Whether it’s in the media, amongst girlfriends, gal friends, boyfriends, in our own minds and everywhere else, weight always seems to be a topic up for discussion.I can’t say that I struggled with my weight growing up but it has flip flopped a lot. I was a dancer up until high school (18 years old), so I was always pretty in shape and didn’t have to do more than show up for rehearsal in order to maintain my weight. I stopped dancing after graduating high school and this is when I became a bit more conscious about how much I weighed. I went from about 125-130 lbs and slowly crept up to about 150-155 lbs (thicker than a snicker) over the next few years. At my heaviest, I weighed 168 lbs; I am 5’7”, for reference.
Last year I spent the first half super focused on getting and remaining physically active. I was going to the gym several times a week, I shed a few pounds, but most importantly body fat, and I got stronger. Way stronger. I looked good and subsequently I felt good. Then life happened and I was no longer going to the gym and was struggling to maintain the awesome diet.
Maintaining your weight and fitness is a lifestyle. It literally only takes a few weeks for month of hard work to go down the drain. That was the hardest part for me. I was so disappointed that ll of my hard work (and money, cause I paid for a gym membership) was wasted.
My biggest challenge today is a combination of finding the time and motivation to continue working out. I love doing it, but at the end of my day, I am over everything and usually hangry; not in the mood to be in the gym. When I do go, I feel great. I have a good time and I always feel like this one workout puts me one step closer to my goals, and it does, but it will take more than one day a week.
I haven’t really figured out how to make it happen for me and I am sure I can find the time, I just need to get into the groove. At first I wanted to work out because I wanted to look good (and that’s a damn good reason) but my reasons have changed a little. Looking good is always a plus but I want to feel good too. I want to avoid all of the health issues that run in my family and I as I watch my parents age, I think to myself I want to do better than them. Woe is me.
As I continue on my journey, I am learning on the way and am open to all suggestions.
What is something you are constantly struggling with but can’t seem to get right?