Another guest post for my “starting over “series! Meet Lydia-
Losing weight and staying healthy shouldn’t be hard. For me, it’s horribly difficult to reach my goals and stay on the path to health for one big reason: will power.
If I think back to my teenage and college years, I was slim. My self-image wasn’t necessarily the best, but when I look at pictures of myself that many years ago, I long for that waist and those legs. My healthiest was during my junior year of college when I was an aerobics instructor and taught at least three times a week at our local YMCA. But during that time, I really had no trouble eating what I wanted when I wanted. My metabolism was fabulous.
Then, I turned thirty.
Then, I had another baby.
Holy smokes, things have changed. With age came a slower metabolism. With children came that ever-present Mommy pooch that will never go away. Since my son (my second baby) was born, I have been battling the last ten or so pounds. Weight came off quickly at first because he was an almost-ten-pounder, and I was breastfeeding. Success was right around the corner.
I settled into my routines and then felt more comfortable taking him out with me for shopping adventures, and I began searching out drive-thrus more and more. The after-the-kids-go-to-bed time became my husband’s and my chance to indulge in some chocolate ice cream or a piece of leftover cake.
Now, I’m pregnant with baby number three. For the first trimester, I was as sick as sick could be, and I kept telling myself that my body needed food — it didn’t matter where I got it. This gave me permission to go through every drive-thru window that appealed to me at the moment. The only drink that I could stomach was lemonade. I felt awful not only because of the “morning sickness,” but also because I wasn’t putting into my body what I truly needed.
This week, and the future weeks to come, I am going to exercise my will power. I am pledging to myself, my husband, my children, and this unborn Spawn that I will make good decisions for all of us and for myself. In just two days of being “good,” I already feel so much better.
Will power can be an elusive fella. There are so many deterrents and temptations that are often much stronger than I can handle. But, I think — no, I believe — , with the determination and support of my family, friends, and Mamavation Sistas, I’m going to be able to turn over this new leaf and start again.
What goals do you want to accomplish? Who will be your support system?