How I Work Out

I’m going to be honest. I hate the word exercise.

My whole life I have hated it, from when my dad used to go on training runs for his marathons and insist I “would love it, if [I] just tried it!” to watching my mom make herself go to aerobics or do circuits on machines at the gym. None of it looked like anything I wanted any part of. I decided it just wasn’t for me.

Then, in my mid-30s, after 10 years of being really heavy, I just woke up one day and decided it was time. I was ready. I was done not being healthy. No one was pushing me to change anymore, and I thought maybe I was over feeling like I “had” to. I wanted to be able to run down the street. I wanted to chase my kids. I wanted not to have to worry yet about the heart disease that ran in my family. I wanted to feel powerful.

I started with a little yoga, and I stopped eating so much processed and drive-thru food. I lost 30 pounds. I was shocked by how much difference those two tiny changes made. I felt like I’d hardly even tried to do anything at all. I wondered: what would happen if I really worked out?

I decided to start running. (And kept it a secret from my dad. 😉 ) I knew I couldn’t make it more than about 30 seconds at a time, and luckily C25K would work with me right where I was. I weighed 219 pounds, and could barely get through week one. But I DID. 8 weeks later, I ran 3 miles.

Almost a year after I started running, I decided to add heavy lifting in to the mix. I had lost 55 pounds total, but I knew my body could do more if I had more muscle mass.

It changed everything for me.

I adore lifting. I have a small bench and a set of plate dumbbells I use at home. While I don’t mind the atmosphere of the gym, I hate waiting for someone to finish a set so I can use the weights I want, and some days I just don’t want to get in the car and go. It’s hard to argue with going upstairs and changing my clothes for convenience!

So far, I’ve lost 90 pounds and 32”, including 9.5″ from my waist.

Left: After 1 year lifting | Right: After 1 year running

I tend to talk a lot about my lifting routines here, because I change them fairly often for variety. But I also like to share home yoga recs, tidbits on running, and anything else I’m doing to stay active. I get lots of questions about heavy lifting and how I make things work with dumbbells. People ask how I got started running, and I love to share as much good info as I can about that. I try and share as much as I can, because I don’t think anyone should have to be out there trying to figure it out alone!

I know I never thought I’d lose 90 pounds in a million years, but now that I have, I believe you can, too. Or five. Or just build some muscle or get to where you can run around the block or touch your toes. We’re in this together. It’s gonna be awesome. And sometimes really, really sore. But mostly awesome. 😉 If you have questions, please feel free to ask! I’m so happy to help where I can. 

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