Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Excuses, Aging and Working Out

I've never been one to work out.  In high school I danced, and although B likes to make fun of me, we practiced 2-3 hours a day, so it really was a work out.  Fitness wasn't trendy when I was in HS, or even college for that matter.  When I look back at pictures, my friends and I were small, but not really fit looking.  When I wanted to eat healthy I ate chicken salad.  Dumb, I know, right?

After college I lost about 10 lbs with very little effort.  I drank less and ate less pizza at 2 am.  The Husband lost 20 lbs by just giving up fries and ranch.  We have easily maintained that weight loss with our system of eating healthy during the week, packing lunches, and saving splurges for the weekend.

I gained almost 30 lbs when I was pregnant, and managed to lose most of it before my 12 weeks of maternity leave was up.  I was determined to fit back into my work clothes and not have to buy a whole new wardrobe.

But in the last year, my weight has been just a few pounds more than I would like.  Wa wa, I know.  2-3 lbs might not seem like much, but when you are 5'2", it shows.  And I think for me it is more mental, I feel a little soft.  I don't know if it is aging or what, but just eating healthy is not cutting it anymore.  Its time to start doing some real exercise.

I am full of excuses.  My day starts between 5:45 and 6, and after I drive home, help with dinner, put H to bed and clean up/pay bills/do laundry/take care of stuff, its 9 pm.  Do you know what I want to do at 9?  Veg and watch TV.

Could I get up early and work out?  Maybe, but I really love sleep and I am NOT a morning person.  Could I work out at lunch?  Kinda, but we get busy at work and since I leave at 4:30 most days, I feel bad taking extra time to work out.  Plus I don't like to get sweaty and then go back to work.  And I hate showering.

See how I am good at coming up with excuses?  They say if something is really important to you, that you will find a way to make it work.  I'm not sure if I've reached the point of finding a way to fit it in, but I am close.

When you wear a size 0 or 2 like I do, people don't really want to hear you bitch about wanting to lose weight.  But just because I'm small doesn't mean I don't have the same problem of wanting to be fit and not having the time.

So, working Moms, do any of you have the magic formula to motivate me??

1 comment:

Lindsay N. Strickland said...

No magic formula over here. I love it when we go jogging/walking together in the evenings. There's a trail in the subdivision behind us. Or, we walk to the park. That's not exactly hard core exercise, but all of the walking does seem to firm me up. Also, lately in the evenings we've been swimming with Jonah and I can totally tell a difference in my legs. But, of course, I'm not hard-core or super dedicated. But I understand where you're coming from!! :)