Guys, this summer was a total shitshow whirlwind. Between moving, traveling, working/not sleeping, fun and adventures, I felt like I had zero time to do anything else, which meant a lot of my usual healthy habits fell by the wayside. I wasn’t eating well (i.e. tater tots + peanut M&Ms for dinner) or working out (I averaged 2-3 sweat sessions per work) and, because of this, I felt so darn lazy. I’m usually a motivated, go-go-go-type of person, but I found myself struggling to find motivation to eat healthy and exercise. It was frustrating, but what really bothered me was how many excuses I was able to come up with. I don’t have time. I’m too tired. I need to do X, Y, Z first. I thought maybe our crazy-fun summer was to blame, but when my excuses and lack of healthy living continued right through to the beginning of September, I knew something needed to change.
One day, shortly after Labor Day, I wasn’t feeling particularly good about myself. I told Mal that I really wanted to get my act together and start eating well and regularly working out again, but then I started reeling off excuses why I didn’t have time, motivation, blah, blah, blah. Mal just looked at me and said: “You’re being ”˜Excuse Girl’. You’re the one who always says: You make time for what’s important to you. Maybe you should take your own advice.” TouchÃ©. I knew he was totally right and, honestly, that’s all I needed to hear. Excuse Girl. Yikes.
I didn’t like being Excuse Girl. I was unhappy, unmotivated, and feeling somewhat hopeless. I didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin, and I just wanted to get back to my old (healthy) self as soon as possible. As I’ve said before on CNC: If you don’t like something about yourself, change it and that’s exactly what I did.
Last week, I recommitted myself to healthy living and, surprisingly, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. If there’s a will, there’s a way!
(Tank top is from Spreadshirt.)
I ate healthy meals and didn’t overdo it on treats and booze. (The photo below is Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore from SkinnyTaste over steamed veggies. So good!)
I worked out four times””even with all of that traveling!
And I felt so GOOD about myself (and life, in general). It’s amazing what prioritizing your health can do for your mind, body, and soul.
Yesterday, I dominated my Sunday food prep in preparation for the 6-week KFIT Fall Fit Challenge, which couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m IN!
The Challenge is basically eat right and exercise. It’s your usual no sugar, no refined junk, no alcohol, etc. + 4 workouts per week. There’s a focus on quality sources of protein and fat, but it’s definitely not low-carb. I’m not a diet person and know I can’t give up my favorite foods (i.e. dessert, wine), so I’ll be doing my own thing with the Challenge guidelines in mind. For me, it’s all about effort and knowing that I’m doing my best, and, prior to last week, I was far from that! I was giving like 40% effort. Haha!
My goals for the next 6 weeks are pretty straight-forward, but I wanted to share them with you guys for some extra accountability:
- Eat “real” meals and limit unnecessary snacking
- Enjoy ONE treat per day (i.e. ONE Mighty Muffin or ONE glass of wine, not both + 8,000 M&Ms)
- Work out 5 times per week
- Get back to my “feel great weight” <— I’m not a big scale person (here’s why), but I know I’ve put on some weight
- SLEEP!!!! 8 hours per night! No excuses!
- Lay off the M&Ms <— This is totally serious. I buy a bag or two every time I go to Target and it MUST STOP
Ok, so that’s that. I’ll be sure to share some healthy meals and workouts from the Challenge as the weeks progress.
And since it’s Monday (#mondaymotivation), I wanted to share two of the workouts that I did last week. I loved both of them, and I was super sore from the second one! Holy Curtis Ps!
Questions of the Day
Are you guilty of making excuses when it comes to your healthy habits? How do you overcome them?