A famous quote my Alfred E. Newman, of my favorite childhood magazine MAD.
As I said in my last blogpost, my mantra is "every day is Monday". Isn't it the truth? Every day I strive to be better than the day before, in my health, my family, and my relationships. While it's easy to dwell on the "should've, could've, would've", I push myself to forget regrets and move forward. Which brings me to discuss my current situation.
The CLEANSE....Now, if you know me you know that i'm not a quick fix kind of gal. I've never gone an entire day w/out food for the sake of "dieting", never did the fad diets like the cabbage soup diet, the Atkins, etc, deprivation is just not my thing. However, when a trusted friend and fitness pal posted in facebook that she was doing a cleanse I was immediately interested. She, like me, approaches fitness as a lifestyle, not as a quick fix, and I was surprised that she'd do a cleanse, based on the fact that most cleanses are juice based and have no food for a specific amount of days. Not For.Me.
So I had to ask, what is this cleanse? She explained that it was a 24 day challenge that included fiber drinks, vitamins, suppliments, energy drinks (warning bells again, I literally stepped back when she offered it to me), and meal replacement powder. And you eat real food every single day. Her reason for doing the challenge was for performance, she runs several marathons a year and wanted to improve her time. I was intrigued. Oh, and she looked amazing, she didn't have much weight to lose, but man her body fat was reduced and her muscles looked fantastic.
After thinking about it for several days, and looking up the company (Advocare) I contacted her to hear more about it. The more I listened the more I wanted to try it. At first seemed complicated, so I took it slow. Starting in October, I began using some of the suppliments (SPARK, Catalyst) to see how I felt, and I really liked them. During the challenge there are some dietary restrictions, so in December I started eliminating some foods and replacing them with better choices. In January I completely gave up coffee.
Now it's my first week of the challenge and I"m very excited to see what happens to my body. Many people have said to me "What are you worried about? You're fit, you exercise, you eat healthy". The funny thing is, I"m not worried, not at all. I am strong, I do eat healthy, I do exercise. But I want to be better, faster, and stronger. Why not? We only have one life to live, and this is my way of making every day count.
Every day I meet with clients and ask them to step out of their comfort level and do things they don't want to do. Give up chocolate, cream in the coffee, stop getting takeout, come to the gym more, etc. How can I ask them to do that if I don't push myself as well? It's fairly easy for me to eat healthy, but to give up some things that I like and eat daily, like coffee, dairy, and wheat, is somewhat of a challenge. A challenge that i'm happy to take on!
So here I am, day 3 of the challenge that I've been priming for since October. I"m dedicating this time to myself to be more healthy, energetic, lean, and focused. Feel free to watch my progress, I'll be posting my stats and will post before and after pictures at the end. I'm starting at 138.5 lbs, 28% bodyfat. Measurement are as follows:
hips 37 (just call me curvy!!)
Why am I making this public? If I put this out there I won't quit, not a chance. So here I am, day 3 of 24 days, feeling pretty darn good. Not suffering by a long shot, eating all kinds of healthy nutritious foods and feeling A-OK.
Wish me luck!!!
This is the name of my blog, and also a mantra that I use quite often. Many people assume that as a trainer or instructor it's easier for us to workout, to get up and exercise, to eat right and not "cheat". Well, its somewhat true, I guess, as we do see firsthand the results of not exercising coupled with poor eating habits, but on the other hand it isn't always easy. While I don't love to get up at ungodly hours to exercise, I know how much better i'll feel at the end of the day knowing I made the effort. Same for eating, I know if I eat poorly all day, or for several days, I'll feel miserable, so instead I'll have mini splurges when the mood strikes, but 80% of the time I"m paying very close attention to what I eat.
That all being said, it's not easy. It's work, damn hard work, and there IS NO FINISH LINE!! Which is discouraging when you first realize this (the first time I heard that I thought NO, really? Oh, I have to be this good ALL the time? Like, forever?), but once you get used to it it's also helpful so as not to plunge into a deep dispair after each time I have a slice of pizza. (Ok, well there you go as I never have just one slice, it's usually three or four) Which brings us around to the title of my blog. EVERY DAY IS MONDAY. That's right. For me, every day I wake up and promise to do better, to become stronger, to be a more forgiving, peaceful and happier person than I was yesterday. To be the person my kids already think I am, and to become the person I want to be.
Damnit, I aim high because I'm the only one who will do that for myself. With that being said, I'm going to welcome you to my blog, and go figure out how I can be better tomorrow. Sweet dreams!