Monday, July 31, 2006

On the road to fit and healthy

I've really been working on my diet and exercise regimen for the past couple of months. I decided if Wendy was going to spend the better part of the next year with our child growing inside her and her body going through all manner of changes, the very least I could do would be to get myself into good condition. I certainly want this for myself but I find my motivation is also keyed into the arrival of our child into our lives. I want to be as fit and healthy as I can for the baby. I want to be able to have the stamina and energy to be up all hours of the night, if needed, and to be able to keep up with a growing toddler over the next few years. I don't want physical limitations to hinder my participation in this adventure.

I've been an exerciseophobic since college. But, with a newly found love for Jazzercise, I've grown addicted to going to class. I even look up Jazzercise centers in the cities I visit on business trips and attend classes there. Last night I went to a class at the Babcock Jazzercise Fitness Center and this morning, I went to a class at the Churchill Jazzercise Center here in San Antonio. The folks at the centers are so friendly and welcoming and it's fun to see how different centers are as compared to home. Plus, moving my body sure makes me feel better than just plopping on the bed in my hotel room each night and snarfing hotel food or ordering pizza and feeling like a beached whale!

Anyway, what does this have to do with our journey toward mommy-hood, you may ask? Well, it's about being the best I can be for our child and for Wendy. I want to be around a really long time to see our child grow up. I want to be able to support Wendy during her pregnancy (and after) with whatever she may need/want/desire and being more fit/healthy will make it easier for me. And, I want the emotional satisfaction and sense of personal pride that is already increasing with each pound lost and each "jazzy" routine I do. I can already see and feel the difference! It makes me smile!

- Karen


wenders said...

Ah, Happy Moms do happy kiddos make! :)

I've started working out more recently, too - in that I want to be healthy for when I AM ready to have kids (but, as I do not have a partner right now, I'm giving myself LOTS of time). :)

Ethan Barry's Momma said...

I am so proud of you and Wendy for all of your efforts to get healthy and fit. Hopefully Jeff and I will follow in your footsteps. I am giving myself until at least six weeks postpartum to not watch and then I am going to try to get the weight loss going.