Friday, November 04, 2011
My daughter talked me into joining SP the first part of June 2011. Even though our weight goals were at the opposite ends of the spectrum, our fitness goals were the same and it felt good to have the support and motivation of someone who loves you for who you are and not how you look. All through the summer, she encouraged me to stick to my workouts and was actually relieved, I think, to have someone eating the kinds of food she wanted to eat.
I loved the SP experience and the sense of community and dropped 25 pounds with " relative ease." Now, let me explain what those two words meant to me. It was summer and as a stay-at-home mom who homeschools, it meant that I was "off work" and had hours to exercise whenever I felt like it and plenty of time to cook healthy meals. Hey, I was feeling great and was positive that I could keep those two hours a of working out going when I started homeschooling in the fall. I even remember snickering at one of challenges in the SP book where you had to exercise in 10 minute chunks. Why do that and spend you whole day sweaty, when you can get it over in two hours (or more
at one time and be done with it?
You all know where I am going with this, don't you?
School started in September and I unexpectedly had my middle child home for high school as well. The days were completely full, but not with workouts or healthy meals. Thankfully, I didn't inflict too much damage even when I returned briefly to that horrible habit of demolishing a bag of candy corn in one sitting. It will take me about another 1-2 weeks to return to the point I left off.
So, I am back. Humbler and hopefully, wiser. I no longer sneer at those ten minute workouts and I am grateful for days where I simply eat less and eat healthier. A person can get in some fairly serious strength training while watching a lecture on the Age of Exploration with one's 13 year-old.
My friends, take some time to be kind to yourselves and keep coming back. It is truly worth it. May you all be well in body and soul.