I was thinking about that yesterday as I was lying around with a stomach bug. Getting sick with something is one of my biggest derailers from a program of any type because I feel like it just throws me off my game. I lay around being lazy, and loving being lazy, and start to wonder why I ever bother with doing any different. Terrible, I know. Consistency has never been a strong point of mine and that is where it really gets me. I'm working on that though.
- I am doing this because grasping at straws is better than not grasping at all.
- I am doing this because it is working.
- I am working the program because the program works, because I have seen real change with my very own eyes, and because I see results quickly even in myself.
- I am choosing my life, not letting my life happen to me.
- I feel good when I eat well, when I exercise, when I read my scriptures daily, when I pray daily, and when I attend the temple regularly.
- I know all those things and have experienced their trans-formative effect and yet I still need to be reminded of it from time to time. All I can figure is that it's a byproduct of being human.
- I want to help people. I feel at my best and most fulfilled when I do. I believe people are often put in the paths of others to help them, to be someone else's answer to a prayer. I've had so many be that for me that I can only hope I can be that for even just one other person so that I can pay it forward..... even if these things are sometimes hard to share.
- I am doing this because I love myself, not because I hate who I am. You don't have to dislike yourself to want to be the best version of you.
- I want to be prepared for anything that life may throw at me. I want to know that I have done all I can to prepare my body physically and nutritiously as well as my mind/spirit emotionally and spiritually for anything that may come in life. If I am better prepared myself then I will not only be able to weather whatever life may bring, but I will be better equipped to help those around me, including my children.
- I am doing this because it feels like it fits best with my personal and religious beliefs about health... slow and steady, line upon line, creates lasting and real change. Part of my test on earth is mastery of my body that was given to me as a gift from my Heavenly Father. Moderation in all things is so very important. Balance in all areas of life is also. Accountability keeps us focused. There is so much in the world to distract us from what is important and Satan is out to take the things that he most desires because he cannot have- bodies and families.
- I want to instill good habits in my children at a young age so that they have the tools and are better equipped so that they are less likely to face these same struggles when they are adults themselves. They already make great choices, love healthy things and exercise, and are pretty balanced kids...but there is always opportunity for teaching and improvement and for leading by example.
I really missed my regular foods and routine yesterday. Thankfully my Shakeology settled in my system just fine or I would have been sorely missing out on any nutrients at all. It was hard though to not get any sort of exercise. It wasn't at all that I felt guilty not doing it or that I had to. It was just that I missed it and I was sad that my body was making it very clear that it was going to have none of it. Thank goodness today is much better and I was able to enjoy my Burn Intervals, even getting a second wind halfway through it. That does have to be about the fastest I have ever bounced back from food poisoning.
I'm not trying to be 'salesy' or anything... just sharing what I have seen and experienced. I have read a lot of testimonials, even from people I personally know from my real life (don't you sometimes feel like testimonials are from 'fake' people?) about how these groups have changed their lives, how Shakeology has taken away migraines or improved ADD or inflammatory diseases (such as RA and fibromyalgia) or taken them off antidepressants entirely. I have read much about the health benefits of various foods and believe in the power of using good food and herbs to heal and strengthen our bodies. I was shocked when actually looking at Beachbody programs to discover how many of them were ones that friends had raved about for years and loved doing. I never had any clue these had all been from the same company. I knew about P90X and Insanity being 'related'. I did not know it was also the same company behind Slim in 6 (there were a lot of Nutrisystem people doing that as their workout regime), Yoga Booty Ballet, Brazil Butt Lift, Les Mills Body Pump, Rockin Body, Turbo Jam, Turbo Fire, and more. Did you?? Seriously, if I had known that sooner I really probably would have jumped on their products a lot sooner. Truthfully, knowing how great the fitness programs are makes me feel a lot more confident in their other lines of products (like the Shakeology and other vitamins and skin care).
I will say, Shakeology and the other programs are expensive. I am a total frugal shopper. I have even taught couponing classes for years. I love yard sales and thrift stores. So dropping $120 for a meal replacement shake? I don't care if it works out to $4 a meal, that's still a lot in my book. I have really good health insurance coverage so I wasn't going to factor in the savings in medical bills that would come from improved health or fewer medications. I did look at it this way in the end.... a month of Nutrisystem (which I'm most inclined to compare against because of my previous success with it) is roughly $280- there's a lot of options for programs but that's about the average price. That covers most all your meals (you do need to add in some of your own food), but in the end having all your meals prepared for you doesn't force you to make those hard daily choices of choosing and preparing good foods for yourself. It is still too convenience based to be a full lifestyle change in the long run. That's honestly a hard thing for me to accept. The only other program I know to be as successful (that doesn't involve some VLCD) is Weight Watchers and that is about $30/month plus there's usually a signup fee. Then you'll have your regular food and gym membership on top of that. Weight Watchers I believe is successful because of the support system involved in it and its encouragement of balance and realism in your diet. Around here, a gym membership that has any kind of childcare is about $30-$40 at minimum per month. Sometimes you have to pay an additional $2 per kid for 2 hours of care. We won't talk about the worrying about germs there or the child care being full or your older kids being 'too old' for it but too young to work out in the actual gym without you there by their side- leaving you to not be able to do everything you want to do because they still can only use certain areas. Not that I've encountered this before.....Where was I? Oh... so I kind of just figured out that it was cheaper than NS, a little more than WW but with the same benefits (because in a challenge group you've got what you'd get at a WW meeting) plus the addition of having one meal replaced during the day and health benefits of some awesome superfoods that would also take care of a lot of the nutrients your body needs. Then as far as the exercise regime goes.... well, the Beachbody programs really vary in price a lot (we're talking from $40 to $150) but a lot of them are 60-90 day programs with the variety you need to keep you from getting bored or your body from plateauing. Compare that to the cost of the gym membership..... To me, it really does seem cheaper, especially since I do get a decent coach discount. I have never been a fan of workout videos, or of tripping over my children while trying to do them, but I have loved every one of these that I have tried and I'm finding I really can do them at home whether my kids are around or not. The fact that the Shakeology has genuinely been the best tasting meal replacement of any type (except maybe those NS chocolates, those were pretty darn good), has really been a happy surprise for me.
Anyway, we all have our different whys and hows of doing things. I think it is important to consider those and to frequently reconsider them. I always wonder how often other people think about those things or how much is just the way my brain seems to be wired to consider human behavior. If you're going to make a change in your life, of any kind, you need to have a reason. You need to write that reason down to make it more concrete. If you are going to make a big change, I think you need support and the more support the better. Change starts with a decision for something different. It doesn't come all at once. Sometimes it is painfully slow and gradual. Sometimes you don't see it at first. It frequently requires sacrifice and a breaking of your heart so that it can repair and be soft and malleable to fit the better you. Growing pains have always hurt. But don't they make you stand a little taller? If you think you'd like to join a fitness challenge group and have some accountability and support, I would be happy to help you. There is another one starting June 3 like the one I'm doing now. If you'd like support or help of any kind, please feel free to send me a message or comment.