When I’m not photographing, a lot of times you can find me in one of my favorite places:
DSW, Whole Foods, THE GYM! I love staying active 🙂
I started my fitness journey, 3.5 years ago. I remember the day like it was yesterday. I purchased a scale (scales are evil btw, and I actually don’t weigh myself at all anymore). I took it out of the box, and stood on it with my husband near by. I looked down at the number & told my husband that the scale was BROKEN. I seriously convinced myself that the scale was broken, and rushed the next day to return it. I’m pretty sure I told the cashier, the scale was broken & NOT that I was in totally denial.
A few months later, I finally made an appointment with a doctor for an overall check up, blood work, etc. I mentioned how I was SO tired all the time, and that all I craved were 4 hour naps. Something that I love about my doctor is his honesty (I mean, they should all be like that, right? lol!) He said, what you need is exercise. Me: What? Well, what about medicine? Doctor: How about a good diet & exercising at least 3x a week? Me: You want me to exercise 3x a week!? I can’t do that! Doctor: Yes, you can & you will. You are right on the verge of having chronic fatigue syndrome (which just recently changed to a new name: read about that in the NY Times)
After 7 months, I finally decided I was tired of feeling tired all the time. I was standing in my mother’s kitchen. I had just weighed myself, and I stood there in disbelief when I saw the number on the scale. I had gained ‘newly wed weight’ + more… ugh. Ladies, y’all know what I’m talking about. When your skirts are fitting a little ‘too’ well, and your buttons are barely staying together. It wasn’t just about that number on the scale. I was unhealthy. Zero energy. All I wanted to do was sleep.
That day I made a change. I stayed away from all the goodies at my mom’s house, and I was determined to begin an exercise routine. The next day, I went on a walk with Gino. I couldn’t even go around the entire block. I would walk to the corner & back. Sweaty, out of breath, exhausted! Every day I walked with Gino. You can say, we both got fit, because by the time I knew it, we were walking a mile every day. Then we started walking two miles! I started to really enjoy that time we spent walking & learned to love being outside! I embraced sweat & I learned how to eat the right way.
Eventually walking wasn’t enough for me, so I began participating in Zumba classes. I love, love, love to dance!!! So, Zumba was so easy for me. Even if I didn’t know the steps, I just embraced the music & wiggled around, until the next song came on. Lol! Once I really got the hang of Zumba, my body began to crave more & I asked my husband if we can join a gym. At the time, a lot of my girlfriends were getting into fitness too, so I had lots of gym buddies at the time. I began working out at Gold’s Gym & I loved it. The more I learned about weight lifting and the way your muscles worked, the more I fell in love!
Yes, I lost weight. Yes, I gained muscle. But most importantly, I FELT good. 😀 I had energy. I was happier. I was in a good mood. My friends, family & even my husband noticed the change right away. I gained a positive outlook on life. If something negative took place, I took it out at the gym. I got rid of that achy feeling my shoulders felt. I learned how to handle my anxiety, because of the gym. It has helped me tremendously.
Now, I don’t think I can over go back to not working out. Don’t get me wrong, I have my moments. I have some weeks that I won’t go to the gym at all. I’ve even had months where I want to give up on the fitness life. Eat unhealthy, never workout, etc. But I know, that if I took that route again, I would be miserable. My body actually won’t allow me too. When I do have those weeks, when I just don’t feel like working out- my body will actually ask me for exercise. It starts feeling achy and tired. I start getting moody too.
So, if you are thinking of starting a healthy lifestyle- I say go for it! I say a lifestyle change, because that’s what you will be doing. It’s not a fad, I’m not into extreme diets, I’m not looking for quick fixes. It’s an overall lifestyle change for a healthier life.
Currently, I took up running. I actually started running back in March. You guys, I’m not a runner. AT ALL. Well, that’s what I thought at least. A lot of my girlfriends are runners, so they participate in 5k’s & marathons. Not me. Yea, no, I’m good. Lol! 😛 Well back in March, my friend Lauren invited me to participate in a 30 day challenge. 30 miles in 30 days. I hesitated, but at the time I needed a serious push to get me ready for the Cancun destination wedding. Well, I did it! It was a struggle, but I improved! Now, I’m currently doing that same challenge part 2.
Who knows where my fitness journey will take me next. Cross fit? My first 5k? Triathlon? We’ll see! 🙂
The point of this post is to encourage you. If I can do it, believe me, so can you! Make that time for yourself. Do it for you! I promise, in the beginning you will want to quit. You will have great weeks & you will have bad weeks. Keep going! & if you need an encouraging word, let me know 😀
Take care friends & stay healthy 😉