I don’t know if you would ever call me an athlete. I mean, I figure skated competitively for six and a half years, but would you really count that?
So my fitness journey isn’t something amazing or exciting but it is what it is.
I’m what people call a stick by nature (you know, super skinny?), but really, since getting married I’ve watched the pounds climb on. My legs are still as thin as all get out but they now support a gorgeous muffin top that grows with all the stress, lack of sleep, and ice cream I put into it. I’m proud of the ice cream, not so much the results from it.
So yeah, I’m definitely one of those people who don’t always like what they see in the mirror.
I’ve also had times when I just stare at myself and think, yeah girl, you are goooood lookin’. Not ashamed.
For years I tried to work out and achieve that amazing body in the magazines—you know the one, the one-size-fits-all-definitely-going-to-happen-totally-not-photoshopped-body—and usually quit, because, well, exercise takes work.
But I’ve finally discovered my perfect workout and I think to myself, this is actually going to get me somewhere. I’ll pass what I’ve learned onto you:
- The secret is not so much finding the perfect work out, but finding a workout you actually like. I can’t tell you the amount of time I spent on trying to figure out the workout that’s the healthiest, most beneficial, most likely to burn the fat and build the muscle. And you know how long I lasted on those workouts? Like maybe once, maybe a few weeks if I was really in my groove.
- Once you start working out and you’re enjoying it, you may even catch the workout bug. I now like to try a variety of different workouts and I’m not as mortified of people seeing me try out something really hard (except weightlifting and running. Booorrrriinnnggggg) Admission: since first writing this post I now run with my husband once a week. You do what you gotta.
- If working out is still a barrier because of money or just getting there, why not get certified to teach a group fitness class you’d like? It’s not like you have to be in shape, when I got certified to teach Body Pump I had no business teaching the class (really, I kid, but I did have to build up my endurance and strength a lot before I went to initial training). And then once you start teaching, you have to actually show up. I love Les Mill’s Body Pump, by the way. In case you were wondering: that is my perfect workout. I may never have those beautiful, defined muscles like body builders do, but at least I exercise, and I get to yell at people over music. Win-win. One caveat: don’t go into group fitness for the money.
- Finally, I look at my body and don’t shrivel in disgust at the sight of it anymore. Sure I still have a muffin top, and lot’s and lot’s of stretch marks (but I, like, had two babies so whatever), but my self-esteem has improved. It must be from the endorphins or something. And my energy is better.
I’m no doctor or certified personal trainer. But it’s made a difference for me. Maybe one day you’ll come to the same conclusion as I did? I hope so.