Energy and the YMCA

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Lately I've been taking a trip down memory lane recalling trips I've taken to Green swam, Bok Tower Gardens, Lithia Springs, Apollo Beach and E.G. Simmon's Park.

I've looked at an old scrapbook, and its there between the pages of a Summer Scrapbook that I've stumbled upon an old YMCA membership card. (I know your probably thinking "big deal...")

The card brought me back to Calvary Chapel Brandon's 2005 baptism, and it was after that Baptism around Easter that I first started working out at the Brandon YMCA, Campo and then FishHawk Express.

I cam remember struggling the first month of working out. I'd do fifteen minutes of warm ups and I would want to quit, but my motivation towards making it through the work-out was prayer, wanting to wear slimmer clothing and fit into a dress again.

The first month I was just dragging by with working out 3 hours a week, (which is kind of where I am now, just doing a little bit here and there). The 2nd month I was at the gym four hours a day: (2 hours before work, and 2 hours after work), then eventually 3 hours Saturday morning, followed by a 30 minute swim.

Each time I worked out I took on different workout regimes and activities... step, Pilate's, boot camp, body sculpt, body pump and some other classes I don't remember right now.

I did notice over time that I had more self- esteem and confidence in my-self. My head would hit the pillow at night and I'd be out in 10 minutes flat.

The best thing about living at the YMCA was how clothes shopping was no longer a chore, but something I enjoyed once again. I was also able to wear clothing without feeling yucky about my-self.

It's so true that working out does the body good, and the first week and first month of working out is the hardest, but the days I didn't work out I'd feel sluggish, even if I didn't go for a 30 minute swim.

Over all, my best advice out there to everyone is... Once you start working out, don't quit, because it's easy to gain the weight back and retreat back to your old habits. I know this from experience, because every time I'd stop working out when I lost weight, I'd just put all the weight back on in four months flat.
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