By: Chris McKee
Remember why you started exercising: After going through menopause, I began to pack on the pounds, especially in my midsection. Around this time, my father became ill, and as his only child, his care fell to me and my mother. Exercise went by the wayside. The responsibilities, the grief, hormonal changes, fattening food, red wine, I was a mess. Then I got a blood pressure screening, and it was 200/190. I knew I had to do something quick. I signed up with The Boot Camp Girl to save my life.
Speak Positive Truths: My truths about food consumption go like this, “This won’t hurt me.” “I don’t care, I’m gonna eat it anyway.” “If I eat this now, I won’t want it later.” Stephanie suggested I put a rubber band on my wrist and snap it when I think negative thoughts, a method of redirection. I wore that rubber band to a potentially confrontational meeting to keep negative thoughts from tripping out my mouth. I’m still working on positive speaking.
They expect you to quit: My female friends may want me to quit. After losing 20lbs, cutting/restyling my hair to accentuate my changing face shape, and buying and sporting form-fitting clothes, my girls don’t want to hang out with me. Maybe it’s my breath (not). Maybe it’s because I’m more competition for male attention (I am.) So get out there and make them want you to quit.
Eat well: A Boot Camp instructor once told me that exercise changes the body you have; food changes the body you have to shape. That’s a life-altering statement. And that’s the rub. During the three years I’ve been working out with The Boot Camp Girl trainers, I’ve been improving my eating habits. That’s why I haven’t regained any of the weight I lost. In 2015, I’ve made the commitment to eat more vegan-y. I’m taking classes for recipes and support. Check out trainers Stephanie and Mary, vegans, without an ounce of body fat. That’s inspiring.
Update: At my last checkup, my blood pressure was 113/79. I thought I misheard. I’m discussing with my doctor the process to see if I’m ready to stop taking that medication. What a day that will be!