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Get Fit Challenge Week 1

Hello everyone! For those of you who do not know me yet, my name is Janet. I am a Colorado Springs native and mother to a 15 month old boy named Miles. I joined Stroller Strides in June of last year and it has been one of, if not the, best things I have done for myself in I don’t know how long (aside from getting married and having Miles, of course :). In high school I was physically active, riding and caring for horses and I walked to and from campus daily in college. Admittedly, I have not been as consistently diligent about physical activity in those interim years before these past 7 months. I am so excited to journal my experience as I love the dialogue that it brings. I love getting to know all of you and sharing/supporting our experiences with one another.

I have been excited for the Get Fit Challenge ever since it was first mentioned by Michele of FIT4MOM Southern Colorado Springs a few months ago, especially since my husband’s and Miles’ schedule has not been conducive to me participating in past sessions of Body Back. I have repeatedly visited the question of why am I committed to participating.

Mental Health:

I have struggled with anxiety since 2008. The endorphins my body produces when I put in a good hour at SS (or a good 30 min at home for that matter) are pivotal to my mood.

Setting a good example for Miles:

I want him to see that exercise can be fun.

Overall Health:

I want to feel better in my body. I do not care that much exactly what size clothes I wear or what the scale says, I just want to feel healthy. I want to be able to move with ease and hike for hours in the mountains when I’m in my late 60’s or early 70’s as my parents do. I was not as healthy as I could have been when I was pregnant with Miles and I would like to change those habits now before we have another kiddo in the next few years, partially because I am hoping it will increase the chances of having a natural birth instead of another cesarean.

Food:

Yes this also falls under overall health but this is a BIG one for me. I’m a little (ok maybe more than a little at times) obsessed with all things related to the psychology of eating and relationship with food. My goal is to improve my ability to listen to my body to decide how much, what, and when to eat. There is a book on this concept titled “Intuitive Eating” by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD and Elyse Resch, MS. It is geared towards those struggling with Eating Disorders but I find it to be a very interesting and helpful read for anyone who wants to improve their eating habits, lose weight, etc. On a side note, my interest in this particular topic was greatly fueled by my work as a student therapist in an intensive outpatient eating disorder program and my personal experiences with a friend/family member struggling with varying levels of Eating Disorders thoughts/behaviors. It is very close to my heart and if I reference it or talk about it I don't want to offend or make anyone uncomfortable.

I really want you all to tell me what you want to read more/less about as I chronicle this journey. My goal is to share my experience in a way that is helpful to others.

‘till next time!

Janet Soto

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