Let me start by saying, I actually enjoy working out. Not all the time, but the results drive me to keep going. Continual body changes and an overall feeling of being in good health encourage me to keep my body active. However, I do experience a few things that frustrate me to no end.
- After 3 kids, my bladder is garbage. I try to drink around a gallon of water a day and that tends to require needing to use the potty (I’m a mommy so this is the word of choice) often, but this is something completely different. Before staring a workout, I make certain to take a restroom break. Within the first 2-3 minutes of my workout, which is normally just the warm-up, I have to stop and make a mad dash to avoid wetting myself. The amount of times I need to stop varies by the workout so it could be as little as once or as many as three times, but I always finish so that’s the silver lining.
- Buying stuff that I’ve never needed before. This list isn’t terribly long, but it still exists. While I’m not stranger to an active lifestyle, I never encountered problems in my previous weight loss journey like these. My thighs have always (even when I was 135 pounds) touched. Now that I’ve successfully lost a good amount of weight and my thighs have decreased in size, I have started getting “boils” on my inner thighs due to all of the friction. They just pop up out of nowhere and they usually are somewhat painful. Not only do they happen on my inner thighs, I’ve been fortunate enough to get them under my arms. My solution has been BodyGlide. I typically apply it prior to working out and when I’m getting dressed. I’ll be honest, I forget a lot because sometimes I have to force myself into workout mode and thinking about anything else is just too much. I’m hoping that I won’t need BodyGlide forever, but for now we have become best friends
- Styling my hair is a complete no-go. Being a kinky- coily, curly girl makes this a little easier, but I sweat like a man. Not the man that just has a little running down the side of his face. I speaking of the one that his entire shirt is soaked after completing some physical activity. I sweat everywhere and this includes my head and of course that impacts my hair. A silk press won’t last a day so it can’t make the agenda, braids probably wouldn’t last long that makes them not worth the money, and this basically dwindles down styling options. It’s hard find anything that can withstand the amount of perspiration I give off as well as Houston humidity so I tend to keep my hair in a puff. I know the stress on my tresses isn’t great, but my choices are so few right now.
- Buying new clothes has to happen more often that preferred. It is a positive aspect of losing weight. Tight clothes are now looser and a few things that I held on to for when I made it to a smaller size have become apart of my wardrobe, but my entire wardrobe has shrank in half. My shirts can now be used a sleepers because they are so big and my favorite lounge around pants don’t stay up after wearing them (freshly washed a dried) after a few hours. To add insult to injury, my workout clothes and workout bras are getting to the point that I need to “Frozen” them. I am apart of the “I hate shopping crew” and because of my need becoming more immediate I’m forced to go into stores versus picking a few pieces online and awaiting their arrival. I’m getting better with shopping, but it’s still not at the top of my list of favorite things to do.
- The pain that can come with the next level. Of course there’s a recognition that comes along with beginning a workout routine of possibly being sore and achy. Once your body comes accustomed to the rigors of your routine, you typically need to change it up and/or increase your weights. This puts you back at another starting point. While it may not hurt as much, the pains typically show up after you’ve done leg day and you’re going into a public restroom and trying to squat over the commode or after you done arms and your 2 yo toddler wants to be picked up continuously. After the pain, you get to usually see some results if you stick to it so if you can push through you may see some pecks or hamstrings that don’t shake, rattle, and roll when you walk.