I know that. I’ve done them before. But I’ve always assumed that sticking to a fitness program was just not something I could do. I like to eat . . . a lot. And I hate to exercise. When my bad habits finally caught up with me and my metabolism slowed down I figured I was stuck.
I have a lot of things I blame it on. Bedrest, my kids for making me tired, stress that prevents me from doing anything about it. But the truth is I’ve blamed everyone but myself. I stopped making myself a priority.
I’ve heard that you have to hit rock bottom to make a change. For me, that wasn’t true. I couldn’t make a change at rock bottom. I had to get myself in a good place emotionally first before I could make any lasting changes to my habits.
I’m in a good place now. Everyone is happy and healthy. We’ve come to grip with our son’s death and despite all odds, now have a beautiful and healthy baby girl. We’re well employed and back to living in a place we love. Life is good. So no more excuses.
I came across a saying this week that has stuck with me. “It takes 4 weeks for you to see your body changing. It takes 8 weeks for friends and family and it takes 12 weeks for the rest of the world.”
I’m big on instant gratification but some things in life take some time to see results. I’m trying to remember that as I work to build new habits. The HJ-323U connected pedometer has been keeping me on track. I can’t fool myself into thinking that I’ve been active when I haven’t. The first few days using it were slow as I realized just how sedentary I was but I am proudly hitting 10,000 steps a day.
I was exhausted last week as my body adjusted to my new activity level. At the suggestion of Kim from What’s that Smell? I upped my protein and that has made such a huge difference in my energy level. It doesn’t hurt that I can’t stay awake past 9 pm anymore and if you know me and the major issue’s I’ve had with sleep in the last few years that’s amazing.
So, as I said, I can do hard things. And I’m doing this. I’m down about 8 pounds since this challenge started but I’m not really as excited about the numbers as I am about the daily changes I see. My new habits are really what is going to get me where I want to be and living the life I want. Not the numbers on the scale.
Several of you have told me you are doing this challenge right along with me. How are your fitness goals going?
This post is sponsored Omron Fitness as a collaboration with Bookieboo Blogging Network and Mamavation – a community dedicated to weight loss for women and obesity prevention for families. I was provided with product and compensation for my time and honest opinions.