Ever catch a glance of your profile in a store window or mirror and suddenly realized that you were heavy and out of shape? I recently did and have to face the facts, my waist line has become a wasteland! My weight has gotten out of control a couple times over the years, once following a pregnancy and again several years later after a job layoff. I managed through hard work and modifying my diet to get myself in check on both occasions yet here I am once again a good 20-30 pounds heavier than I should be. If I don’t take action soon this will grow to be a problem of epic proportions.
My last go round with getting in shape was in 2002-2007 I met the man who is now my husband, he was into health and fitness, a gym rat, big on eating “clean” I began walking everywhere, joined the gym, did cardio and began lifting weights and added a bike to my routine. I shed a ton of weight but did NOT get the curvy figure I hoped to achieve, instead my body reverted to what it had been when I was young, long and skinny. Enter in menopause, night sweats and not being able to sleep because literally every joint in my body ached at night and I was not a happy camper. I rationalized ” what good is all of this suffering if I can’t get the body I want?” We moved in 2007, I took more hours at my job, then I began blogging, slowly, gym attendance slowed down, then stopped altogether, my bike got damaged and wasn’t repaired, evening walks were replaced with snacks, processed foods began appearing in my diet again.
I’ve been in contemplative mode, thinking about my relationship with food and exercise and have come to some conclusions. Exercise needs to be enjoyable, be easy on my joints and it needs to be readily accessible or I’m just not going to do it, no more hour long bus rides to the gym. Diet? it needs to be sensible but I love to eat and stuff that looks like it belongs in a feedbag in some barn just isn’t going to cut it. I need to make sensible changes that I can follow throughout the rest of my life, changes that will keep me fit, healthy and energetic!
Fortunately I’ve got some really fit friends, folks like Leah Segedie @bookieboo on twitter who founded and runs the fitness community Mamavation . I’ve got the example being set by my friend Robyn Wright who is blogging her remarkable weight loss journey. I also have many tech tools available to help me shed this excess weight and get into a fitness routine that will be pleasurable. Most importantly, I have my husband who wisely has never shamed me about this issue and who stands willing and ready to provide me with healthier, lower calorie meal options.
I promised to blog on a more personal level and I will be writing on this issue regularly to hold myself accountable and sharing the recipes, exercise experiences and tech tools I’m finding useful as I fight to reclaim my waistline and improve my life.