But I am trying to change that. This summer I just decided one day, "You know, this is not the best thing for my life." True, I hit the gym every once in awhile, and a year or two ago I was a regular at Zumba, but honestly, if I didn't need to push myself, I didn't. I rather liked just lounging around, doing my other stuff. And then the squishy belly started happening...
That was a shocker.
For someone who used to be teased by classmates saying, "Don't get lost down the bathtub drain!" and had nicknames like Shrimp and Toothpick (and was on occasion referred to as a skeleton), I never thought the day would come when pudge was a part of my life. Yet, at some point it started.
So, yes, that pudge is part of my motivation. But there is a bigger part to it -- I want to live a long and healthy life. And being thin does not necessarily mean being fit. I know. I was super thin and super unhealthy. First I changed my diet (vegetables have flavor, you guys... who knew?!) and now I am trying to get into a routine of working out. No, this is not because I think I am overweight; I am not and I am grateful to the good genes my mama passed on to me for that. This is about something bigger --this is because my heart and bones need to be strong so I can live life FULLY.
It takes some time to get going, and a little bit of Jillian Michaels barking orders at me. And a lot of upbeat music. But I am getting going... I even woke up a little bit early today (5:50 in the morning early!) to make sure I had time to work out today. And I feel pretty good. Actually, I feel more awake than I normally do after work.
It's been about one month of getting a few exercise times in per week, but I am going to try to be a little more consistent from here on out. I may not look that graceful when I am doing it, but I am improving I feel my endurance and strength improving. And that is why I am doing it. Now, if I happen to lose that pudge, I won't complain ;)
Any tips to help me keep it up?