“It is a SHAME for a WOMAN to grow old without ever seeing the strength and beauty of which her body is capable.” – Socrates
June 20, 2011 I gave birth to my third baby, a little girl we named Phoebe. And the next day, June 21st, I turned 29. I remember sitting there in the hospital on my birthday, my baby was asleep, and my husband
I was all alone.was home with my 5 year old son and 4 year old daughter.
I turned on my laptop and starting checking out Pinterest to pass the time. I saw this picture and it just hit me.
I was in the LAST YEAR of my twenties!
And I KNEW that I wouldn’t wake up on my 30th birthday and hit this brick wall and all of the sudden – BOOM – my metabolism drops in half and it’s impossible to lose weight.
BUT, I couldn’t help think of how much time I had wasted. Everyone always refers to their twenties as the time they were in the best shape of their life. “If I could only have the body I had in my twenties.” “What I wouldn’t give to look like I was in my twenties again.”
Well I couldn’t say that!
I realized that I have never really given myself a chance. I have NEVER eaten well. In High School I ate a Wendy’s happy meal every single day for lunch. In college it was Burger King’s double cheeseburgers. As a mom I relied on Reese’s Fast Break candy bars & Diet Coke every single day to get me through. I had NO CLUE the strength and beauty of which my body was capable of because I had never tried!
So right there I decided – THIS WOULD BE MY YEAR! I would finally make that commitment to myself and work on being healthy. I gave myself a year. I delivered my third baby weighing around 185 and the magical number I wanted to reach was 145. By my thirtieth birthday I would be 145 and in the best shape of my life. :) That was the commitment I made to myself on my 29th birthday.
I wish I could say it was easy. That it happened in a month, or even two months, or three months. But it didn’t. It was a process. The mental commitment happened for me June 21, 2011…. but carrying that out in actions was a different story. A story for another day. :)
But THIS right here – this quote was what made it CLICK for me. This is what ignited that fire within me to push my limits, to find out just how GREAT I could be. I didn’t want to grow old without EVER seeing what my body was capable of!
So I started MOVING FORWARD. And I KEPT MOVING FORWARD through the plateaus and moments of weakness.
And let me tell you – I not only lost the baby weight, and I not only hit that magical High School weight of 145… but get this. I have actually gotten down to 131!! That may not be a big deal to a lot of people, but I don’t think I have EVER seen that number on the scale before! Seriously. I think my mom gave birth to me and a week later – BOOM – I was 145. ;)
But honestly – that’s what I thought would be my ideal. Looks like I truly had NO CLUE the strength and beauty of which my body was capable of.
I’m just glad I KEPT MOVING FORWARD and never gave up. I’m glad I sought that strength and beauty out. Turns out I am stronger than I thought I was. :)