- Posted December 13, 2011 by
Saint Leonard, Maryland
This iReport is part of an assignment:
CNN Fit Nation: Triathlon Challenge
I laughed it off, but I'm tired of people mistaking me for being pregnant. Sadly, this was not an isolated incident; it happens about four or five times a year. I was pregnant once -- seven years ago -- and have beautiful twin daughters as a result. However, my workaholic nature has left me no time for fitness these past seven years to the point where I have even neglected seeing a doctor for a physical. I’ve allowed my life to get off balance.
I want to be a part of the Six Pack to finally face reality.
You see, this fall when I was asked to be a substitute soccer coach for my girls' team, Juliette said, "Mommy, you can't be our coach -- you don't look like one."
And I guess she's right.
Other than walking 30 minutes on the treadmill a few times a week, my focus on fitness has been limited, and I'm about forty pounds overweight. Working in a high school, I am faced with the constant temptation of unhealthy food. I want to be a part of the Six Pack to learn how to put my health first regardless of how busy I am and what dietary challenges I face. I want to show Loralei and Juliette a new way to live.
I’m also getting married next Labor Day weekend. And while I’m no bridezilla, I would like to get past my fear of trying on wedding dresses. I won’t walk into a bridal store until I get in shape.
Help me give my husband-to-be and the father of my twins, Chris, the gift of health. Over the past eight years, he’s made me feel beautiful no matter what. He encourages me to follow my passion even if that means spending long hours away from home. He never complains when I work late on yearbook deadlines or travel across the country with my students without him. Participating in this challenge would be the best wedding gift I could give him and our girls.
Finally -- I know one of the fundamental rules of journalism is to not "create news" to cover, to not become a part of the story. However, I also know that by taking part in the social media promotion of this journey and the iReporting, I would be modeling for my high school journalism students online reporting and would gain some street cred in the process.
So, Sanjay, pick me for your Six Pack Team - to show mothers of multiples you can get your six-pack back without gimmicks or surgery, to give the gift of health and fitness to my girls & fiance in time for our wedding, and to give me a dose of reality. Help me be a role model to not only my family, but to my students and staff at school and to other women out there struggling to keep a balance between work, family, and fitness.
It’s no coincidence that the morning I found out I achieved National Board Certification was the morning I saw your segment on Fit Nation and the Six Pack. I have the mental stamina to make this happen and will be your star student. I won’t let you down.
This teacher wants to be your student. Help me find my way.