I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now

I started my weight training journey in 2012 and I’ve never looked back.  Alright, maybe a little.

In 2011, after having my two kids, I decided I wanted to take off the extra baby weight.  I didn’t like how I looked.  So I made a change.  Only the change was too drastic.  You know how they say crash-dieting is bad for you?  Yeah, well, I didn’t listen.  I started eating less and the weight started coming off.  Motivating! So I ate less.  And guess what?  More weight came off. Even more motivating!  I then introduced the elliptical machine into the equation.  HIIT?  Ooh, what’s that?  The latest cardio craze, you say?  So yes, of course I was doing cardio intervals on the elliptical like a madwoman.  The whole time I was losing weight I kept thinking to myself, “Why do they say crash-dieting isn’t good for you?  I feel fine.”

I wish I knew then what I know now.  The clichéd phrase has never been more true in my life.  When I reached my pre-pregnancy weight, I wasn’t exactly happy with what I saw in the mirror:  skinny arms, skinny legs, flat butt, and a flabby–not flat–belly.  It was then that it dawned on me why they say crash-dieting isn’t good for you.  Well, surely it’s not the sole reason, but my vanity knew no bounds. Gone were the round, perky buttocks, shapely shoulders, and toned legs I’d sported pre-pregnancy. I started reading up on how I could fix this. That’s when I discovered weight lifting, and I absolutely fell in love.

I hope you stick with me as I share my findings, my musings, and my affection for this hobby of mine.