Living Well – Even a fitness instructor needs to refocus

Vicky Trill's monthly column on fitness and motivation.

This past year, I’ve been in a bit of a healthy living slump.

Fitness has felt like a chore and making healthy eating choices often seems like too much sacrifice. I knew that my attitude had slipped toward the lazy and “Ah, what does it matter?” side of the scale, but until my pants started to feel tight, I just let the slump continue.

Even more discouraging about “slumps” is that getting out of it means a lot of work and self-discipline. And that realization alone makes you want to stay in the slump, because it’s easier… in the short term.

Six years ago I changed my mind regarding my health and fitness. Sure, I’d lost weight and been in shape here and there in previous years, but those times were short lived and always for a reason like wanting to look good or because I wanted to play on a basketball team.

However, six years ago when I changed my mind about being active and living a healthy lifestyle, my reasons were different. I wanted to be healthy and live an active lifestyle with, and for, my family and in particular my little girl. Not wanting to be a boring, “old” mom is what gave me the incentive I needed to get out of my near 300 pound slump and start living well.

So this past month when I admitted I was in a slump with a bad attitude toward my personal health, I thought back to six years ago. I remembered how I felt about myself at near 300 lbs. I remembered how difficult moving was, even just doing the household chores. I remembered how I started exercising either at night or in my living room so that no one would see me. I remembered trying to skip and being shocked that I couldn’t get my feet off the floor.

That was six years ago and a lot has changed in that time. I don’t want to go back there again and so it’s time to change my slump attitude, put in the discipline and hard work and continue living a healthy active life.

If you’re in a slump, I’d be happy to share more of my living well journey with you. Come find me running around town or working out in the gym!

Vicky Trill