I know all of us have these. The key is to do something about it.
Mine was the beginning of July. I knew I had gained some weight since the last summer, I can read a scale, but it didn't really hit me until I took the kids to the amusement park. There is a particular ride that if your child is under a certain height, the parent must ride too. Well, I have ridden on this thing first with my younger cousins, then my oldest child, and with my second and I fit in it ok last year. Well, this year was a little different. I got on with my 3 year old and at first couldn't get the belt to snap around me. I went into panic mode. My first thought was how embarrassing is it going to be for my daughter and how am I going to tell her that her mother is too fat to ride this ride and we would have to get off, not to mention the embarrasement I would feel for myself. I sucked in for all I was worth and got that belt to snap in, barely but I did it. As we rode, I got to thinking, what in the world and why have I let things go to this point. Then, I thought well, what am I going to do about it?
I didn't beat myself into a depression. I find pointing the finger at me and telling myself all these negative things will only make things worse. I decided that taking action is the best thing to do. First I vowed that I would check in with Spark every day, log in my fitness, set a fitness minute goal, and check in with my teams. Then I took a long look at my exercise pattern. I am one of these people that don't like to get up any earlier than I have to, so I knew I could never stick with early morning exercise. Well, I like to exercise in privacy, but my living room is taken up with family all evening. So, I went to my basement, got the old TV, an old table, and bought a cheap DVD player and set up an area just for me, my exercise area. I am not bothering a soul and I can sweat up a storm all I want. I also decided that it is ok for the kids to stay in the kid-care section of the Y for 40 minutes every Saturday, while I use the treadmill. It is also ok to change my Southern cooking ways that suit my husband, to cut the butter and fat, so the whole family benefits.
So far, it is working out for me. I have lost 5 pounds this month and I like having my own area. The family knows when I head down there that I am going to exercise and they are welcome to join me.
I encourage all of you that have an OMG moment like I did to get active about it. Think of postive changes that will suit your style, your schedule, your life. Don't get in a depressive mode. We can't change what we have done in the past, but we can surely do something about the present and future.