What made you decide to make a change?
Inconsistent. I had always been blessed with a high metabolism, but my age and my inability to work out brought my joy of eating whatever I wanted, whenever to a screeching halt. I was a regular “joiner”. I loved joining a health club, meal plans, fad diets…all would last a few weeks with minimal effort and minimal results. As the mom of four boys and working a semi-stressful gig, I was looking for quick fixes and easy solutions. I didn’t have “time” to be consistent.
What has changed (race times, blood work, attitude, etc)?
A few years ago, I had the harsh realization that my kids were starting to tuck me in bed at night, and they tucked themselves in because I was too crabby for them to want to be around me. I was tired, unhealthy and unkind. The stress of my work and my lack of patience and energy played out in my inability to be nice to anyone. I was obsessed with my bathroom scale. I weighed myself faithfully every single day, and would be instantly grumpy for the day if the scale didn’t say what I wanted it to say. I’m not even sure what year my connection came to be with the Warehouse but I know that I can credit Lisa Lusk for inviting me to a “Get Fit with a Friend”. Nickie was volunteering as a mentor at our school and the stars aligned. I gave it a go…and I loved it. All along I had been working out “alone”, but I learned that what I really needed was accountability. As an extrovert, I learned that, the more I could connect with people in the workout, the harder I worked, the more I loved what I was doing and the more my need of connection was filled. I get my energy from others and, the more there are in a class, the more my batteries are charged. I love going to classes and love the flexibility of the times that classes are offered at the Warehouse.
What did life look like before you focused consistently on nutrition and fitness?
I’m not a grump anymore (well, unless you really have it coming!) I have learned over the past few years that there was a time in my life that I was a ticking stress bomb. That stress was causing me to find blame and shame in all that I did. It caused me to change as a person on the inside…but now, I am back! I have learned that I love to kick and punch things…little did I know that this was such a thrill! Ultimately I learned that the bathroom scale means so little, and feeling great means everything! The bathroom scale doesn’t own me or my mood anymore! I am no weight-loss success story (but man, I am proud of those of you that are!)…I am just a real person who knows now what it feels like to feel good-consistently!