Monday, October 17, 2011

Evolution of Fitness

Saturday afternoon, my husband, son and I went for a 14 mile bike ride. It was supposed to be 30 miles, but a late start courtesy of a burst inner tube added to a boy who thought he could hang for 30 miles, but in reality, not so much, made for less time than we’d planned.


Still, two years ago there’s no way that even a 14 mile bike ride would have seemed like an ideal way to spend a gorgeous Saturday afternoon. Two years ago, I would not have been disappointed that the ride was cut short. I would not have been the only one of the three of us who wasn’t sore the next day.

Two years ago, I would have said, “My back hurts. I’m not going.” Instead, I said, “My back hurts. I bet some exercise would make it feel better.”

Two years ago, I definitely wouldn’t have come home from a 14 mile bike ride to fix dinner and carry on with my evening, business as usual. I’d have crashed.

I am so very, very happy with the changes I’ve made in my life. It feels so good to be healthy and to enjoy being active. I never, ever want to go back to a sedentary, obese life.


Last night, we went grocery shopping…late. The parking lot was nearly empty and, on a whim, I gave the shopping cart a shove and then jumped up on it, riding it across the parking lot. Brianna grabbed the front and pulled, steering me around the parking lot, while Josh pushed from the back.

I heard Brian say behind me, “A year ago, I never would have dreamed it.” And, all three of my kids said, in a little bit different wording, how much they enjoy their new, healthy mom who is so happy and has so much fun.

When you lose weight, it’s more than your figure that you’re changing. It’s your life. It’s more than yourself you’re changing. It’s your family. And, while they’ll love you no matter what, they are going to appreciate the new, healthy you more than you could imagine.

If you’re sitting on the fence about losing weight and getting healthy, do it! Do it for you – for your own happiness and health. Do it for your family. You can’t over-estimate the effect it will have on them.

Do or do not. There is no try.



  1. I think so many people start the journey thinking only about the shape of their bodies, but it really does change the shape of your life so much that the weight loss itself seems almost secondary to the awesomeness of life. Though I do love the weightloss too! haha  :D 

  2. I totally agree. The shape of my body and the number on the scale was all I was thinking about when I started, but it has evolved into so much more. And, I really do love the smaller scale numbers, too! :-)

  3. I love this post!  It is always great to look back and see how far you have come.  It helps to stay focused when you are tired of thinking about dieting, tracking and scales.  It reminds us how the hard work is worth it.  I love the picture of your family.  It is beautiful!!!

  4. Thanks, Jill. It really does help keep you focused and motivated. I sat down last night thinking, "I wish I had something profound to say, but I've got nothing." Turns out I had something after all. ;-) I love that picture, too, and I'm so glad a friend said, "Alright, Kris, hand over the camera and I'll get a picture with your family because I know you're always on this side of the camera." I love the way Megan is leaning in. Just wish Josh had smiled, but that's pretty much his standard picture face. lol


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