My Fitness Journey
Friday, October 09, 2009
I became interested in increasing my fitness level when I was home with my newborn, getting close to 300 pounds, and had uncontrolled high blood pressure. I was 37 years old.
I started walking, and my goal was to be able to run across the street quickly to keep my newborn daughter safe from traffic. I hoped to build up to a mile, and slowly, block by block, I did. I soon added water aerobics to my routine. I started going to the gym, and used some equipment for about a half an hour at a time. My daughter was in the daycare, and I was amazed that there was a two hour limit to daycare. I wondered who would ever work out for two hours! I would peek in at the group exercise classes, and found the one that looked the best to me. In a few months, I finally took my first class, yoga. I did what I could but struggled for that 45 minutes. I never gave up. I kept trying to do more. I figured the instructors were my role models for fitness, and I would work until I could do everything they could do. Then I realized they taught two classes in a row often; so I started taking two classes in a row. Now, with a shower afterward (and did I ever need that shower) I was at the gym for 2 hours.
I was also consulting physicians during this process, and becoming very mindful to eat healthy foods in healthy portions, and teaching my growing daughter to do the same.
I lost 100 pounds and have kept it off for a few years. I became a fitness instructor. I have many certifications, including one for Turbo Kick (Turbo Jam inspired kick boxing). I teach several different classes a week and love what I do. My blood pressure is under control.
I have also expanded my spiritual program, and have found I love to do exercise in memory of people I loved and lost. I no longer have to turn to food to comfort me. I have run many 5k races, including those to benefit breast cancer research. I have held fund raisers for local food pantries and distribution centers, donating my time teaching yoga in exchange for people's donations of money or food.
I delight in my new life as a positive role model to my child!