Sunday, January 19, 2014
I mentioned some days back that I came up with a family competition to help everyone in my little circle stay motivated. The competitors are: my younger sister and her guy, my dude, my baby sister, my step-sister, my mom and my step-dad (who just recently dropped out after we told him he had to reveal his starting weight.)
Well.. let's just say the momentum is dwindling down amongst the competitors. My dude is slowly but surely adding cookies and fried foods back to his diet, my mom can't stay away from Wendy's spicy chicken sandwiches and my baby sister will be completing her last semester in a respiratory therapy program all while taking care of a two kiddos under 2 years old. So far, so good on my other sister and her guy because they compete against each other and well, my step-sister says she is still in it but so far the only cardio she says she has been getting in is "twerking."
I convinced my guy to visit the gym near our crib because they had a pre-renovation sale going on ($24/month for two people) so we signed up and I was all hyped and ready to start some serious strength training. I was a little apprehensive at first because I have this crazy fear of the weight machine side of the gym, but after my first step to the other side.. it was on.
Since my fella hangs out on that side of the gym, I asked him to help me start out and show me which machines I should use and how to use them. I love my dude, but apparently he cannot be my personal fitness trainer. It is clear, we definitely need to do our own thang. After using the dumbells and two machines, he was ready to go while I was ready to tackle some more. (sigh).
I didn't show my disappointment but came up with plan B instead. I started following all kinds of fitness Instagrams for ideas. Added a couple of fitness apps to my phone and made a point to start tracking my strength training as well as cardio to make sure I don't overwork and allow rest days.
My point is ... if I thought I was going to rely on my family to keep this journey going, I would be truly disappointed. Weight loss and striving for a healthy body is truly a personal mission and the only person I can rely on is myself (and my Spark family, of course.