I'm not talking about some magical potion either, although I do wish that there was something that would make me taller! I'm a shorty!
What I'm talking about are the things that we do that can change our bodies, for better or worse.
Yesterday, you found out or it was reconfirmed that I was a competitive swimmer for about 12 years. For quite a few of those years, at least 8 of them, I swam 8 times a week. How is that possible when there are only 7 days in a week? I swam two mornings, five evenings and one Saturday morning practice every week (except summers) for a long, long time.
It paid off, in more ways than just my swimming times. I was healthy, I was happy and I was in shape.
That all changed when I went to college. For numerous reasons I really started to hate swimming once I joined my college's team. You can't really blame me though, I had only had a handful of coaches and assistant coaches in my life and my team was basically my family. Once in college, I was not one of the "favorites" and the coach definitely didn't take my needs into consideration.
I wasn't swimming 8 times a week, I was swimming 5 or 6 times a week. The practices were different from what I was used to and I, as much as I tried not to, hated my coach as well as the sport I used to love.
I'm the second one
After two years on the team, I quit. I remember driving Mike (he's one year younger than me so he finished out his second year of swimming at college without me, but then later quit because of co-ops) to the college the morning that physicals were taking place and I was still going back and forth on whether or not I wanted to swim one more year. In the end, I didn't.
My body had already started to change, but after quitting swimming it just got worse. It got really bad after Mike quit swimming too. We became sedentary and complacent in our lives and we still ate the same amount of food as if we were swimming multiple times a week, but we weren't.
Not in shape!
I definitely gained a lot of weight.
After a few years, I became fed up. I worked hard to lose weight, some ways were healthier than others, but I kept yo-yoing for a few years. Finally, I lost the weight and have kept it off now for 3 or so years.
Mike's graduation day, just one year after the above photo
I still didn't do it in an entirely healthy manner, though, and after our wedding and honeymoon I knew that I wanted to make a permanent change. Which is why we started running!
Now I am going about changing my body in a healthier way and I'm not done yet! I like the muscle definition that I am starting to see, but I have a long way to go before I am "done". (Are we ever really done?)
I'm really enjoying the Amazing Arms n' Abs workout that Ali found and I hope that I will have a six-pack after all of these crunches and ab moves! I also hope to try Crossfit sometime, mainly because I want this tank top though!
What are you doing to change your body?