Those of you that follow me on Instagram or watch my vlogs know I have been sharing lately about my journey to get in shape. That I decided that it was time to get serious.
You see, I used to be extremely athletic. Used to be. In high school I was the captain of the swim team, I was on the track & field team and I did distance running just for the heck of it. I was a weight lifter and could life more weight with my legs than the captain of the football team. Then I joined the army and got even more fit and muscular.
Then the kids came, and life got crazy and I put my health on the back burner. Around the time my youngest started kindergarten, I had a good friend who shared the love of hiking. Her son started kindergarten the same year that Jack did, and we began hiking on a regular basis to get in shape. We would hike 30-36 miles every week. It was awesome! I lost so much weight and was in such great shape it was ridiculous. We loved it so much, we were even planning on taking a 2 week trip and hike the Appalachian trail as far as we could in that time.
Then the unthinkable happened. Her husband was killed in Iraq.
Life went on a different path and I began homeschooling my kids. Once again, I let things get in the way of my health. I didn’t make it a priority.
I’ve had moments here and there where I would get motivated, start something and then let it fall away. Typical, right?
But recently I have made the decision to take this seriously. I am not getting any younger,and frankly I embarrass myself. I used to be so fit and so strong! If there was something a person could lift or move…I could lift or move it. I never needed help. Furniture, boxes, equipment – it didn’t matter. I had this. But now? Ugh!
My friend c.a. has really inspired me to make changes and as she says, “Just Show Up.” I told her she needs to make t-shirts and sell them with “#JustShowUp” on them. It’s a great reminder that nothing is going to change until you make it happen.
A few weeks ago I started going to the gym. Now people that know me, know I
dislike, don’t care for, HATE gyms. I think they are smelly and disgusting. But things had gotten to the point where I needed to get past that and do something about it. So I did. I decided to just show up.
I’m going to share this journey with you. Here and there I will be sharing healthy recipes (I already do on occasion) and things about what I am doing. Don’t worry, I’m still doing all of the recipes for desserts and things like that, that is not going to change. I believe in moderation and lifestyle – not crazy restrictions and regimens. You may have already noticed that I have started sharing smoothie recipes. Smoothies are one of my favorite new things to make. They are a great way to get fruits, protein and other good things into your diet and they taste so good that they seem like a treat.
But back to what I was talking about…
So my friend c.a. used to go to a place here in town called “Boot Camp.” Then she started going to Cross Fit, and now she has switched to Iron Tribe. When she found out I was going to the gym, she immediately invited me to come to a “try the tribe” day. I did that this past weekend. It was fun, and the workout was short, but it was intense.
The next day I felt like I had been run over by my F150, but I was glad I went. I appreciated learning new movements and techniques.
I have a goal. You see, I want to be “Freaking Fabulous in my Fifties.” I don’t want to be some skinny minnie in cut off shorts. I just want to be strong and healthy. I want to be that person that is active and on the go, and doing things and shocking to people when they find out my age. Frankly I want some of the old me back! Of course, I have some time before my fifties, but I’m not waiting until then to get started.
I also have a weight goal. I have a set number of pounds that I am shooting to lose.
I started making changes a couple months ago, but really started pushing three weeks ago when I began hitting the gym. I have to say, I am already seeing a difference. I hadn’t expected to yet, but I have already lost 5 pounds and am actually seeing some definition beginning to show in my shoulders. What a motivator!
So thank you for coming along on this journey with me. I look forward to some day sharing a “before and after” photo with you!