Thursday, August 6, 2015

My Team

All summer long I've been working my butt off to try and get back into shape. I have been running 3-5 miles three or four times a week and working out with a boot camp group twice a week. Despite all of my efforts the past two plus months I still was at my highest weight in long time. It was very frustrating. I think a hormonal imbalance (once again) is to blame since I have been having other problems associated with that as well. Still, I kept at it. 

I could feel myself getting much stronger and tried to be satisfied with that while ignoring how tight my clothes felt. I decided to focus on being healthy and strong, and tried to ignore the number on the scale. And I decided to take my kids along with me on my healthy journey. 

On my running days I would come back, drink a bit more water, leash up Molly, and then the kids would join me for a run around our neighborhood. 
We started off slowly. The first week or so the runs were just a half a mile.
Then we worked up to a three-quarter mile and then a mile.
It is a good way to add on a little distance to the end of my runs and get in a bit more exercise.
It was also great to see my boys getting faster and stronger.
Joey always hated running and thought he wasn't good at it. He is now running at just under a 7 minute mile pace. He is so proud of himself.
All three of the boys now run a much faster pace than I can keep up with and I have taken to riding my bike behind them. Amazing young runners I have on my hands.
To prepare the boys for football season I also did push-ups, sit-ups, and planks with them. It gave them so much more confidence going into their hardcore football practices already feeling like they are in good shape. And Joey is marveling at having some muscle definition in his arms. I am so proud of their hard work and their positive attitudes.

Thanks to my workout crew I pushed myself harder and further as well. And wouldn't you know it, as summer winds down (and the swimsuits are soon to be put away) the numbers on my scale are finally (and slowly) coming down. Ah well. Better late than never.


Bijoux said...

It's great that you got the kids involved. I'm not sure it's something I could have ever talked my kids into!

betty said...

Wonderful exercise to do together! And WTG to finally see the results! It "sucks" as we get older; harder to take the weight off and to keep it off.


Anonymous said...

Nice work! I'm in terrible shape these days and need to get myself kick-started...

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