Hi! This is me after working out at the gym yesterday. For the record I am not a fan of the selfie. Well not a selfie of myself – meaning selfies of other people are OK. Unless you notice that the only pictures they take are pictures of themselves posed in front of a mirror. It’s like “OK we get it! You really like yourself”. For me well, I feel awkward. I also took this picture after I worked out – so you know, not feeling so fresh and pretty. The toilet in the background probably isn’t helping the situation. HA!
So why the heck did I take the picture you might ask. Well yesterday I went to the gym. Actually that is the second day this week (yeah!). Considering I haven’t been there since January, I think 2 days at the gym is fairly significant.
We are just wrapping up birthday season around here – and I feel like I have done nothing but eat cake for since mid July. Eat cake and not move so much. Bad combo. Last summer (2012) I was working my little tail off at the gym and managed to lose about 9 lbs. But somehow I lost momentum come September, I tried to get back in January – but that didn’t work out so well. It’s hard to work out. I am not that good at it. Not that good at eating healthy either. I don’t say no to Birthday cake – that is for sure.
And here is the thing… I have had 3 kids via c-section, my tummy has seen better days. I am also extremely short waisted. Meaning my torso is not long. I go from boobs to legs with not much in between. This is what I mean:
See the girl on the far right..short torso/long legs. Yup that is me. So the smallest part of my body is also the shortest part (sigh). It also means that it’s easy for weight to build up in my torso. The good news is that I have arms and legs that are long and don’t gain the weight. Everyone is built different and everyone has their troubled areas. Short waisted is me. 3 pregnancies with 3 c-sections certainly doesn’t help the situation – I am totally sporting the Mommy belly.
So 3 c-sections. Short waisted. Not really exercising. Not really eating healthy. It’s not a good combo. Right now I am not considered over weight. I am in the normal BMI range. At 5’8″ tall I am weighing in at 150 (did I really just put my weight on the internet?). But I know for me and my short waisted body, 150+ does not feel good. I would rather be around 135 to 140. I know that I feel better at that weight range.
I am also 36 now..not getting any younger that is for sure. I am feeling that if I don’t start moving and eating better now, once the big 40 hits I am going to be in trouble. Keeping below that 150 is going to be harder. Especially if I don’t move and don’t watch what I am eating.
For me it’s more consistency and habit – at least the exercise part. Last summer I was doing great. Going to the gym 3 to 5 days a week. I wasn’t doing anything too hard – usually the elliptical for 20 minutes and then the weight machines. But it really made a difference. I dropped some weight. I was feeling good. More energy. Better mood. Doing good. But I stopped because life got busy and I felt like I would be OK not moving. And now here I am creeping back up to a weight I don’t like
(sorry super long blog post here).
I was on Meg’s blog this week, reading about her journey to better health. And I was inspired to get back to it. I really like the part where she said that getting healthy was NON-NEGOTIABLE. That just really hit me.
There are a lot of things I do everyday – with dedication and consistency. For one is this blog. Since 2007 I have been writing here 5 to 6 times a week. I know of many people that have started a blog but left it behind because it’s not easy to write everday. And how about my picture-taking/scrapbooking/Project Life thing I do. For 2 years now I have documented every week of my life in a scrapbook. Every week. I have turned blogging and my Project Life into non-negotiable activities. They are part of my everyday routine. It’s just what I do.
So why can’t I make exercising and eating healthy just part of what I do everyday?
So that little awkward selfie way at the top of this post (are you still with me here?), is just to document Day 1 of getting healthy.
And because I do so much better when I am held accountable – I want to use this blog to check in with my new goal of healthiness. Every Thursday I want to check in here and see how I have done with my goal for the week. You are welcome to follow along. I am not sure what it is going to look like. It might just be me rambling similar to today. I am sure to take more awkward selfies that is for certain.
So that was really long. But that’s what I am setting out to do. Wish me luck.