Thursday, July 12, 2018

It's time to commit!

Ok guys, I'm getting real with you today.  When it comes to diet and exercise, I know what I need to do and I make the necessary changes but what I struggle with is commitment.  Committing to staying consistent with my diet and giving 100% to working out has proven to be very difficult for me.  I can usually stay consistent with working out but the problem here is diet.  I am here today to admit to myself, and everyone else I guess, that I am a yo-yo eater.  I can do great Monday through Friday but once the weekend hits, I give in to too much.  I am forever stuck between living the fit life and living for all the food!  I had a realization last week and I saw first hang exactly how bad I yo-yo.  Right before my birthday I decided that it was time to get down to business and really make some solid changes.  I started fresh on Monday, ate super clean all week, worked out every day and by Friday I had lost 4 pounds!  I was so proud of myself that it gave me all the momentum to maintain what I was doing throughout the weekend and I did.  For the first time, I felt like I made more progress than I ever had by finally beating the cycle of ending up right where I started, every. single. Monday.  But!  My birthday was the next week, followed by 4th of July the following week and I totally fell off.  It was defeating.  On the bright side though, I am now very aware of what the problem is, what challenges I face and what I need to do to overcome them.

  A few years ago I cleaned up my diet, leaving room for moderated splurging of course, and began my fitness journey.  Up until recently, this plan has worked very well for me and I was able to be consistent with working out at home while my kids napped.  Lately I had been feeling like I was in need of a few adjustments.  The biggest one was that I felt like I was finally ready to join a gym again!  My schedule was getting busier and my home workouts were becoming a little redundant.  I knew that getting back into the gym would push me to take exercise (and results!) to the next level.  So I did just that!  I joined a gym and bought one of Katy Hearn's fitness plans.  I am starting with her Build a Booty program and I am hoping to do one of her challenges later this year or maybe even beginning of next year.  You guys, this has been a game changer.  This was exactly what I needed.  I am on day 4 and my legs have been more sore than they have in the past year.  Working out in the gym opposed to at home has pushed me to increase weights and work out my legs in ways that I just wasn't able to achieve at home.  I am able to complete the exercises in less time, with more impact, and I love it so far!

Katy's Build a Booty plan is 6 weeks and I am committing for that duration.  This is my starting point and I am hoping that this will be exactly what I need to make this a lifestyle change that sticks.  In order for me to really see significant changes and see what I am capable of, I need to give it 100% for the full 6 weeks.  One of the biggest takeaways with reading through this program is that she recommends one cheat meal a week.  ONE!  Loyal and I have always done a "cheat day" which usually leads to cheating over the entire weekend.  (My problem here!)  So this is it.  No more cheat day, no more weekend splurging, just one cheat meal a week for me and I am pumped about it!  

Wish me luck guys!  I will of course be back to share my progress, results and all of the things.
What helps you stay on track and commit to a healthy lifestyle?


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