Thursday, September 16, 2010

Survival of the fittest

It's no secret: I'm not the girl I used to be.
Over the years, I've grown older and wider.
Even though my kids insist I'm the "most beautiful Mummy in the world"! I know it's not true.
I never quite lost all the baby fat, and over the years, my weight has gone up and down, depending on my motivation when it comes to diet and fitness. An early menopause didn't help, and then a change of medication renowned for packing on weight, did exactly that. I'm off one of the really nasty meds, which is a start, but the old metabolism still needs a bit of help.
I know you can lose weight for free, by pounding the pavements or even working out at home.
But let's be honest: I rarely do that. There's always some other 'chore', some other distraction, to take care of. And it's all too easy to quit when I get tired.
So I've finally done it: I've joined a gym.
I was a gym junkie for most of my adult life, but somehow kids, work, life, lack of funds, and other priorities inched it out of my life.
This week, I decided: It's Time.
I've done a few casual classes around the place, including pilates, zumba and tai-chi, but have realised it would be more cost-effective to join a gym. And to go regularly, rather than sporadically.
So yesterday, I joined our local Fernwood gym. Yep, I'm officially a Fox.
And although it's for women, they do have classes for kids, including boys, as long as Mums work out with them.
So yesterday we did our first Mum and Kids Zumba class. Turned out I wasn't quite as unfit as I feared and we all had a ball.
The kids can't wait to go back, and I can't wait to get back into regular exercise.
Anyway, inspired by Lucy I'm going to post about my progress here from time to time, by joining the Fat to Fit challenge.
Wish me luck!


Ms_MotorbikeNut said...

Good luck with it (((( Hugs ))))

Felicity said...

Yeah for you.
Part of my inspiration to 'get going' with a healthier lifestyle was a Mum who volunteers at our school cafeteria who is, in her own words, addicted to Zumba.
What a great idea to take the kids, I'll have to consider it a bit more carefully than I had and perhaps this will be the exercise that I finally feel 'gels'.
Good luck with your progress,
x Felicity

Anonymous said...

Go Bronnie! I'm sure you'll see results in no time!

I've heard some fab things about Zumba so I'm thinking of giving it a try. A tad worried about being unco though ;)

Unknown said...

Oh, I am unco too, but unlike those tortuous aerobics sessions of the 80s, no one really minds. You're all so busy moving and laughing that it doesn't feel like 'work'. Will see how I feel after a few weeks of it! Thanks for your support though xo

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

You're such an inspiration Bronnie! Good on you and let us know how you go! :D

Melissa {Suger} said...

Hey that sounds cool. I can imagine how cool a kids and mums zumba class would be... And the best bit..? the kids will nag you to go back. Simple and effective.

Cara said...

Found you through the blog hop - that class sounds like SO much fun!!!

Cara :)

Unknown said...

Oh it's awesome, I think I'm hooked already.
And thanks for your kind words everyone ... you (and the kids) will help me keep at it!