Taking the first step is the hardest. Trust me, I took many “first steps”. I worked out for a solid three months, got bored with the program and fell back into my old ways. We even went as far as buying an elliptical because my husband and I swore we would get up every morning and exercise, we did…only for about 2 months. This cycle continued for far too long. Sometimes you need a life changing event to get your ass in gear, mine was my wedding. I was extremely happy in my relationship but not at all with my body. I finally had, had enough. I began Googling weight training programs on the internet, when I stumbled upon Jamie Eason Livefit Trainer. I vowed to not let this program end up like all of the others….in the garbage or collecting dust with all the other workout videos.
I can happily say this didn’t happen. This is the first program I have NEVER become bored with. Now that I have done it a few times, I understand the concepts and can interchange exercises, and use the base of the program. Now the beginning of the program wasn’t as easy. I printed off the meal plan, and I began to panic for a short minute, and then realized how bad I wanted this and was willing the make the necessary changes. You can’t expect change, if you are not willing to change. Change can be very, very scary, and I was scared. But you don’t have to make drastic changes all at once. Take the bad things (processed anything, butter, cheese, white bread & pasta) slowly out of your diet. Making a lot of drastic changes all at once is daunting and often leads to failure. Trust me, I loved cheese, and now I haven’t had it for over 6 months, and don’t miss it at all. Don’t give yourself two days, and decide you can’t do this. Give yourself enough time to make changes. Try giving up 2 things every month that don’t belong in your diet. I can almost guarantee your craving for them will diminish. It takes a long time to break habits you have had for many years. Some foods can be comforting, or habit (donut and coffee in the morning), but this is the time to make new habits for a new you. Replace that morning donut with some oatmeal, blueberries and eggs, and replace that afternoon chocolate bar with a homemade protein bar.
Eating clean and working out is a lifestyle, not a 9-5 job with weekends off. You need to commit 100% to a healthier lifestyle. SET GOALS, achievable goals. Not, I am going to lose 30 pounds in one month. More like, I am going to lose 2-4 pounds per week. If you set unachievable goals for yourself, you are setting yourself up for failure before you even begin. If you want to set aside a “cheat meal”, then do so, but if you know you won’t be able to control yourself with only 2 cookies, then wait until your eating is under control before you decide to have one.
In the beginning if you are confused, take small steps. The number one step to beginning, is knowing you are READY. No one can make you ready, or want to exercise and eat clean, that is all up to YOU! Once you have decided you are ready, clean out those cupboards and rid them of junk. If you aren’t ready to give up the cheese on your sandwich, cut your portions in half and eliminate it out of your diet that way. Having tempting food in your cupboards can make your life harder, if you know you have to go down to the grocery store and get it, it may deter you from wanting it. Next, either find a free program on the internet (Livefit ;)) or enlist the help of a personal trainer. If you decide to go to the gym on your own, enlist a workout partner. This doesn’t mean you have to do the same program, just someone you go to the gym with to keep you accountable. Staying on the bandwagon can be hard at times, but surround yourself with people who are like you. Join a fitness class, Facebook group and/or blog ;). You are NEVER alone on your journey.
I know every single person out there is capable of becoming the best you, you can be. So make today YOUR DAY! You will never find time, you must make time. I know we are all busy, but make you a priority. Before you take care of others you must take care of yourself! It may be hard to realize this, but when you are happy with yourself, it pours out into all other aspects of your life.
Before I started weight training, I was unhappy with my body. Now that I have added weight training into my life, I don’t ever think I could quit. It makes me feel and look strong, and I am so much more confident now that I am happy with me. I am NOT perfect by any means, but I think it is finally okay for me to say I am happy with who I am. I work extremely hard for what I have accomplished, and proud of myself. Knowing where I came from and what I have achieved, it is possible for anyone to make those changes.
Before – May 2010 After – September 2012
Nowww for a little crossfit update. Today we did a little WOD called Angie. Angie is a bitch. Here is her workout.
100 hand release push ups
100 sit ups
We have done this WOD before and I beat my time by 8 minutes!!!
Now I know football is starting up again, and this means there will be munchies. If you are a sports fan but don’t want to add an extra 500-700 empty calories to your day, here is a delicious recipe that will keep your hands of the chip bag!
White Bean & Artichoke Dip
*Add your own homemade tortilla chips.
Have a super night!