I almost decided not to write about this because I didn’t want it to be a cliché. However, I have been inspired by multiple sources so I feel I should write. I want to write about fitness and my personal struggle with weight.
For some women I think weight issues are hereditary, as it seems all the women on my mother’s side have struggled with weight. Isn’t it horrible to feel okay about yourself because you see other women larger than you? That is the justification talking.
I loved going to the YMCA to work out. I joined and attended classes like WERQ and Dance Fitness, Kickboxing, and more. I worked out almost every day until life became hectic with my kids’ extra curricular activities and I couldn’t carve out that hour anymore. I also became a bit discouraged because I had developed my own workout plan and wasn’t getting the results I was expecting. I felt amazing and accomplished by doing something. In fact I have a photo of myself and I am radiating with feeling good after a workout and it is one of my favorite photos of myself.
Cancelling my YMCA membership was discouraging to me. I wanted to feel empowered that I could work out at home and accomplish the same good feelings, the fun of the group classes, and the visual motivation of just being IN the gym with others there for the same reason. I failed to recapture my motivation.
Motivation is a funny thing, you can WANT to do something, but you have to move past the want and actually DO something. I know all too often I struggle with that fine line.
Confession: I have an elliptical machine IN my living room collecting dust. There is no reason for me not to use it. For me, organized workouts have been at a gym, I have never developed the habit of working out at home. I want to change that. I know that being fit means staying fit and being able to workout no matter where you are. I understand that for this to be a lasting change in my life, I have to MAKE lasting change.
One of my motivating factors for change is that I want to be fit & healthy for myself. I am outdoorsy, I love to kayak, hike, camp, etc. My preference for exercise outside of a gym is to DO something. I have realized however that I must workout everyday as a part of my day to be more ready for those activities.
Awareness #1: Not being able to catch my breath when climbing hills during hiking. I feel like I am dying and others are striding up with no issues. Urgh.
Awareness #2: I feel BETTER when I workout. Losing weight isn’t necessarily the goal, the GOOD feeling is. I see that picture as I write and I want to radiate like that all the time.
Awareness #3: I want to walk into a store and pick out clothes without worrying about hiding a feature of my body. I no longer care about what size the clothing is, when I shop for clothes I am shopping for fit and whether it camouflages my tough areas. Is the t-shirt just long enough to cover? Is the pattern flattering or not? I bought a flowy top because I consider it beautiful but I have a feeling I look larger because of all the layers, I want to camouflage but I added more visual weight to myself because of it I want to stop that.
Awareness #4: I cannot wear leggings and feel good about myself. Even if I psych myself out thinking I look damn good, I know I don’t. I see other women with NO BUSINESS wearing leggings and know I fit in that category. When the 5.11 tactical yoga pants came out, my first thought was ‘yeah, right’ and I actually commented on how men would love to see women strut their stuff on the range in tight pants. Of course they would but the point is for the woman to be comfortable. I’m just not in that category. I want to be though.
Awareness #5: I am not getting any younger.
Awareness #6: Each day I don’t make a change, I am making a choice to stay the way I am. No matter my internal motivation, if I do not act nothing will change. My mindset and my daily routine needs to change if I am going to change. I quit smoking which is a huge lifestyle change, so I know I can do this.
This month is Sports & Fitness Month, see if this helps you.
It is time to ROAR. It is time to make a change and feel good again. There is no better time than NOW. There is no reason not to start today. Load up your favorite kick-ass music and let’s get to work. More to come… #LadiesRoar
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