Ten months ago, I had a baby. I spent my pregnancy vomiting daily and feeling basically awful. As soon as I delivered Nicole, I felt like I had been cured from some life-threatening illness. The doctors and nurses at the hospital kept commenting on how quickly I recovered and seemed fine almost immediately after giving birth. My demeanor changed within days and I was back to my normal, happy self. (I think I am really grouchy when pregnant but I don't really want an honest answer from my husband, so I don't ask...).
Six weeks post-partum, (ok fine five weeks), I decided that I was ready to get back to normal and start working out again. Did I start out with something easy and work my way up? No, I started with Insanity. Insanity is a very (very) intense set of workout videos that literally melted the fat off my body and built muscles that I have not ever seen on myself before. I completed the Insanity workout once with my sister over the summer (it's a nine-week program), then Jillian Michael's 30-day Shred (which was cake compared to Insanity), then I did Insanity again (much easier the second time around) before my husband came home from his deployment. (Oh and did I mention that I was solo parenting the whole time?).
In the course of all this exercising (and eating healthy veggies from my garden), I got to the point that I was very happy with the way I looked, and actually needed to buy new clothes since I fit back into my high-school sized pants. I got some great new jeans, boots (I love boots!) sweaters, etc.
Next, I decided to try a kick-boxing workout. I purchased Les Mills Combat for myself for Christmas. This is also a 90-day program and I am nearing the end. These workouts have really changed the shape of my arms with all the punching, and improved my balance with the kicks.
I have gotten so many comments from people about how great I look, and two of them have purchased Insanity because of me! I was recently asked to lead a group exercise for Relief Society activity despite my lack of leadership experience.
This year, I am growing a garden again and have made a habit of exercise so I don't even shower or get dressed until I have done my daily workout.
Now we come to the ridiculous metabolism of said husband. While he was gone, I had nobody around to cook for, except my 4-year-old. I had quit buying most of the pre-packaged foods that he enjoys. He can eat basically anything and unless he eats every 3-4 hours, will LOSE weight. I have had to re-learn how to say no to the late-night snacks and instead drink a glass of water while he enjoys his Oreos, Milka bar, bagel with cream cheese, or nachos.
Our older daughter seems to have inherited his metabolism also. Good for her!
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
My resolutions for the year:
exercise 4-5 days per week (I am currently doing the Les Mills Combat program)
read scriptures daily
spend at least one hour per day playing with my children
find one opportunity a week to serve someone
blog once a month
My resolutions are specific and accountable. I have found that I do better and am more motivated with a schedule and goals.