First of all, let me start off by saying, “CONGRATULATIONS!!” to all of you that stuck it out throughout the 30 days. I don’t know about you but it helped me get through January, which is usually the coldest, most depressing month in Minnesota. What really helped the most was that I wasn’t in this alone….I knew I had friends out there who were working just as hard as I was to stay on track!! Thank you!!
Was it hard for you to stick to the things you gave up? I will admit, that at times it sure was….especially during the first week. But once my body got used to going without the sugar or alcohol the cravings were easier and easier to overcome. Confession : I stayed true to no alcohol for the full month, however, I did have some trail mix and a muffin with chocolate in it, but other than that, it was hands-off of processed sugar. Whoooo hoooooo!!!
As far as the rest of my diet was concerned : I ate clean the majority of the time, focusing on fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats, eggs, and nuts, what I would aim to eat regularly. I won’t lie and say I eat this way all of the time, for every meal, because I still had pizza, nachos, and homemade macaroni and cheese this month. I don’t really even like calling this a 30 diet challenge. Why? Because I really like to think of it as a lifestyle modification. I believe in balance – outside of these 30 days, I like to enjoy a little bit of everything, but also keeping myself in check, so I don’t fly off the track. That being said, balance requires discipline and an effort on our part, which is one of the main takeaways I hope you achieved from challenging yourself!!
Was it hard for you to drink a gallon of water each day?? I must say that most days, I hit my target or got really close. It was the days I got busy with stuff, running errands, or forgot to bring my water around with me, etc. where I fell short.
That brings me to exercise. I kept my exercise regimen consistent to the way I typically train, listening to my body, taking rest when I needed it. The main change this month was that I started to add in more yoga, which was a missing piece to what my body needed. I used to attend regular classes, however, fell off the yoga wagon shortly after my youngest was born….so it had been awhile! You are probably familiar that I am an advocate for pushing hard and challenging yourself, however, I think it is equally important to slow it down and stretch, reflect, and challenge your body in this way as well. Yoga is definitely something that will remain in my routine! If you are looking for yoga to do from home, I encourage you to check out Yoga with Adriene or BodyRock Yoga
So what did I really want you to learn from all of this?? There are a few things (and these will be different for all of us). I wanted to show you how important diet and exercise can be to achieving the results you want. To be honest, exercise is the easy part. As the saying goes, “Anyone can workout for an hour. It is controlling what goes on your plate the other twenty-three that is the hard part.” So I hope this showed you how strong you are and how powerful and determined you can be. You can do a million crunches, ab exercises, etc. but if your diet isn’t consistent, it will be harder to achieve “a six pack,” if this is a goal of yours, abs are made in the kitchen (cliche). Now I want to take a moment here to say – don’t get yourself down in this arena. Is it really about having abs or not having abs anyway?? To be honest, it should be more about feeling healthy and happy, because the way your abs “look” will always be changing – day to day they will look different due to a number of factors including, water retention, body fat percentage, etc. Which brings me to another sensitive arena…the scale.
The scale tells us one thing….a number. What it doesn’t measure is how awesome, amazing, fun, and brilliant we are!! Don’t let the number on the scale define you….break free of the chains and shift your focus to what your body has achieved and the potential it has to accomplish some pretty cool things. Challenge yourself, stay consistent, and trust the process – diet and exercise are all you need.
Which brings me to the moment you have all been waiting for…lol. My results. I have already shared a little bit about my diet and exercise. I want to note that I took no other supplementation other than an occasional unflavored BCAA and whey protein. My starting weight on the left was 142 lbs. and my ending weight on the right was 136 lbs. Not a drastic change, but once again, in my opinion, a visual difference is more powerful than what the scale says. So there you have it! I hope you learned a thing or two, had fun, love yourself a little bit more, and increased your mental awareness, focus, and determination!! XOXOXO
January 1 – January 31 (no filters or editing)
**I would like to note that weight loss was not a desire of mine, but I included a starting and ending weight for “tracking” sake. My sole goal was to show the importance of diet and exercise and how the body responds to proper nutrition.