100+ First Steps Club blog challenge
Monday, April 03, 2017
Part of the April Foolishness Event is to write a blog about the biggest challenge we are facing at this point in our weight loss journey and what we are going to do about it this week.
For me this is unquestionably activity. In short I really, really need some! In a way it surprises me that this is the case. Five years ago I was living in South Africa and was at the gym 6 days a week and power walking around the estate we lived on on the seventh day. My husband was transferred there for a couple of years to open a hotel. We were lucky enough to be able to live in the secure eco-estate where the hotel was being built. It contained about 400 homes and two hotels and was built around a golf course. So while he was busy I really was not and so I became quite active. I took Pilates, cardio and strength classes as well as Zumba and yoga. And I did my own strength training and cardio workouts. And I really enjoyed all of it.
Then I travelled back to Canada to help my eldest daughter and her husband with preemie newborn twins. The plan was for me to stay with the new parents until they felt ready to be on their own. Before this happened my husband was transferred back to Canada and we settled back into the Rockies around the block from our daughter and her family. It was an incredibly busy time. And my activity level plummeted. About the time I started to have free time again my father became very ill and passed away quite unexpectedly. I stayed to help Mom get things settled ready to move to live with my husband and I and also to be there while she had and recovered from open heart surgery. Fast forward a bit and my youngest daughter returned home from England newly engaged and the wedding plans, complete with me sewing all the dresses, were underway. And then the twins had a baby sister. And then we moved. And now I find myself hopelessly out of shape but in a new town with very few demands on my time. I got the brace I needed for my knee last week and this week, tomorrow actually, I am joining the local gym. I am going to start slowly with biking and swimming as well as strength training and then when I'm ready I will take advantage of the classes run at the gym. I love doing classes. I find they push me in a way that I don't necessarily when working on my own.
From now on I will not consider my exercise time to be negotiable. I need to make it a priority. I have no one to blame but myself. I can hardly expect others to put a premium on it unless I do!