In 2013, I started a new journey toward healthy happiness. I was feeling unhealthy, exhausted and frumpy after giving birth to my two beautiful children. I wanted to have the energy to keep up with my busy boys, and I wanted to feel better in my own skin. I wasn’t a fan of exercise in general but I absolutely love to swim. My mom finally convinced me to start swimming again at our new local YMCA pool and gave me a year’s membership for my 32nd birthday. I went in with high hopes but felt crushed after I could barely make it one length of the pool without gasping for air. I loved synchronized swimming and mermaids when I was a child, and I never stopped swimming, but I only swam for fun. I was sorely out of shape but determined to swim.
I found the Zero to 1650 program from Ruth Kazez, which renewed my hopes that I’d be able to start swimming laps. I started the program at the YMCA and then moved to my parents’ pool when the weather warmed up. I remember that first swim in their pool: watching the sunbeams dance on the bottom of the pool, listening to nothing but the little sounds of my splashing, and knowing my children were safe and having fun playing with my mom. I fell in love with swimming there and swam my first continuous mile, all breaststroke, in August of 2013. I continued to swim throughout the summer and into September before heading back to the YMCA.
My whole outlook changed. I had so much more energy and I felt great. I was excited to exercise and raring to go when my children wanted to play. I started looking forward to taking walks with my family and I also decided to change my eating habits. By my younger son’s first birthday in October 2013, I was 75 pounds below my heaviest weight. I had lost all of that weight slowly but steadily, swimming regularly and eating a mostly healthy diet following Weight Watchers. I can’t say enough about how wonderful I feel now.
Throughout the year, Laura of Pug in the Kitchen and I have been chatting about swimming, incorporating healthy routines into our families and encouraging each other. I was so excited when Laura told me about her idea for a new blog link up to share our health and fitness progress in 2014: Mighty Mommy Mondays! We’ve decided to challenge you on a weekly basis. Claim the Mighty Mommy title for yourself, every day, not just Mondays. Every week, we’ll host a link up for you to tell us what you’re doing to take care of your health; workouts, menu plans, how to keep your family active, etc. I’ve set a few goals for 2014, but my biggest is to swim a total of 50 miles this year. I even started a new blog to chronicle the process: Mighty Mermaid Mommy!
Have you set a healthy goal for 2014? Share in the comments and/or go write a post about it and come back to link it up here! Feel free to use our Mighty Mommy Mondays badge in your posts or on your side bar, with a link back here, to spread the word. In the spirit of community and encouragement, please take some time to visit the other posts linked below and see what kind of goals everyone else has set for 2014. And don’t forget to come back here or to Pug in the Kitchen every Monday to share your progress!
*Special thanks to Mr. Pug in the Kitchen (aka Laura’s husband) for drawing the image in our button! We’re both very fortunate to have husbands who are supportive of our healthy journeys!