Road to Fitbloggin’ Series – Reboot the Diet: Find the FUN!
Welcome to my seven week series on weight loss! Why seven weeks you ask? Simply, I am going to a fitness blogging conference for JumpSport Fitness Trampolines at the end of June—Fitbloggin13 in Portland OR.
In January 2012, I gave birth to my first child. MacLaren was a wonderful addition to my life, who knew he would come with an extra 65 lbs of fat?!?!? I took being pregnant as a reason to eat anything and everything. There was not a carb I didn’t spend some quality time with. That coupled with the fact I was so tired I stopped working out, I gained a lot of weight in my first trimester.
Fast forward a year and a half so, here we are…..luckily for me, I have a willing guinea pig, partner, I mean partner… to work on this with me, my boyfriend Milt! As well as some great friends who are willing to help me stay on track—including my friend Christa who is going to walk with me twice a week. The rest is up to me.
I always thought I would pick up my work out routine again the day after I gave birth—silly, silly Rachel. I do not have the two hours it would take per day to drive to the gym, workout, shower, and drive home. I have a toddler, a boyfriend, a demanding job and a Chihuahua—all needing my attention simultaneously every waking hour (and most non-waking hours too). I was struggling with where to start getting in shape. I have lost about 20 plus pounds over the last year but not steadily and not with any formal effort. When I realized I was going to be going to a fitness blogging conference, I knew I needed to start now. That takes us back to the original question: where to begin?
How do I make losing weight fun? I need to do what I tell people to do every day when talking to gyms, dealers, bloggers, ect. I need to put FUN back into FITNESS!
Well, duh, I work at JumpSport Trampolines; it only makes sense that I start working out daily on a JumpSport Fitness Trampoline. My son is never happier then when he is bouncing.
So, maybe it is time for me to start bouncing too! I decided to use our JumpSport Fitness Trampoline PRO Series which is specifically made with a higher weight limit and larger workout surface. This works because…well, I am larger right now plus I am 5’10” and Milt is 6’7”. We needed something that we could both actually jump on.
What else would be fun? I am extraordinarily competitive, so I had to find a group of people I can compete against; with or without their knowledge. So, I have joined the rally of fitness crazed people at The Sweaty Betties for inspiration and am now participating with them on a second Diet Bet. I also dragged my willing Milt along for the ride. We both won $54 on their first Diet Bet and have another 2 weeks left on this one. I also have JumpSport Trampolines helping sponsor their second one (it’s an added bonus knowing the great Danny J). To make keeping track easier, Milt and I started wearing FitBits. Mine came courtesy of JumpSport….so I not only get to compete with my boyfriend but with all my co-workers as well. It’s not as good as doing a lay-up in the state championships, but it will have to do.
As I had hoped, this has put fun back into my fitness routine… now; I just need to find time for my routine!
The first blog, I am hoping, is the hardest to write. Otherwise I have no idea how I am going to bring you all two blogs a week for the next seven weeks! I have a new respect for all the bloggers out there! Thanks for sharing your lives with us….and thank you for indulging me while I share mine with you!