On July 4, I saw a message on Twitter about free group classes at Blitz Conditioning for the month of July if you DM’d (direct messaged) Chris Tse. So I did. I had been interested in hiring a personal trainer again for a while too. Chris offered me a free session, and so our journey began. I was so excited!
I worked out with Chris for about nine sessions, but then had to go away for work for a week, which knocked me off my routine. I came back looking for renewed motivation. So I was thrilled when Chris invited me to be their next 90-day Challenge participant!
Why did he ask me? A couple of reasons I think…
First, they were looking for a different demographic. Paul was just finishing a super successful 90-Day Challenge, as a 28 year old, single guy, looking to really get in shape. I am a 34-year old, married, mother of two small girls (aged 3 1/2 and 7 months), who also runs her own communications consultancy. Life is crazy busy, as it is for many working moms.
Second, our focus isn’t so much about the numbers. When I started with Chris at Blitz, my goal was to gain my strength back and to be able to better function in daily life. After my second c-section, I couldn’t engage my core for the life of me, carrying my baby in her car seat was a huge task, and giving my eldest a piggy-back ride was next to impossible. Do I want to lose weight? Yes. I have at least 50 lbs to lose. But more importantly, I want to set a good example for my daughters and start incorporating activity into our daily lives.
In my first nine weeks with Chris I gained some of the strength I was looking for. Opening heavy doors are a breeze, picking up my 40 lb child and carrying her up two flights of stairs, easy, and I dropped one dress size. But I didn’t lose a pound on the scale. Part of that was a gain in muscle mass, but it was also not eating the right things. For this 90-day Challenge, I’m making more changes.
90 days from now is December 12, and I would love to head into the Christmas season and the New Year not making resolutions about exercise and weight loss; by then I aim to have exercise ingrained as a part of my lifestyle.
Here’s what I’m going to do:
It is not easy for someone with a business and two small children to commit to working out at the same time every day, or to doing a strict routine. Exercise has to fit into my life in order for me to stick with it. For the nine weeks I worked out with Chris 1-2 times a week, I aimed to work out another 3-4 times doing hot yoga, aquasize at the local pool or cardio at the local gym (I live in Fort Saskatchewan, so driving to Blitz for 7:15 AM group fitness is not an easy option). I’d like to continue these activities and maybe add new things in as they come up (I’ll keep you posted!).
The new challenge from Chris: to fit in high-intensity bursts of activity throughout the day, even for 10 minutes at a time. So if I can’t make it to the other classes–for one reason or another–I have still fit some exercise in to the day.
Exercise goal for 90 days: 30-60 minutes of activity, six days a week
Taking on this very public challenge has me super motivated to make the necessary dietary changes to make the exercise really pay off. However, I am realistic. I like carbs, and I believe there is a place for them in your diet. However, I would like to cut out sugar and bread products (I have a ridiculous penchant for doughnuts and baked goods). And I would like to change my reliance on fast food on busy days.
Nutritional goal for 90 days: to better plan my meals and to track my eating (and naughty eating habits) and make healthy changes, including more fruits, vegetables and lean proteins, and less processed foods and refined sugar.
So as you can see, I’m not planning anything drastic. But I’m pretty confident that these healthy changes are going to make a huge impact on my body and my family life. And if you’re so inclined to make your own changes, please tell me all about it here on the blog.
Wish me luck!
Starting weight: 211.0 lbs (size 14/16)