So, I'm sure you're all wondering what happened. Well, stay-at-home motherhood happened. I spent a lot of my time around the house eating whatever my daughter didn't finish. I take her to a gazillion birthday parties where I have to be polite and eat the birthday cake (in my culture, it's terrible, bad luck not to eat the cake. Okay, I made that up). Chocolate is my therapy. I must have some everyday or I go crazy! And I'll be honest, the stress of raising a child on the spectrum can get to me at times. I turn to food. A lot.
On top of this, I hate to exercise. A lot. During my single days, I discovered that I loved to dance, however. It started with contra dancing. I bet most of you haven't even heard of contra dancing. It's a form of social dancing. It's a precursor to square dancing. I believe its roots are English and French country dancing. After I got into contra dancing, I got into Cajun and Zydeco dancing. This was a lot of fun too. Then, I got into swing dancing. I was actually into swing dancing before it became such a big craze.
After I got married, my dancing days ended. I tried to exercise by using the gym in the apartment complex we lived in. By gym, I mean a dingy, smelly room that housed some weights and a treadmill. I used the treadmill about 3 days a week. I continued to do this through my pregnancy as well.
But after having my daughter, I stopped working out entirely. About two years after having her, the change in lifestyle started to take its toll. When she started to go to preschool, I realized I was pretty depressed from the extent of her tantrums (we still didn't realize she had autism). I joined a gym to get into shape and find a way to relieve the stress and depression I was experiencing.
I was really bad about going, however. It was such a pain to schlep to the gym! Yada, yada, yada. After my membership expired, money was tight. We had our daughter assessed and realized that there was a reason for all the tantrums--she had autism. We spent a lot of money out of pocket for her different therapies. And still, I didn't exercise.
Today, I decided to go out and get some exercise! After I dropped my daughter off at school, I went home and then took a walk around my neighborhood! I live in a hill house at the top of a hill. I just did about a mile loop, but it's a pretty steep climb up and down the hillside. It's such a beautiful walk--great views and neat houses to check out. It's really better than going to any gym. Although, I was embarrassed to find out that the homes being built around the corner from my house are almost complete! The last I saw them, they just had their foundations laid. It HAS been awhile since I took a walk. Yikes!
As an incentive, I'm letting myself sleep in a bit later on the days I go for my walk, since I can shower after the walk. My hope is that I'll keep the activity up at least on days that it isn't raining. I'm hoping to get a Wii Fit down the road to exercise with on rainy days. I'm hoping that the added exercise will help me lose the proverbial 5 pounds. However, it seems like when I increase my activity, my appetite goes up as well. I'm trying to be relatively good! Time will tell whether I'm successful!