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May 12, 201403:23 PMOpen Mic

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Great Wolf employee gets fierce support in fitness journey

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Ten professionals and 10 teams are competing in the 2014 Get Fit Challenge, a spinoff of IB’s popular Fittest Executive Challenge. Who will earn the healthiest marks? Follow along on Facebook and then find out at the In Business Expo & Conference on Oct. 22. This week, IB checks in with Becky Hubing, corporate digital marketing manager for Great Wolf Lodge, who is competing in the individual challenge.

As I sit here after a really tough workout (with a heating pad and ice pack, I might add), I can’t help but think about all the “whys” running through my head and how I got here. Why did I let myself gain so much weight? Why did I stop working out eons ago? Why did I not push myself harder? Why did I not make healthier food choices?

And the sole answer I can come up with — life. Life happened. In the past five years, I’ve changed jobs, had two sons, and built a new home. Then when you layer in family obligations, kids’ activities, managing a household, and being a wife and a career mom, there’s not a lot of “me” time left over. Yep, I’m the classic cliché and ball of excuses for not being fit.

When I made the decision to enter the Get Fit Challenge, I really wrestled with the idea that if I was going to do that, I needed to go “all in” and would need to be a little selfish. (Thank you, In Business, for selecting me, by the way.) I would have to give up some time with the kids in the evenings to hit the gym, I would have to let my husband be the single dad and take care of the kids and some of the errands, I would have to make the commitment to leave work on time to meet my trainer, and I would have to make changes to make this happen. I had to find balance! And that’s truly the key I was missing five years ago — I forgot to look for balance.

Now that I’m seven weeks into the challenge, I’m finding it possible to find that balance, and you know what? I think I’m a better wife, mother, and employee for it. I’m taking the “me” time that I had been missing and putting it to good use.

The other thing I have realized along this journey is that having the right support system in place makes a world of difference. On my previous attempts to get fit, I adjusted what I was eating and hit the gym — that wasn’t enough. I needed resources and support. I’ve gotten them from several key sources.

First, my husband is quick to jump in and take care of the kids so I can meet with my trainer or get in an extra cardio session in the morning. We’ve adjusted our menus at home to make healthier meal choices — although he’d love nothing more than a deep-dish, cheese-loaded pizza some days. I do have to give him a shout-out; since I’ve been in the challenge, he’s started working out and is losing weight and getting healthier, too.

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