Fitness Journey: Day 1 (Take 84)

Fitness Journey: Day 1 (Take 84)

I’ve had it.

I really have.

I haven’t worked out consistently in (LITERALLY) over 18 months.

Remember that wave-making-fitness-photo that graced Facebook a couple of weeks ago?

(This one)…

I know it offended tons of moms, but in all honesty… I looked at it and said, “My excuse is laziness.” She pinned the tail on the donkey for me. I can say all I want that I work 12+ hours a day… because in reality, if I wanted to make the time, I would.

– I would get up extra early.
– I create my own work schedule, so I could easily find 30 minutes to fit in a run or a walk.
– My sons swim at the YMCA where there is a gym, I could definitely squeeze in 30 minutes while they’re at practice to go workout.

Believe me, my excuse is that I don’t make the time to make it happen.

For me, it’s not just the physical… it’s the mental. I used to love working out because it was my zen. I’m not talking about being a marathon runner, I just want to get myself in a healthy place… where I feel good, inside and out.

My “ah-ha” moment was moderating the P&G “Thank you, Mom” panel with Olympians… Lindsey Vonn, Julie Chu, Taylor Lipsett and Evan Lysacek and their moms. They were so inspirational. Their stories made you see and feel that ANYTHING is possible.

It is.

So I took a photo of myself that morning – Monday, October 28th – in my hotel.

Yesterday I worked out for the first time.

Walked 20 minutes on treadmill.

It was Take 84 for me since having Victoria… but that’s OK!!! I’m ready and I don’t have any excuses!!

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Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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  1. 10.31.13
    Megan said:

    Good for you for being inspired and making the change.

    I think that the people who were the most upset about the photo are the people who ARE making the excuses. We all make excuses for things we don’t want to do but when we stop making excuses is when the real change occurs.

    I too have 5 kids and I was also making excuses about my health until I had my “aha” moment and decided to change my attitude. I lost 35 lbs, got toned and while I certainly don’t look like the girl in the picture I look and feel better than I have in years.

    It is time for moms to stop putting themselves last and to make their health a priority.

    If it is important to you then you will find the time to do it and make it happen.

    Good luck on your journey!

  2. 11.1.13
    Meg said:

    THANK YOU!! I, too, have embraced the lazy, excuse making path … We moved, I had to get the house settled, I had to find a job, and so it goes … I am probably also on take 84, but I wanted to thank you for the nudge (push!). Good luck!!! xoxo

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