With the start of each new year, the feeling of a fresh start is created. Using the lessons learned in the ended year, we make decisions to make changes!
Resolutions to be healthier are at the top of the lists. We've all seen the packed gyms in January, but slowly the numbers decline and eventually we're back to the same folks we saw in December. So what happened to everyone?
Health is not a fad; it is not something we try and decide it isn't for us. I have made this journey personally many times. I'm consistent for a few weeks, get busy with other things, don't see instant results, and quit. When I had my third child, I was unhealthy and didn't have the energy to keep up with the demanding life of having three young children. My metabolism changed, I wasn't taking time to take care of myself, and I didn't know how to fix it. When I started receiving "Are you ok?" questions, I knew I needed to make a change.
I didn't play sports in school, didn't dance, and would definitely not categorize myself as athletic. The gyms were intimidating; I could handle the elliptical, but that was about it. My cousin had opened a Lagree Fitness studio and I went to try it out. It was difficult. I was incredibly weak. And the soreness!!!!! But it was fun and I got to hang out with family while I worked out so I stuck with it. Then the results came. I noticed my strength improving, I slept better, I had more energy, and I had muscles and shape that I had never seen on my body EVER! I gained confidence and pride in my strength and hard work.
This was 9 years ago. I had made a lifestyle change; health and fitness are a part of me and my family. My kids are proud of how strong mama is and impromptu flex-offs are a regular thing around our house. Yes, I skip days and yes, I ate my weight in cookies over the holidays, but that's life! It would be impossible to maintain any sort of discipline for an extended period of time if you're miserable and constantly feeling guilty about your choices. Set aside time to take care of yourself as something you do as part of the regular activities of your life, just like washing your car, getting your nails done, and seeing movies in the theater.
That's my story and here's my "before and after."
If I can do it, so can you.