Hey y'all Hey!!!
So, as I stated in my last blog, I started some new things this year. You’d think it was a New Years resolution but you know how that goes, plus it’s 2020. However, I was challenged to workout. Honestly, I can’t remember the stipulations of the challenge, but I remember saying “Maaaaaaan I can't do this!!” I work every day and have to take care of two kids and cook dinner and all the other motherly and wifely duties. I DON'T HAVE TIME!!! for the challenge, we had to connect via Apple Watch so that others could see our progress. This was one reason I kept going. And I needed this as an extra push to workout. I was uncomfortable in my clothes, even if I didn't look like it. I guess I wore my clothes well so to the naked eye, I wasn’t really that big. Unfortunately, to me I was. I know what I wanted to look like and what I looked like at the time just wasn’t it.
The crazy thing is, I started wishing I was the size I was back in college when I thought I was soooooo fat. I bet I’m not the only one who’s said that. Take me back!!! 🥴 I would’ve paid for that body around January. At my heaviest, I remember being maybe about 155. Between two kids I was still carrying a little baby weight after years of having them. I wasn’t fat, just a little thicker here and there. That’s what I like to call it.
Being challenged changed my life for the better and I’m forever grateful.
I started my workouts on January 6th. That was a Monday and I gave myself a pep talk that weekend before. “All you need to do is start. Start somewhere and don’t stop. Even if it’s just 30 mins a few days a week, that’s better than nothing. That 30 mins is more than you’ve been exercising and that has to count for something. You’re exhausted after work so I won’t count you in for an evening workout. However, you do wake up early and lay in bed every morning until your alarm goes off. Now instead of laying in bed, get up and work out!!” I literally had this full blown conversation with myself. So when Monday rolled around, I got up between 5:00am-5:15am and I worked out for 30 mins before I got the kids up for school.
Monday became Tuesday and the days went on and on. By the time Friday had come around, I had successfully completed a week of working out Monday-Friday for 30 mins a day. I was so proud!!
An excuse I used to make when it came to working out was I never had time. Honestly, I didn’t have time to go to an actual gym to workout. Working out was already taking up time I felt I didn’t have. If I had to add in the time it took to travel to and from the gym, I never would’ve made it this far.
I FINALLY stopped making excuses of going to the gym and used my living room and YouTube to get quick morning workouts in. This was easy for me to do. I literally rolled out the bed each morning, put on workout clothes, and started working out in less than maybe 5-10 mins max after waking up. Now had I been going to the gym, that 5-10 mins could’ve easily turned into an extra 30mins-1hr of extra time. So working out at home became my go-to.
I picked my workouts based on what I wanted to work on, how much time I had (because some days I didn’t want to get up), and who was leading the workout. If I didn’t want to listen to them talk, I’d put on Nipsey Hussle because I always seemed to work out harder when listening to him. (Y’all know how I feel about him. But if you don’t, check out my blog tribute here. 🙂) Most times I would work out for about 30 mins, maybe a little longer or shorter depending on the day and I always ended with a great stretch.
I felt amazing every day I worked out before work!! My energy levels were high after every workout. Being that I got up so early, by the time I was getting home, I had no energy to do much else other than cook, a little cleaning, get the kids to bathe and in bed, and then myself. I was usually asleep by 9:00pm, definitely before 10:00pm. Going to sleep early would allow me to wake up on time or a few minutes after and start the day all over again. To this day, I’m still working out. The actual time I workout has changed but I still manage to work out 5-6 days a week, all from home.
When I think about it, I honestly like working out alone. It’s a part of my self-care routine. It gives me some time to be alone and take care of myself physically and mentally. Since my mind is always on go, I enjoy the time out I get during my workouts. Now, this doesn’t mean I won’t take an open invitation to a workout, because I most definitely will! If you want to go for a walk or hike or anything like that, I’m your girl! Working out has become a part of me.
I know you’re probably thinking, well what did she eat?! My answer is EVERYTHING!! I decided not to put myself on a “diet” because I wanted to make this a lifetime change for me. So if I want ice cream, I’m going to have ice cream. If I want cereal, I’m going to eat cereal. 🙂 Additionally, I don’t know if this has helped or not, but I took on intermittent fasting about a year or so ago. I never really saw a big change but I had gotten used to not eating until later in the afternoon. Sometimes I eat earlier or later, it just depends on the day. I’d say, do your research and decide for yourself. Clearly, something has been working for me, but I think it’s my consistency in working out. This has been my constant over the last almost year.
Ok, I’m no professional at this working out thing, I just found something that works for me! What I am good at, is keeping you motivated, inspired, and always willing to help. If you’re in need of these things, hit me up and let me know!! I’m excited to share my journey and to bring you to the beginning of your journey. And you know why? “Cause mama gotta have a life too!” 😊
With that being said, check out my transformation. These pictures show a year’s difference.
Until Next Time, Peace and Love 😊