Ok, so let’s have a little real talk for a moment….
It’s a hard truth to admit to, but it’s true. I’m fat. It is what it is and I need to accept this truth if I’m going to move forward. For a while there, I was living in denial. I was coming home from work, laying on the couch, and being depressed. I was eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, and although I knew I wasn’t in the best shape, I just chose to ignore the fact because it was a painful thing to admit to myself and it’s possibly even more painful to make the life changes required to move forward.
People were always trying to give me advice like “eat this’ or “do this workout’ but the truth is that I’m actually quite knowledgeable about fitness and nutrition. I’ve spent years reading books, trying various programs. I’ve done Crossfit. I’ve done yoga. I’ve been a runner. I’ve been a high school track and cross country coach. I read fitness magazines. I read fitness blogs and websites. I have fit friends who do marathons and triathlons and all of that. I’ve counted calories. I’ve counted macros. I’ve been a vegetarian. I’ve been paleo. I’ve even done the freaking zone diet, for crying out loud. My bookshelves are lined with diet books, nutrition books, workout books, and cookbooks. My DVD cabinet includes fitness DVD’s and the hall closet in my apartment is stocked full of fitness equipment. Trust me when I say that knowledge was NOT my issue.
What was my issue, then?
You see, I’m acutely aware of what goes into a successful weight loss program. It’s dedication. It’s consistency. It’s workout out even when you don’t want to….even when it’s incredibly hard to. It’s preparing healthy foods and sticking to your convictions. It’s making the less desirable choices when you go out with friends. Would I love to down an entire pizza, three drinks, and go out for tacos afterwards for good measure? You bet your ass I would! I love food! But, success means making smarter choices. It doesn’t mean I can’t have pizza, but it does mean I can’t have it all the time, and I can’t have an extra large pizza all to myself.
For a while now, I’ve been giving in to the depression and the easy, desirable path. Who doesn’t want to be a sloth with a large pizza? That’s fun!
But I’m trying something new and for the first time in a while, I’m finding it easy to stick to my guns.
So what am I doing differently this time?
I mentioned before I’m trying out the Beachbody program. I actually signed up as a coach because I thought it might motivate me to be a better example if my eventual goal is to coach others, and it’s actually working! I’ve lost three pounds in the past week and a half. The scale is ACTUALLY MOVING!!!
Basically, the program combines nutrition with working out. It’s an easier way of counting calories or macros and getting all your nutrition than inputting every little thing in every quantity into an app like MyFitnessPal, which I’ve also used a lot in the past.
When I signed up, I got a package of a month’s supply of Shakeology, which I’ve been having for breakfast blended with things like fruit, almond milk, etc. That gives me more nutrients and I’m actually feeling like I have more energy.
It also came with Beachbody on demand, which is cool because I can stream all kinds of workout videos from my tablet, phone, computer, Roku box, whatever…
It also came with this book and portion containers that help me make sure I’m keeping the right nutrients (protein, carbs, veggies, fruit, fats, etc.) within the right calorie/macro range per day. I just stuff whatever foods I want into the corresponding containers and that’s all the counting I need to do. It’s helping a lot.
It also comes with coaching, which generally just means a support structure and people checking up on me and my progress. That’s why I signed up as a coach…I want to help others, too. Eventually my goal is to help out others who might be interested in a little support on the way, but for now I’m just focusing on my own progress. I want to be an example! But….it’s working! Holy crap, it’s working.
So anyway, I’m just happy that the scale is finally moving in the right direction. I’m happy to have found a program that’s working for me. I’m happy to have support and tools that help, but mostly I’m just happy to be getting my mojo back.
So anyway, that’s today’s update.
P.S. I don’t know if anybody even reads this thing, but if you’re reading this somewhere out there in internet-land and you’re feeling like you’re struggling, let me know if you’re interested in trying out the program. I can get you signed up with my group, which is AMAZINGLY supportive. No pressure though. I’m not about selling things, just sharing the info with people who might be interested.
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