I’ve finally made the decision to get fit again, for real this time. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for some time. The reason I’ve decided to include my journey in the blog is because it will be a huge motivating factor. It’s so easy to just give up because it’s so much more fun to sit on the couch. But when other people know what you’re trying to do they help keep you accountable. Sometimes just the fact that you don’t want to feel like a failure in front of other people is motivation enough. I’ve also joined up with a group to undergo a 21 day challenge. What’s great is that it’s a group of people doing the same thing and working towards a similar goal. Not only will they provide words of encouragement but they’ll also know what I’m going through when I say that days workout sucked. So I will have a group of supporters and I will also document my journey in my blog, both of these actions will keep me accountable.
So why am I doing this?
Let me start by saying that this is not about a major weight loss, truth is I don’t need to lose that much weight. Yes I could absolutely lose at least 10 lbs, but my weight is not the main point. The reality is I feel better if I’m active and healthy, and I’ve become rather inactive.
A few years ago I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia. What this basically means is that my body doesn’t manage sugar the way it should. I will eat a full meal and about two hours later my blood sugar level drops and my body thinks it’s hungry again. The main symptom to this is dizziness and/or fainting. It’s something that’s easy to control through diet, you just need to eat every few hours. So if you eat right then all is great. The problem is, since you eat every few hours it’s so easy to gain weight if you don’t always eat the right thing. So that’s the first contributing factor.
The other factor in this has been my baby journey. We are blessed with a beautiful little boy, but in order to get here we went through fertility treatment. Part of that treatment was hormone injections which does play with your body. Then when I was pregnant my doctor advised me to stay away from exercise. Perhaps this was an over-cautious recommendation but of course I followed it. Thankfully I’m not a big junk food eater so I didn’t really gain that much weight (just a healthy pregnancy amount). But I did become accustomed to a more sedentary lifestyle.
Then there’s the infant child stage. Having a newborn is exhausting and time-consuming. Of course all of my time and energy has been focussed on my little guy. He comes first, and always will. Taking care of a baby is not a stationary activity but it’s not exactly proper exercise either.
When I add these factors together it translates into a lifestyle that is not as active as it should be. I’ve never been particularly interested in sports so I’m far from being an athlete. However I did used to do things such as yoga and zumba. As many of you will know, once you lose the habit of being active it can be difficult to get back. But now I have no fertility treatments to undergo, no doctors orders to refrain me from exercise, I have no more excuses. So it’s time to get back at it.
My goal is simply to be healthy. I’m not about restricting everything I eat or do. I don’t believe that making yourself feel like you’re not allowed to eat anything you like is any way to live. But I do try to keep a balance. So I will continue to eat pizza and pasta, but I will do so in moderation. And I will continue to eat organic ingredients and home-made meals, because I believe that what we put in our bodies matters. But I will reduce the amount of bread and pasta I do eat, and I will seriously up my game when it comes to vegetables and exercise. Being active is part of being healthy. And honestly, how am I supposed to teach my son the importance of good health if I don’t start with me?
So it’s time to step up my game. Today I start my 21 day challenge. It’s time to teach my son through example.