Summer is almost over. August has been a little strange, I was working out faithfully the first two weeks of the month, but with school starting soon I decided to lay off and stop torturing my son with visits to the YMCA everyday (he hated it).
We’ve gone to the pool a few times but this was the first time I’ve allowed a picture of myself to be taken in a swimsuit since I was pregnant. I can say I’ve hated the way I looked in the past, but it wasn’t because I thought I was fat–I’ve just never been comfortable showing skin. Hell, I’m not even comfortable now, but I figured I’d give a shot.
Looking back on where I was just three short years ago, there was never a point where I thought I could do it. I knew it could be done, but I didn’t think I’d be able to achieve what I have.
It’s not just about the weight. While that was a part of it, it was about making better choices. Choosing a healthier, better lifestyle so that I could set an example for children. I wanted them to see their mother at her best–and if my best meant dropping 70 lbs, them dammit I was dropping 70 lbs. Since starting my journey, I’ve been more conscious of what I was doing and the example I was setting for children. Eating healthier, getting more rest and doing the right thing-all of these are things my children see me doing on a consistent basis and all of these things are habits I want them to develop and carry with them as they get older.
I’m constantly asked “how did you do it”. Truthfully I don’t have an answer. I worked out. I could probably tell you the types of workouts I did, but everyone is different. You just need the motivation and the will power.
Having a great workout routine is key for success. Like I’ve said in the past, you don’t need fancy equipment in order to make the change. You just need to do it. Whether it’s going for a walk around the neighborhood or using your toddler as a free weight, it can be done. I want to encourage everyone who has been determine to make a change in their life, whether it’s lifestyle or work habits to make a plan for consistency. Grab an accountability partner if you have to and work together. You don’t have to do it alone.
There are a variety of apps I use to help get me started. I can freely admit I don’t use them on a regular basis, but whenever I’m stuck and can’t figure out what to do next I pull out my phone and go to the app for a few workout plans.
Pinterest boards also help!! I have a few that I would love to share with you all. They are full of great workouts that you can do at home or at the gym.