This is a totally new concept for 302 Fitness and we hope that our readers enjoy it. We have asked some clients to voluntarily tell their story in blog form and to blog and update monthly. The first client to offer to try this out is Maria and we applaud and thank her for her openness to share. We are hoping to get a few more volunteers and plan to have different weekly client updates on Fridays in the future. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks and without further ado here's Maria's first post!!!
My name is Maria. I'm 4'8" and weigh 178 pounds. I wear a size 16 pants. My health has not always been my top priority, especially after having kids. I let myself go. The problem was finding the time. I don't trust to leave my kids with just anyone. Most gyms would offer daycare but it either had to be at certain times or if your child wandered out of the room it was up to you to get them. To me that just wasn't going to work, my kids are young so therefore the first thing they would do was leave the room to find me. I don't have a support system to help with babysitting so I didn't really have anyone to ask to watch my kids. With my husband being a truck driver, that just added to the issue of not being able to plan.
For the last couple of months, I've felt this urge to want to get healthy again. But my motivation was to also get my husband healthy as his health has taken a turn for the worse with his weight. I knew, I'd have to be the one to start the lifestyle change. My diet consisted of either skipping meals or eating a quick handful of cereal or anything that didn't require a lot of attention. I knew that would need to change. So I stopped buying the cookies, chips and sodas. I figured that was a good place to start, but it wasn't enough. I was still gaining weight. So I went online and looked for work out DVDs. I figured hey, I can just do this at home. But that wasn't working either. They've been sitting on the DVD shelf.
The final push was when I saw a photo of myself from high school. And that is where John came in. He offered to help me. While I couldn't afford much, I was determined to find a way to get my health back. I'm looking to get started with John within the next week or so and join classes as well. I intend to try every class with the exception of the running, at least for now. My goal is to go at least 3-5 times a week.
While trying to get the sitter situation sorted, I kind of didn't give my husband a choice in a diet change. I'm giving away all the pasta and breads to start. I started making meal plans for the week and making them up in advance so that we couldn't take the easy route when he was in and just go out and grab something or throw something together real quick at home. This is our first week trying this out. Instead of bread, I'm substituting lettuce leaves. While my husband says he's not eating that, I imagine if there's no bread he won't have much of a choice but to use it. We got fresh fruit and vegetables that we can use with the meats we've made for the week. We're aiming for a low carb diet. That seems to be the highly recommended route by many.
I am anxious to see what kind of results I can get. I realize this won't be a temporary fix and it must be turned into a lifestyle. My hope is that with time, I can get both myself and my husband in better shape and offer a healthy lifestyle for our children.