I say this all the time, CHANGE IS POSSIBLE – DAY BY DAY. I also say, I believe it is easier then you think. But, have you heard why I say that?
I say it because I BELIEVE IT. We can change, we can get what we want. But, we can’t do it overnight. Heck if you have 10 lbs to lose, remember those 10 lbs did not appear overnight, so why expect them to disappear overnight. And, for some of us, we have a lot more then 10 lbs to lose. That was me at first, I had at least 30 lbs I wanted to lose, and yes I wanted it gone overnight. I wanted that magic pill that would just do all the work for me. I even attempted some of those “weight loss” pills on the market, and ummm, they were just a scam. A lot of money, no results and actually some have really negative results on the body.
What I found, was Beachbody. I first used their program, Slim in 6. It starts off with a 1/2 hour workout everyday. Hmm, I can find a half hour a day to get some real physical activity in. Something a little more then what I was doing (work, tv, and eating.) What I also did was read the nutritional guide that came with it. It showed me some basic things to eating right. Like, one of my changes- watching portion sizes of what I was eating. OMG, I realized that the restaurants give us way more then we should eat. So, I cut it all in half. That was probably my first week of the program, add in a half hour workout and then cut back on the portion sizes of what I was eating. Two small changes that I knew I could and had to make time to do in my life.
The second week, Slim in 6 program ramped up to 45 minute workouts. Ok, so they got a little harder and a little longer, but I could do it. What is 15 minutes more. Plus, I started doing a little bit more to my daily diet. I realized sugar was bad. I really cut down on sugar- no more sweet tea or sugar in my tea. I ate less cookies and candy and treats that were laying around the office. I started drinking more water, aiming for the 8 glasses a day. And, I took a multi-vitamin (now I drink Shakeology). Ok, so week 2 was just a little bit more then week 1. Not a lot of huge changes.
Oh yeah, did I get on the scale everyday. Yes. Did I take that tape measure out every week, yes. Did I always see the scale drop, no. Did I get bummed, hell ya. I wanted those first 5 lbs to be gone. I lost 1 pound my first week. I lost 2.5 lbs my second week. So, it was heading in the right direction, but it wasn’t overnight.
I kept doing this. I kept making small changes in my life. I started taking snacks to work to eat 5 times a day. I started packing a few lunches. I made an attempt to walk just a little more, maybe take steps instead of an elevator, or walk the dog just a little further. I made healthier choices – chicken verses pasta with alfredo sauce. Whole wheat verse white. I did not do this all at once. I just did a little more each week.
Did I have hard times? YES. Did I miss workouts? YES. Life gets in the way sometimes. I had to have a piece of cake at that party, or a glass of wine with dinner. It was what I wanted. But, then the next day, I said- Heather, if you keep doing this you won’t get the results YOU want. So, clean up your act, go push plan and just move on. That is what I did. I fell off the wagon, but jumped back on. Did I look back and beat myself up over my mistakes? NO. It’s a learning process. It takes time to make lifestyle changes and to get them right. Heck, I still mess up. But, I move on.
By week 5 of Slim in 6, I literally started to feel my body’s metabolism kick into gear. I remember laying in bed at night and felt like my body was melting. Those 4 weeks of small changes were starting to finally kick in. I was starting to feel the results, believe in what I was doing. Had I wanted the quick fix, I would have quit in week 1 or 2. But, I stuck with it. I kept going, kept focus on my small changes. By the end of my Slim in 6 program, I was down 11.5 pounds. I huge start to reaching my goals. Was it over night? NO. But, I was starting to see a habit forming. My body wanted to eat clean and it wanted to workout. It wanted to do what was right for me. It was just the start of my journey that I believe has no ending.
So, my story is- CHANGE IS POSSIBLE. You can get the results YOU want. But, you can’t do it overnight. Nor should you give up everything you love all at once. Just make small changes each day or each week. Give yourself a new goal to focus on for the week (no soda this week.) It makes these changes real and possible. If I had to add in an hour a day of exercise and give up or change everything I loved to eat all at once, I would have flipped out. I probably would have lasted 2 weeks tops and then would have went ballistic and ate everything in sight and started to sit back on the couch and watch TV again. But, because each day I just focused on a small change, I DID CHANGE. I did reach my goals, and am aiming for new and bigger ones.
Beachbody has the solution. Let me help you. Beachbody has fitness programs for everyone, so let’s find one that you like and will keep you pushing play everyday. Let’s stay accountable to each other by joining my Facebook page for support. Let’s focus on eating right through the meal planner. Let’s get you to make the small changes everyday that will get you the results you want.
Change is Possible, One Day at a Time.