I don’t know about you but I struggle every day with eating healthy, staying fit and losing weight.
I have been on so many fad diets out there. I have followed many fitness gurus online. Many that promised you x amount of weight loss in x amount of time. And you have no idea how many online workout plans or home workout DVDs I have purchased. I have tried Weight Watchers and Medifast. I even joined a local gym for some time. Nothing was sustainable. Or better yet, I was not sustaining any of them.
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I know. I know. Being consistent in your workout and developing a healthy eating habit will get you to your end goal. But it is so much easier said than done.
After having 4 kids and creeping up to my 40s, I could tell that my body was slowing down. I was an avid pop drinker. Coffee with tons of sugar and creamers. I ate whatever I wanted and whenever. I rarely drink water. I was always on the go.
I don’t ever recall a time in my adulthood that I was able to just slow down and relax. Grabbing whatever was available trying to re-fuel myself before I head out to the next things on my list.
It wasn’t until I hit 40 and was at one of our vacations that I told myself that I had to stop and take care of myself. I had been so focused on taking care of others and making sure I was able to provide for my family that I had let myself go. Some serious self-reflection was needed!
One day shortly after returning from our vacation, as I was scrolling through Facebook, an ad popped up. An ad that I have seen way too many times and disregarded it each and every time. However, on this particular day as I have been thinking about how to take my life back, this ad came to me like a sign. I quickly clicked on this ad to see what it was all about. Without a second thought, I signed up for their service. And that was it! That crazy, annoying Facebook AD got me. It really got me! 🙂 And I am honestly so grateful it did.
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So, what is this ad I am talking about? Well, let me tell you. This ad was of a local gym offering their 6-week health and fitness program. It included one on one coaching, meal plans, and group fitness classes. I thought… What do I have to lose? It is 6 weeks of my life that I can try to do this or 6 weeks of going on as I have. I had no idea what I was getting into. Only thing I knew at that time was that I was doing this.
I remember going into orientation and just soaking in on all the information. Looking around the gym, I saw people just like me (or at least I think just like me); trying to make a better version of themselves. I started the program out strong, following everything to a T. Meal planning, working out 3-5 days a week, drinking water, checking in with the coach weekly. By the time week 4-5 rolled around, I officially joined the gym. My main goal or motivation was to lose weight.
Did I see any weight loss around this time? Not much at all. So why did I commit to yet another gym membership? While I did not see the scale moved, I noticed my mind and thinking have never been clearer, I was more focused and I was sleeping better. I felt really good about myself.
I have continued with this gym for now over a year. I love the workouts, the coaches and the community there. I felt like I fit in. I never felt like I was out of place. Everyone is so supportive of each other. It is like a huge family. In and out in 30-minute sessions but during those 30 minutes, we are one big fit family.
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Since I have been with the gym I have not noticed significant weight loss. What I found was unexpected. I went into working out and eating more healthy in the hopes of losing weight. But what I have gained is so much more powerful than that. I have learned that the numbers on the scale do not mean a thing even though it took me a long time to come to terms with that. My clothes are fitting better. I am physically and mentally stronger. I have learned to love myself in my body. I have learned not to let others view of me bother me. I have developed the confidence that I did not know I had.
I still have a long way to go. I still struggle with my eating habit but working on it every day. There are times that I do so well with meal prepping and eating “right” then there are times that I just let loose. Life gets hectic and I may just want to relax instead of being in my kitchen prepping my meals for the week. Or I may not even have the chance to get my meals prepped. Whatever the case may be, I am listening to my body.
So as life continues, I will continue on my journey with health and wellness in mind.