How Sustainable Change Takes Time
One small change a day will add up to a lifestyle change. I was in my 30’s at my heaviest 265 pounds. I hated working out, I ate what I wanted, and the funny thing is, I though I was healthy.
You may be wondering what I did? The secret is diet and exercise! No really, you need to count your calories in and convert the energy to calories out which is exercise.
What was my motivation factor?
After my son was diagnosed with autism, at the age of 18 months, I went into a dark depression. We started the Birth to 3 program which gradually transition into in home therapy at 40 hours per week, plus Early Childhood program at school. During the few hours I had a break, I still felt trap in my home. At this time my youngest was 8 months old, and the 4 walls started closing in on me.
Facing my Fears
The journey started with water aerobics. My dad and I would meet at the local YMCA on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the high impact water aerobic. I loved the water so why not exercise in it, but it wasn’t as easy as just showing up.
My daughter who was 8 months old at the time didn’t like going to drop in daycare. The policy was if your child won’t stop crying and the teachers tried everything, then they get you. It was an adjustment period for sure for both myself and daughter.
I could remember countless times being pulled out of the class to attend to my daughter. It was frustrating for sure, but I showed up every week and eventually we both adapted. The problem was I started getting board in the class.
I was scared to death to workout in the gym. It was because I didn’t know what to expect and what I was doing. My friend show me workouts I could do using the equipment.
I started with the elliptical for 30 minutes of cardio a day. The elliptical slowly got boring and I would talk myself out of not showing up. My dad had many doctor appointments which prevented him as my accountability partner. So now what?, it was time to step up my game again.
Group Fitness Classes
It was time to face my fear of a group fitness class. What better then dancing ! This allowed me to want to try other fitness classes.
What Motivates Me Today?
I love accountability challenges. Being able to see progress by watching your body get leaner and stronger. Never give up on yourself, because it took time to put the weight on and time to take it off.