A year has passed since I stepped onto the elliptical in my basement running my way to….. I wasn’t sure what at the time. I knew I wanted to lose the few pounds that had accumulated while I was enjoying life (a little too much apparently) over the past couple of years. Another motivating factor was my age – I am turning the 40 this year and there are 2 things I know for sure when I turn 40. There will not be a gray hair on my head (well there will be…but no one is going to see them) and I will be killing it in my skinny jeans without a muffin top confined in Spanx.
My ‘get in shape’ mindset was – I don’t need to kill myself to lose a few pounds – slow and steady. There I was, sitting and watching television (with the elliptical sitting right beside me – literally) when I thought – Why can’t I sweat a little while I watch my favorite show? I’m spending the same amount of time sitting and watching television anyway so why not? So I got off my plump(ish) little butt and started hill climbing on the elliptical 5 days a week for 30 minutes each time. Nothing too stressful right? Hill climb on the elliptical while watching the Real Housewives – done.
After a month of my elliptical routine I found a fitness app mentioned in one of my fashion magazines. The article was really focussed on the newest workout gear for 2014 but in the bottom corner they had listed a few workout apps to get you motivated in your hot new Lulu’s. A few minutes later the PopSugar Active app was up and running on my IPad, and as it turns out, this app was the best at-home workout that could have happened to me. The app is full of 10 minute strength and cardio workouts that will kick your butt back into shape in a manageable amount of time at home. Let me tell you – when I first started the workouts I was pathetic. Some of the strength workouts I could barely get through and the cardio sessions….let’s just say I was sweating and almost near death (or I wish I was). The ‘made for tv’ trainers made it look so easy. I hated them – BUT….I WANTED TO BE THEM. I wanted to kick butt right there with them and with consistent workouts I am now fit and strong enough for every plank, push-up, squat, jumping jack, and lunge they throw at me. To me – this accomplishment was so empowering.
Remember my slow and steady mind-set? Well it worked. 6 months later – I looked in the mirror and WTF! I had abs….that you could see! My muffin top and little mommy tummy had disappeared! Let me tell you – the mommy tummy (that mystifying little pooch that you have after babies that never seems to go away no matter how hard you try) is no easy feat to get rid of. 15 pounds lost, 2 inches on my waist, hips and bust – gone. Without really ‘over thinking’ my weight loss or how much progress I was making I was all of a sudden there – such sweet reward.
A year later I am still hill climbing on the elliptical, sweating and swearing in my PopSugar workout sessions plus I have added a weight circuit in the gym to tone my new found muscles. I found that I had reached a plateau where my body results were kind of stuck and to ward off workout boredom I needed a new challenge. I have my days when the last thing I want to do is sweat but I have to say that I never regret a workout and my workouts are a part of me now. I never thought I would see the day when I ‘crave’ a workout – but I’m here, happy and healthy with a new outlook on my body and what I can accomplish – if I set my mind to it.