You remember the ol’ “What did you do this summer?” essay. Me? I did this:
It took me 14 weeks. That’s 98 days. From June 7th (before pics) to Sept 12th (after pics). The summer.
Those before pics are really embarrassing, y’all (and there is no Photoshopping of the bod in any of the pics, I promise). I struggle to even post them. But if someone (Kerry Stewart) hadn’t posted her own transformation three years ago, I never would have had the inspiration or known how she’d done it. So I figure I owe it to whoever may be out there that would be inspired enough to change their body (and life!).
How’d I do it? Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle (BFFM). It’s not a diet. It’s nothing extreme. It’s eating right and exercising. It’s not about the number on the scale. It’s about body fat vs. lean body mass. It’s about health and fitness. If you want my advice (and I’m not an endorser, I don’t get paid to say this, I’ve received nothing, I’m just someone who’s been successful using this) I recommend getting his book (either ebook now or hardback when it comes out in December) and even joining the online community and participating in the next 14 week challenge which starts the first week of January. Actually, I recommend first reading his book The Body Fat Solution and then “graduating” to BFFM. Be prepared to not only count calories, but to calculate “macros”. These are the percentages of the total protein, carbs, and fat grams you eat each day. I used My Fitness Pal (you can use it on your computer and/or via an app on your phone) to track my macros and highly recommend it. Don’t let this scare you off! If I can do it, you can do it!
Anyway, I was ready to change my life. After two miscarriages, a pregnancy that required bed rest for the 2nd half, and then my mom being diagnosed with cancer and passing away this March, I was in bad shape. I weaned Bennett in April and was ready to start taking care of myself.
I’m not gonna lie. It was work. It took time and effort. But isn’t something worth having worth working for? I have to admit… I’m proud of myself. I feel GREAT. I’m sleeping at night. I’m STRONG. When I first start started working out, I attempted to climb the rope at the gym. I couldn’t even lift my own body weight up off the ground. As of 2 1/2 weeks ago, I can climb that rope. I’m getting out there and being active. Last Saturday, my daughter and I did a 5k and had a blast. I have energy. I’m living life. I’m loving life.
Speaking of working out, I’ve tried doing the big gym thing in the past. For me, it’s hard to motivate myself to get in regularly. But this time I decided to give Crossfit a try. They are 100% willing to scale every workout to what YOU can do, so don’t worry and don’t think you can’t do Crossfit. It’s an awesome community of encouraging people and I recommend it highly (again, not an endorser, I receive no compensation from them). What more can I say than, even though my 14 week challenge is over, I can’t wait to get back in for my next workout. I love getting stronger. I love feeling good. I will continue to improve my abilities and strength. This has been a kick start to truly changing my life. I am so thankful.
If you use Pinterest, check out my Fitness Motivation board. The mental aspect is important too.
I’m happy to answer any questions you have. Just post in the comment section and I will answer!