Today I Celebrate 366 Days!!!
Today is day 366. What does that mean? 366 days ago I decided on my 34th birthday, I was done feeling terrible about myself on the inside and out. I knew I needed to make some major changes to my life and they weren't going to be short term changes either. I needed to start getting more active, eating clean and I needed to get out of my own way. I had used every excuse known to every mom here on earth. #1 I don't have the time #2 I am too tired #3 I don't like working out in front of other people #4 my husband travels, so I can't commit to something when I need to be home with our three children and the list could go on all day long if I let it. I knew my mind set was going to have to change and I also knew that wasn't going to be easy. Yesterday was my 35th birthday and the best gift I could have ever given myself, was committing exactly 1 year ago to a new me. I would love to tell you all it was easy, but it wasn't. It took a lot of willpower, more than I ever thought I had in me. I literally would talk myself into working out and during my workouts when I wanted to give up, I would say out loud "don't you dare give up." It may seem silly or even crazy, but I knew the only person that was stopping me from achieving my results was me. I was the one that used food to celebrate every emotion I had. I was happy-let's eat. I was sad-let's eat. I was mad or stressed-I thought ice cream would solve those problems. Not to mention being on a couple medicines that helped me put on the pounds over the years. So as you can tell I needed to make a lot of changes about my life. Not just for me, but my family as well. Everything I was doing, my children were watching and they were picking up my bad eating habits quickly. So I hit 1 year of not giving up and I have never stuck to anything this long before when it came to getting healthy or losing weight. My journey is not over, it won't be over until I leave this earth. I have finally found what works. I have not reached my goals, but everyday I am getting closer. I know that for the rest of my life I need to workout, eat clean, drink my Shakeology and be kinder to myself. This is my new lifestyle. This is my families new life style. Let me tell you, it is a pretty amazing way to live. So how did my coach and challenge group help me? They supported me through all my ups and downs. I had bad days and good days. A couple times I over indulged and instead of ruining the rest of the day, my challengers and coach cheered me on to make the rest of the day better. It is amazing to be a part of a group with complete strangers and everyone is supporting, encouraging and motivating one another. It's a positive environment with real people, facing real struggles and problems. I had never been part of anything like this before and it has helped me in so many ways. Although they both helped me immensely, ultimately it was up to me to make these changes happen. My weight loss has been slow and steady and I decided this time no matter how slow it was happening, it didn't matter because it was happening. I stopped comparing myself to everyone around me and cheered them on instead! People are constantly asking me how the heck I stay motivated everyday to work out and my answer is "there are no other choices". You wouldn't go to work without brushing your teeth or making your cup of coffee and that is exactly how I have learned to look at my workouts. There are no other choices, but to get it done. Although I have learned that my workouts are so important mentally and physically for me, the nutrition plays an even bigger role. I truly thought in the beginning, that if I worked hard I could still eat what I wanted-WRONG. In order to succeed they both have to be a priority. So if your thinking about changing your life, but you keep getting in your own way-then move. Stop holding yourself back and start being good to yourself. Trust me when your feeling better on the inside and the outside, your not the only one benefiting from this. Have questions and want to see how you can make this lifestyle change? Then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Facebook.