My name is Ann, and I am a single mom. I adopted two beautiful sisters in the late fall of 2011. I am hoping to journal my journey as a mom and share my ups and downs...most of all, my heart. I hope that we can encourage each other through this journey.
The Romagnolo Family
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Week 9 - The Year of Change
I can't believe that I am going on week 9 of my journey! I have grown so much! This week I continued with my 21 Day Fix Extreme Eating Plan and began my Body Pump workouts and the 21 Day Fix Extreme workouts! I'm really enjoying it so far. I have missed my Body Pump workouts! I've made it through the 21 Day Fix Extreme workouts (even with an occasional burpee) too!
Today I wanted to talk about how I make it look so easy! I totally laughed as I just typed that! My sister and I were talking on the phone yesterday and she told me that. Ya'll, this is NOT easy! I want to cry every morning when that alarm goes off at 4:am. I am NOT a morning person. I have to push myself out of bed and get moving. Once I start moving and PUSH PLAY, it's a whole lot easier. Why do I work out in the morning instead of the evening (I get asked that a lot)? The big reason is that I pour so much of my energy into teaching every day, and then I come home to cook dinner, baths, homework, bedtime routine, etc. Ya'll, I'm pooped by the end of all of that! I just want to curl up and sleep! If I suck it up and get up 30 minutes earlier in the morning, I get it over and done with, oh and I get my metabolism going too. As far as my eating goes, the only way that I am staying on track is by being prepared! Luckily, I am somewhat of a planner. I have to be with my crazy life. After the girls are in bed I really just want to crash, but I don't want to leave myself up for temptation the next day or a rushed/bad morning. If I haven't had a chance to do dishes and prep the next day's meals before I put the girls to bed, I'll do that right after I put them to bed. I'm not gonna lie though...I'm tired and I don't want to do it. I have to though. I've committed to this journey. I've also put myself out there on social media for all to see. I have all of you and my accountability group watching. No excuses!!!
Another thing that has kept me going is the encouragement that I get from many of you. I don't know if you'll ever know just how much your sweet comments mean to me. Yesterday, I received a message from an old student that is now in college. She said that I inspired her to get back into a healthy lifestyle. Ya'll, THAT is why I'm putting myself out there. THAT is why I get up every day and I prep every day. We are meant to encourage each other. If my journey, flaws and all can encourage others, than I'll keep doing it.
Another thing that I noticed this week, is that my girls love it that I exercise. Last weekend, they moved the coffee table so that I could workout. Lyla was disappointed when she woke up and I had already worked out on Thursday morning. She was sad that she had missed it. This weekend, they joined me. Here is a link of my Body Pump workout yesterday. Here is today's Yoga Fit Extreme workout. As you can see, my girls love to jump right in and workout with me. Usually though at some point I have to send them to go play in their room. Ha! They are watching me. They watch what I eat.
Please don't think that I'm perfect! All I keep thinking about is that in about 9 days...
I'm just like all of you. I just take one day at a time. What is your why? Why did you start this journey or why do you want to start? Plan ahead. Plug yourself into an accountability group. Take advantage of the group, truly be a part of it. Set yourself up for success! Don't let one bad meal (or whole day of eating) or one missed workout throw you off. Just pick back up and keep going (Just keep swimming...)! Also, don't think "Oh, I could never motivate myself to workout alone at home!" You are not alone! Once again, truly get plugged into your accountability group. Text or post throughout the day. Another one that I hear is, "I'd rather workout at a gym!" I used to be that person. I was at the gym about 4-5 times a week and had my group of friends that I worked out with. Now, my circumstances have changed. I am a single momma. It does not work for my family for me to have a gym membership that I would a) leave my children in childcare at the gym (which is more money) & be away from them even more or b) pay the money for a membership that I can't ever use. Working out at home and still having my accountability has been the best decision! Of course, you need to decide what is best for you and your family and only YOU will know that.
This journey has not been an easy one, but it has been worth it. If you remember, my goal was to be down about 20 pounds by Spring Break. Well, Spring Break is about 6 days away. I don't think I'll quite make that goal. I'll be close, but not quite there. I had to remind myself as I stepped on the scale this week that now that I've started my Body Pump workouts, I'm starting to build my muscle back up. That is why I did not see as big of a change this week on the scale. I'm trying to focus on the fact that I can feel a difference in how my clothes fit. The number on the scale won't define me!
Next week, I'll be blogging from the road and sharing tips on traveling and making good food choices! Stay tuned! Have a blessed week!