If anyone had told me early in my marriage that at 38 years old I would have four kids and be in the best shape of my life, I would have never believed them!
Our first five years of marriage gave us two kids and terrible eating habits with little to no exercise. I typically worked 3-4, twelve-hour night shifts a week, and Jim was in the prime of his coaching career with Freshman Football, Cross Country, & Track. We never exercised unless it was a weekly walk with our then two kids when we both managed to be home at the same time. Our typical dinners consisted of frozen pizza, creamed-style corn, and fast food. (Thinking back to this makes me ill!) In addition to my unhealthy eating habits, I drank 1-2 large McDonald’s Cokes with no ice every day! Jim ate cafeteria food for lunch and rarely ate a vegetable (unless my mom fed us).
Before I had baby #3, I began taking a Pilates class two days a week, but didn’t change my eating habits. Despite feeling stronger and losing a little weight, nothing had changed in the kitchen. I gained back all the weight, plus some [more] with pregnancies 3 & 4, and my stamina and self-confidence went out the window. The summer after our fourth baby was born, we frequented multiple restaurants multiple times a week and were teaching our kids horrible eating habits.
Jim had heard about a former student and his wife (Mike & Erica Hill) starting their own business called Fusion Fitness and he began attending the Men’s Camp in July 2013. In the years since, he has continued to work out every Monday & Thursday night with Mike & company. He attends Power Cardio when his schedule allows it (sometimes we both attend – it makes a wonderful date night)!