So I’ve been MIA from my blog for months now. Life happens. We get busy and lazy. Soon one excuse leads to another and months have gone by. I feel like I am in a place in my life where I am able to dedicate time and energy now. I’m not the woman I was when I first started this. I’ve come a long way since then.
When I first started this blog I was simply a stay at home mom. Seriously that’s all I did. Everyday was like groundhog day. I did the same thing over and over. No end in sight and frankly I hated it. I felt like other than cooking, cleaning and taking care of my family, I had no life. Well that all changed April 14 of this year and I haven’t stopped since.
For my sanity and his, Jensen goes to preschool 3 days a week from 8-12. It gives me a break and gives him the opportunity to socialize with children his age. I deal with issues with endometriosis and ovarian cysts so most of the time I’m in pain and honestly I would drop him off and come home and watch Netflix. With all of the hormones and other treatment for these problems, I put on unwanted weight. So around March of this year I started following the Isagenix program and within a month I had dropped 10lbs and 2 pants sizes. I was feeling so good and I had even started walking and running some.
April 2 was the day of Jensen’s school Easter egg hunt and class party. I was approached by one of the mothers, Meredith, who gave me a sweet compliment on how good I looked. I was flattered. Meredith and I were friends on facebook and knew each other from our children’s school but outside of that we didn’t really know each other. From looking at her facebook I could tell you that she was fit. She was active in the gym and also ran, A LOT! I would always see her dropping her sweet Liza off in the mornings and she’d have her gym clothes on and here I was with sweats and a messy bun. Anyway, she asked me to join her at the gym. She explained that she was going on vacation that week but when she returned she wanted me to join her at the gym. I agreed but didn’t think much of it since I had talked with people before about joining the gym and talking was about how far it had got.
April 14th at 7:05 am rolled around and in the midst of waking up and getting the boys ready for school, my phone dinged. It was a facebook message from Meredith telling me to join her at the gym. I was blown away. She remembered! That was exactly what I needed. So I took the kids to school and met her at the gym. I was pleasantly surprised at how welcoming some of the gym girls were. I felt comfortable even though I was nowhere near where some of those ladies were. The next day the kids were in school so we met before class and that was the day I ran my first 5K. There were times I wanted to stop but Meredith encouraged me to continue and that I did. I was so proud of myself.
From that day forward, I have never looked back. I joined the gym that day and I have been active ever since. The gym has become an important part of my daily routine. I work out at least 5 days a week. I do Crossfit 3 days and Zumba(cardio) 2 days. Saturday mornings I try to attend FIA at our local park(sometimes I’m guilty of sleeping in) and work out with ladies from our community and I try to get a 5K run in on Sunday. Two weeks ago I achieved my most toughest fitness challenge both physically and mentally to date and became a Spartan.
Everything I do as far as my fitness is for myself. I do not compete or compare myself to anyone else. I am on my own journey with my own destination. The only person I am concerned with being better than is the person I was yesterday. I am no longer just a stay at home mom. The gym has allowed me to meet new people, build friendships and branch out to other fitness related activities such as FIA and Spartan races. I feel better now than I ever have in my whole life. I am so happy and content where I am and I have so much to be thankful for. I never knew joining the gym would bring so much positivity and happiness to my life in so many different ways. Much love to all who are a part of this journey!!
~This article is dedicated to my gym partner and best friend, Myra. If it wasn’t for the gym, we wouldn’t be friends. I don’t know how in the world two people can have so much in common and like so many of the same things and never know each other. Especially since we live in the same town. I am so glad I found her though. She’s like the sister I never had and someone who I can trust and rely on in and out of the gym. Thanks for being such an awesome friend to me.