The Road to Bootcamp… and an awesome GIVEAWAY!

A Little Background…

I’ve been on a roller coaster of things. Primarily parenthood/adulthood. Somewhere in the past four years I’ve decided to pursue my photography, work full time to help support our family, and still attempt to be a part of this family by role of mama, wife, cheerleader, baby grower, chef, maid, binky-putter-inner-in-the-middle-of-the-night.

This is not to say my awesome husband Brent is not doing these things (minus baby grower). He is an amazing partner and best friend. Together we jumped of the divingboard into the deepend of parenthood and through and though we have been able to keep each other afloat. What has also kept us a float, while at the same time weighed us down, is baby weight.

I say “us” because my wonderful husband is kind enough not to let me eat gallons of ice cream alone …throughout two pergnancies. He also is gentleman enough not to let a lady drink alone, so when I want a glass of wine or a beer or two..or three…he also partakes. Needless to say, over the past few years we’ve added to our frames.

How We Got Here

Our road to Bootcamp was paved with drinking habits honed for years at UCSB. Jobs that have us sitting 90% of the time. Two babies. A sweet tooth the size of Texas [me]. Time deficiencies to grocery shop, cook, not eat out. And of course, excuses.

I know this goes without saying, but goodness, it’s so much easier to gain weight then loose it!! Somewhere in my mind I kept thinking that it was OK, I had two babies,  I could get back in shape if I really wanted to. I finally saw that we needed a jumpstart. I’ve always ascribed to the the thought that we have to “be the change we want to see in the world” but realized I was a hypocrite. How could I be the change in anything when I wasn’t even able to change my personal lifestyle to live healthier happier life? I was ready for a change. When my sister told me about Sonki’s Bootcamp, I was automatically intrigued. She was going to sign up with a few of her co-workers for a three week session and wanted to see if I would do it too.

At first the excuses settles in, oh we can’t work it out, Brent and I have to carpool to work so we don’t have to pay for parking, we can’t afford the extra expense, we’d have to find someone to watch the girls, etc. etc. etc. Then I stopped for a minute and realized that if we don’t do this now, will we ever? And if we wait, won’t it just be harder? So I asked our daycare provider if we could pay extra to drop the girls off an hour early in the morning and they were very accommodating. That was it, my excuses went out the window.

The cost factor is difficult, but when it comes to being healthier happier parents, we couldn’t afford NOT to take some action. If nothing else it’s  enough to get us going… to make us realize we can set goals and achieve them.

Brent and I just finished our first two weeks of bootcamp. We’ve signed up for a three week session and have been getting up at 5:30 a.m. to get to the girls off for their day and over to Santa Monica by 6:30. It has been great.  I definitely feel stronger and am really proud of us for just getting out the door and taking the steps to be what we want to be.

Here’s a photo of Brent and I last time we were in Hawaii, and of a 20lbs lighter Ayumi (a girl I’d like to meet again)!

Some things I’ve learned

[START NOW! Make SMART Goals]

The new year is a great time to make resolutions… I think the key is to make realistic goals. I always thought this acronym was a little cheesy, but admittedly it is a good framework for setting goals. I was inspired and made up the following ‘doodle’, if you like the font, check it out on www.typedepot.com. Gotta love free stuff!

[GET SOME SLEEP!!]

Ironically, as parents, we obsess about sleep. When did your baby go to sleep, when is she going sleep. Can we arrange our whole day/activities/life around naptime? Is our 3.5 year old getting enough sleep? WHY is she NOT sleeping in her OWN bed? Is her lack of sleep making causing these ridiculous tantrums? On and on we could go. Rarely, do we prioritize our own sleep. Brent and I have made a concentrated effort to make sleep a priority and it has paid off. Not only does it make it feesable for us to get out of bed at 5:15[ish] in the morning but I’ve been more productive! I feel better, require less caffeine and am having an easier time going to sleep then before. Before I was obsessing about getting A-Z done between the time our daughters went to bed and staying up until 1am or 2am. Sure, the dishes may stay dirty for longer then I’d like and our apartment is somewhat of a disaster, but it’s worth it for now.

[IT'S NOT EASY ...Childbirth Vs. Bootcamp]

I thought the hardest part would be getting up early. I’m not sure if this is odd of me, so mom’s out there tell me if you ever do this, but I have a little mantra that goes through my head when I’m working out. Here’s a window to my thought process the other day when we were running inclines….
I can do this. I can do this. If I can go through childbirth TWICE, I can do this. I did it TWICE with NO DRUGS… that was painful. This is painful, but I can do this. I can do this. childbirth. I can do this. pain. I can do this. This sucks. My legs are jello. WHEN CAN WE STOP RUNNING?! I think I can do this. Childbirth. I can do this. hmm. having babies. that hurt. this hurts. I’d rather be having a baby right now then doing this…

[EXERCISE = HAPPIER AYUMI]

The other night Brent was annoying me. I won’t get into the details of it, cause it’s not important. He was annoying me, he knew he was annoying me and he continued to annoy me. So I worked on photos, then I spitefully went to bed without saying goodnight and I even turned off the light even though I knew he’d be coming to bed soon. I was annoyed when I woke up and was annoyed when we got in the car. Annoyed when we dropped the girls off and still annoyed when we got out to Santa Monica. Then we put in our hour of Bootcamp…and I still wanted to be annoyed at him. But couldn’t be. I was in too good of a mood. So instead, we laughed together and held hands as we made our way back to the car.

Because I’m a happier person and in celebration of giving during the holiday season, I’ll be doing a GIVEAWAY.

A GIVEAWAY TO FLIP FOR!

PRIZE: Custom Designed minoHD 4GB [1 hr] Flip Video
DETAILS: 720p HD video -60 fps, image stabilization, 3.94″x 1.97″ x .63″, Digital Zoom, Internal Lithium-ion Rechargeable

ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MONDAY DECEMBER 20th,10:00p.m. PST

This Giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who participated!

Tell me your new years resolution[s] in a comment below & which design you would choose (1, 2, 3, or 4). It doesn’t have to be fitness based, I just want to hear your hopes for the future, plus once you say them outloud it makes you more accountable! If you want to make additional entries, you can by:

1. Tweeting this giveaway:
I just entered a #GIVEAWAY to win a custom Flip Video on @ayumipantell!  http://goo.gl/VrqGC

2. Follow me on Twitter

3. “Like” Ayumi Pantell Photography on Facebook

(Submit an additional comment below to let me know you did any of  the actions above for it to count as an additional entry).

Winner will be picked by random. Good Luck!!

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