I saw this post here the other day and it inspired me to share a little but about what I do to stay fit and be healthy. I am fascinated by what other people do for exercise, what they eat, how they live.
You may say I’m nosy.
First, a (small) confession. Up until I was 20 or so I was a solid girl. Not big, not small, but husky you could say I liked to eat. And not work out. Every day my senior year of high school I ate two breakfast pizza’s and a large pretzel.
I wasn’t into sports, or being fit. I wanted to be thinner, but lacked the motivation to do it. Then off to college I went and drank ate my way through two years before I decided to go home for the summer. I dropped fifteen pounds. From not drinking as much.
Gross, I know.
When I went back to school I joined the gym there and have been working out ever since. Usually at home with my elliptical and some weights and videos, sometimes outside. This worked well for me until I had kids.
Have you ever tried to do an exercise video with kids at home? It is impossible. I had two babies at home and ten extra baby weight pounds that wouldn’t budge.
One day out of the blue I decided to join the YMCA. What drew me in was the amazing childcare area. It was like a preschool in there!
Crafts! Games! Toys!
And a place for me to have an hour or so to myself. I started taking classes. Bodypump and Body Sculpt were my favorites. My whole entire body changed in about two months. I had muscle! I looked good in a bikini!
The Y became a place where I looked forward to going. I found I liked working out, liked the feeling of pushing myself harder than I thought I could. I could make it through boot camp and be one of the strongest. It shocked me how much this former I hate physical activity girl could enjoy exercise.
In the winter I go to the Y about three days a week. I do a day of straight cardio (probably 45 minutes) and two days of weight classes (an hour each with 20 extra minutes of cardio if I have time.) In the summer I go more since my kids are out of pre-school and I would gocrazy if we were stuck at home I like having routine of going somewhere in the mornings.
I watch my eating, too. I love food. I have the appetite of a 300 pound man, but as this girl told me, it is more important to eat well as that is what holds your body back from shedding fat. I try to watch how much sugar I eat and make healthier choices. Less processed, less sugar, less carbs. I don’t always achieve it, but I do have to work at looking the way I want to look. I’m not as obsessed with weight, if I feel good I am okay with weighing a little more.
Tell me, what do you do to feel better about yourself?