by Kelsey Fields
Last month we talked about the dangers of heart disease. Just a recap, heart disease is the number one killer of women, but can oftentimes be preventable through diet and exercise. After learning that carrying an extra 20 lbs puts me at a higher risk, coupled with an extensive family history, I vowed to shed the last of my baby weight from Micky. So far so good! 17 lbs. down, and as those pounds have left me, I have added years and future memories with my husband and children.
My children and husband are my “why,” or why I knew I needed to get serious about getting back to my old body. Now I want to share with you my “how,” or how I have managed to be successful.
It’s a pretty simple concept really. I’m sure most of you have heard of it…Surround yourself with people who lift you up and support your goals and aspirations. I personally have constructed multiple tiers of support to ensure my success. I like to call this my fit tribe. Here are the MVP’s of my tribe:
Tier 1: Home
Every Saturday morning my husbands watches both kids while I have my early morning coffee and lace up my running shoes for a long run. He has never guilted me about taking this time to myself. Quite the opposite actually. He encourages me and cheers me on as I head out the door, and inquires about my pace when I get home, always telling me how awesome he thinks I am. Writing this is giving me all the feels! (Cue Josh Groban’s You Lift Me Up).
I understand not every mama is able to leave like I am. If that is the case, invest in some great workout DVDs. My all-time favorite is the Beachbody PiYo series. Do a 30 minute workout before the kids wake up and watch your productivity soar the rest of the day.
Tier 2: Gym
If I’m not running you’ll find me at our local YMCA four nights a week either teaching or attending group exercise class. Going to these classes on the reg has allowed me to form relationships with other gym goers. When I’m running late all I have to do is text my girlfriend Tiffany and ask her to save me a spot. If I have to miss Insanity because the kids have an activity, I almost always get an, “I missed you today!” text from my girlfriend Emily.
Having these relationships is good for my well-being both mentally and physically. When you put your husband, children, and your career first, it is hard to find time during the week to grow and foster friendships. Being able to catch-up with my girlfriends in between gasps and groans brought on by burpees and push-ups makes it easy! Sometimes. Okay not at all. But it does make it worth it.
Tier 3: Community
I am pretty stoked about my community fit tribe. I recently created a women’s running group for ladies in the SWMO area! We meet every Saturday morning for fellowship and to log miles. Some of us are training for a half-marathon in May, while others are participating in a 5k at the beginning of April. Regardless of what race you chose to run, this group was made to encourage runners of all distances and abilities. All training runs are posted to a social media page, and the environment is very empowering! All of the women lift one another up and praise every accomplishment, no matter the size. Click here to find a running club near you!
My challenge to you over the next month is to build up one tier of your fit tribe! Really wanted to try a hot yoga class? Google one in your area and just give it a shot! Ask your husband to watch the kids for you and escape for a trail run. Make sure to let him know how much you appreciate it. You could even offer to take the kids while the football game is on. Whatever you decide, know that you are taking a step in the right direction by getting healthy and building friendships that could last a lifetime.
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When she is not working out, you will find her cheering on the Denver Broncos, substitute teaching and spending time with her family. She is wife to Blake and mom to busy 2 year-old son Max and soon to be one-year-old, Mick.