Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Project YOU! // Amy W.

I made a resolution in January 2012 to lose 50 lbs during the year.  I had great intentions.  By the third week of January, I had gained 4 lbs.   I made this goal for myself but I had no idea how I was going to achieve it.  I was always busy with work, my kids, the dog, the husband, the house,  cooking dinner, etc.  I was feeling stressed and unappreciated.

I went to the doctor for a check up and he asked me "what do you do fun?"   To my own surprise, I couldn't even think of one thing that I had done lately for fun.  I had spent the last three years depressed and grieving for the loss of my mom.  I was a homebody.   I was content with sitting on the couch and staring at the wall.  I knew that I had to make some changes so that I could be around for my own children.  I knew that I needed to start exercising, but finding time was difficult.  My friend told me one day that you have to treat exercise like personal hygiene.  She said, "You take time to shower during the day, you should also take time to exercise.  Exercise has to be non-negotiable."  Her words struck a chord inside me   I knew that I was going to have to find time for me.   I was tired of putting myself last and letting everyone and everything come before me.  I decided that 2012 was going to be about me.  I was going to call it "Project Amy".  I only told my friend.  Anyone else would have thought that I crazy and selfish.  Project Amy was more than just exercising and eating better.  I was determined to have fun and find hobbies!  I began walking and eating better.    I started spending money on myself and allowed myself to buy cute clothes and shoes.  It's always easier to buy clothes for your kids and not yourself when you are overweight.  But I was starting to look better and I had more confidence.  I actually wanted to shop for myself.  I bought myself a bicycle.  I signed up for a 5k.  I spent most Saturday and Sundays going for long walks, bike rides and eventually runs.  Sometimes the family would come with me and sometimes not.  I had a lot of Mom guilt for leaving for a few hours to exercise, but I didn't let that stop me.  Exercise began to be something I craved and needed.   I started planning my workouts in advance.  If I knew that we had a busy evening then I would get up in the morning and get it done before work.  I would use my breaks and lunchtime at work to walk outside.  Before long, I was getting 60-90 minutes a day of exercise a day.    I was reclaiming myself.  I wasn't just a mom and wife anymore.  I had my own identity.  I began to love myself again.  I found the old, old Amy that enjoyed life.  My family managed without me for one night a week while I  took  photography classes.  I asked for help around the house.  When I didn't get enough help,  the dishes and laundry got moved down the list.  I lost 30 pounds and developed a love for running and exercise last year.  I am continuing "Project Amy" until I get to my goal weight.    I challenge you to make yourself a priority in 2013.  To learn to say no to others and yes to yourself.  You are worth it.  You deserve time for yourself!

Amy W.

For more of Amy's journey, wander over to her personal blog, Write This Down.

6 comments:

  1. I think putting yourself first is one of the hardest parts of the journey. Good for you!

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  2. Thanks again for taking the time to share some advice with us all. I ready do love this, "You take time to shower during the day, you should also take time to exercise. Exercise has to be non-negotiable." I am glad we are on this journey together - because you motivate me.
    Jen J.

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  3. Great job Amy. It really is a struggle to find time to get everything in. Proud of you for putting you first. It's so hard and there is so much guilt or at least there is for me but the benefits far out weigh ( no pun intended) the sacrifice. Ha! Congrats.

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  4. Amy, you're incredible. I'm so glad we got to kick off the Rt. 66 Half together and look forward to hopefully running with you more in the future! Thank you for continuing to inspire me!

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  5. Wow Amy, I felt like you were telling my story. I too am dealing with the loss of my mom, and the loss of myself as a person as well. I just wanted to tell you how much your story touched my heart and inspires me to stay on my journey! God bless you and keep up the great work!

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  6. Great advice to spend time on yourself! It has taken me years to get to that point but it feels wonderful to do something that is going to make me a better person for my family! Thank you for the inspiring post!

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