Happy Wednesday !
You have heard me talk about my comfort zone many times in previous posts, but today might be the “mack daddy” of breaking out of my comfort zone. If you know me i really do not go anywhere without makeup, and I surely only let about a handful of people see me in a bathing suit…..EVER! Why?…………..I have never felt truely healthy beyond a fad diet or only eating enough to loose the albs but then gaining it back right away, it has seriously been a yo-yo game in the past for me. I was never a size 0, i was built athletic, and have to work at eating right and exercising in order to see my results. So here is my story:
This time a year ago after having my second child, I set out on a journey to get my health and body back on track. I knew i wasn’t getting any younger since I was about to turn 30 and knew i had to change. I was determined to loose my baby weight by not starting a “diet”. I wasn’t going to use pills, or a procedure, but i was going to change what i ate, and i what i decided to put into my body for fuel. I gained 60lbs with both of my pregnancies, and after my first child it took me 2 years to get it off, i hated the thought of it taking that long this time along with doing 10 different “diets” to get there.
Since this time last year I have dropped all the baby weight (60lbs) and then some! I still have a goal of my weight in college to achieve a few more lbs, but the difference in this last year was what i did to get back on track the healthy way.
I saw a post on Facebook advertising a 30 day challenge. I was a member of our local gym, but knew i didn’t have the money to fork out for a trainer, so i thought well let’s see what this is all about. I then joined a 30 challenge group that consisted of a small private group on Facebook, with a health coach (shout out to Haley)! that gave 30 days of motivation, inspiration, food and meal planning, and opened up my eyes to the truth about healthy foods. I could not believe that i thought a diet soda, a frozen meal, and a fat free latte at starbucks was healthy. (umm totally not dogging starbucks it’s truely my fav)! My first 30 day challenge was like an addiction i had lost almost 12 inches around different areas of my body. I searched for foods with protein in them to keep me full longer and the only thing i could come across that the sugar wasn’t through the roof, didn’t bulk me up, and i could eat healthy daily was called “Shakeology”! This also came in a vegan form so since my little guy was allergic to dairy i could drink while i was still nursing. It reduced my cravings, and helped increase my energy running around chasing a newborn and an almost 4 year old.
The 30 day challenges also gave me grocery store lists, and i wasn’t starving. The difference was that i was learning to eat “REAL” food, not food that was continuously processed and had so many ingredients in it you got lost trying to pronounce them. It taught me about what foods i needed to loose and what to slowly introduce back in to maintain. I call it learning how to eat “Back to the Basics” because that’s exactly what it teaches you to do. The simple concept of taking your weight and calculating your RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate) and finding out how many calories i need to stay within, downloading my fitness pal app on my phone to keep track and shopping off of the list my coach gave me, along with many other recipes. Not over thinking food, i was making it harder than what it needed to be. Staying on the perimeter of the grocery store not going down every isle and putting things in that just said fat free, or low-fat, but seriously eating whole foods that have not been altered to have extra additives and “natural flavors” that are fake. I found a a “clean lifestyle” and so many clean eating recipes and ideas at the most awesome site fourfitsisters. These gals have got skills! They are busy just like all the rest of us gals, and they are awesome at posting about organizing your day, how to meal prep, what foods are good for you and what they do for your body, and meal options that work for you, your family, and your kids.
I feel like almost everyday i see on Facebook or via text that someone close to my age has been diagnosed with a terrible sickness, disease or dreaded cancer. It seems it is taking over many people younger and younger. I knew i didn’t want to take a pill, a drink, or a bar that has all of the additives and muscle adding, fat burning ingredients in it. No one knows what all of that does to your body long term, and i want to be there for my kids and my grandkids, and grow old with my Mr. Right. LOL! I knew that going back to the basics and learning how to eat right was my only option.
Working in healthcare and having a degree in Radiation Therapy and treating cancer patients, we were taught in our college classes that approx. 1 out of 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer! I hear a lot of people and some of my patients say its just too expensive to eat healthy and buy healthy foods, and pay a gym membership, but seriously, if you think about it your copay with insurance is $100.00 just for an ER visit, and some are $20.00-$50.00 just for a Dr. visit, not including all the tests, and prescriptions, this is a ridiculous amount.
So here are the results (SOOOO out of my comfort zone to show these)!
I not only did the 30 day challenge, but if i felt myself falling off the wagon, short of my goals, and needed a boost or more accountability i simply joined another challenge in a different month, and i still do them since they can be different and focus on different workouts, and different specifics of foods i.e. sugar,clean eating, dairy, or gluten-free. I currently am training to start hosting my own 30 day challenges! Starting September 8th i will be starting my very first “Back to the Basics” 30 day clean eating challenge, so i can teach others how easy it is to cut out the crap and start clean! This 30 day challenge provides what i mentioned above, daily motivation, accountability, grocery/food lists, meal planning, and support ! I will be opening up this challenge for spots very soon! I will be doing the challenges also because the progress i have made is just that progress, i have learned not to aim for perfection because it does not exist, but will continue to strive for my goals and become more healthy. Below are some of the workouts i did and LOVED! These were workouts i could do at home and were short sweet and to the point, which is what us busy gals need!
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