I have always been an “If you can’t eat whatever you want, what’s the point?” person. I hate to run. HATE IT. I don’t like working out for the sake of working out. I have been in good shape twice in my life. The first time was when I was on swim team in middle school. I was working out to be able to compete. The second was when I was training in ju jitsu. To be honest, that one wasn’t about anything other than making my sensei proud. Now, seven years and 50 pounds later, I get bored with exercise quickly, hate running on treadmills, and can’t run to save my life.
So, this is the story of why I, a self-proclaimed hater of exercise, am working out and eating/drinking healthy again. Lets be honest, there are lots of reasons, but there are two that matter most to me. First, there is an hourglass figure in my body that I want back. Let’s be honest, I have rather large… Tracts of land… (Monty Python references, anyone?) I don’t say this by way of bragging (I’m not sure what there is to brag about; it’s just genetics), but as explanation. They’re there, and they used to contrast GORGEOUSLY with my tiny waist. And I want that contrast back. I want to look that way again. Second, I teach and I youth minister. Both of these jobs involve a lot of time spent with young people, with boundless energy. They never stop moving and they love to run and play games that sound, to my out-of-shape self, a lot like exercise. I want to be in a shape that doesn’t mind games of soccer of basketball with my high schoolers, a shape that has no problem chasing down little feet that run off after yelling “Catch me!” I want to not worry about being winded by fun.
So, I’m drinking ALL THE WATER. I’m working out daily, for 15 minutes at least, with a friend at my school. I’m getting at least 7000 steps a day (and 10000 at least three days a week). And I’m cutting down the sugar in my diet. AND IT’S WORKING. I can see my waist again! I’m stubbornly refusing to weigh myself, because that isn’t the point for me, but I’m keeping an eye on how I look and how I feel. And I’m turning into an hourglass again. 😉