Friday, February 13, 2015 • EAU CLAIRE, WI 54701-7544
By reading the title of this blog you may assume that fitness "saved my life" because I was overweight and by discovering the world of fitness I was "saved" from things such as diabetes and heart disease. In a way you are correct to assume so. We all know that being physically fit will in fact decrease your odds of developing any of those things, as well as tons of others. This is not one of those stories though. In the year 2010 I was 210 pounds, and I was in a spot in my life that I don't really like to admit happened. I had just had my second child, moved back in with my parents, and I was in a relationship that caused constant bitterness and sadness. More than anything else, I was plain unhappy and as much as I tried to pretend things were OK, they weren't. Coming from a family where knee problems were prevelant I got scared once my knees started to hurt as well. The panic was a good thing, I didn't want to become like the rest of the family and be forced to use a walker and so I knew I had to do something. That's when it started. Slowly at first I began watching what I ate, and following exercise videos in my parents computer room. I never dieted, I just made better food choices, and ate things in moderation. Soon, I fell in love with exercising. My body thanked me, and so did my brain. The stresses of life were still there, but at least now they were getting easier to deal with. It took time and a whole lot of work, but by 2011 I was 135 pounds. Even though I had lost the weight I hadn't quite been able however to see for myself how my relationship was affecting me emotionally. Because I had been overweight I had felt for so long that I did not deserve better than what I was dealing with at home. It was one night after being called a MILF at the bar by some stranger that it hit me, I am beautiful. I am worth more. I am strong. Funny now that hearing those words are all it took for me to realize those things. Sad too. My self esteem was so low being a big girl that I didn't feel like I deserved the kind of love that every woman deserves. Instead I allowed myself to be broken, to be called a "bitch" and to lied to, and cheated on, and stole from. Now, I am not saying that fitness "saved my life" because I lost weight and looked better. I am saying fitness "saved my life" because I lost weight and found myself. I discovered that under it all I was a strong woman who could accomplish anything I set my mind to. Tae Bo made me feel empowered, Zumba made me feel sexy, Jullian Michaels made me realize I could push myself to my limit and come back for more. Despite being emotionally broken for so many years fitness let me discover a part of me I did not know existed. Finally, I loved myself. In 2011 I seperated from my ex husband. I was no longer affraid of being a single mom. I knew that I could do it. I was strong. I moved on, I began to teach Zumba, I got certified in Personal Training. I found myself. The self that had been hiding behind a broken girl. I still struggle with my weight, especially now after having a third child (now with a good man who does not degrade me). But, I am thankful every day for finding fitness, for moving past the knee pain (which is long gone), and for never having excuses to not take care of myself. Everyday I am thankful for fitness. Fitness saved my life because without it I may not have found out who I am suppose to be, without it I may have still been stuck in a miserable existence crying myself to sleep every night. Without it I don't know where I would be in life, but I can tell you it wouldn't be somewhere I would wish for anyone. Fitness saved my life, and helped make me, me. A strong, empowered, beautiful woman.
Monday, May 12, 2014 • EAU CLAIRE, WI 54701-7544
A few years back I had this magnificent idea. Each week for one year I would attempt a challenge. Once the challenge was complete I would blog about it explaining the difficulties I had doing the challenge, or stating what I learned from each one. I miss that blog sometimes. It was so refreshing to make myself do and learn new things. I am also the type of person who enjoys a good challenge both physically and mentally. I love to set goals and accomplish them. With all that being said today I really want to give this a go again. There are a million amazing health and fitness blogs out there (maybe not a million, because I did not actually count all of them). Each of these sites peak my interest to great extents. So taking part of the idea from Julie and Julia, and the other part from my own crazy curiosity I am planning on trying a new batch of recipes per week via various websites. I will try them; taste them, and then blog about them, giving each one a review. (I have my eye right now on a Vegan recipe from www.ohsheglows.com which looks amazing). I don't believe in cutting out certain foods from our diets (unless it means overly processed junk, which I am all for). I don't exactly think that it is completely beneficial to our health to completely take out things such as diary or even some meat; I am more of a “moderation is key” kind of girl. (Many people argue both ways whether diary is good or bad for you, same with meat etc.). I do however feel that the benefits of eating a more natural diet are obvious, and have the potential to be delicious. So therefore I am willing to try it, to be the guinea pig per- se, to experiment. So once a week I am looking to try at least one Vegan recipe, while the rest will be just healthy and delicious. I will post the links to the sites for you to glance over as well, and tell you all about my tasting experiences! Stay tuned I go grocery shopping tomorrow!
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 • EAU CLAIRE, WI 54701-7544
I have to first say that this blog post title may be a little misleading. I haven't "run" in months. Not because I don't want to. I am one of those strange breeds who enjoy the burn in my lungs and legs after a good jaunt around the neighborhood. There is hardly anything to me more satisfying then a nice sweat session. So really, it isn't that. I, in fact, am at the moment, seven months pregnant. It was a blessing to find out I was pregnant with my third child, it was unexpected sure, but still I was happy about it. This of course meant though, I would need to lay off the excessive exercise, the major butt kicking boot camp workouts, and the feeling of my feet hitting the pavement, hard. I wasn't even much of a runner to be honest. I had just gotten into it last year, and my time was improving, even though I didn't even care about speed, just that I could make it a certain distance without falling over. That to me was a win. Running to me means more than the direct action though. As a working mom of two boys there definitely is a lot of running involved in my life. Running in the morning to get them ready for the day, running to work, running home to cook super, running to get tasks done, run, run, run. Funny how I would have the time to fit in exercise in my life when most people not even half as busy as myself (nor pregnant) even take ten minutes out of their day to walk. But the thing is exercise makes me sane, it keeps my head above water, it gives me the "me" time I need. So even though I literally find myself "running" all day, running or any other form of exercise for that matter gives me a peace that literally is hard to find elsewhere in this hectic world. So 'Ready and Running' is really about being ready to make changes, to find peace within yourself, and to run (walk, dance, skip, crawl) to a healthier lifestyle.