When I first started to lose weight I did it all by myself.
That means I cut my portions down, I counted my calories, ate "regular" foods, and I moved my body as best I could with what I had.
And what I had wasn't a lot.
I had a treadmill that I bought for Christmas in 2009 for $300.
That was Christmas money I got.
It wasn't a special, expensive machine, but it did what I needed it to do.
I had a new baby and I couldn't peel myself away from him for more than 30 minutes a day while I did my Couch to 5K.
Even then, most times he'd still be in eyesight of me while I ran.
Often times in his exersaucer, or sitting in his bouncy seat.
I could SEE him. While I struggled to keep up with the running intervals.
Sometimes I had to hop off in the middle of a "run" to pop his paci back in.
Sometimes he would cry and I'd stop.
But I DID WHAT I COULD WITH WHAT I HAD.
I didn't have the funds to pay for a gym membership.
And even if I did, I couldn't justify leaving my child to go to the gym.
I had a new baby and I had Mommy Guilt like nobody's business.
And I lost all 60+ lbs. by doing my own thing. Counting my calories, doing workout DVD's and running on my treadmill when I could.
Then I started running outside.
I had a growing toddler and realized I NEEDED time to myself every day.
For my own sanity.
I didn't want to lose my identity as a woman just because I was a mom.
So I ran.
Every day after I got off work and before I picked up Big T from daycare.
I felt guilty the first few times, but then I realized it ultimately made me a better mom to him and a better wife and just more pleasant to be around when I had that "me time", and the guilt disappearred.
Just like that a runner was born.
A mom runner.
A full time working mom and wife runner.
I MADE time for running because it made me a better person.
Then the day came that I got pregnant again.
And I kept running. Because I had a crazy toddler, needed that me time, and I wanted to stay healthy.
Oh, and it helped me sleep at night.
After I had my second son I continued to lose the weight the best way I knew how-
ON MY OWN.
I used no supplements, no special diets, no magic pills.
I still had no gym membership and I still ran.
It was easy for me.
And it was cheap.
And I lost the weight.
And then, in December of this year, my readers got together with The Hubs and they gifted me with a gym membership.
I got a membership to the place that Megan works out at.
An all womens gym. A place where I could solely focus on my workouts, and none of the other distractions big gyms had.
I'd see her posts of her at the gym, taking classes, and it made me crave change.
I missed spin class (something I hadn't done in YEARS) and I wanted to try new things.
All I was doing was running at that point, so while, YES, I was "thin", I wasn't very toned.
I needed a change.
And I got one when I joined the gym.
And maybe that makes me a little less relatable to some of you. And that's okay.
I hope you can find inspiration elsewhere if you can't find it here.
But this is my journey. And change is good sometimes.
This is one of those times.
Had my readers not gifted me with a membership (one the sweetest and most selfless things I've ever been a part of by the way) then I'm not sure I'd be going to the gym 5-6 days a week.
I'm not sure that Megan and I would have become such good friends.
And I'm thankful for her.
Because she pushes me. She motivates me. She makes me WANT to come to the gym.
It's something I enjoy. And that's a necessity in a healthy lifestyle- enjoying working out.
If you don't enjoy it, you won't do it.
So yes, things have changed around here.
But I am HAPPY.
I am HEALTHY.
And this is my journey.
I am still an advocate for healthy living.
I am still a runner. (a faster one thanks to spin class!)
I still believe hard work supersedes any crash diet, any magic pill, etc.
I do the best I can with what I have.
And that's all we can do.
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