10 years ago I had my son. Previously I had never really struggled with my weight like the rest of my family. I am 5’1″and was 135 lbs. before I got pregnant and 155 lbs. just before I gave birth, very reasonable. A year later, I was 140 creeping up on 145! I did not want to be 5’1″ and 150 lbs.!!
I got serious about changing my lifestyle and started walking. I walked @ school, around the park down the street, anywhere I had room and time. I added intervals and started doing fitness videos and dvds in my small living room. Then my now husband got us a gym membership and I started lifting. This was when the magic began!
I transformed life body and my life! I competed in a bench press competition and my training for that was serious motivation. I built so much muscle that I would eat breakfast (something I only did when I was pregnant before that,) lunch, dinner, a couple snacks (one right before bed,) and wake up in the middle of the night hungry and eat again! I discovered the secret to long term weight management…build muscle!
I got second place which, I must admit, put a damper on my motivation (of course I wanted 1st!) But I never forgot that lesson. I’ve struggled with consistency a bit over the years (things like moving and going full time at work can really challenge your commitment,) but for the most part, I’ve managed to carve out some time for working out.
A couple of years ago, I injured myself (doing zumba of all things!!) and took some time off completely to fully recover (didn’t want to start a downward spiral of injury and pain!) At that time I had a couple of doctor’s appointments when I was told my blood pressure was a little high. I just turned 39 and boy was that a wake-up call!! I knew this was my cue to get back to work, so I did!
Crazy as it sounds, I started back by doing zumba with a new respect for listening to my body’s limitations. I also do tabata and other HIIT type workouts, pilates, kettleballs, and I’m looking forward to hitting the trails on my mountain bike now that it’s spring! I do a half hour session of stretching at least once a week (I’m not very flexible by nature,) and have just added swimming and TRX. Variety is not only the spice of life, but it’s also the secret to avoid the dreaded plateau!
I still haven’t reached the ultimate goal I’ve had my eye on this whole time, a firm tight core! My core is strong and even has some pretty good definition. But when I’m relaxed, my belly pooches out in a most unattractive way! I have a gold dress that some day I’m gonna rock when I get there, but I can’t really have an ounce of extra fat to really pull it off! Stay tuned to see if I reach my goal, or just enjoy a longer healthier life for trying!!!