Everyone has at least one weakness or as I call them handicaps. It’s something we all have to learn to live with or overcome. I try to overcome mine but unfortunately for me they often go hand in hand and I struggle with them both. They are weight control/loss and consistency.
Since I had our first born (21 years ago) I have struggled with my weight. Growing up I was an average, healthy size but due to a tall gene pool, I never had to monitor my food intake to keep my waistline under control. It wasn’t until after our first child was born that I realized I had a problem.
Through out the years I learned the skills and techniques of watching what I ate and balancing my exercise levels with my food intake. In my mid-20s I was actually quite successful at it. But then life happened and my tendency to stress eat and lack of love for exercise caused me to gain it all back plus some.
When we moved to Reno 10 years ago I was resolved to lose it all. So far I have been half way successful, even though it took me 4 years to drop the first half of excess. The past 6 years I have been moving within a 20 lb range and haven’t been able to move beyond that. Recently, meaning this past year, I allowed my old habit of stress eating (due to mother of the bride stresses) to creep back in. This unfortunately has moved me back up to the top of that 20 lb movement range.
So, 2 weeks ago, I had a heart to heart with my dear husband. He has been by my side watching my struggle, encouraging me and trying his hardest to help me to remain consistent. Unfortunately, I am a very social creature in my habits. I also struggle with disciplined consistency for long term goals. Overall, this means that I do better and am more successful when I am working with another person on my goals. Meaning that person see’s me at least weekly and is going through the same routine/pain that I am. But I digress. Back to my heart to heart with the hubby. Through our discussion I came to realize running, as good as it is for my body, was not working for me. I needed something social, some accountability and something I could really enjoy.
So I went through my choices. I have done the weight loss clinic aspect like Weight-watchers before and early on realized it didn’t really inspire me much. I then started to consider social methods of working out. My last successful weight loss/exercise was at the for women only health club Curves. I did very well there and lost the first quarter of my initial excess weight there. Unfortunately there is no Curves that would work with my day to day routine or in a location that works for me. I had tried Kaia for a short-term, I wanted to try to bond with my sister in law through it and also meet some other women, but since my sister in law was pregnant at the time and the times for the Kaia classes were difficult for my schedule that failed miserably. I also felt like Kaia wasn’t a very good fit for me with how they did things. It didn’t have the type of structure and one on one interaction that I prefer. Also I felt like a fish out of water in that environment. Not many of the women who were regulars I could personally relate with. Then there was the idea to join a health club. I’ve been hesitant to go that route for monetary reasons, and also preference. My thought process was that if I was going to go to a club it had to have a pool (I love swimming) and it had to offer classes at times that would work for me, not to mention location. This seemed like an impossible aspect for me, Reno wasn’t known for its clubs with pools, and money wise I didn’t see how it would work with our budget.
Over the course of the next 2 weeks I discussed some of this (with out all the introspection) with some of my coworkers friends. One particular friend suggested a club she had belonged to previously but when I looked into the pricing it was a no go. Then another coworker friend went to the actual club and signed up. She came back to the office with all the details of her sign up. The pricing wasn’t as bad as I saw on the internet, they were having a special priced sign up. But here is where the big bright Go arrow came from God for me. My first friend received an email that there was a very short term special signup price that lasted only 5 days. The price was unbelievably low. I immediately forwarded the price over to my hubby and we discussed it. So with all that being said I am officially a member of a local health club again and it offers weekly aquafit, aqua-pilates, and aqua-zumba classes, plus I will meeting with a trainer to help me get back on track. My hopes are definitely up for this place.
I know I still have my handicaps of needing to be socially engaged to help me be successful and also I struggle with consistency, but at least I feel I’m moving in the right direction again. The past 6 years have felt like I’ve been “static” (as our pastor referred to today) in the weight loss area. I’m hoping and doing my best to move forward in this area, plus a couple of others which I won’t bore you with. So we will see if I finally reach the 2nd half of my long term goal of achieving my right weight and getting to that 10 minute per mile run time.