Monday, September 27, 2010

Do Whatcha Gotta Do...

I remember in middle school that I was often jealous of someone on crutches. They looked so fun to use and the person using them usually got extra special attention. They would get out of class early to make it to their next class, have help with their books, and even be the talk of the school. But then, when you are actually the person using crutches... well, they suck. After two minutes of using them, they start to hurt your pits, you get sick of people asking what happened, and before it's all over, you just want everyone to leave you the heck alone.

Over the past few months, I've learned that sometimes, the best experience- what can seem soooo fun and exciting- can actually turn into your "crutch." I know- this may sound a little out there, but let me try to explain.

After I had my son, for nearly five years I was overweight. In December, when LA Boxing contacted me, I began working out there, and in three months I dropped over 20 pounds and was feeling better than ever. And since then, things have gone down hill...

When I pulled into my driveway with my mom the other night, I looked at her (after we had pigged out at Blue Ridge Grille) and she could tell I was down. I said, "Mom, I've gotta get back on it." She looked at me and as nice as she could said, "Yeah, honey. You're getting big again." And it hit me. I've known what the scale says. I know that I can't fit into my clothes, but I've been in somewhat of a state of denial. I mean, after all of the blood, sweat, and tears, after all of the working out, after everything I did- How can the weight return so quickly? Ugh.

Let me just say... LA Boxing is the BEST. THING. EVER. I honestly mean that. The owner is amazing, the entire staff is great, and I love it. If I could go every day, I would. And ya'll- it works. You will lose weight, and you will love it. But for me, it's been harder and harder to get there. So instead of watching what I eat, busting my butt at the gym, or doing extra workouts at home, I've let LA Boxing become my crutch. What I was once so excited about, has now become my excuse.

I can't tell you how many times I've said to myself- I can't make it to LA Boxing today- so I might as well eat McDonald's. Or I can't get to kickboxing, so I might as well skip the gym. Nothing compares to LA Boxing. But with that being said, I have realized that sometimes- ya just gotta do what ya gotta do. Like the old saying goes... you can't put all your eggs in one basket.

It's like this... Without daycare and with my hubby's schedule it's become so hard to get to an LA Boxing class. And with baseball at 10:30 and soccer at 3- Saturday is out and we've tried to adopt Sunday as our "family day." Trust me, I know that I should have my fata$$ in the gym, but really, right now in my life, there's no place I'd rather be than at my kids' games and with my family.

So, where do I go from here? This is not a break-up with LA Boxing. Whenever I can make a class, I am there. But this is a "let's see other people" kind of thing. Instead of self-sabotaging, I have to start fitting in workouts no matter what it takes. Gone are the days I could mosey to the gym and then go tanning. Gone are the days I could hop on a bike and hit the W&OD trail after work. Gone are the days I could grab a healthy salad for dinner... Ummmm hello- I have kids that need to be picked up, taken to practice, and oh yeah- they need to have dinner, too. It's not about me anymore.

But ya know what... I don't need crutches. I'm not handicapped. Just because I can't make a boxing class doesn't mean I have to be fat forever. I am blessed, and I need to start living like it.:)

New motto: Whatever it takes... :)


  1. You can do it, I know you can :)
    God blessed you in many ways; you have a beautiful mind, body and soul. So take good care(inside and out)of what He has created :)
    MIL xoxo

  2. Atta girl go get 'em!

  3. Why write a blog about working out? just do it!

  4. Point taken... Thanks:) But why read it?

  5. It was a link from LA boxing's facebook and some of the entries about the workouts were interesting, especially since you went to the same gym I did. But now you appear to make too many excuses for why you can't go. So, is it really you don't have the time? or it's too tough of a workout and hard get motivated to go?

  6. It might be a combination of all three!:) I'll be the first to admit I've been full of excuses lately and I've been lacking motivation. The workout is super tough, but I love it! There are several reasons why I haven't been able to make it... I'd be happy to e-mail ya off-line and maybe you have suggestions... :) Thanks for reading!

  7. Hey girl, we all go through phases where it is hard to leave the house to workout. I finally am accepting that going to a gym is just not right for me (I will be blogging about this later this week) but that does not give me an excuse to do nothing. There are also times when it is hard to just squeeze it all in (it being all the mom stuff) and still find time for ourselves. I know you have struggled with this recently but I believe in you!! I believe you can find your way and accomplish what makes you happy! Stay strong girl and hit me up anytime you need a friend...I am pretty sure you have my email address or facebook is cool too!! WE are in this together!!

    And don't let anonymous commenters get you down!

    MUCH LOVE!!!

  8. Would love it if anonymous writers would have the guts to post their names. Shelly don't let any of that get to you. Some days are better then others, you just gotta take it one day at a time. Everyone has excuses for why they do or do not do things, working out or anything else. You will get it together and get back on the horse when it is right for you.

  9. oh girl, i know where you are coming from!

    you have got to try kettlebells. They are a TOUGH workout that can be done in just 20-30 minutes and done anywhere. Build strength and burn fat all at the same time!