Sign me Up! My Journey back to Healthy began on Twitter
A sponsor offered a free spot in a mama boot camp class in exchange for periodic posts on the process. Christine is now in her second week; she has been sending in updates on her progress and you'll see the first two over the next two days.
Fitness has been a regular part of my life for the last 10 years. I discovered it when I was in a rather dark place back in my early 20's, trying to navigate my way though a divorce. I was depressed, lonely and scared. I had moved to Portland to be with my boyfriend (now ex-husband) and while I had a small handful of friends, I was lacking what I needed most -- the close support of family. I ended up finding solace in exercise and before long I was hooked. I had a five-year love affair with Billy Blanks, of Tae-Bo. I wore those VHS tapes to the bone. Around that same time, my company relocated buildings and our new building (the Fox Tower) had a fitness center that was free to tenants. On the days that I wasn't Tae-Bo'ing, I had the convenience of working out at my lunch hour which was so, so wonderful and easy. For many years I was happy with my fitness level and relatively comfortable with my body.
Fast-forward to today. I'm now a SAHM, with a 16-month-old daughter.
I have continuously tried to figure out how to fit exercise into my life with a child and somehow I keep coming up short. I try to workout during my daughter's nap time, however, she's not the greatest napper and half the time, I find myself cutting a workout short because she wakes. I've also tried to workout in the evenings, but seriously I'm so exhausted by the time she goes to bed, I follow her cue shortly thereafter. I contemplated joining a gym, however because we're a single-income family, a gym membership isn't a luxury we can simply afford right now. This combination of lack of motivation and poor timing, has left my relationship with exercise become more of an on-again/off-again love affair (more off than on). And as a result, my body has changed. I thought my 6-week postpartum body looked bad, however 16 months later, I'm the most out of shape I've been in my entire life. It's been something I think and fret about constantly, however, I haven't been able to work up the gumption to really COMMIT to something. Until now.
A couple of weeks ago I happened to spot a tweet (on Twitter) from urbanMamas for the opportunity to participate in Recess Health Immersion Boot camp -- "1st ping/1st get" said the tweet. I quickly Googled "Recess Health Immersion" and saw: ...fitness program...2 months...life changing... and before I knew what I was doing, I replied: "Yes, sign me up!!". A few minutes later, I got a message back from urbanMamas saying, "It's yours!". At which point I promptly panicked because, HELLO accountable. I mean, accountability is huge when it comes to weight loss/fitness goals and here I am not only accountable to my wee little self, but now to all to of the lovely readers of urbanMamas as well. EEK!
Which is apparently exactly what I need to get this train a rollin'. The program is two months long, meeting 3x's a week; which includes everything from workouts (yoga, pilates, martial arts, etc.) to nutritional education. The program is now three classes in, the first being a fitness test to determine a starting point for our fitness levels (there are seven other lovely ladies in my group). And for the sake of full disclosure; here were my results:
1. Walking a mile as fast as you can while hooked up to a heart
monitor: 14:54 minutes with my highest heart rate at 179, most average
HR around 173 (Seems really, really high to me)
2. Push-ups (on knees): 40 (I do carry a 25+ lb toddler all day)
3. Sit-ups: 28 (embarrassing, but reminding myself this is a starting point!)
4. Lunge while lifting one leg (amount of time you can hold your leg up): Right Leg: 54 seconds, Left Leg: 1:20 seconds
I'll be posting a few times throughout my two month journey on Recess Health Immersion, taking you through my journey. At the end of the two months, at the very least, I am looking forward to becoming more fit as well as simply having some real "me" time. Something that has eluded me since becoming a mother.