It Can be Done

I did something a little unusual this week when I shared this photo on FaceBook.

With this photo I included the following message:

I don’t normally post these types of pictures on my personal page. But after some people telling me that I couldn’t do it and I’d never loose my belly after baby # 3 I thought I’d share. Left is 1 year ago – 7 weeks after I had my little man, the right is this morning.

I still have work to do, but I’m really not focusing on belly size or weight loss. My goal is to be able to actually run 10K without walking. But more importantly I’m teaching my kids how to be active – this mornings workout was completed with the baby screaming beside me because I wouldn’t pick him up.

I received a huge outpouring of support, congratulations and well done. And while I appreciate all of those, and some comments brought tears to my eyes, that wasn’t my reason for sharing it.

It really sucks when someone says you can’t do something – especially if that someone is a person who is close to you or is a person you respect.  The great thing is they don’t get to decide if you can do something or not, you do.  While it may be hard to push their comments aside, you CAN do it and succeed at anything you choose.  It may not be easy, there may be tears, there may be failure along the way, but if you truly want to do it you can.  Whether it’s baby weight, your new job, starting a new business – you CAN do it, and the only person who matters in believing in you is YOU.

Lets use my photo above as an example.  Did you notice the dates?  1 whole year.  365 days.  This was not an overnight “miracle”.  And I didn’t expect it to be.  If you know me at all, or have read any of my other posts about pregnancies, then you know that I’m a firm believer of 9 months on, 9 months off for baby weight.  Sometimes longer.  Heck, I still have “baby weight” from my daughter who is almost 6.  Let’s be honest though, at some point it stops being “baby weight”.   I had a few people message me to ask me how I did this, so I thought I’d let you in on my secret.  Are you ready?

My secret is that I enjoyed my life.  I didn’t do anything special.  I don’t have a gym membership, so I went for walks and found videos on YouTube.  I didn’t cut anything out of my diet.  I’m still eating carbs, still have cream AND sugar in my coffee each morning, and I even had a piece of cake at both of the birthday parties I went to this past Saturday.  Yes, 2 pieces of cake in one day.  Gasp!  Seriously though – I try to walk or run jog almost every day.  And not a leisurely stroll, I walk at a good pace.  I’ve been being more conscious of  WHAT I’m eating – ensuring that I’m getting enough fruits and veggies in and trying really hard to get my protein in.  I don’t eat very much meat at all, so protein is a challenge for me.  And drinking water.

I mentioned that the reason I do this isn’t about weight, or my size, but to show my kids that they can be active.  It’s also to show them that things don’t just happen over night.  Sometimes you have to work hard for them.  I truly hope that is what they take from this journey, and not that mom lost “X” pounds.  I do have a little secret to share with you though – I say that this isn’t about weight loss for me, and it’s not.  BUT because I’m stubborn and I refuse to take my rings to get them re-sized, I would like my fingers to get a little thinner so I could wear my wedding band and engagement ring again.

So when someone tells you that you can’t do something, you have 2 choices.  You can listen to them and give up.  Or you can choose to use their words as motivation to get your ass moving and prove them wrong.  Which will you choose?

 

 

Friday Fitness Week 2

Started the week really well and then fell off the wagon.  I’d like to blame the cold, icy, snowy weather that arrived, but I know that’s just an excuse.  I could have easily gone to the mall to walk, or done an extra walking video at some point during the day.  I’m not going to let it get me down though.  We all have ups and downs.  I was still fairly good with my eating habits – it was just my exercise that sucked.  Next week is a brand new week to get back to it.

2016 Fit Friday Week 1

I thought I’d spend Friday’s sharing a little update into our new fit family.  If you’ve been following me then you know I had baby #3 thirteen months ago.  I dropped my baby weight from him in about 8 or 9 months, but I still have some weight to loose.  You may also know that I’m a runner though I loose that term loosely.

I own a FitBit and have a group of friends who challenge each other each week.  I wasn’t the winner of the workweek hustle last week, but I did come in second and managed to hit my goal of 10,000 steps each day.  Yay me!  That might not sound like much, but it’s been a while since I accomplished that.  Last week was a BEAUTIFUL week here in southwestern Ontario so that meant that my little man and I could go for a walk after we dropped the other 2 at school.  And with a view like this beside their school, who wouldn’t want to go there?

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Along with my daily walks I also choose to start the Bikini Body Mommy 90 Day Challenge (Here’s the very first video in her series).  I love this series because I can do it at home after the kids go to bed.  I don’t have to worry about hubby being home so I can go to a gym, or worry about child care at all.  Let me tell you, this is not an easy workout though.  I had my ass kicked every single day.  It really does prove how out of shape I am.  Do you know what gave me the strength to not give up during those workouts?  It was my 5 year old daughter asking me why I couldn’t do the exercises as fast as Brianna (the woman in the videos), and her asking me why the woman in the video didn’t have a fat belly like I did.  There is NOTHING to get you moving like the honesty of a child.  That and the fact that I want her to see me succeed.  I want her to know that even when you want to quit, you need to keep going – not just with exercising but in many things in life.  I want her to know that things aren’t always as easy as they seem, sometimes you really do need to put your blood, sweat and tears into it.  Literally.

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I mentioned earlier that I’m a runner.  This quote above suites me perfectly.  (I forget where I found it so please excuse the lack of credit for it.)  Well I’d like to be a runner.  I’m more of a jogger.  No let’s change that to a “wogger” – more on the walking end than the jogging end.  I’d really like to change that this year and be able to actually run an entire 5K.  I don’t think I can even run 1K right now.  I have a nice little 5.5K route that I’ll be walking and working on extending how far I can run on it.  I’ll also be completing a few 5K’s this year, at least one 10K, and I may even challenge myself to a half marathon.  We’ll have to see how my training goes.  One of the best things about my runs, is that my kids often want to join me.  I tend to take them on separate runs because of their abilities.  When my 8 year old joins me it means that he pushes me out of my comfort zone to run farther and faster.  When my 5 year old joins me I ensure it’s for a more leisurely day as she isn’t nearly as fast as her brother yet, thought I’m sure with time she will be. Taking them individually is also a great way to get some one on one time with them, something they don’t often get with 3 kids in the house.

 

**Any and all references to any type of exercising are what work for me.  I am in no way a fitness expert or certified for giving any type of advice.**