Before and during my first pregnancy, I was really good about exercising. But as soon as that cute bundle of joy was placed in my arms in that delivery room, all thoughts of exercising went out the window. I think I had enough to think about at the time. I breastfed for a year, and that really shed the pounds off. How long can I keep this up? I thought. Maybe I don’t have to diet and exercise ever again. But, of course, that was not realistic.
I had three more children after that, and during that period of time, I would have momentary spurts of exercise, but I sure got distracted easily. My most recent stint was last year, but I think I was a little over-ambitious. I blew the dust off our P90X DVD set and began my 90-day journey to a healthier me. After the first workout, I realized just how out of shape I was, but I was determined to persevere. Not wanting to miss a day, I even brought the DVD’s with me when my husband and I went away for the weekend for our anniversary. Eventually, those workouts did get easier. Something must have happened though, because P90X became P30X. Needless to say, I think I set my goals a little too high, and it was inevitable that I was going to come crashing down.
I hate setting myself up for failure, so I get apprehensive about joining any kind of health or weight loss challenge, whether in the blogging community or with a few friends. But Atlanta Mom of Three presented a Health and Fitness Challenge that seemed both reasonable and flexible. So, I’m taking up the challenge with my only goal for the month of May being to exercise at least 3 times a week. It’s not as lofty a goal as completing 90 days of Tony Horton’s workouts. But, it’s still enough of a push from my current exercise regimen, which consists of doing chores and carrying my way-too-big 3-year-old son.
We’ll see what happens. I may totally bomb on this challenge. But that’s ok. Maybe that would be a blog post you need to read at the moment: how it’s ok to fail, as long as we get back up.
If you’re feeling pumped to join this challenge, visit Atlanta Mom of Three for details.