I was crushed.
This person had met me at one of my lowest points of my life--I was recovering from some postpartum anxiety, dealing with the mommy-body blues, and not feeling good in general. I was frustrated in a lot of areas of my life and had had enough.
|This was taken February 2014: the weekend I decided to make a commitment to health & wellness.|
I was ready to make a change.
It was not easy, but I confronted a lot of demons and made wellness a priority in my life. I took time away from friends, family, and used a lot of my free afternoons and Saturdays to hit the gym. It was a hard process, but by the time spring arrived, I was feeling better about the state of affairs.
I worked hard for the past two years--some months were easier than others. I worked through some injuries and aches and pains. I worked through fear and anxiety. I felt my entire outlook on life changing, and somewhere along the way, I felt the return of myself.
But, I knew my goals needed a carrot. I am a girl driven by stickers and gold stars. This past September I went to Disney and said goodbye to my granddaddy the next week and still ran a 5K a few days later because I needed to prove something to myself.
And I was rewarded with a pretty nice hip injury that slowed me down for several weeks.
Yet, I continued going to the gym, slightly annoyed with myself, and feeling old.
It hasn't helped that this school year I've felt the internal struggle between making my health a priority and having time for my tween, middle child, and toddler. I wanted to have time to cook a better dinner for my family and relax with my husband in the evenings. My calendar is loaded with rehearsals and work and school and life and classes and I was beat down. I wanted my time to work for me, and not obey the demanding task master that is my calendar.
|Post-workout in February.|
I am going to work out from home.
And I am going to make it work.
|My trainer was kind enough to come up with an at-home plan for me to follow. |
I'm following this plan 2 days a week with an additional 2-3 days of cardio.
We've purchased some more weights and I'm getting ready to order a treadmill. I've found some blogs and training sites to read for encouragement. I've been working out 4-5 days a week, sometimes at home and sometimes at the gym. Once my equipment arrives I will be able to work out entirely from the home.
And I've got my carrot:
To be continued. . .