I hate to get all Maria Kang on your asses, but I am beyond giddy to present my 1-year fitness anniversary blog.
It brings me great pride to tell you that after having three children (now ages 2, 5, and 7), and at the age of 38, I am in the best shape of my life.
After having far too many sugary vodka drinks, zesty cheese Doritos and fire-roasted tube steaks in the summer of 2012, I found myself weighing in at 155 lbs. And as it turns out, at the age of 37, it wasn’t as easy to lose the summer bulge like the good ‘ole days of my youth.
So I put it ‘out there’ that I needed to find a fitness program. I really had no idea what I was looking for. Bootcamp? A gym with good childcare? An evening running group? I started to look around for some options.
And just like that, one of my high school pals posted a fitness video on her Facebook timeline. In her inspirational makeover video, she was jumping around, sweating buckets, doing push-ups — I practically started singing Eye of the Tiger!
“Will I lose my muffin top?” I promptly commented on her post (after congratulating her weight loss goals, of course).
After some Facebook pm’s and a phone conversation, I was ordering the Beachbody program called Insanity. Dubbed as “the hardest workout ever put on DVD,” this ‘insane’ at-home fitness program is led by celebrity trainer Shaun T. Was I insane? Or was this the answer to my prayers?
I am here to confirm that, yes, I did in fact go insane. And yes, it truly was the perfect fitness program for me. I worked out six days a week for 30 – 45 minutes in the first month. I have never been so sore in my life. I could barely walk up and down the stairs as my legs were burning from all the ‘insane’ squats, power jumps, etc. But I plugged through.
In the second month, I worked out six days a week for one hour — and I continued this routine for seven more months.
And the hips don’t lie, sisters. I have lost 22 inches, 3 dress sizes and 25 lbs.
Since I first pressed play on October 22, 2012, it has been quite a journey.
I never dreamed that I would have abs – and be in the best shape of my life – after having 3 kids (and as I approach the big 4-0). It turns out that it is not only a dream, it is now a reality for me.
Me….crazy, busy mother-of-three.
In hopes of providing some inspiration, here are the top questions I get about my fitness routine and weight loss.
- How do you keep motivated to workout from home?
I give all the credit to my Beachbody Coach Leanne Surowski! Not only did she introduce me to Insanity, she continues to provide me with daily support and encouragement in a private Facebook group. In our group, we post accountability pics, share healthy recipes, and provide encouragement and advice. This support has been an integral part of my success. (Huge shout-out to my cyber fitness pals Alida, Robin, Sue, Julie, Nooneh, Sharon, Jason, Jen, Lara, Stephanie, Michael, Jackie and Tim to name a few).
- How do you find the time?
I make the time. It’s plain and simple. I am a busy mom-of-three that works from home. I do not have childcare. I make it happen, and you will too when you really want to get control of your life.
- What has been your biggest challenge along the way?
Hands down, it’s the nutrition. They say that staying in shape is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. I would agree with that. I love to cook (which means I love to eat). And did I mention that I’m a wino? I’m sure I’d have a rock-hard 6-pack if I weren’t such a lush of all things delicious. Honestly, it’s a constant struggle to watch my portion control and make healthy choices.
That said, I have cut out the ‘white’ stuff: sugar, pasta, white flour, breads, baking, etc. I do indulge in potatoes every now and again — and I will never say not to my MILs pasta. But for my everyday food choices, I eat as clean as possible.
- Do you love working out?
No, but I do it. The thing that keeps me pressing play is the support group, the results I continue to see, and the endorphins. Nothing keeps me happier (no, not even that beloved glass of wine, ladies) than those daily post-workout tingles. Nature’s high!
Working out is a mind game. Sure, it’s about getting physical and sweating buckets. But in order to get those sweat glands working, it’s all about getting in the right mindset.
I love the fact that I can workout. A good friend of mine (who is a year younger than me), has MS and simply does not have the physical ability to workout like I can. I often think of her when I’m feeling lazy or unmotivated. How lucky am I that I can workout and physically move my body?! I think it’s important to keep our bodies moving – regardless of ability – and practice daily gratitude for everything that we do have. Focussing on negatives gets us nowhere, and can quickly manifest itself in our daily lives.
- What does your husband say?
The husband: “I think you look fabulous! Sticking to something like this shows your dedication to your well-being. It’s not about losing weight, it’s about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”
Me: What kind of changes have you seen in me over the past year?
The husband: “You have more energy. You seem to have more focus on eating well and taking better care of yourself. You were never a bad eater, but you are more aware of what you are putting in your body now. And you’ve cut back on the drinking which has been good.”
- What program are you doing now?
I did Insanity for nine months. When Shaun T’s new program T25 came out, I was the first to purchase this amazing 25-minutes/day workout. While Insanity is called “the hardest” DVD workout, T25 is dubbed “the smartest.”
It is the perfect program for busy moms, and I recommend it to everyone I meet. Shaun T has put together a variety of full-body workouts for an intense 25 minutes, 5-6 days/week. Who doesn’t have 25 minutes?!
And it comes with a comprehensive food guide with a variety of delicious recipes.
In celebration of the weight and inches that I’ve lost, I would like to end with what I have gained. As my husband said, I have way more energy and focus than I did before. I truly feel that I am a better mother and wife now that I have put myself first.
Yes, it took a lot of courage to reach out for help and to continuously press play. While I didn’t have a major weight problem, I was feeling out of control and I could forsee an unhealthy future if I didn’t make some lifestyle changes.
Not only has my chronic shoulder and hip pain disappeared, I am feeling stronger than ever — physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Want more information? Please contact my Beachbody Coach Leanne Surowski.