Save for a few posts recently about my foot surgery, I haven't really been talking about my health and fitness and chub-related things.
Maybe you didn't notice?
I was hoping you didn't notice.
Now before you look at the title of this post and think it is in any way related to fat-shaming myself with the mention of the word 'elephant,' let me assure you, that ain't where this is headed.
Here's a very short story:
In 2010 I decided to get in shape. I worked out 6 to 7 days a week, followed Weight Watchers to the point and droppd 40 pounds in 10 months. Then I spent the next few years figuring out how to eat real food and how to move my body with regularity.
Along the way I learned about nutrition, worked on becoming a runner and swimmer, and—more importantly—worked on my insides as well.
Then I gained every single pound back plus one.
And I am still an awesome person.
And I am still a work in progress.
Sure, there were some mitigating factors, but the reality is this: I haven't been doing what is needed to be strong and fit as I can personally be.
It's not about blame. It's about facts.
One thing I've learned throughout the past few years of teaching my Move More, Eat Well class at Big Picture Classes is that getting down on yourself and lamenting your situation isn't very productive. Sure, whining has its place but then it's time for it to move on down the road so you can focus on what is true and what is needed.
Right now, I am in the middle of a reboot; a reconnection to making better choices and moving my body with the ultimate goal of shedding a few libbies and feeling fewer aches and pains.
I know that posting every month about dropping yet another 10 pounds might look inspiring on the surface, and I suppose back when I was doing that, I felt a real sense of pride and control over my situation. But if a way of living isn't sustainable, it's back to the drawing board.
I really did get tired of eating 22 points a day. That is a fact.
But here's the deal: I just want to be stronger and healthier and heck, maybe even live a bit longer because of the choices I make. I don't want to forsake a glass of wine with dinner. I don't want to never eat the amazing pies my daughter bakes. I don't want to make my issues with chub affect the people around me.
This is my deal and I just want to take the best care of me that I can. Period.
Part of this process will always be about attitude. The other part is all about information. What do you know about how you tick? What is it that motivates you to take better care of yourself? What is it that sends you back to the drawing board? And, what can you do about it?
I decided to focus on these very aspects to create a new 31-day workshop called the Move More, Eat Well Jumpstart. You guys know I'm not a personal trainer or a licensed nutritionist. I'm just a woman, wife and mom who is looking for balance and better health.
And I like to scrapbook about it as I go.
Here's a little promo video about the new class, which kicks off as a live workshop on January 1. After January, it will become a self-paced class that you can take for any 31-day chunk you like. Whenever you feel it's time to kickstart your health and fitness process, the class will be ready and waiting.
Take a peek at the clip:
To learn more about the class or to sign up, click here. If you have any questions, by all means, leave me a comment today and I'm happy to answer.
I really do believe that every day is a chance to live healthier and make better choices. It's not about being the skinniest girl in the room and it's most definitely not about perfection.
I hope you'll join me in January for a jumpstart.