Change is Hard; Change is Worth It!

Change is hard! It doesn’t matter what is going on in your life, where the change is (personal or work), change is hard. It is in our nature to live routine lives. Whether you realize it or not, you most likely have a pattern or certain order that you do things every single day. Getting ready to leave the house, for example. Get up, shower, get kids ready, eat, etc. Whatever your routine, wherever it lies in the day, you’ve got ’em.

Changing these routines is scary and can be stressful if not done for the right reasons. Working out, for example. If you have to do it rather than want to do it, it’s much harder to make time for it. If it’s not in your routine already, it is very likely that you laugh at adding anything else to your day – especially a workout. (I get it! Trust me! 5 kiddos (okay, only 4 at home) and a full time job – I get it! <3) But I’d be willing to bet you could fit 30 minute workouts into that routine of yours.

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Here’s the thing, though. Sometimes you gotta be at your breaking point before you’ll either consider it or seriously make the time for it. (Yes – MAKE the time – you won’t find it if you look for it.) Breaking point = your point of no return, your hard limit of “I am not gaining another pound”, “I am not wearing those pants anymore!” Whatever it is, everyone has one.

My favorite excuse used to be “I don’t have time”. I didn’t have time to prepare healthy food, so I ate what was easy (and typically not healthy). I didn’t have time to workout and was absolutely not getting up any earlier to do it. (After all, I need my sleep more, right?!)

Mine was when I could no long fit into my size 14 jeans. I had had my 5th child, and been back to work for a year and a half. I went to get dressed one day and a size 14 was no longer comfortable. I was also fluctuating between 170 and 180 pounds and am only 5’4″. I knew I was going to have to go shopping and bump up to a size 16. Regardless of details; I was done.

Without a second thought, I started doing Zumba on my XBox 360 and absolutely loved it. It was hard. Taking 30-60 minutes out of my time with my husband or my kids just so I could work out. But, I did it. I lost about 20lbs this way, Zumba at home. Then I realized maybe I should start eating less. I had heard of MyFitnessPal so figured I’d start tracking my calories. This worked wonderfully! I lost another 20lbs. A total of 40 pounds in 6 months! I was ecstatic.

Right no-excuses_nhere is where everything kind of plateaued for me. I kept working out and counting calories. But I wasn’t consistently pushing myself harder, wasn’t watching what I was eating, just how much I was eating. I reached another downfall in 2014. That is when everything really began to change for me (more on that later). But, the point is, even as a mother of 5 working outside the house full time, I made a point to change my life.

My family is worth me spending 30-60 minutes a day on me. The happier and healthier I am the better off my entire family is. I know this is a pretty blunt statement, and I’m sorry if it is offensive, but it’s true. You’ve got to take care of you! So, what’s your breaking point?

Workout when you can

Busy, busy day today!
I – personally – am a not a fan of working out in the morning. There are a ton of benefits when you make your workout a morning routine, but I still can’t/won’t get up early enough to do it. 🙂
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Anyway, I knew it was going to be near impossible to get a workout in with today’s schedule. So guess what I did?! Yup, worked out in the morning before doing anything else. Nothing to distract me, nothing to keep me tied up too long to get it done.
It was a little difficult this morning – not a morning person 😉 BUT I am so glad I did. My post workout high still hit head on. I don’t want to go back to bed like I did before I worked out. I am very focused this morning; been more productive in the last 2.5 hrs that I have been in a 5 hour period lately. It’s wonderful!
Being a mother of 5 (4 at home) and working a full time job it’s hard to get any me time in. But I made myself a priority this year and make that time. If I can do it so can you! It may seem impossible, but I promise you, making yourself your #1 priority and cutting out that “me” time for yourself will change your life! Try it for a day, a week, a month. Make a habit of it! 😀 I promise you, you won’t regret it!

Progress is Progress Regardless of Size

I must admit, I am an instant gratification girl. In the past I have gotten stuck in the rut of “I don’t see / feel anything different, I’m done, this isn’t working!” I have learned so much over the past couple of months. It’s not about the changes you see tomorrow or the next day. In fact, you may not see the changes for weeks or even months.

Why? I believe one of the biggest reasons is because we are our own worst critics; to the point of destruction often times. You also see yourself every day. You know when you don’t see a child or a pet for a long time, they always seem bigger. If it’s not in front of you every single day your eyes and brain allow you to see difference / change.

Making change is hard and scary. Often times the combination of not seeing the results and not being able to cut out old, bad habits play a big role. You, and only you, know what you’re really doing. What you’re eating. What you’re drinking. How many “oh, just one” you have in a day. You get the point, right? So if you’re fully honest with yourself, are there really no changes? Did you sabotage yourself? Or are you are over-judging what you see in the mirror?

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This is one of the reasons it is super important to weigh, take measurements, and take pictures before you even start a challenge. Day-by-day you’re not going to see your body change, your muscles building and toning; over time you will. But how are you going to compare if you don’t have anything to compare with?!

The biggest thing to remember is progress is progress, no matter how large or small. The fact that you took a step to move forward is progress by itself!

Positive Changes

Anyone who knows me or reads this blog knows I have tried a few different things to try to lose weight and live healthier lifestyle. Well, I’ve finally found it!

I went to a class called Pound one night. After class I wanted to ask the instructor a few questions. We got to talking and she mentioned something about this thing called PiYo. I had tried it once and liked it. Apparently enough to get myself into a 60-day PiYo Challenge. I believe this is the best thing I could have ever done for myself!

This challenge comes with all the 30-minute workouts you need (YES – you get to work out from home!), a customizable meal plan, tape measure, and more. I was already familiar with the “container” system introduced with the 21-day Fix. So when I was reading the meal plan for PiYo it seemed to make sense to use the containers to help out.

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The combination of using these containers, plan my food for a week, and prep my food on Sundays has made it so easy for me to get my butt back in gear with eating right – health – not just counting calories. On top of that these PiYo workouts were a kick in the butt. They were fun but man did they work my body. I still have 2 1/2 more weeks to go and a totally stoked about it! (Focus T25 is next!)

The picture of my shoulder is 3-4 weeks into the program. I was actually taking the picture as a before picture. But then, when I saw it, I nearly bounced through the roof! I didn’t even know I had muscles there! lol!

Needles to say; it’s a great feeling to find something that works! Something I feel like I’m a part of!