I’m being compensated to write this post by Bookieboo LLC in a blogger campaign with Omron Healthcare. However, the thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.
I’ve been lagging on writing this post for a bit. Sure I had a trip and life and all that but really, I could have done it sooner, but it’s hard to face certain things about yourself. Even when it’s been staring you in the face for as long as this has to me. When I was selected to meet Bob Greene and participate in a day of working out, eating good food and getting pro advice from a fitness guru like Bob Greene (he trained Oprah, I mean, COME ON), I was so excited. I’ve been hoping for that special little push that would absolutely force me to get off my butt and do something and I knew, I just knew this would be it. Well, in that I was right… but how right I was came at a big surprise.
The day was gorgeous, and I was super nervous. You see all the other gals were runners or former runners or did more than just get up and get the mail everyday which is the extent of my daily regimen. I was the chubby mom who hadn’t worked out in over 2 years EASY. I worried about keeping up. I worried about being looked down on cause, hell0- chubby mom who doesn’t work out. I worried about giving up, when I so wanted it to work. When I walked in, the girls were all great and friendly. In fact, they were as nervous as I was. We all helped each other get set with our new Omron items: Omron Activity Monitor with Weight Loss Tracker (HJA-312) and NFC Communication tray & Tri-Axis USB Pedometer (HJ-323U). I’ve worked with pedometers before, but Omron’s products made my experience more individualized. I put in my height, weight and stride length (it tells you how to calculate). So not only does it measure my steps, but the calories I am burning and the distance I have gone. They were light weight and easy to snap into my sports bra.
We were ready to meet Bob! He gave us a quick intro and decided on such a gorgeous day, we would do a brisk walk on the beach. My brain said, ALERT ALERT and my mouth said “Oh $hit”. I barely walk and now, I was gonna walk on sand with gals that run marathons. OMG. KILL ME. Here is the before pic of all of us getting ready to roll. My sunglasses are hiding my terror.
I lasted all of 10 minutes. Maybe. Everyone was WAY ahead of me and I sat on the beach and felt like crap cause I didn’t realize just how bad I had gotten. When I saw them come back, I walked but my back was just not complying… and Bob asked if I would like to do some stretches. Yes, please!! On the way to get stretched, I sat and I broke down. I was embarrassed. I cried, apologized and got composed. Bob took me to our workout area and we did some really great back stretches that left my back happy again. I checked back in with the girls and checked my pedometer. Um.. I had done over 7,000 steps. I went from 400 the day before, to 7000 by lunch. Maybe it’s not much for many others, but for me, that was an achievement.
Lunch came next and then our one on one talks with Bob. I’ll tell you, Bob Greene is definitely doing what he is meant to. While we meant to discuss tips for moms, we talked about me and what had happened and why he was glad it happened. It meant I was ready, or close to ready, to take the jump into getting fit. Getting fit is as much an emotional journey as it is a physical one, and in order to be ready, something has to break that makes you want to take the plunge. My point came at the beautiful Ritz in Santa Barbara, right there in front of Oprah’s trainer while wearing an Omron Activity monitor that has become a symbol of my first step.
I have walked no less than 10,000 steps minimum each day (over 15,000 while in New York this past week) and Omron has been with me through it all. Special congrats to my winner, Melanie G, who won my giveaway for the Omron Fitness package. She has been informed, and I cannot wait to hear about her progress.
Don’t fret! You can get the kick you need too. By using the special code “fallfitness” at Omron.com, you can buy the very items I was using.
Join Bookieboo for a #fitwithOmron Twitter party on 9/24 from 9-10:30pm EST! We will be giving out Omron packages every 4.5 minutes!! Wooo!! Check the info below. See you there!
Who: Omron Fitness
What: Twitter Party
When: Tuesday, September 24th
Time: 9-10:30pm EST (6-7:30pm PST)