Spring is here! It’s hard to believe time is passing so quickly. Just about two months ago, on December 24, 2012 I made the choice to increase my physical activity to achieve a healthier state of physical being. Being consistent has proven to be beneficial physically and mentally.
Having been on a roller coaster ride with my workout routine, I decided I would stick with it no matter how much time I spent, whether 15 minutes or 45 minutes. I simply wanted to follow through. I started My Fitness Coach on my Wii game system and I was assessed to determine what area of my body would be the focus to strengthen and improve. After weighing myself, measuring my biceps, waist, hips and thighs, determining my resting and active heart rates and doing reps of squats, crunches and push ups, I was quite out of breath but feeling good. I entered a few more details, such as goals, and My Fitness Coach determined my area of focus would be upper body, which I was certainly in agreement with. The recommended schedule for consistent progress was shown as 45 minutes three days weekly, Monday-Wednesday-Friday.
And so my journey began. I have been consistent with my workout routine and have seen healthy progress. My weight is gradually increasing, which is good because my BMI (Body Mass Index) is considered underweight (5’6″ @ 113 lbs). It is a concern for me because after four pregnancies, my weight was at the lowest I’ve ever been since before high school, over twelve years ago. While so many pursue weight loss I’m working to put the pounds on. While many ask how do I look so good with three children, and I jokingly reply “I’m busy running after them all day”, the struggle proved to be frustrating mostly because I always maintained a weight above 135 lbs. Thankfully, and proudly, I have gained three pounds since beginning my workout commitment and am now 116 lbs. My goal is to get back to 135 lbs and maintain it. I know with the right attitude and consistent effort I will reach my goal.
I have learned fitness is a state of being and a state of mind. I feel stronger, leaner, healthier, more confident, self-disciplined and energetic. Keeping up with a family of five (seven on weekends), having energy is a necessity. Through it all I challenge myself to push a little more and work a little harder. I am learning that a commitment to myself is all I need to achieve success. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:13
What types of exercise do you enjoy?