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Have Patience

Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow.
— Leo Tolstoy

Four months and eleven days. 

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In some delusional dream of mine, I assumed I would be one of those supermoms who was shimmying into her favorite pair of jeans within a few weeks. Delusional was right! I did everything by the book- working out, eating healthy, breastfeeding- and sure, a good chunk of the weight came off. But, somehow in all of the books and articles and blogs I read, no one mentioned the saggy skin, pelvic pain, muscular imbalances, and general bloating that I would experience. 

So, I worked. Then, I worked harder. Finally, I was forced to step back and reevaluate my goals. Hitting some "magic" number on the scale was no longer my priority. I needed to address my body first. It had been through nearly ten months of drastic changes followed by the trauma of giving birth (no amount of preparation gets you ready for that kind of pain!) I stretched, foam rolled, took massaging baths (thank you hubby for watching the baby!) and worked toward my new, and more realistic, goals. 

Four months and eleven days later, I am proud to say, I can do a squat without any pain and zip up my jeans without having to decide whether to squish my loose skin inside or leave it hanging out on top ☺ 

Not exactly Heidi Klum walking the runway at six weeks postpartum but, I am genuinely happy with my progress. Sometimes things take time. Sometimes, they take a lot of time! This is when patience will make you or break you. There were many moments I would look in the mirror and be consumed with doubt, moments I would cry during a workout because a skill that was once easy was now seemingly impossible. Moments I was frustrated. Moments I wanted to quit. Being patient is hard! 

Patience is a virtue, Rome was not built in a day, and good things come to those who wait. Keep working toward your goal, but give it time. Your patience will pay off in the end.


 

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Why Do You Workout?

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity
— John Fitzgerald Kennedy

There is a reason behind everything we do, whether we realize it or not.

My alarm clock reminds me every morning that I have to get up. Once I convince myself that the annoying sound disturbing my blissful sleep is not out to ruin my life, I get up and begin my day full of decisions. Choosing a quick donut for breakfast or taking the time to make eggs is a choice that will affect how I fuel my morning. Do I go to work or take a personal day and head to the beach? What do I wear? How fast do I drive? Seat belt on? Top down? Go out of my way to help out a stranger? Do a favor for a friend? 

Some decisions seem pretty straightforward. We do certain things for survival, self-improvement, security, and love. Others, take a little convincing. Maybe we know we should do it, but just can not muster the energy to get it done. Sometimes, we even do things for the wrong reason. Maybe we go to church out of obligation or we stay in an abusive relationship in hopes of brighter days ahead. Good or bad, everything we do has a reason. In the end, we have to make the conscience choice to get it done. 

The same relates to health and fitness. Everyday, you have to decide whether to workout or not. You must find value in squeezing time in your busy schedule to get your sweat on. Working out is tough. It takes motivation. So what motivates you? By acknowledging the reasons behind working out, we can remind and motivate ourselves to get it done!

 

A few years ago, my reasons for working out were shaped by the desire to win an upcoming competition. I worked out for the love of sport and the satisfaction I found in crushing PRs (personal records) and developing new skills. Nowadays, my reasons have changed. As my little miracle continues to grow inside of me, I head to the gym to benefit both the baby and me. My exercise routine has completely changed to accommodate my growing belly but I still find joy in a good, sweat-filled workout. 

 

My better half and favorite training partner, Steve, has an entirely different approach to workout motivation. His job depends on it. As a firefighter, his life and the lives of others are on the line as to whether he is capable of fulfilling his duty. 

With four knee replacements (yes, I said four!), my father has every excuse to skip out on his daily walks and trips to the gym. Yet, everyday, he chooses to ignore those pestering thoughts to ensure he lives a healthy life so can take care of his home, travel with his wife, be master of the grill, and play with his future grandchild. 

We all have our reasons. Is yours motivating enough or do you fight with yourself daily to workout? There are countless benefits to physical activity from prevention of disease, to improved body composition, to mental well-being, just to name a few. If that is not enough, how about doing it for those you love- for your spouse, your kids, your friends and family. Do it for you. Do it for them. Whatever your reason, just do it. 



 

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