I've really struggled with exercise and nutrition since Anklegate back in November. I went from feeling like I had things under control, and I had consistency and plans, to needing help just to get to the dog gone bathroom. But I'm not upset that it happened, because taking that step back helped me to realize that I wasn't happy with how I was eating - or more accurately, I wasn't happy with the burden I placed on myself to eat healthy, and the guilt I inflicted on myself whenever I didn't.
Putting yourself under a guilt trip whenever you eat suboptimally or whenever you miss a workout is no way to live. However, I missed feeling my body get stronger and leaner. I liked seeing my body do new, cool things, and I missed having the motivation to try new recipes.
I was invited to, and joined, a challenge group in March. The weather was getting nicer, I was physically and mentally starting to feel a bit better, but I just didn't know what to start with on my own. So this challenge group came along at a really good time for me. I decided that I was going to throw myself head first into it - not just the PiYo program, but try the shakeology too. Worst case scenario, I was out a bit of money and a few weeks. At least I could say that I had tried something new!
What I didn't expect was to love what I tried.
I'll break it down further at another time, but PiYo is amazing. It is hands down the most difficult workout that I can still muddle through and feel like I got a great workout out of it. What's great about it is that there are modifications for everything, and you aren't shamed for using them. The point is to do your best and feel better at the end of it, and boy, hearing that really kept me going. It's a great workout, but not high impact, and doesn't make my exercise-induced asthma flare up.
Shakeology was by far the biggest surprise for me. I've tried protein powders before, and I like them, but I didn't think Shakeology could be any different. Well, after using it consistently for just about a month now, I can say that it really is better than other things I've tried. For one, the taste is incredible. My mom likened it to her favorite dark chocolate ice cream, Matt to brownie batter. When I mix it up in the blender with some milk, banana, and frozen fruit, it keeps me satisfied for quite a while!
I can't back up any of the claims about lowering cholesterol or blood sugar because I haven't had a doctor visit since starting it. But I can say that before starting the Shakeology, I was jonesing for 'something sweet' every night. Now, I'm not. Seriously. I can't describe it, but I could just take it or leave it.
During the 21 day challenge group, I lost 8.75" and, more importantly, gained a whole lot of optimism and confidence. Being in that group, having something to focus on, doing something that I really enjoyed, all helped knock me out of the rut I had been in.
I believe in it enough that I signed up to be a beachbody coach. If I never make a sale, I still get an awesome discount on the shakeology and exercise programs, and I like that.
But I won't lie, I want this to be something more. I feel it in my bones.
I want to change my life. I want to change how I think, how I see the world, to be my best self and I want to help other people do that too.
I don't believe in pushing things on people who don't want them. That's skeevy and nobody has time for that. But if you're at all interested in a new exercise program - beachbody has some great stuff out there. After PiYo, I'm excited to try other stuff as my fitness level increases. I'd love to hear what Shakeology does for other people that I actually know. Internet testimonials are one thing, having someone you know try it is completely different.
So this is what's inspiring me right now. I'm feeling really good about it, and I want to see this grow. Physical activity is great for mental health, and if I can get my mental health in a consistently good place, that will be great for my creativity. It all works together.
Here's my beachbody page, if you're interested in looking at what products they have to offer. If you want to talk to me about it, I'd love to help you find a program that works for you, and see how I can help you be happier and healthier.
If you're not interested? No biggie. :)
I look forward to sharing the results of my new adventure with you!