Friday, January 21, 2011

Before I found fitness.....

I share this because I've heard many times that "it's probably easy for you to stay in shape"...and I want to dispel that myth. The before picture is me, after having my first child. Yes, I gained close to 75lbs with him. Watching a Cowboys game one day, seeing Emmit Smiths' stats and realizing I only weighed 5 lbs less than him was a bit of a shocker. Crazy eating, lots of TV watching and not much else, got me to that point. I literally had friends come visit me in the hospital who had not seen me in a while, turn around to walk out of the room because they thought they had the wrong room. It was not pretty. I felt miserable. All of the side effects of being heavy were mine to feel, and I hated it. I wore maternity pants like 5 mos after the baby was born. My knees and feet hurt all the time. So what happened?
I got sick and tired of being sick and tired. I started to realize that what I ate directly affected how I felt and what I looked like. I fought this for a long time, since before baby, I never really had to watch what I ate, but once I accepted it, change could begin to happen. I'm all or nothing type personality, which does NOT work for me when it comes to losing weight. I quickly found out that you can't go from being sedentary to running a mile without getting a nice cramp in your side, or a headache. If I tried to stay away from all sweets, I found myself feeling deprived and irritable. I decided to make little changes one at a time, since the all or nothing thinking wasn't working. So, I quit frying okra for dinner. I didn't drink regular coke anymore. I quit buying drumstick ice cream cones at the grocery store, etc. making little changes that I could live with, one at a time. Very soon, I was running (after training for a while) and could finally give away those maternity pants.

I have been on both sides of the fitness scale, and I definetly prefer to stay active and feeling good, but it's a daily choice to be made. The benefits go way beyond how your clothes fit, or what size you get down to. The most difficult part for many is getting started, and then sticking to it.

At our womens only bootcamp, our trainers hold you accountable and keep you going. Training with us will get you faster results than on your own. I just wish I'd had access to a trainer those first few years of trying to lose the weight. I would have saved myself a lot of time, since I thought getting a flat stomach meant doing 100 crunches every day!

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1 comment:

  1. I just LOVE to read stories like these!! I am so PROUD of look wonderful!! Someone that just met me recently said to me, " are naturally a lean person." I had to stop them right there in that sentence and DISPEL THAT MYTH, too! People think you've always been where you are today...little do they know it takes work to do it the right/healthy way!