Goals for April

Inspired by the gals at Life is a Run, I’ve decided to publicly set some goals for each month . Putting my goals out here, where people can read them and then ask me if I’m following through, is going to provide me with the accountability I need to kick it in gear. (At least that’s the plan.)

April 2012 Goals

1. Lose 5 lbs. Strategy: Focus on clean eating! Reduce the processed crappy carb foods. Salads with lean protein or Shakeology for lunch during the workweek.

2. Kick butt at the half marathon on the 28th. Strategy: Commit to my scheduled training. Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated in the week before the race.

3. Do yoga at least twice a week. Strategy: Go to the lunchtime class or use my DVD at home. Just do it!

4. Clean out the kids’ closets and dressers to remove clothes that no longer fit.

5. Do at least one family fun activity each weekend. (I know this might sound silly to some people. But for us, it is hard to cram all the must-do household stuff into two days and also do something focused purely on having fun as a family.)

6. Connect with my Beachbody team at least once a week for continued training and motivation to spread the Beachbody love. 🙂

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My Fitness Journey

I was a focused, career-driven woman when I graduated from graduate school in 2005. I put my all into my corporate job, my new marriage and my friendships. In 2004, I joined Weight Watchers and went from 138 lbs down to 120 lbs. My high school and college weight was 130-135 and I’ve always been a coach potato, so this was new territory for me. I was thin and fit! I worked out regularly and was very careful to consume nutritious, healthy foods because that made me feel good. And of course, I looked good too.

Then we decided to start a family after I graduated, and it turned out to be a long, hard struggle. I dealt with infertility and miscarriages over several years. It was a very dark time in my life, and I turned to food for comfort. When I finally got pregnant from IVF at the end of 2006, I was over 140 lbs. My twin pregnancy was difficult with lots of aches and pains early on, then serious health problems, and ultimately a period of bed rest due to preterm labor. I never weighed myself at the end of my pregnancy, but I was 180 lbs a week after they were born.

Once we all came home from the hospital, I was on Coumadin for the blood clots I developed while pregnant, and I tired, overweight and out of shape. Within four to five months, I lost most of the “babies” weight just from being a harried mom to infant twins. But then the scale started to creep back up by the time they were 6 months old. I went back to Weight Watchers, my old standby, and got down to 135 lbs. Then when the twins were 12 months old, I made the decision to quit my job and become a stay at home mom. Being a 24/7 mom to toddler twins, at home with ready access to food and plenty of stress, led me to a cycle of yo-yo dieting. I’d gain 10-15 lbs, then turn back to Weight Watchers, South Beach or some other fad diet to lose it. After a few months, I’d go back to my old habits, gain it back, and then start the cycle over.

When the kids were 3.5 years old, I chose to go back to work full time. It took me some time to get into a groove as a working mom, and the first six to nine months were a struggle. I found myself questioning my decision to go back to work, questioning my family size (should we have another baby?), questioning my career and line of work (should I go back to school to do something else?). Needless to say, it did not feel good to feel so unsettled. I felt like I didn’t know who I was or which way was up.

It was during this time that I started to run. Now, I have never been a runner. I’ve never been athletic at all. But I felt like I needed something positive that I could just throw myself into — body and soul — as a way to quiet my mind from all that doubt and questions.

What appealed to me about running was the challenge to do something I’d never thought I could do. At a time when I was feeling so uncertain of myself, so unsettled about what was ahead and so unsure of how to be me, I decided to challenge my long-held belief that I couldn’t run.

In the spring of 2011, I started off slow, walking with short periods of jogging, never going more than a mile or two total. I’m not going to lie; it felt pretty awful at first, but I kept with it. Within a few weeks, my lungs stopped feeling like they were on fire and I could run for longer stretches.

A few months later, I signed up for a training squad for a local race and set myself a goal to run a 15k three months later. I knew it would be hard, but I also knew I could do it. Running had taught me that I was stronger than I realized and that my mind was in control of my body, not the other way around. I completed that 15k, and a half-marathon a month later, and I felt on top of the world. Amazing.

Over the past year, I’ve experienced first-hand how running and other fitness activities help me manage the stress that comes with a dual-career family and improve my emotional and physical health. And I’ve gotten to know, and fall in love, with myself in the process. I now know that I can achieve my goals if I am willing to do the work required.

From this positive place, I decided to give Team Beachbody a try. The positive energy of everyone I knew associated with Beachbody was contagious. I started with Shakeology and TurboJam in November 2011. I quickly realized why everyone raves about Shakeology — I saw improved digestive health and I felt good giving my body the nutrition it needs for my active, busy, often stressful life. I branched out and tried other Beachbody products like P90X, Results & Recovery drink and Energy & Endurance drink. Everything I tried worked just as intended, was extremely high quality, and I have never regretted a purchase.

Because my life has changed for the better, I want to help others change their lives too. I want to help people discover the strength that lies within themselves to live healther and happier lives. This blog and my Beachbody Coaching is a tool for me to accomplish this goal.