Good morning! Today is my last day in San Francisco and since I usually post something fitness related on Mondays, I thought this guest post would be perfect. This is an incredibly motivating story from my friend, Lauren. Lauren and I were roommates in college and have shared so many good memories together. I wanted her to guest post today to share her story of recent transformation. Although she has lost 12 pounds and look fantastic, I think is even more amazing about her story is her mindset towards food, working out and adopting a more healthy lifestyle. Her confidence now radiates and it’s so great to see her so happy with herself and her accomplishment. I hope you enjoy her post as much as I did!
Fitness as a Lifestyle
Facebook post on February 8, 2015: “The Best. Feeling. Ever. is to have someone ask you, “Did you lose weight?” The only reason I’ve heard that recently is one word: Beachbody, & the exact reason why I chose to become a Beachbody Coach! I’m finishing up on Day 21 of my 21 Day Fix tomorrow, and I can’t tell you how much better I feel now than I did just a few short weeks ago. (Not to mention having the luxury of working out at home during these 5 snow days in the past 3 weeks (& not have to clear my car off to head to the gym!) Summer bodies are made in the Winter & I’m dreaming of SUMMER! Want to know more? Just ask! : )”
What a month it has been! I went from one extreme to the other. I never cooked. I didn’t go to the grocery store. (I still don’t know what exactly I ate the past year.) I didn’t know the difference between protein vs. good fats and bad fats. My acceptance of “quick fast food” and poor planning led me to a place that I never thought I would be: self-conscious and not confident in my own health.
How long does it take to create a habit? 28 days? After this past month, I’m thinking it only takes 21 days. I just completed the first round of the Beachbody program the “21 Day Fix”. I was skeptical at first, as I had never tried a “program” before. I played sports all throughout high school and college, but never kept with anything since besides cardio and classes at the local gym ( or with Monique, which always were great workouts!!). I went to the gym because I knew I should and did enjoy running (when the weather was nice), but after the holidays and with the shorter days and less daylight, I was feeling less-than-great. I saw my friend’s post on Facebook about her success with Beachbody, and immediately felt as though it could be something I was interested in. (Note: This was in October 2014.) My excuse then was that I was traveling for work and didn’t think I had time to commit to a fitness and nutrition plan; I was right. Life seems to be more and more about timing as I approach turning 30… :P If there is one thing I know, if I don’t want to do something, I will be creating 5 excuses why I shouldn’t do it – rather than look at the positive, and have ONE good reason why I should.
Why I Did It: The holidays came and went, and what was left was an excess of 10+ pounds that I was not OK with keeping. Early January 2015 I reached out to my now Beachbody Coach and said I was ready. I signed up for Team Beachbody, and purchased the 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack with Shakeology to make my best attempt at changing my lifestyle.
The 21 Day Fix did just that.
My outlook, my lifestyle, and everything I look at now is different. The basis of the program and Beachbody is with the following philosophy: “Fitness + Nutrition + Support = Results.”
Making a lifestyle change is a choice that everyone needs to make for him or herself.
It could be little things throughout each day that you are able to do to increase your fitness and see results, such as taking the stairs or walking instead of taking a shuttle. These choices become easier the more you invest in your health and fitness, which change your lifestyle as a whole.
How I did It:
- Created the sample daily meal planner. This allowed me to balance my meals: Breakfast, Snack #1, Lunch, Snack #2, and Dinner according to the allotted food groups/containers and daily allowable amounts.
- Had ongoing “shopping lists” to ensure that I had enough food throughout the week to prep meals.
- Prepared meals. Using the meal plan, I would prep for the next day the night before and pack my meals and snacks for the day. (This saved me $!)
- 30 minute at-home *total body* DVD workouts when I came home from work (or before work on days I felt more motivated or knew I wouldn’t be able to have time after work.) Planning was key. All that was needed: yoga mat, weights (light and heavy sets) and an area to work out.
- Accountability through my personal Instagram account: @laurendeannabb
Now came the hard part: Posting my results! Don’t get me wrong I was so proud of myself and felt GREAT, but there was something about posting my “before” pics on social media that just didn’t sit well with me. (I was both ashamed and proud at the same time.)
Let’s take a step back here. When I first purchased 21 Day Fix I was as committed as I have ever been to a program, and more importantly: to myself. I chose to create another Instagram account just for myself to track my journey and hold myself personally accountable for the next 21 days. When the 21 days was over, and I compared my “before” picture to my “after”, I was amazed and completely IN. It is a feeling that (I hope) will become addictive. The results were a combination of the program, my determination, and no one can ever take that away from me. Best. Feeling. Ever. I then opened up my personal progress Instagram account for those that wanted to follow my journey and see my progress. To my surprise I had 50 followers within the first 24 hours!
Before Pic (Left) – Taken 1/19/15
After Pic (Right) – Taken 2/9/15 (Down 12 lbs)
Once my results picture was out on Instgram I began to receive calls/txts/emails from a number of people congratulating me on my hard work, and more importantly saying that I inspired them to take the first step towards a healthier lifestyle. This was such a great feeling. : )
I have taken a few days off and had my share of wine and pasta, and realized that having all of the “extras” hasn’t made me feel any better. I miss the daily workouts, my Shakeology, and my overall healthier lifestyle. This was the realization for me. It doesn’t matter when your decision to live healthier happens, as long as it does happen. Life is too short.
I will be starting my 2nd round of the 21 Day Fix challenge soon, and invite anyone to join me! Please visit my website to learn more about any of the Beachbody programs. I’m not here to “sell” you the product (these products sell themselves based on the results alone). My purpose would be as your Coach throughout your journey. Beachbody programs range in length, and commitment requirements, but all the tools you will need to succeed will be given to you. Isn’t life all what we make of it, anyways? :P
What I’ve learned over the past 3 weeks:
1) Planning is key. Planning gives you control and stability in your life. Let’s face it – there are so many things in life we CAN’T CONTROL, so why not keep what we CAN CONTROL- positive and healthy?
2) I CAN COOK! (And I’m not bad at it!)
3) I have found myself learning more about a healthy diet, and I can see my LIFESTYLE change – not only my diet.
4) Workouts have become acceptable in the comfort of my own home and I am seeing RESULTS.
5) I’m saving $$$. I used to stop and grab a coffee/bagel, eat out for lunch, and grab dinner/drinks. With pre-planning my meals I know the food I am eating is healthy, I’m saving $ throughout the week, and I’m not “drinking” extra calories.
Everything from my confidence and knowledge, to my digestion has improved. This was the change I needed, and I want to thank Monique for allowing me to share what I have experienced with all of you! : ) Thanks for reading, and I enjoyed sharing my story with you all! Please let me know if you have any feedback/questions. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
All the best for a happy, healthy, 2015!
Team Beachbody Coach
Blog Post Questions:
• Have you worked with a Beachbody product before?
• If so, how did you like it? Which one?
• What do you do now that you previously weren’t doing before as part of a “healthy” lifestyle?
So, what did you guys think of Lauren’s post and story? It’s pretty awesome, right? Thank you so much for doing a guest post for me, Lauren- I’m SO proud of you and your accomplishments over the past month. It’s amazing what eating well and working out will do for your mind, body and general outlook on and approach to life.