Monday, February 2, 2015

Making My Health a Priority

Last year I really tried to be good about working out at home, but it never lasted long. The kids are not great workout partners and there would always be some disastrous scenario that cut my workouts short. Although I did have a cute (extremely overdressed) workout partner!

So I would try for a month and then just give up. Two weeks ago, I joined a gym. I never thought I would, but it was time. My weight is the highest it's been in a long time and I'm ashamed to admit how bad my eating habits have been. I've been hitting the drive through way more often than I should and there is way less Halloween candy hidden in our cabinet than there used to be. When I'm home all day, it's so easy to sneak a snack or pull through a drive through after dropping Grace off at school. My energy has been extremely low and I've been ignoring the problem for way too long. I've already had heart problems and with a history of diabetes in my family, I know that if I ignore it much longer I'm going to regret it.

So Mike and I both decided to make our health a priority. We are not going on a fad diet. Instead we're working on making healthier choices, eliminating all the fatty high calorie snacks, and both finding ways of exercise that we enjoy. He joined a kick boxing class that he is really enjoying. I joined a gym a couple of weeks ago and have been using the bikes and treadmill so far. I started the C25k program last week and hope to continue with it. I absolutely hate running, I have short legs, but I'm really hoping I can keep this up.
I took a gym selfie while I was on the treadmill. Proof that I actually went.
The thing I'm most excited about is all of the classes that are included in my membership. I signed up for a PiYo and an Aqua Zumba class this week. I'm going to try some different classes hoping to find something I'll really enjoy. Exercise has always been one of my least favorite activities ever which makes it hard to stay motivated. Some day I dream of being one of those crazy people who talk about how much they love going to the gym!

So we are eating better, I have the gym membership, I just need to start making myself go consistently. I have a problem, I tend to be a "mom martyr." I use my kids as an excuse not to do things because "THEY NEED ME!" and yes, they do need me. But they also need time with daddy. And I need time away from them. I have to stop using them as much excuse. I know the time away is good for all of us and I want to be a good, healthy example for them as they grow up. I have to get over this martyr thing! Please tell me I'm not the only one who has this problem? I figure if I write this here for everyone to read I won't be able to use it as an excuse any longer. I just need to get my butt to the gym!

What are your favorite workouts? I'm thinking of trying yoga or spinning but I'm honestly intimidated by both. I'd love some suggestions from those more experienced! 

2 comments:

  1. Good for you. I went the other route and am doing Weight Watchers.... I cannot seem to get myself to get physical. Good luck!

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  2. It's early in the morning but Vicki does a wonderful job with her yoga classes at Legacy, and the restorative yoga is great for those just getting into it. Right now we meet on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 am. This is mild enough yoga that I can still do it at 9.5 months pregnant. - Ashley

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