Working Out

Back when my kids were really young I went through some rough patches.

I was overweight, was dealing with depression and anxiety, and didn’t have a whole lot of confidence in myself.

So when the opportunity presented itself to join a local gym I actually didn’t want to, but with some persistence from my husband (thanks hubby) I signed up!

For a couple of months, I went and just did the treadmill and elliptical, and guess what?

Nothing really changed for me.

I wasn’t really seeing results and I was for sure losing motivation.

Then came the turning point.

Every so often, before or after my lame elliptical and treadmill workouts I would walk past a dance fitness class.

I always peeked in and thought, it looks like they’re having fun, but I could never do that.

I also thought there is no way that you could have fun like that and actually lose weight. So glad I was wrong.

One day and I don’t know what made me change my mind, I decided I would go to one of these classes.

I slipped quietly into the back of the room. I started moving my feet and felt a bit awkward, but you know what?

It was fun and within just a couple of songs, the sweat started dripping!

I was SO out of breath!

I couldn’t even finish the class without having to take several breaks.

I continued going though!

About 4 classes later I started to remember some of the songs and the movements became easier. My stamina increased as well! Things were changing!

As I came to more and more classes I started to move from the back of the class to the front of the class.

Then something really crazy happened!

Someone suggested that I become an instructor! I thought she was CRAZY!

I laughed it off and just kept coming to classes. But as time went on I really did begin to think that maybe I COULD teach.

One day, while talking with my husband I said, “I think I want to become a dance fitness instructor.” I wish there was a way for me to share with you the tone that came out of his mouth.

He said, “OK?”

I could tell he was thinking, Who is this woman and what did she do with my wife!

I am very much an introvert and also suffer from anxiety so I’m sure he was doing everything in his power to keep his jaw from hitting the floor.

But being the supportive husband that he is, we looked for the closest upcoming class and signed up! And pretty much the rest is history!

I have since found an AMAZING company that has transformed the way I view fitness. The confidence I have gained by becoming an instructor is mind-blowing. I am totally not the same person I was before this whole experience and that is a good thing! I have been stretched and pulled and have grown more than I ever thought possible.

As I type this, I am sitting in a hotel room attending a REFIT convention, the dance fitness company that I love, and am astounded by the fact that I am even here doing this. Stepping way outside my comfort zone and meeting with so many people that I don’t even know and yet they feel like family.

So why am I telling you all of this?

What does this have to do with homeschool?

I am not trying to sell you on dance fitness or the REFIT company, although I do think they are pretty freaking AWESOME!

What I am trying to do is show you what is so important as a mom. Not just a homeschool mom, but a mom! We NEED exercise!

I know you’ve heard this before, but for reals!

We hear it, but do we take action.

The only one stopping yourself is you!

Those first few steps are going to be the hardest!

You are going to feel awkward and not know what the heck you are doing, but stick with it. You need this!

And you know what?!

Believe it or not, but your family needs this!

You need to be healthy to be there for your family.

Healthy physically, emotionally, and spiritually and working out helps with ALL of that!

You will be able to find all the excuses in the world to not workout and they are probably all completely valid, but you need to switch your mindset and find the excuses TO workout.

When my kids were little I knew that it was an hour to myself.

But I am also lazy by nature so I knew that there were still going to be times that I would wiggle my way out of working out, so that’s another reason why I became an instructor.

You can’t show up to a class you are teaching.

Pretty brilliant if you ask me! 🙂

So find something that you love.

If you try running and you hate it, don’t give up on working out!

Try something different.

Keep trying until you find what you love and are passionate about and then make those habits.

If you don’t want to be an instructor to hold yourself accountable, like I had to do, then find a buddy or two and hold each other accountable.

I also want to make sure to emphasize that working out should never be done to fit into a mold of what you think you should look or be like.

Workout so you can be the best version of yourself.

Now go be healthy so you can be the best parent you can be!


  1. Kati says:

    ❤️ You really are amazing! I was just thinking the same thing, that not going isn’t really an option anymore! ?

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