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Thursday, April 09, 2015

I've looked back over some of my blog posts and see that my occasional posts have a theme of starting over.....again. I've learned that eating challenges are like an recovering alcoholic.......we have to start over every day, every minute, every second. It can be tiring, exhausting really. My husband doesn't understand the tiring part of this for me. I wonder if other people do?

So last week, at the invitation of a friend who's a Beachbody coach, I joined a 5 day Clean Eating Challenge that she was leading. It went really well for me! Clean eating was not a huge challenge for me. I already totally understood the principles and what that was all about. It was a challenge to follow prescribed menus but there was flexibility with that too. Everyday there as a workout to do that REALLY challenged me. When I looked at the first day's workout I thought there was no way I could do those exercises! To my surprise, with some modifications and determination, I did do the workouts all week. I lost 2 lbs and a 1/4 inch in my waist and arms.

Now this same friend is going to lead the 21 Day Fix program starting on 4/13/15 and I've jumped into this too. Again, I'm skeptical about being able to do the workouts but I'm going to make the modifications needed and do the best I can. If I can only do 15-20 minutes at first....well that's 15-20 minutes more than I've been doing!

I'm happy to be developing a workout routine that I can easily do at home, or when I travel. I really enjoy riding my bike but that is so dependent on the weather and light and time to kit up, prep the bike and get to the park. The workouts are giving me an alternative that I can do no matter the weather or whether its dark, and it takes away my excuses. Plus, I'm learning to enjoy challenging my body and feeling like I'm getting stronger!

I am hopeful that the 21 Day Fix will give me a fresh perspective. I get bored easily and need changes to motivate and inspire me. I'm excited to be launching out on a different approach to accomplish the same goals. I've already committed to a second round of the program in May if this first one goes okay. It will take several rounds to get my weight and fitness where I want to be. I like the idea of committing for 21 days, taking a little break, and then launching a new round.
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