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An Old friend….ME
I recently had the great pleasure of meeting an old friend…..ME
The me I was a long time ago, the me I had actually forgotten.
I guess in some ways after becoming a wife and mother I lost me. Actually I think I forgot about me; there was just never any time, between changing diapers, making meals, and alleviating home pressures so my husband had more time and energy to focus on his job. I simply got lost. My stuff just did not matter anymore. Everyone else came first, and by day’s end, I was too tired to care.
As time went by and the kiddies grew, it became about driving to sports, after school activities, play dates, sleep overs, and more. Again I was just too tired to focus on myself.
When I first started the paleo journey I really just focused on the food. The work out portion never really appealed to me. I was still too tired and still had all those things on my plate; but we had to eat, so that was an easy fix. As the weeks and months went one what I began to notice was that although I was eating Plaeo I was still really sluggish and still did not feel that great about myself.
Let me tell you, it had been a very long time since I had worked out, and honestly I was very scared. Scared I was not capable any more, too old, to weak, too out of shape, you name it and it scared me…. but I knew it was in me because I had always been an athletic person. In middle school I was on the track team and in high school on the gymnastic and cheer team. After that I became a rampant runner and a step aerobics enthusiast!!! Anyone remember the 80’s?? The one piece body suits and leg warmers?!?!
What I noticed over time after beginning my paleo journey was that without even trying my food cravings began to change; I was working too hard to want to put crap into my body. I began to crave different foods, I wanted my fresh green juices, my protein and greens at lunch, the mid-day sugar cravings began to fade, it just all naturally fell into place. I guess you could say that paleo began to be a lifestyle!!!
As time went on and I became healthier, the fears began to disappear and I started to see the old athlete in me. The one I thought was gone. The next thing I knew I was doing planks and sit ups, like the kid I was many years ago….where did that person come from? I guess she never left, I just put her on a shelf somewhere… and now I’m asking you; please don’t forget about who YOU are! Get yourself off that shelf, dust off and do it!!!
Believe me if I can do this anyone can. The first few weeks of exercising, I huffed and puffed, but I never gave up on myself, for the first time in a very long time I was too important.
I have learned that circling yourself with a great support group means the difference between success and defeat. I have been blessed enough to have Sarah give me this chance, she believed in me before I even believed in myself. She saw something in me, I could no longer see in myself….yes I had to be the one to do the work but you can’t always do it alone. To get that support you can join EPLifefit for the great fitness support, talk to your friends, tell them your hopes and goals, and get the kids involved. My daughter loves to see if she can hold a plank longer than me. And finally, know that you are not alone!
Believe in yourself, I am here for you, I want to help you! Be sure to visit me on my Facebook page! You can do this! I have grown to learn that exercise is a huge part of health, you just have to take the first step. Due to the fatigue from my autoimmune issues; I started out doing nothing more than 20 min of casually walking around the block, but it was a start.
YOU can do this too!