My exercise routine and my forms of exercise!

It is no secret if you read my blog, that I lost 50 pounds about 10 years ago. I am a total foodie so to keep the weight off, I must exercise. At first, I dreaded waking up and going to the gym. Truth be told, for the most part, I still hate going to the gym, although I do it several times a month. I knew though if I wanted to keep the weight off, I needed to find some form of exercise that I would like.

I decided that I was going to start on my path of playing tennis again. I played tennis for 15 years in my youth and then got completely burned out from it. I was playing competitively and I think that is the part, that I despised after so many years. Although I loved tennis, competition was getting the best of me at the time, so I quit and quit cold turkey!

Fast forward to 2 years before Hayley was born and my girlfriend asked if I wanted to play tennis. Since I did not play for close to 15 years, I laughed at her but figured why not give it a try. I picked up the tennis racquet and I started playing. It was like I was a riding a bike- everything came back to me so quickly. When I got home that day, I felt completely invigorated!

It has now been 7 years since I started back playing tennis and I love every single moment of it. I don’t play competitively anymore, but I do play in leagues 2-3 times a week, both double and singles. I have managed to get back to the root of the sport that I loved so much. I also met some of my greatest friends playing tennis. Through playing tennis, I have been able to continue feeling good about myself and kept off the 50 pounds.

When I played tennis growing up, I had to run track to keep up with the stamina of tennis. I absolutely hated running. Yes, hate is a strong word but that is the exact word I would use to describe running. I never did it unless I was required to. This all changed though when another girlfriend suggested I do a 5K with her. I looked at her, like she had 10 heads. 5K- 3.1 miles=NO WAY!

When I went to sleep the night my friend suggested I give it a try, I thought why not- what do I have to lose! I dreamt that night of me crossing the finishing line of running a race and knew right there and then, I needed to run. I signed up for my first 5K! That first day I went out to train, I ran exactly .5 miles before I felt faintish. Yes, it is O’kay if you want to make fun of me- I am big girl, I can take it! I continued on adding .5 miles each day, until I reached my goal of running a 5K.

Now, I dare say that I love running! Just two weeks ago, my husband and I ran the Glo Race to benefit brain cancer. It was quite awesome and I got really in character for it!

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I love to exercise and try to do some form of it each and every day! Try to exercise- believe me when I say it can change your life!

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Comments

  1. Shauna says

    All the power to you… I am one who HATES to sweat, so I love to swim, lol… Sounds like you have picked the perfect path for you! Congrats and keep up the good work

  2. Mommy Talk With Steph says

    You are too adorable! You are so awesome! Keep up the great work! Running takes time and I am glad you stuck with it! :) Hope you are doing well!

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