Back in October, after returning home from Cuba 10lbs heavier than when I had left, I decided (for the millionth time) that I needed to make a change. As if by divine intervention, I saw a post on Instagram about FitGirlsGuide and their #28DayJumpStart program.
I joined the FitGirl community on October 27th. I lasted two weeks.
I then tried the December 1st session. I made it to Day 9.
At the end of the day, this post is not about failures; it’s about small victories. It’s to tell everyone that every single day, they deserve a mermaid sticker.
I must admit, I don’t have fantastic before and after pictures like lots of the other FitGirls do. I’m not even close. I sometimes even feel a tinge of jealousy when I see one of someone who started the same time as me, six months in, and they look like a new person.
I DO have things that I can be proud of though. I participated in my first 5K. I ordered a tea instead of a frap on a hot day. I signed up for 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene, and am 8 days in and still going strong. I registered for an 8 week yoga class with Stephanie Reynolds. I chose to opt out of dessert the last time my Mister and I stopped at Baskin Robbins. Let me tell you, these are all mermaid sticker worthy!
It’s really tough making lifestyle changes, and I think I’ve finally realized that and come to terms with it. After so many failed attempts, it only makes sense to step back and ask yourself, “Why is this not working?” For me, there are several different reasons:
- I had a lot going on – I was in the midst of making a huge career transition, I was dealing with some health concerns, and I was trying to completely change my life. This is a recipe for disaster.
- I have an unhealthy relationship with food that is hard to overcome during times of stress.
- I didn’t have active support for building healthy eating habits. It’s hard to have the motivation to cook up a healthy dinner when it’s 5:30 and there’s already fish & chips (spaghetti, burgers, pizza, wings, whatever), sitting on the table.
- Depression sucks the energy out of you.
Although it’s now cliché, the truth is THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. It is really, really, really hard to make complete lifestyle changes, and I had to accept that it just can’t happen overnight. I encourage all of you to just make little changes. Make sure that every day you do something that deserves a mermaid sticker (gold star, pat on the back).
I have faith that with all these little changes, I will slowly create the life that I envision for myself, and the life that I deserve. I will someday be able to complete the entire 28 days of the FitGirl Jump Start Challenge. And then I’ll do 28 days more (they have a Fitkini Body Challenge that I’d love to do!). And ya know what? After that, I’ll keep living that awesome healthy lifestyle because I love it, not because it feels like work.