Monday, July 23, 2012

Learning to Live

You know, it always seems like just when things seem to be picking up and heading a certain direction, our lives just flow right into another unexpected path. I mean, how often do we plan for the unexpected and are actually right? That's why it's called "The Unexpected"... makes sense I suppose. But, I guess what I'm getting at is that its so difficult to really make a plan for your life and have it always go just as planned. Why is that? I think it's because we subconsciously sabotage ourselves before we ever start things.. so when we do start, we are almost doomed from the get-go. That's why things are so much easier to be accomplished when we have things like trainers, teachers, coaches, etc- they hold us accountable. Because with them, we are two and therefore stronger than on our own. I know when I worked out with a trainer before, I lost way more weight and worked out much much harder than I ever had on my own. Why? Because I didn't want him to think I was not going to reach my goals. And in the end, I had lost more weight during those few short months than any other time in my personal history. Now, at this juncture in my life, I am in need of that type of commitment push again, and as such, have signed up for a 90 Day Fitness Challenge. The thing of it is, that I am really good at starting challenges and contests. What I have never been good at is finishing them. The reason is, that there are always these unexpected life circumstances which change plans, and thus I have a difficult time flowing with them. I have something happen and then Poof!- there goes my progress. So, this challenge is being led by a coach, which I think is just what I need. As much as I think I can go it alone and I am strong enough to do it by myself, I realize I do need help. And that without a coach of some sort, I will not get through this or any challenge. I'm learning about nutrition...learning way more than I thought I knew, because now I am learning how to implement it. I have been doing the modified juice fast for a little over a month now, and well, progress has been slow. And the difficulty I have found is retaining the energy needed to get me through the workouts. My body kind of goes haywire whenever I make any drastic changes, so I'm excited to see that my coach has some great tools including phasing out bad foods from your diet. This is going to be key for me because I have the desire to make those types of changes, but I also have a husband and two stepdaughters... and learning to make changes I can use for everyone is kind of tricky. So, lovely people, that is what's going on... I'm learning to make the dietary changes I so need, and I am following the Insanity workout. I have been starting and stopping Insanity for several weeks now, and so today, I am starting it again, and going to actually get through the 6 days this week without giving up. Then the next week, and the one after that... all the way until the end. I did my before photos.. they were scary. But, I will post them after I finish 30 days and then every 30 days after that. Same with my measurements. I'll be posting them starting at 30 days in, to show the change and then every 30 days after. I will also be starting a food journal, as I hear that it's the best way to stay accountable to what you are eating. Last but not least, I'm going to be making a visual aid today that will allow me to have a fun way of keeping track of my challenge. I'll take photos of it when finished and share it with you guys. As you can see, I've got a lot of ideas, now to condense them into one main thing and get started!

Talk to you guys soon!
xoxo- j.