From P90x to Triathlons to Now

by Elena on January 5, 2012 in Fitness,Inspiration

One year ago, I was gearing up to reclaim my fitness.  I was prepped, motivated, and ready to find my way back to my body, back to a fit me that was confident and strong, and healthy.

I bought the P90x system, equipped our workout room with a pull up bar and bought new flooring mats so that I would not ruin my knees during the crazed Tony Horton led workouts.

I did the workouts.  For a while. And then I stopped.  With the excuse that I needed to increase my running mileage to prepare for some races and my first triathlon, I left the workout dvds for spin class, the pool, the treadmill, and the running path.

Kind of.

Although I did train in the late winter and the spring, it was inconsistent.  I was not on a solid road to becoming the mean that I knew I could be.

I kept plugging away, inconsistent workout after inconsistent workout, and even trained for a second triathlon.  I completed my Iron Girl sprint triathlon feeling proud of myself, but not feeling as strong as I would have liked. I knew in my heart of hearts that I had not been as disciplined, as focused, and my body…well it just “was.”

With an elbow surgery that took me out of commission for almost a month post triathlon, by the time October rolled around, my body was not just unfit…but it was unhealthy.  Tired, lethargic, I would get on the treadmill or on my indoor bike trainer on the weekends, wondering my body was barely fitting into my clothes.

It was no wonder.  I was not working out. I was eating healthy foods in servings that were too large, and unhealthy foods in lots of small portions that added up over the day.  And the wine. And the sip of Baileys later in the evening.

And now…. now I sit with a looming surgery that will not just take me out of commission from what was supposed to be my first international distance triathlon. I sit knowing that if I go into surgery with my body in the shape that it is….recovery will be slow, and not pretty.  Not only that, but going through a surgery that threatens to take away the very systems that make me feel feminine and girly….will be gone, and I will left with an emotional void that I have not fully accepted.

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So now… I only have one choice. Actually, it is not really a choice. It is a necessity. I must take control. I must find a way, baby step after baby step, to build a new foundation of fitness.  A new foundation of healthy choices that will lead, over time, with a LOT of effort, to the fit and healthy me I KNOW I can be.

The first step was to reactivate my Weight Watchers membership. The membership where I had been paying for who knows how long to track my food digitally….but never did.  The membership that I will now fully take advantage of, with in person meetings and weigh-ins.  The membership that once upon a time got my to my lifetime goal.  I do not expect to get there quickly or easily…it will take time. But it WILL happen.

The second step is to get back into a consistent fitness routine. Early morning workouts, before work, when there is nothing else pulling at me.

Step after step. Good day after bad day, followed by good day. Taking control, of me, of my fitness journey, of my health.



In related news, I am a community leader for  Get Your Body Back 2012, organized by Tots2Tweens.  Would love for you to stop by and be a part of this great community! The truth is that I do a better job as a resource to others than I do for myself…I am hopeful that just like mentoring new teachers has helped me strengthen my own teaching skills, serving as a leader to others on their fitness journey, will help solidify my journey and commitment as well.


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jodifur January 5, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I’m giving up alcohol for 6 weeks. If I can do that, you can do anything!

Elena January 5, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Yowza. :) I plan on making room for a glass of wine in my point totals.

Suebob January 5, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Good for you and good for Jodifur! I keep thinking how many more food points I’d have if I could give up the wine….

By Word of Mouth Musings January 6, 2012 at 8:57 am

You continue to be a huge inspiration to me sweet thing!!!

Jack@TheJackB January 6, 2012 at 11:30 am

I am going to try to cut my carbs down by two thirds. I figure it should help my diet.

In the interim I am looking for my 19 year old metabolism. That bastard left me for someone else.

Ginger (Schulz) Clemons January 6, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Elena, I’m not sure if you remember me, but we went to high school together. I stumbled across your blog a couple weeks ago and I am enjoying reading what you have written! It is realistic yet still motivating. Hope 2012 is a wonderful year for you despite the challenges it may bring!

Elena January 6, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Of course I do Ginger! Thrilled to “see” you. I appreciate your feedback! Hope you are doing well—

elissapr January 6, 2012 at 8:16 pm

When in doubt…I always go back to WW. Good for you! I gave myself a kickstart before xmas…and am feeling great! Hope you blog about your journey. (And yeah, I’ve always wondered about those P90x/Marine-like workouts…lol! I hear they work, but they are intense…not something you could sustain over the long-run…)

Elena January 6, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I absolutely will be blogging about the journey. It will help keep me accountable. And yes, intense is one word to describe it. Definitely motivating as you notice that your body is getting stronger, but the key is that you need a pretty solid base of strength before starting something like that.

Lori @ RecipeGirl January 6, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Good for you! WW has always been the only thing that has worked for me in the past. Are you on I love that too for keeping track of workouts and calories. You can friend people and gain support. I just wrote a post about losing weight and keeping it off for good. I’m with ya- let’s get healthy this year!!

Tammy January 6, 2012 at 8:42 pm

I can relate to you in so many ways! Having been fit with ease during my under 40 years, it has become more of a conscious effort of late. I recently finished my first 5K, so I’m not as advanced as you, but it felt like an accomplishment- running my second in Feb. Began teaching group fitness classes to keep me motivated. Best of luck to you as you move back yowards your fitness goals~Blessings.

Missy | Literal Mom January 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Good for you. It’s so hard, especially during the last couple of months. I’ve had great success with Weight Watchers in the past!

Leighann January 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I love weight watchers!! I lost 30lbs following their program! I had to cancel cause money is tight. You can do it!

XLMIC January 9, 2012 at 12:40 am

I guess if it were easy, everyone would do it, right? Your determination is inspiring…you will get there :)

Wishing you the very best with this :)

Bridget January 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Great post! No matter what fitness level you are at there is always a point you just have to start again. Many can relate to this…=)

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