This week has been a challenge and I am glad to share that through it all I still lost weight and a few inches! Not as much when my whole day was about the gym and my husband was more available to be with our kids whenever I wanted to squeeze in a second (or third) workout. This is when I wake up from the fantasy that my family revolves around me to the reality that most mothers live. I think it is pretty comparable to plate spinning. So I see every ounce and centimeter that I lost as evidence that I can continue to lose weight now that my family’s focus has changed. This experience with Lisa and the others at Flab to Fab has “rewired” me so that exercise and healthy food choices are just a regular part of my day. As cool as it would be to win this thing, the coolest thing is that I no longer feel like spending an hour or two at the gym compromises my abilities to do everything I have to do for my kids. Even if I come in last place (which I absolutely will not!), this epiphany alone would keep me smiling AND working toward my goal. My aunt has told me on several occasions that sometimes you just have to encourage yourself and this week has definitely convinced me that it is the truth.
School starts for my children (and husband) next week and so everything from lunches to extra laundry to homework comes with it. I will resume my regular duties and probably not work out twice a day but I will definitely continue eating properly and utilize the resources I have to remain dedicated to myself and this challenge. I don t know about you, but I am pretty interested in how well I can do for over the next five weeks! This summer has been an awesome lesson in how to still be the wife and mother I need to be and get a little closer to the Tica that was intended. There is something about physically challenging and pushing yourself that strengthens your inside as well as your outside. I will be the first to tell you it is VERY satisfying to put on something you know to be your size only to find out that it is too big but it is honestly just as satisfying to have faith in what you are doing and confidence in your path. For me, the latter had to come first.
I have to admit that I was not sure that I was the right fit for this contest and people have even questioned my selection but I am starting to see there is absolutely reason. Friends, family, gym members have reminded me how many women are in similar positions that I am. It has not been a complete change of the agenda, I know how blessed I am to be able to stay at home with my children while they are so young. But Flab to Fab’s influence has encouraged me to become more respectful of my body and how to strengthen and use it properly. I don’t think anything was more important that having the right people around me at the beginning of this. And yes, it will be difficult to find the balance between taking care of my family and finishing this challenge as intently as I began. But I know that finding that balance now will allow my new lifestyle to continue as well as be an example to many of my peers.
Thanks for reading!