It’s that time of the year again when we start making those new years resolutions we never keep. We all do it. We start out on January 1st wanting to be healthier, start saving for retirement or a new car, or read through the Bible, but do any of our resolutions make it to March? How about August? This year, for me, is different.
Part of my resolution is to be held accountable for things I start. I want to have more patience and actually stick with things I start, starting with my new investment into being healthy.
Just recently, I purchased PiYo Kickstart and the 21 Day Fix plans from BeachBody.com. I have been calling it an investment (because it was expensive enough to call it that), and it is truly an investment of my health. I need to loose some of the pounds I have gained from college, living on my own (AKA: the cereal diet), and being married. I’d also like to get in the best shape I possibly can. I’ll be 24 this year, and I feel like my 20’s are slipping away, and fast. Especially since I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in October. I want to be healthy for me this time.
I have heard and seen very good results from all the BeachBody programs, like P90x, Insanity, ect… So I thought I would give it a try myself. I knew that I had to have something gentler, but still effective. Gentler because before we left on our trip to the Bahamas, I did some Jillian Michaels DVD’s and with my RA, they were getting harder and harder to do. My knees and elbows would be so sore and stiff the next day(s), so much so that I couldn’t workout for days after. Last year, I did well at the beginning of the year, I worked out hard for about a month and a half. I got results, I got bored and gave it up. Then, I got into trail running over the summer, and I loved it. However, in North Dakota, on the farm, during the winter, you can’t run outside. That is where PiYo comes in.
PiYo is a combination of pilates and yoga while using your own body weight to effectively burn fat and calories. It is a seven day a week, for 2 months program. The 21 Day Fix program is basically the eating program (it also comes with more intense workout DVD’s). There is no calorie counting, points, or off limits foods. If it fits into the container, you can eat it. Basically portion control and clean eating is involved. With this, there is also Shakeology, which is all the nutrients and vitamins in a simple meal replacement shake. Shakeology also cuts the cravings, but at the same time, you still can have your chocolate shake (or vanilla, or strawberry). Great for me, because most mornings, I eat breakfast on the go or at work. I am also doing the Kickstart program, which is a mini, kind of, 3-day cleanse. Which basically helps you get rid of cravings and an overall “kick-start”.
I can’t wait for my new journey to begin! With my new rubbery yoga mat, new workout clothes to keep me motivated, and my PiYo on it’s way, I am nervous and excited. With working 40+ hours a week, cooking, cleaning, there isn’t much time left in a day, but for less than an hour every day, I want to improve my health and my life. It is more important than ever right now. I want to feel good about myself. When I start seeing results, I won’t stop. This is more than just abs and a nice booty. It’s my health.
My hubby is also on board, because for Christmas, I got an elliptical and exercise bike, 2-in-1 machine. At first, I didn’t know if I wanted it due to the fact, it would have to go in our spare bedroom, our only spare bedroom. But, it works. I wasn’t going to let my idea of “interior design” get in the way of my new body and health. So here’s to a new year, and most of all a new me!!
Happy New Year, loves! xo