Recently, as I’ve mentioned in the past, it’s been difficult getting back in the swing of things when you stop, especially when it comes to hitting the iron. Even this past week I’ve felt the fitness slump slowly drizzle off, and I feel more than ready to tackle a hard workout.
So, I want to thank several people and groups for helping me in this endeavor, whether they knew they were or not.
First, I want to thank my boyfriend, Chris, because he’s been instrumental in helping me eat better. No matter where I look for information on being fit, diet is the real killer.
I’ve read many times that your fitness is 70 percent diet, 30 percent gym; I’ve got the gym part down pretty well, but that diet, like many others, catches up with me. Chris has been pushing to cut processed sugar from his diet, and while I help him do that, he helps me eat better meals as a whole.
Next, Lauren and Dana at the Y have been instrumental. Also, I should thank Kayla Mensing here at the newspaper because without her pushing me to go to noon Y classes, I never would have met Dana and Lauren.
Lauren’s classes are great when I want to change things up, and Dana continues to teach kickboxing, one of my favorite classes I’ve ever taken there. I desperately miss Jen’s afternoon Zumba classes, too, but my lunch-hour workouts have helped break up the laziness.
Lastly, I want to thank the many people I’ve befriended on Fitbit. As Fitbit grows and makes little tweaks to the app, I find it even more exciting to discover the various things I can do on the app to keep up my steps and challenge all my friends. My mom and sister are both on there, and Melody Stoll in the newsroom is also a friend of mine. I love doing the challenges on there throughout the week because it makes me more active (and I’m always wanting to beat my sister for steps).
More and more, the challenges I do against friends in Corning, Centerville, Creston and across the world boost my energy and get me outside. Sometimes being active can be hard, but when you have a great community to push you, you can’t fail.
Unfortunately, I will not be participating in the Creston runs over the Fourth of July weekend, but I do plan on keeping my promise and running the Des Moines half marathon in October.
The past few days, Chris and I have been making sure we schedule and complete a second workout during the day, and Wednesday was legs. Let me tell you, leg day is the best day. I have been out of the habit of lifting, and having someone by my side who enjoys lifting as much as I do is only that much more exciting. Squats, lunges, dead lifts and so many other exercises: I’m going to be sore, but that kind of muscle soreness feels good.
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