Checking off week one in my decision to push reset on my Fitness routine, and if I can take a moment to brag on myself, I’m KILLING it. First of all I have to give some major props to Ainsley Rodriguez, who has not only motivated me on the daily, but given me the easy to follow regimen, from exercise to calories. Here’s me then.
Here’s me now, one week later:
So as not to bore all of you wonder women with the details of yet another get-in-shape drama, here are the headlines, in hopes of inspiring a few sisters:
— Committing to the exercise program to an orgasmic T.
— The custom diet of endless protein, shakes, fruits and dark green veggies.
— Not killing my family (Was that even in the rules? Either way, it’s working).
—Going dry. As in no alcohol. Because in my mind, drinking a fruity drink is technically getting beach ready.
—Inspiring the rest of the family to join me on my workout adventure. I guess it’s more fun to just laugh at me.
—Not wetting my pants when I’m getting tired. There are some muscles that five birthed babies just destroy irrevocably.
In any event, I’m hereby calling week one a win. Despite some so-called obstacles, I’m seeing some pretty awesome results: I’ve already lost two inches off my hips, one off my waist and a half inch off my thighs. That seems like it should be impossible. So despite the family ridicule and the occasional soggy panties, I’m a believer. Living, jogging, breathing proof. Testify!
I just hired a personal trainer—online. This goes against all my so-called principles; I rant and rave about the web/screen use feeding social detachment. But here I am: needing motivation to work out and not having time or money to have an in-person relationship.
I’m not a gym rat. I like to workout at home or outdoors. I need flexible times. And I’m not personally loaded. I’m sure this all sounds familiar.
Until now, I’ve been able to motivate myself. I’m oddly disciplined about exercise, maybe given the decades of dance and yoga I’ve practiced. I like to think I’m in pretty good shape for having birthed five out of our seven kids, but I’ve plateaued. I think it’s time to go the extra mile. I want to see where I get in 4 weeks under this remote trainer’s dominating reign.
My reasons for going with Ainsley are simple. First, she reached out to me on Instagram and asked how she could help. I love that. Second, her website is remarkable. She speaks the truth about getting to the bottom of what you need to be eating for your body in order to feel great, in addition to looking great. She’s fierce (in the workout room, in menu-planning, in kindness). She’s upbeat and encouraging. What more could a So-Called Mom want?
I’d like to add that being a fit mom is a challenge in and of itself. But it contributes to my whole purpose for writing this blog: To put an end to the stories we tell ourselves about motherhood. I want to change whathaving five kids looks like. I want to look ripped and have amazing energy and be able to drop jaws after saying: I’ve had five kids. I want to set the bar that moms can be fit and sexy and yes, put themselves first without feeling guilty. When you have kids, you are bringing them into your life. They aren’t bringing you into theirs. And keeping this perspective is better for everyone in the family—because you will never loose sight of yourself, and they will learn about self worth from the best example available: their mom.
I also want to bust the “but I’ve had kids” myth. Having kids should motivate you—to look better, eat better and feel better. They are watching us, so be the change you wish to see in them. There is no time like now to get started.
So what do you say? Are we in this together? I’m so excited to share this journey with you. So let’s quit making excuses and let’s get fit, moms! We are only limited by ourselves. If I can do it, there is no reason you can’t.
Bring it on,
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