a mommy. My husband went in and opened the store for me today and my precious little ones are surprising still asleep. It is so rare to have a day off to do nothing, everything or anything I want....much less two in a row.
I think that I will take my son out to the yard and till up the area he and I are going to plant a vegetable garden. Maybe head to Home Depot and check out their fencing and maybe buy some starter plants or seeds and plant them with the kids.
Oh, spoke too soon. My princess has emerged.
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