Y’all. I am eating a Costco pumpkin muffin. It’s the only time of the year that I like their muffins, and oh do I like them. This is a problem. A problem because I’ve been working really hard to get my health on track. In April I started a 21 Day Fix Extreme challenge with my sister. We’d both been hearing about 21 Day Fix, and we thought what the heck-may as well go extreme! We nearly died. Did you know that there is a think called a “Burpy Tuck Jump?” It’s known as other things in my house-things the children aren’t allowed to repeat. Even though the workouts are killer hard (um, hello-EXTREME!) what I love about them is that they’re only 30 minutes. In, out, jump, lift and done. Thirty minutes I can do. Thirty minutes on top of the whole mindset of changing my life-that’s attainable.
So for the first 21 days my sis and I followed the program. We did pretty good. Mainly because the eating part is super simple. I don’t get hungry-I’m eating a TON of food, but it’s GOOD food. Food that helps fuel my body And for the first time ever, without the aid of medications, I lost weight. I haven’t lost a ton. and I definitely have more I’d like to lose, but my clothes fit me different. My arms have definition. I’m not going to go out and buy a new wardrobe or anything-in fact I really would like to get back into the jeans I once wore, but I’m trying to come to terms with that too.
I’m learning that becoming healthy is a journey, not a destination. It’s not a number on the scale or a jean size. It’s about being able to play with my kids and not feel like I’m dying. It’s carrying my body better because I’m caring for my body better. It’s not feeling guilty for “cheating”, because there is no cheating. There’s healthy eating and not healthy eating and there’s the way my body feels after both. For the first time in my life, I don’t feel ashamed for food that I put in my body. If I don’t eat perfect one day, I let that day go and move on to the next, I don’t over-exercise or cut calories to compensate. Life is too short to define myself by the food on my plate. And like one of my best friends said “I’m not a dog, I don’t do tricks for my treats.”
So far I’ve done a few rounds of 21 Day Fix Extreme. I’ve also mixed it up with some of the free on-demand workouts which is awesome, because a)I’m cheep and so is my membership ($12/month is in my budget-so when I DO want to buy that new wardrobe, I can) b) I can try a new class and not look like an idiot in the gym and c) I don’t get bored (this one is the best).
I’ve loved what these programs have done for my body so much that back in July I even became a coach! (The discounts don’t hurt either). I lead an accountability group on Facebook and I try not to be too obnoxious about posting exercise and health related things on social media. So much so that this is the FIRST time I’ve even blogged about it! I know. Crazy. I don’t follow all the rules. I don’t say all the things and post all the posts. But I’m okay with that. Becoming okay with my body is something that I’m working on. It’s going to take time. But that’s okay too. I’m getting there, one burpy tuck jump and pumpkin muffin at a time.
p.s. If you want to get on track to becoming a healthier you, I’d love to get you started and encourage you along the way!