Before long I got my first personal “check-in” from Brittia. Knowing that she could check in at any time, helped me always try to stay on top of my workouts and eating plan so that I could respond positively when she checked in again! There were times when I was so discouraged and Brittia would help me change my focus from the results to how I was doing something good for myself.
When I have done workout programs alone in the past, I have always run into a wall at some point. Life would get hard. Stress would take over. Frustration with my progress would take me down. Feeling alone, like I was the only one struggling to keep the weight off! But being a part of a group totally changed this whole picture. Other women would post about their struggles - depression, medical issues, long work hours, house full of sick kiddos...you fill in the blank. There was a women from every stage of life, dealing with everyday struggles of life that we all face! Life is hard, and life can get you down, but these women weren’t letting life beat them! And this gave me courage to keep trying my best too.
We all want to see results when we work hard at something. Especially in fitness, we want to see visual results!! Well, my results didn’t show up on the scale or in my measurements after just one month of working out. I had to learn that there are several factors of “results” when it comes to faithful exercise. Each day I checked off my workout calendar, I felt stronger, both mentally and physically. Every time I drank my Shakeology, I felt relieved to know that I was eating at least one really balanced and nutritious meal in the middle of my busy day! By sticking to something I had started, I felt I could take on some of my other goals that I had always procrastinated. I learned how far just a little bit of effort each day can take a person! After a workout, I always felt good, happy, and responsible. I wasn’t neglecting myself anymore and it made me stronger to give of myself to those around me.
As I went along, I realized that this is a life change. You can’t just do one exercise program and expect to “be” fit. Being fit is a way of life, it’s something you do every day, it is a lifestyle. And this meal planning stuff...you know, no sugar, less carbs, more veggies? That has to be a lifestyle change too! This was kind of hard for me to swallow. I mean, who doesn’t love a fresh baked pie, the aroma of homemade bread sifting through the house, a soft baked chocolate chip cookie with a glass of milk!? I thought I had to give it all up. And then Brittia stepped in again and introduced me to a Paleo meal plan. This meal plan had dessert, homemade muffins, and mouth watering dinner dishes! Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean gross food!! But you do have to change the way you cook, the ingredients you use, and watch the balance.