What did life look like before you focused consistently on nutrition and fitness?
Inconsistent. I had always been blessed with a high metabolism, but my age and my inability to work out brought my joy of eating whatever I wanted, whenever to a screeching halt. I was a regular “joiner”. I loved joining a health club, meal plans, fad diets…all would last a few weeks with minimal effort and minimal results. As the mom of four boys and working a semi-stressful gig, I was looking for quick fixes and easy solutions. I didn’t have “time” to be consistent.
What made you decide to make a change?
A few years ago, I had the harsh realization that my kids were starting to tuck me in bed at night, and they tucked themselves in because I was too crabby for them to want to be around me. I was tired, unhealthy and unkind. The stress of my work and my lack of patience and energy played out in my inability to be nice to anyone. I was obsessed with my bathroom scale. I weighed myself faithfully every single day, and would be instantly grumpy for the day if the scale didn’t say what I wanted it to say. I’m not even sure what year my connection came to be with the Warehouse but I know that I can credit Lisa Lusk for inviting me to a “Get Fit with a Friend”. Nickie was volunteering as a mentor at our school and the stars aligned. I gave it a go…and I loved it. All along I had been working out “alone”, but I learned that what I really needed was accountability. As an extrovert, I learned that, the more I could connect with people in the workout, the harder I worked, the more I loved what I was doing and the more my need of connection was filled. I get my energy from others and, the more there are in a class, the more my batteries are charged. I love going to classes and love the flexibility of the times that classes are offered at the Warehouse.
What has changed (race times, blood work, attitude, etc)?
I’m not a grump anymore (well, unless you really have it coming!) I have learned over the past few years that there was a time in my life that I was a ticking stress bomb. That stress was causing me to find blame and shame in all that I did. It caused me to change as a person on the inside…but now, I am back! I have learned that I love to kick and punch things…little did I know that this was such a thrill! Ultimately I learned that the bathroom scale means so little, and feeling great means everything! The bathroom scale doesn’t own me or my mood anymore! I am no weight-loss success story (but man, I am proud of those of you that are!)…I am just a real person who knows now what it feels like to feel good-consistently!
Fellow work-out mates, you kick my butt every single workout and I appreciate you for it!