Sweat From the Heart: Coach Bree’s Blog
But you’ve always been skinny.
I hear this a lot from people, “Bree, you’re so thin”…”But you don’t understand because you haven’t been there”… “I don’t believe you were ever overweight”… “I bet you have always looked that way”…
I beg to differ. Look at this picture:
*When I first saw this picture, I gasped, “I look like this?!?”
This picture was taken of me when Cora was two weeks old. I was a good 55 pounds heavier than I am now. When I was pregnant with Cora, I kept gaining weight. On my last two weigh-ins at the birth center, I told my midwife to quietly write it down as I didn’t want to know.
Being pregnant with Cora was hard. I was teaching full-time and in graduate school full-time. I had no time to workout during the week. I taught during the day and had classes until 10pm at night. That was a rough schedule. I wasn’t working out and I kept eating.
And much to my surprise, birthing an 8 pound baby, didn’t mean the 55 pounds would be gone. I felt huge and unattractive. My clothes didn’t fit and I hated the way I looked. I was depressed. I was scared that I would be stuck with my 55 pounds of body fat for the rest of my life. I thought this was my new normal. I felt lost and hopeless.
Once I was cleared to exercise, me and my 55 pounds went for a run. It sucked. 3 minutes into the run, I was literally gasping for air. I thought to myself, “I used to be able to run further and faster with no problem, now I can’t run 3 minutes without having to stop and walk! I should just quit!”
And I did. I quit. This continued for several weeks.
Then it hit me. I can either stay this way and be miserable – or – I can do something about it. I (thankfully) decided to do something about it.
So I adopted the run/walk intervals, and soon my run intervals were longer than my walk intervals. I took up yoga to improve my flexibility and balance. I also began lifting weights to build strength. I gave myself grace on days I missed a workout. I was patient with myself. I learned to love the “new me.”
The journey wasn’t easy. It was really, really hard. But in the end, it was the best thing for me. I learned more about perseverance through that experience, than any other time in my life. Now I love the new me. I have a new appreciation for life and exercise. Exercise is for lifestyle. It’s not for winning races, it’s not for being the best or fastest, it’s for your quality of life. Being fast or winning is just a bonus, but it’s not everything.
So I ask you. Are you happy where you are? If not, do you want to stay where you are and be miserable, or do you want to do something about it?
If you want to do something about it, we would be honored to train you! Come to our studio and take a class! Or maybe participate in our 180 Fitness Challenge!
Want to talk with me personally? Please do! 210-371-6515 or firstname.lastname@example.org
And can I add something…This picture was not easy to post to the world. We all want to show off our best qualities, and this is not mine. But in showing this, I hope to inspire you to make a lifestyle change. That is what I did and it was the best decision I ever made. I hope the same for you, too!