I think I'm not unusual in my struggle to attain my ideal body weight. As a matter of fact, in my life I have found that nearly ever woman and many men are unsatisfied with some aspect of their body. As I've gotten older, I find it harder and harder to ignore this struggle and to find a perfect solution. My mind knows that if you ingest fewer calories than you burn or burn more calories than what is needed to 'live' then you will lose weight. Yes, logically I know this but .... AH... that proverbial BUT.. which leads to the BIG BUTT... quite literally... ehem. Then there comes the excuses. Let's be honest! The reason that anyone has a weight problem is sheer laziness. Yes... indeed that is not a very nice thing to say and I'm pretty sure nobody REALLY wants to say that is the reason. After all... we will blame it on being too busy or feeling sick or being hurt or GASP...not knowing what to do. But who are we really kidding? REALLY?!! It all boils down to; Do you want to move your body and eat sensibly? If you want to, you will. Point blank.
So, this leads me to my defining moment. I have to say that when it comes right down to it, I guess I didn't really WANT to make the changes that would be necessary to fully and completely embrace the lifestyle of a runner. More than that, I also want to have a better body than I've ever had. Truthfully, I never struggled with my weight while I was in my teens or 20's. When I hit 30, however, I slowly saw the weight creep on and I didn't really do anything to change some bad eating habits. A lover of all things sweet and salty and a period in my life when I drank too much soda led to the dirty 30..lbs!
I've been running for close to 2 years now sometimes more regularly than at other times but I am able to easily do 3 miles and have been up to over 5 miles at various times. I believe that I can claim the title of runner with some reasonable amount of pride. Consistency has been my weakness but the desire has always been there. In walks the defining moment of my life; Louisa.
Let me back up and set the scene for ya. So, my Mom and I signed up to run the Chicago Marathon and I was gung ho at first and then slacked off (for a # of reasons... but see above for most of them). I went back to Illinois for a visit with my family (and to work as well, but it was mostly pleasure) and I got around my Mom's enthusiasm for running again. THEN... (yes. yes... the moment you've been waiting for) she took me to her running group dinner. I reluctantly decided to attend not really knowing what to expect but knowing I wouldn't know a soul besides my Mom. I'm game for a new experience but I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I saw this spunky woman there who was so full of energy and life and I had to admire her spirit. My Mom turns to me and says "Do you realize that Louisa is 60?" THUNK... that was my jaw hitting the table. I couldn't believe it. I kept looking around for the 60 year old woman that she was referring to. This woman in front of me looked to be in her mid 40's. Keep in mind.. I'm creeping up to my mid 40's (did I just type that... really?)... I take that back. I just turned 39 but mid 40's doesn't seem THAT far off. I digress. So... as if that wasn't enough.. this woman is getting ready to run her 10th marathon. Did you hear me!? 10.... that's like 10 more than ME! AND and a.... she runs 8 or 9 minute miles. Good LAWD.... What an inspiring moment for me. I let that feeling engulf me for quite some time (like the 17 hour car drive home) and I kept thinking.. WHY are you just pretending to run and pretending to eat right and pretending to live your life?
The answer was always the same... I have lived my life being a lazy slug more consumed with watching my DVR'd shows and making sure my kids and house are in order. What about ME>.. what about taking care of ME? I couldn't honestly answer this question without thinking about how I needed to remove all the excuses that I place in my life.
This is when I decided to join Team Beachbody to be a coach. I'm inspired to lead a life that defines me as a motivator and hopefully an inspiration to others. I will admit that I will have moments of human weakness. I know that I won't be perfect. I want you to know that it's not perfection that I'm hoping to achieve but a change that is permanent.
Tell me your defining moment. I want to hear what is motivating you right now to begin your weightloss journey. If you aren't on a journey... tell me what is stopping you.
I want to hear your story!