Monday, April 7, 2008

A New journey...

toward a healthy life. I am so proud of my husband. Every day after work he hits the gym. He is in such great shape now, while I feel like a bump on a log. I am not seriously overweight, but in recent years, it has become more of a struggle. I used to be one of those hated people who could eat whatever I wanted and not gain weight. Since Brendan's birth almost 3 years ago, that has not been the case. I am two, sometimes 3 sizes bigger than I was after having Austin. What worries me though is that I'm just not very healthy. With cancer and heart disease both running in my family, I realize it's time to get off my duff and do something about it.

It used to come so naturally BC (before children), Mike and I rode our bikes to our college classes and spent free time riding bikes, roller blading and working out. Even after I had Austin, I joined a workout club at the school I taught at and was probably in the best shape of my life. I need to get back to that and set a healthy example for my kiddos.

We eat fairly healthy, mostly chicken. I do need to eat more fruits and veggies and less dessert. However my biggest problem is lack of exercise. I can't seem to stick with anything for more than a week or so. I start finding excuses. I don't bother with a gym, because let's face it, I won't go. I'd either have to go around 7 at night when Mike's home or drag the kids with me. Yep, I know how long that would last. So I try to workout at home. I tried yoga and Billy Blanks Boot Camp, but both were an hour long, and I just can't seem to find an hour each day. And if I aim for 3-4 days/week it becomes 2 then one then not at all.

Anyway, no more excuses. I just bought Jillian Michaels' (from the Biggest Loser) 30 Day Shred DVD. It's only 20 minutes. I think I can commit to giving up 20 minutes each day to work out. I started today and boy did I realize how out of shape I am. I could barely do the level 1. They say 21 days to build a habit, so here I go :)

Thanks for bearing with me. I figure if I put it out here for my blogger friends, it might be more incentive to stick with it!

4 comments:

~KRISTY~ said...

YOU CAN DO IT NIC!I SHOULD BE JOINING YOU!

Littlekel90 said...

WTG, girl! I started walking with my neighbor -- not much but a start. :) Here's to a healthier 2008 for us all! :) Kelly L

Tickle Me Pink said...

You can do it!! I've been trying to get in better shape as well this year. I've been doing Denise Austin's Pilates workout that I've loved since forever. It has two sessions that are both 20 mins and I alternate between them depending on how I feel. The first is easier pilates and the second incorporates some faster paced yoga and really busts my butt, lol. I agree that 20 mins is a lot easier than an hour. I also try to get outside to play more now that it's spring. We eat pretty healthy too, it's just hard to get exercise in since by the time my hubby gets home I'm totally bushed! Maybe we can help motivate each other to keep it up ^_~

Seleise said...

good luck! I was doing better about working out after joining water aerobics but haven't been able to go much in the last month and how quickly I fell out of the habit. Good luck and keep posting and we'll keep encouraging you!