It’s past due. I’ve had a few hiccups in getting back to my pre-baby weight. The busyness of life mixed with many obstacles such as overcoming poor health from Lyme Disease, moving and getting settling into our new home, raising three kids… the usual. I decided a few weeks ago that I’d had it. I’m tired of the excuses. I needed to do something consistent every day if I wanted to see results. My problem was, that some days I would do great. Sienna would go down for a morning nap, I would zip off to the elliptical trainer, get some cardio in, and maybe again in the evening I would go for a walk before or after dinner, but then some days, I had laundry or something else that needed my attention and my exercise routine always suffered. I knew that if I wanted to see results, then I had to come up with a strict plan and stick with it!
About a month ago I convinced a friend to come to a yoga class with me at a nearby studio Breathe Yoga that I had been eye-ing up since we moved here. After my first class, I knew it was something that I wanted to make apart of a weekly routine. It centered me- for lack of a better word. I have three kids, I’m a busy Mom and our house is loud. This place was quiet. My house has demanding expectations. This place leaves expectations at the door. It is a place that helps rejuvenate me and when I leave there, I leave with a boost! It also helps me be intentional about having “me” time. I can do something for myself without the title of “Mom” or “Wife” or “Friend” or whatever. Of course, I am all of those things, and will always be those things, but for the hour and ten minutes that I am intentional about the practice of yoga, I get to be in the moment with just me. Just my breath. I can choose to invite God into my heart and mind, and meditate. Or I can choose to have some quiet time alone focusing on my breathing. I love that!
So, after a handful of visits to the studio, I found which instructors I like the best, and I am regularly going twice a week now. Saturday mornings they have an intense Hot yoga class, which is my favorite class and on Tuesday nights they have a “Yoga for Everybody” class which is less intense, but a great addition to my week. On the days I’m not practicing yoga, I’ve made a commitment to wake up every morning at 6:20am and hit the elliptical trainer for 30-35 minutes and then rotate doing some muscle strengthening exercises following that. The kiddos start stirring around 7:15, so it gives me lots of time to get my cardio on why they’re still asleep. Dan takes off for the gym early, so I bring the video monitor downstairs to listen out for any early risers. The boys have a clock that turns green in their room at 7:20 and they know to play in their rooms until it’s green if they’re awake. Most of the time, they abide by that rule.
There you have it. I’m SERIOUS about working on my fitness. Going on almost a month of this fitness routine and I’ve lost six pounds. Still working on being more conscientious about my food intake. Quality is ok, quantity is not good. The good news is though since I’ve been working out, I’ve felt less hungry and have had more energy throughout the day. I am ready to receive the kids in the morning with joy instead of feeling irritated that they’ve woken me up to start a new day. I’ve been more intentional about my quiet time with God and I feel that I’m growing spiritually too, which is huge. I know in order to be in the best overall health, it requires me to transform my mind, body and spirit to focus on HIM. That is my mantra!