I left you last week with knowing that I needed to make major life changes, but not knowing how or what I could do to really get motivated. In mid June I was browsing Facebook when I ran across a post from a girl I went to college with. She was starting an online fitness group and was looking for a test group. For 6 weeks, we were given 3 workouts a week that we could either do in our home or at the gym and then come back to the group and report our times to hold us accountable. These workouts were intense and hard and sometimes scary to look out all written out, but I knew this was my chance to start making changes.
Day 1 of the workout came and as I laid in bed waiting for my alarm to go off I felt panicked. I knew the workouts were going to be too hard for me…I thought that maybe I would just post in the Facebook group that I was not feeling well…there was no way I was strong enough or brave enough to do those workouts. But something inside of me told me to get out of bed and just give it a try, if I hated it I could quit, but I at least had to try one workout. I went the gym that morning and never missed a workout in all the mornings that followed in those next 6 weeks.
I was getting stronger and more confident in my workouts, but my eating was still suffering. I knew that if I wanted to see results both the eating and the exercising had to be in sync and given equal importance. I wrapped up the trial six week program and immediately signed up to continue on as a member when my fitness coach launched her new program. This time I was fully committed to not only the exercise portion, but the eating portion as well.
On August 4th, the new program launched. We were given 4 workouts a week plus a meal plan that included 5 dinners with recipes and a grocery list. I dove in to the program head first. I cut out most carbs and almost all added sugar. I went grocery shopping and filled my cart with fruits and veggies and meat. After the first week my stomach was noticeably flatter as much of the bloat was gone from all the processed and sugary foods that had been eliminated from my diet. The weeks went by and with each passing week I was seeing more and more changes. I started to be able to do burpess that were not modified, I ran 2 miles without stopping, My face thinned out, I could walk into my closet and almost everything fit, and I felt confident.
In the past I was ALWAYS looking for the quick fix. I wanted to see results the day after I started exercising and changing my eating habits. This is not healthy or realistic. I know now that the road to healthy living is a marathon not a sprint. This is something that does not have an end date. I do have some specific weight loss goals, but I’m in no hurry to reach them as I know that with the hard work and consistency they will be met at some point.
I’m down 15 lbs and although loosing the weight has been wonderful, this story isn’t all about the weight. This story is about making lifelong healthy choices to not only benefits me, but my family. This story is about the benefit of exercise and taking that time to better your body. This story is about how I don’t get out of breath when I walk up the stairs. This story is about taking it day by day. This story is about being afraid but saying “yes” and taking a risk. And most importantly this story is about being a good example to my two boys.
I’m not perfect. I still eat cookies and I still love wine and that is OK. One of my favorite quotes I’ve come to love during this journey is “Progress Not Perfection.” I don’t have to eat perfectly every single day. I don’t have to workout every single day to make progress. I eat healthy or “clean” about 85-90% of the time and enjoy myself the rest…without guilt. I workout 5 times a week and usually get an itch to do something on my “off days” and take a long walk with my family. I’m not perfect but I’m making progress.