Making The Call – Healthy Living

As you know from my last post I had a bit of a wake-up call when I could not keep the pace with 4th and 5th graders.  Now I know children have lots of natural energy, but as a mother of three children, I need to keep up the pace.

I have to confess, I know the benefits of healthy living.  I was an athlete all through junior high, high school and even through my early 20’s.  I was an avid volleyball player and I ran track all through high school.  In my early 20’s I played beach volleyball and found a new love (SUN and my favorite sport!)   Now I LOVED volleyball, it was my sport.  I lived and breathed the sport.

When I played volleyball I did not feel pain that is how much I loved it.  Jammed fingers, swollen knees, sore body parts I didn’t care just let me play.  I did have one problem I was quite short for the sport, but it did not stop my passion.

Running track, different story.  I did it to stay in shape for volleyball.  I HATED running, and every time I ran there was a constant love/hate relationship.  I was not a distant runner, my race was the 400 and I hated that race, who could dream up a sprint for that long.  The thoughts that ran through my head in the late 80’s are still there in 2011/2012.  The one injury that was with me in the late 80’s (shin splints) is still with me now.

So what I am trying to say is I know the benefits of being in shape and I let it all go.  Now, like most busy moms I have placed blame elsewhere.  I get it.  As moms we have so much on our plate, work, kids, cooking, cleaning, volunteering, on and on and on.  I know we don’t take time for ourselves.  Everyone goes before you.  I too have heard, you have to place yourself before others.  Ya, right, tell that to my crying baby and toddler that wants me right now.  It is hard as a mom to do that.  It goes against the grain of being a mom.

I am at the point now where the time is right for me to make myself a priority.  I could look backwards and say I should have tried harder or I could have found the time but that doesn’t change the present.  So I am trying to let the guilt go and focus on the change now.

So the night I came home from my disappointing Go Far practice my brain was on super charge.  I had to make a change and I needed to do something to get me to move, get healthy and lose weight.  Biggest loser was out of the question, have to gain at least a 100 more pounds and then fight for a spot with lots of other Americans! (Reality TV has a watching people lose weight while we eat our ice cream) we need to break away from the unrealistic and seek help locally.  It’s great that they can go away to camp, have full time trainers and be retaught but that doesn’t happen in the real world.  That’s why it is good television.

I do know for the past year, I had checked out a website here in the Outer Banks for a local beach boot camp.  Now when I checked before I thought there is no way in hell I am going to survive an adventure like that.  <Just insert any excuse in the book here!> One big thing was fear, another was embarrassment of not keeping up and last was failure.  I have failed before, I might fail again.

So with a pounding heart, I started to look over the website information, let’s just say looking was a big step and it made me nervous.  Before I could change my mind I sent an email asking about one of the camps.  Let me tell you my stomach was in knots for doing that!  But I made the call, or in today’s world I sent an email which was my first step towards making a healthy change.  I think sometimes the first step can be as simple as drinking water instead of soda, or eliminating something unhealthy from your life.  It is up to you to make the call on what your first step in your health is best for you.

Me – October 4, 2011
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