Fitness Update December 2016
I am back with my fitness update. It’s now been a little over two months since I started my challenge group. You can read about that here. Overall things are going pretty well. It hasn’t been easy by far but I am continuing on to make this a new way of life. I have definitely toned up overall. It’s a great feeling to see my definition coming back in my muscles. I am slowly losing weight and not gaining so I consider that a win. I have tried to exercise six days a week, but most weeks I am around 4-6. With my average being five times. Which again is better than my weeks of not working out at all. In the upcoming weeks, I will try to increase that and be more consistently around six.
My exercise program:
Let me just say I love doing PiYo. It’s been a great workout program. It is constantly challenging me. When I am doing the moves, I feel very strong and powerful. Almost as if I can do anything, as cheesy as that may sound. The workouts take about 25-30 minutes with a couple being longer than that. I can tell that I have gotten stronger, as I can do more tricep and regular push-ups. Whereas I couldn’t before. The program has also worked well for my back, which I have been concerned about with previous workout programs. Sometimes my knees get a little sore, but nothing I can’t tolerate.
I took a few days off of exercising over Thanksgiving since we were out-of-town, and I actually started having pinching pains in my shoulder. As soon as I got back to working out, it went away! PiYo is great for stretching and gaining flexibility.The music and instructor are very motivational and inspiring. I have ended up liking PiYo a lot, and even though I am ready to mix things up a little I will continue to do the workouts but mix them in with other workouts as well.
My challenge group:
I can’t say enough great things about my challenge group. It’s one of the best groups I have been a part of and I have met some really great ladies through it. I feel it’s a safe place for sharing my wins and my losses without judgment. My coach and friend Nicole has been super amazing and genuinely cares about you and wants you to succeed. She is a great encourager and goes over and beyond to help you. I am very grateful to have found my coach and my challenge group. They make it fun and offer daily and weekly challenges which help keep your head in the game and keeps you going! I love the accountability the group offers.
It wouldn’t be a fitness update if I didn’t include my struggles. The hardest thing for me has been my eating. I know what you eat makes up 80 percent of your results, so that is where I need to improve. Eliminating soda has been successful and I no longer crave it, my portion sizes are better, and the nighttime snacking has ended but my fast-food, grab something quick on the run is still out of control.
I am really trying to pack healthy snacks for the road since I am on the road a LOT, but sometimes (okay many times) those cheese curds from McDonald’s call my name!! I mean come on! There are billboards plastered everywhere with subliminal messages just prompting me to stop and get some. Of course, Thanksgiving was thrown in there too. I started off really strong but then I started giving in a bit and then fell over the cliff! Who can pass up your mom’s good cooking and treats?! So I definitely had a setback. Now with the approaching holidays, I am hoping to have learned a little from my previous setback.
What I am working on:
This challenge I am working on my eating and cutting back on my carbs, sugars, bread, and pasta. Oh and staying away from McDonald’s!! Which this being my second week in I am doing really well! Yay for staying away from the cheese curds!! My coach has told me to think of food as fuel and if it isn’t healthy and giving fuel to your body it is toxic. I am slowly getting that. The last time I had cheese curds after the first couple bites they just seemed gross to me and made me feel yucky. Why do that to myself? I am trying to hold onto that feeling so the next time I have that urge I will remember how short the gratification is and how long the lasting grossness of it all really is. I am not saying I can’t ever have a treat, but when it goes beyond the occasional treat and becomes more of a consistent weekly thing it’s a bad habit and that’s not okay.
Surprises of it all:
I had to include the surprises in my fitness update. I enjoy working out. Yes, I just said that! Who would have thought?! Yes, I don’t always want to do it, and sometimes I don’t do it but other times I push through and make myself do it. When I do push through I love the feeling I get when I do. I love that I pull myself off the couch and kick myself in the butt and do the workout after all, because when the workout is done I feel amazing!! There really is this high that you get from exercising. I also feel very strong. In the craziness of life and the things that I can’t change or control feeling strong when normally I feel pretty weak and helpless is pretty cool.
One thing my coach encouraged was to find a time that works best for you to workout and stick with it. Find a time so it’s consistent and you can count on that time. It’s making it a priority. I really didn’t believe that until I found my time. I use to think I had to workout in the morning in order to be successful but I could never keep up with it though because I am NOT a morning person. It is hard for me to drag my butt out of my nice warm bed to exercise. Plus I would always get interrupted by someone waking up early.
My magic time I have found has been right after the kids are in bed. It’s my “me time.” I look forward to that time and it just works. I plan my day for it and know that’s when I get it done. Plus then after I workout I shower which makes my mornings run smoother since I took my shower the night before.
The impact on my family:
The other surprise of it all is my kids. My kids have taken notice. They know that’s when mommy is working out. They ask me if I am going to go workout and ask me about my workouts. My kids are taking notice and see me being healthy and taking care of my health. That is amazing! When I started this journey I didn’t think my kids would be such a huge part of my success in my fitness update. They help hold me accountable and ask why I am not working out if I take a rest day. Other times they want to join in and exercise with me. My kids have also taken to “playing” exercise. They are exercising as a form of playing and having fun!! They NEVER did that before! That just makes me smile. That helps erase any feelings of guilt I may ever have for doing this for me. Again it’s not just for me, but them too.
Changes are happening within me. I love the changes happening inside and out and want to keep going. So far I have lost six pounds and lost an inch or two. My clothes fit better and I feel better. I want to motivate others to take that step to do this for yourself. Mom guilt has been an ongoing struggle for me and for making myself a priority, but it’s selfish to not take care of yourself. You can take care of yourself. You can feel better and enjoy exercise. It’s not just about losing weight either, that is just a plus if it happens. Wherever you are in life, start today. It is a slow journey, but a journey worth taking for you, and your family. You are worth it!! You will be a better wife, and mother for doing it.
I also encourage you to find a group to help hold you accountable or a workout buddy. My success for this fitness update comes from the support I have found. Having support from others is the key to great success. If you are interested in joining a group or need help finding a coach you can check out my coach and friend Nicole’s blog. She talks about her journey to becoming healthy. She has an amazing story of how she changed her life and became healthy and wanted to help others as well. I hope to look back on my success one day just like her. Read her story it’s very inspirational, and you won’t be disappointed.
I will be back soon to give another fitness update and hope to hear from you about your fitness update as well. Merry Christmas to all of you and may God bless you in the New Year!