My Fitness Journey + New Year's Resolution

Since my child was born I have struggled getting the weight off. People said it would fall right off like a dress on prom night, but trust me that didn't happen! I had no energy to exercise, I was always hungry but eating terrible foods, and I just figured I could ride the "I just had a baby" train for a while. Well it's been 20 months and that train has been parked at the station and begging me to get off.

I had purchased BeachBody's T25 after being up in the middle of the night with my baby boy and watching the infomercial. I figured it was only 25 minutes and anyone could do that. I then excitedly purchased it and figured I'd be ripped in 30 days. Yea, no. Doesn't happen like that. Though the workouts were amazing, I wasn't able to do them every day since my baby was still so young and needed me during those short 25 minute workouts. But more than that I was still eating like a teenage boy. Pizza, soda, candy, anything and everything I could get my hands on. This was partly because I was nursing and was famished all the time! But partly because I had my first class seat on the "I just had a baby" train. My excuses ran out of value at about 3 months postpartum. 

I struggled and struggled for months after that. I went to Weight Watchers, I tried counting calories with MyFitnessPal, and I tried a local fitness challenge. But nothing was working. All it was teaching me was that to lose weight I had to obsess over numbers. And let me tell you, I HATE numbers! I'm bad at math and counting makes me sad and being sad makes me want to eat. All that being said, I gave up. I accepted the fact that I was overweight and that is who I was going to be.

But all that changed around August. I, again, was up and watching infomercials (you would think with 700 channels I'd find something else to watch) and I got sucked in to the 21 Day Fix by BeachBody.  I thought it was a little gimmicky with their Life Savor colored containers and this tiny little fitness girl saying that she uses portion control. I mean, come on! Perhaps it was my urge to spend money or my need to buy another fitness program to blame my weight loss fail on, that I purchased the program regardless.

When the program arrived I started right away. I'm not one to wait until Monday to start a new thing because once Monday comes I'll put it off and do it the next week. Before I know it a whole year of Monday's have gone by. So I started. I did 5 out of the 7 workouts that week and used those colored containers religiously. I lost 5lbs. I did "cheat" a little by having my wine. But the way I look at it is that it is not a diet but a lifestyle change. Portion control and clean eating is not a quick fix. It's a change. I was not and will not give up some of the small pleasures in life.

I was hooked from the first day. I was feeling better. The workouts were lower impact so I didn't hurt my already tender knee and the fitness gal wasn't annoying! Even my 20 Month old loves to workout with me!

Fast forward through the holidays, all the food, family time, and throwing clean eating out the window (well not completely). I didn't gain any weight because I was more conscious about what I was eating and I was getting my workouts in when I could.

It is almost New Years and all those weight loss resolutions are starting to surface all over social media. Most will fail within the first few weeks of 2015 but not mine. I started my resolution a little while back at the start of the 21 Day Fix. I don't believe that you should wait until the New Year to start something new - to change your life around. If you truly want to change, start now!

 I started my healthy lifestyle on a random day in a random month. However, what I will start for the new year (actually 5 days early) is being a BeachBody Coach. I just opened my coach "business" partly for the discount (I will not lie - no one likes to pay full price for anything) but also because I love to help people. I have seen changes in myself and I know I can help others see changes. I talk enough about the program to anyone and everyone, I might as well be able to help too!

So here it is, the end of 2014 and my struggle to grasp on to anything that will help with my health and the beginning of 2015 where I have changed my lifestyle and am able to help others do the same. I am excited for this new venture of health and fitness as well as helping those achieve what I have in these past few weeks!

Oh, plus I have a trip to the Dominican planned for 20 day's from now....that gives me a little incentive too ;)

*If you or someone you know has been interested in the BeachBody Programs, 21 Day Fix, or have questions please contact me! I have recipes here on my blog that work with the 21 Day fix and are delicious - check them out