This post is going to be different than my usual posts. For the most part, I’ve written about inspirational or Christianity sorts. While some of them have gotten good feedback, I feel that I need to up the game a bit. After all, it is a new year, so why not try new things? So, now, my desire is to encourage all of my readers to be the healthiest they can be from this point on.
Today, January 9, Beachbody is starting a new health bet, where thousands of challengers all have the same goal: to get healthy. The health bet runs from January 9-February 5…that’s just thirty days. I’ve done the health bet before, and I’ve been a major fan of Beachbody since February of last year. The last time in the health bet, Beachbody pooled together $1,000,000 dollars and if we’ve made our daily allotment of workouts and shakeology, we get an equal share of the portion. This time, however, the potluck is $2,000,000! Wow!
A little about me and my healthy: I love to exercise and I love to eat healthy, whole foods. However, sometimes—ok, ok…often—I fall way off the wagon. I eat junk food like I’ll never be able to have it again. And when I say that, I mean, a brand new bag of potato chips can be finished off in twenty minutes.
I’m of average weight and height. If you could see my eating habits, you’d wonder why I’m not actually obese. I’ve got only God to thank for that one! If I went to the doctor today, they’d tell me that while I should exercise more, I’m at a healthy weight.
But here’s the deal.
As a woman, it’s easy for us to feel uncomfortable in our skins. We’re just not happy with the way we look when we’re out of our clothes. Well, most aren’t, anyway. So, what do we do? A good many of us (me) sit on the couch or in bed and stuff ourselves with greasy, definitely not good for you, potato chips.
While we can be considered “healthy” at first glance, there’s a lot of things going on on the inside that even doctors don’t see unless they’re running all kinds of tests.
Here are my issues: I’m 33 years old with knee problems, back problems and I have arthritis in both of my wrists. I’m a writer, so arthritis in my wrists is a major deal to me. I’m afraid I’ll one day become incapacitated and won’t be able to use my hands and type. While there are other options to work on my novels, I get things done by hand much quicker.
Speaking of writing: I sit down at my computer and type whenever I’m not working. Or if I’m not writing, I’m watching TV. I don’t get up and walk around (I don’t even pay attention the 15 minutes per hour rule). I tend to get too engrossed in writing my novels, or I can be just plain ole’ lazy. And it’s easy to spend less time cooking healthy food and just grab takeout or cookies and eat while being a couch potato. This is why on the one hand, I don’t mind retail. I walk around and pick up heavy stuff. But four to six hours a day four days a week doesn’t help the healthier me.
The reason I mention my issues is because I had them last year when I consistently worked out (give or take a few weeks or a few months due to lack of motivation—more on that in another post). My program of choice is 21 Day Fix, instructed by Autumn Calabrese. As the name implies, it’s 21 days of hardcore workouts. It’s a good beginner program if you’ve never worked out before, as well as a good intermediate. If you want intermediate to advance, check out 21 Day Fix Extreme. It’s the same deal, but pushes you to the limit. I love it, but wow, all that jumping!!
While a lot of people prefer low-intensity workouts, I opt for high intensity. I feel as though I’m getting more for my buck, if you get my drift. And typically it takes 21 days to break a bad habit and start a new one. You use these cute, color coded containers to stuff your veggies and your fruits and protein, and so on. It makes meal planning a little bit easier. After doing the program twice, I realized that my wrists, which were killing me to the point of tears, weren’t hurting me at all. I even did the evil burpees without mortification, and without realizing what I’d just done until after the fact. I cried tears of joy. I found myself getting stronger every day without even realizing it.
The sad part of it all, I got out of the habit. I live with two other people who enjoy their carbs and their fried foods, I just caved in. Then came the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays (how on earth am I supposed to turn down pecan pie?!) It’s been months since I’ve worked out. And my job working retail is also tiring. I actually consider that working out because I’m walking around all the time and I’m lifting very heavy boxes and totes…excuses!!! On top of it all, my knees are killing me, my wrists are unbearable, I can’t fit into clothes I was able to wear last summer, and summer 2017 will be here before I know it!
My New Year’s resolution was to get back to my healthy eating plan and stick with it, whether I have support from people around me or not. It’s all up to me (and ultimately you if you’re in the desire of getting into shape).
It won’t be easy, but the things worth it are never easy. Case in point: my novel. I wrote that bloody thing for seven years trying to perfect it. I almost gave up many times. But I was determined to finish it, and now I’ve published it. I’ve gotten nine positive reviews on Amazon, and a couple from Barnes and Noble. Good things are worth fighting for. And good things are worth the wait. After all, no one can achieve the body of their dreams overnight. It takes a good many months. This is a mindset I’m currently teaching myself of.
Back to the health bet.
I’m dedicating the entire thirty days of this Beachbody health bet to focus on getting my mojo back on. This month I will choose to do Core De Force. I love karate, so this will be perfect for me. And I hear it’s much like Les Mills Combat, which I’m in love with! That said, I’m excited to welcome the new year with a new, healthier, determined me. Each week, I plan on giving you the results of the previous. But after this health bet ends, I won’t stop what I started. One month doesn’t make a difference in your life if you don’t keep polishing it.
Even if you aren’t involved with this health bet, or even Beachbody, I encourage you to take thirty minutes to an hour each day to do some working out.
Be warned, you’ll regret doing it…said no one ever!
Who’s with me? Comment below on what you plan to do to take healthy back. Feel free to share healthy recipes or healthy tips. Who knows? I just may give a shout out to you in one of my future blogs! And if you haven’t already, ‘like’ my blog so you can keep up-to-date with my progress.
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