Most of you know that I’m an exercise nut. I love running. I love toning exercises.
I love a good sweat session. And I love the energy I get from it.
I also love eating. So it’s good that I like to exercise! 🙂
This has not always been the case, however. Well, the eating part, yes, but the exercise, NO.
So you can imagine what effect years of eating and not exercising, then being pregnant with 4 babies within 5 years, then taking them weekly to McDonald’s for playdates, can have on a person.
And when I turned 30, I’d had enough of being a fat, lazy (well as lazy as a mom of 4 young children can be) unenergetic slob.
So I vowed to lose the weight and become the person I dreamed of being.
Within the year, I had lost 50 pounds. And have kept it off ever since.
It was a tough road. Starting out, exercising was incredibly difficult. But as I grew stronger, I was able to do more. My energy level increased along the way, and I found myself starting to enjoy the feeling of a good workout. Running came about when the walks weren’t quite enough. The pride I felt when I ran “the whole way” was addicting. 4-5 miles a day was soon to be my norm.
My food habits changed as well, of course. It took a while to stop craving fried food and pizza, chips and cookies, but I eventually did. Soon I was craving broccoli and chicken. WHAT?? Who-da-thunk?
Anyway, the reason for this story is because I was lucky enough to link up with a few ladies who are now going through the same journey I did 13 years ago. As I read through their blogs, I feel their frustrations, I understand their desires to give up, and I can relate to the difficulties of losing weight in the society we live in today.
So I’m encouraging them, and giving advice, and at the very least, I’m empathetic to their feelings. Mostly, I just want to be their cheerleader, because if I can do it…. I KNOW that they can.
Recently, I received the Sunshine Award from not one, but two of them. I’m touched to know that I’m adding a little sunshine into their lives. I only wish I’d had such support way back when.
So thank you TowardsHealthyLife and ThinLadyInside for the Sunshine Award, but my biggest reward comes from seeing your excitement when the scale goes down. You’re an inspiration to me… and I’m rootin’ for you all the way!