I have spent most of my life avoiding exercise or convincing myself that I didn’t need it. Prior to having kids I was fortunate and had a great metabolism. I was able to eat whatever I wanted, never worked out, and didn’t gain weight. All that ended with my first pregnancy. Having gone through over 2 years of procedures that added a lot of weight, I delivered my son weighing more than 70 pounds heavier than I was on my wedding day. Being a new mom was exhausting and it was suddenly hard for me to even push a stroller up the slight hill that we live on.
There was a short stint after I had Nicholas where I joined a gym. You know the kind…skinny people, TV’s in front of the treadmills, and everyone was dressed in their best workout gear. I felt uncomfortable from day #1 always comparing myself to those exercising around me. I didn’t fit in and it made me dread going there. I didn’t even last a month and when I went there to quit I felt like Chandler on that 1999 episode of Friends when he took Ross with him to try and quit the gym. Only difference was I took my 6 month old with me in a stroller and the person at the desk could care less that I was quitting!
Next came one of my most ridiculous ideas…The Lazy Girl’s Workout! I actually wrote a blog post about how I was going to stick to this simple workout for lazy girls that I found on Pinterest! In my head I gave it a good shot, but doing a 5 minute workout once a week really wasn’t going to get me the results I wanted. Since I knew the results would never come with this I even quit The Lazy Girl’s Workout.
By this time my little ones were starting nursery school and I remember watching all of the moms in their gym clothes getting ready to go for a run or to the gym after drop off. Looking back I know I was jealous of their ambition, dedication to their health, and ability to get it done even with little ones. I would see them running as I drove past on my way to Dunkin Donuts for a coffee and then off to Target thinking, “Why can’t I find something I like doing and can stick to?”
Last year a friend encouraged me to take classes with her at a local community center. One thing I learned was that having friends to motivate me to SHOW UP was definitely key in getting me to stick with it as long as I did. However, I also learned that you can’t FAKE a workout and expect results. For 9 months I tried to commit to taking 2 classes a week. If there was a drop of rain or a chill in the air I didn’t show up. When I did go, I stuck out the cardio but completely slacked off on the rest of the class. I would take water breaks during the strength training and checked my phone while laying on the mat during the ab and leg exercises. With no success I used the summer as an excuse to skip classes and added this to my ever growing list of exercise fails.
Five months ago I went completely out of my comfort zone and took a Jazzercise class in my town. I went alone and didn’t know anyone except the owner who I had recently met through my business. After a few minutes I KNEW this was a perfect fit for me. The songs were great, the energy was amazing, and I felt for once like I was in my element! I started with 2 classes a week and have worked up to 4 or more. I even added a weekly personal training session! I wake up each morning ready to take on the day and am excited for my workouts. It has taken me years and years to finally find an exercise regimen that I not only can stick to but LOVE! I have met so many wonderful women in class and the support of the instructors is phenomenal.
It may have taken me a long time to finally find the right fit, but boy am I glad I never gave up until I found what worked for me! I am stronger than ever and it just keeps getting better!
NEVER GIVE UP on yourself…there is a whole NEW YOU waiting to be discovered!