A few months ago I posted a challenge to myself: to get in “the best shape of my life”. And now that the summer is clearly over (sniff), I guess it’s time to evaluate my progress.
However, my quandary is how to define “best shape”. Sure, I kicked butt in a Spartan Obstacle Course Race (finishing 32nd for women overall), and can do several yoga poses I couldn’t do –and had never even heard of– 6 months ago, but I’m running less than I did at the beginning of the summer and I weigh about the same. I haven’t needed to buy smaller clothes. So is this a success?
I will say yes, it is a success! I think I look better than I did at the beginning of the summer. I’m no Heidi Klum, and the change may be subtle, but I’m a bit more toned, and the baby pouch a bit smaller. But it’s also a success because the motivation behind my goal was to be a good example for my snerds. I want them to see a mom who is proud of her body, and not just because it bore them.
It’s also a success because I spent the summer challenging myself to get out of the house, get moving, get playing with the kids, staying active. I found ways to incorporate exercise into our routine that worked –a 1-mile run down our driveway almost every morning (yes, our driveway is 1/2 mile long!), yoga at the gym regularly and weekend long runs– and I’m sticking with them.
Am I in better shape than I was at 18? 25? I may not look better, but yes, overall I am in better shape. And ready to challenge myself again every summer! In the meantime, I’m going to go have some homemade apple pie