Thursday, May 29, 2008

No Secret

I have been feeling great lately. I am at my goal racing weight and I have my first race coming up next week. People I meet in my everyday life are surprised that I have three kids. They want to know my "secret" for keeping myself in such great shape. Let me tell you, if I had a secret, I don't think I would have to work so hard. There is no secret diet, no pills that I pop. It's a result of hard work, discipline, and pushing myself to the limits. So, you want to know how I do it? I couldn't do it without:

-my husband...taking the kids so I can get a run in and being my motivation for keeping in great shape. I think a woman needs to be at a healthy weight and look good for her man.

-Hollie (and Jeremy too!)...she's my running buddy, someone I can talk to if I have had a "bad" day, we keep eachother going. I am so looking forward to crossing the finish line with her! Jeremy has been taking the kids in the mornings so that we can train hard for our 10K next week.

- keeping moving...I rarely sit down from the time I wake up until the kids go down for a nap. I am always on the go, playing, chasing after someone, cleaning, constantly moving. It helps with burning calories.

- the kids...I have a 4 year old, a 2.5 year old, and a 9.5 month old. They keep me hopping. I don't think I need to say anymore. :-)

- a strict routine...My days are planned out with specific times to do things and what I am going to be eating. I *love* routine!

- a lot of sweat...if you are "working out" but not breathing hard and sweating, you aren't working out hard enough. My whole body needs to feel like I can't go any farther to make me feel like I got a good workout in.

So there's my top six. How do you find time to maintain with the busyness of working on a marriage, raising kids, and keeping up with the household stuff?

1 things to add:

Hollie said...

I think the only things I would add are...

* Drink lots of water!! I'm not a big fan of water so I use the Crystal Light on the go packets.

* Treat yourself... It's ok to cheat every once and a while!

* Last would be... Never say never! You will never know how far you can go if you never push yourself to the limit.

Thanks for being my running buddy! If it weren't for you I would have never known what I was capable of! You're my inspiration, motivation, but most of all my friend!