Since I made the decision to get healthy, I’ve made a lot of changes. I completely overhauled my eating and drinking habits and went from zero activity to running three times a week and signing up for 5K runs. I’m proud of that. Very proud. But something strange happened after I finished that first 5K; I lost all motivation to run. I still did it, and I kept my eating on track, but the luster and excitement around running? Was gone. I didn’t worry too much about it, figured I’d rest a little bit then get back into it, maybe even training for a 10K. But somehow one week became two, and I just didn’t have that fire and determination I had had when I was training for that 5K. When I couldn’t run 60 seconds straight, I was determined as all hell and pushed myself every time I went out there to do better. And I loved it. Once I completed the challenge? Meh.
I needed a new challenge. I’ve never considered myself a competitive person, but it turns out, trying something I had previously thought was completely out of my league is a big motivator for me. That’s why I decided to look into Beachbody programs. If you’re unfamiliar, take a look at their website – I won’t go through all of the details here. The bottom line, Beachbody programs are tough.
When I first decided to start running, I spent an exorbitant amount of time looking up success stories of people like me, people that were obese when they started, that couldn’t even walk a block and were now running marathons. People 100, even 200 pounds heavier than me, that completed the program. Some people look at that as an unfair motivator. Me? I love that shit. Show me someone in worse physical shape that can do what I’d like to – to me, that helps me believe I can do it. The before and after pictures were so inspiring to me! Here were women that started out looking like me and had great success.
The Beachbody before and afters? Are a different story. Their before pictures looked like what I pictured my after to be. Sure, there was the occasional story of someone who started considerably overweight that had completed the program and made amazing transformations. But for the most part? These were people that went from extremely fit to unbelievably fit, not from fat to fabulous. These weren’t my people. These were people wanting to become fitness instructors, people whose entire lives revolved around working out. Not people like me.
But then the stubborn streak I didn’t know I had came out. Why couldn’t this be me? I didn’t think runners were my people either – in fact, I often scoffed at how miserable they looked, running past me as I sat on a bench, drinking a beer – and look how that turned out. I may never look just like them, but who’s to say I couldn’t get close? There’s nothing written saying that once you’re fat, you can never be thin and toned, right? So I decided. I wasn’t going to try – I was going to complete a Beachbody program. I contacted a coach that I was friends with on Facebook – the lovely Beth, who I’ve known since I was six but haven’t seen since college. She had success with the workouts, had done a lot of them, and seemed to really believe in them as opposed to just out there trying to make money.
**I’m explaining how I went about this for a reason. Beachbody programs are expensive, and there are a lot of people right now on social media touting it as the end all solution to losing weight. Do your research. I went back and forth with Beth for a few weeks before I decided on a program both of us thought I’d be able to handle, with modifications, at my fitness level. She was honest in what she thought I could and couldn’t do, and I appreciated her honesty in telling me what was probably out of my league.**
The program I chose is the 21 Day Fix, a kickstart to healthy eating and exercise. Now, a fix always sounds suspicious to me. You’re not fixing me in 21 days, I promise you that. I have a lot more work to do. But the program is designed to get you on the right track, with a hard workout schedule, 30 minutes a day, seven days a week. Each day concentrates on a different part of your body. (My assumption for this reasoning is so every single part of your body doesn’t hurt all at the same time, rather, they space it out so a DIFFERENT part of your body makes you hope it will fall off each day.)
My DVD’s came in Monday. Wish me luck….