Self-improvement has always been important to me. Over the past 10 years my weight has been one of my biggest challenges both mentally and physically. I’ve been falling off the fitness wagon and getting back on for years. How many people can relate to that?
There was a time when I was in fantastic shape because I made it a priority. I’m still holding on to those memories but that’s all they are at this point. Does this sound familiar ? So what happened? All I can say is, life happened. I got married, had three kids, worked, and relocated to four states over the years. My story is no different from many other women out there.
Being a good wife and mother requires that we take care of ourselves in order to be at our best. Over the years, I didn’t always do that and it has taken some time to embrace that. Today, I want to be the best version of myself. We each have to decide what that version is for ourselves.
It’s time to make myself a priority again. I’ve never been comfortable with the weight gain, and I feel like I’m looking at an imposter in the mirror. So it’s time for the real me to appear.
My eating habits are my biggest downfall. I love sugar. I’m a snacker, and sometimes I snack at night. And the confession of all confessions is, I’m a three-time Weight Watcher (WW) drop out. Yes, three times!! I rarely quit things but I’ve allowed myself to quit on ME three times. Unbelievable!!
For years, I’ve told myself that I lack discipline, I’m too busy and it’s just too hard. The reality is, I’ve endured many challenges and struggles in my life but I persevered. I lost both of my parents within four years of one another and it hurt me to my core but I’m still standing. I miss them everyday. I lost my dad to a heart attack and my mom to cancer.
It’s time to do something different because I have the opportunity to make a change. I just began a 21 day clean eating challenge with two of my friends. We are on day four. So far so good. It also requires 5-6 days of cardio for an hour a day.
I’m proud to say I’ve been exercising for a while now but the time has come to really deal with the eating habits. I have begun my quest to lose at least 40-50 pounds. The best part about this is I have two friends who are participating in the challenge too. We got one another’s back.
The plan is not for the faint of heart. No Alcohol, Fried Foods, Processed Foods, Artificial Sweeteners, Breads, Candy, Cereal, Cheese, Chips, Soft Drinks, Flour, Fructose, Fruit Juice, Processed Meats, Salad Dressings, Sucrose, Sugar, Pasta, Ice Cream…
We are going for our first consultation with Lean Styles Proactive Weight Loss and Fitness Center in Cincinnati on Tuesday. Some of the ladies that I’ve met from that gym have incredible stories and their before and after results are AMAZING.
I decided to write about this on my blog to keep myself accountable. Normally I’d keep my fitness plans to myself for fear of having to admit failure. I’m tired of talking about what I used to be and shying away from what I could be. It’s time to get it done, and start enjoying the fullness of life.
GET READY FOR MY AFTER PHOTO.
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Peace and Blessings,