Stop the Gimmicks – Bingeing, Diet Pills and Fads OH MY

In the past, I was the queen of fad diets and extremes.  In college, I would gain 15/20 pounds during the school year and lose it over the summer months by working out loads and eating nothing but salad.  No lie, this happened all four years!  For me, it was all or nothing.  My mindset was always that you either spent a ridiculous amount of time at the gym and starve yourself or sit on the couch and eat ice cream all day – there was no in-between.  If you had one bad day, then everything you had worked for would be thrown out the window so I would just give up.  My whole life has been this way – exaggerated one extreme or another – being extremely active or hanging out on the couch binge watching my favorite shows.  For me, I didn’t feel like or realize that a “happy medium” was doable.  I was that person who tried everything – every gimmick and crazy fad to lose weight.  You name it, I tried it – diet pills (ended up with a stomach condition), starvation (loved food too much for this one to stick), Weight Watchers (hated counting / figuring out “points”), Atkins Diet (really no pasta for the rest of my life, no thanks), Caveman Diet (come on!), Cabbage Soup Diet, Celebrity Liquid Diet (urge to chew my food would takeover and have you tasted this stuff??) and on and on.  The gimmicks are out there and in full force trying to take your money for results that are too good to be true and guess what – THEY ARE!

Fast forward to August 2015, after a mere 23 hours a labor, I gave birth to my little bit of heaven on earth and tiniest love of my love.  My emotions and hormones were running rampant.  I knew my body has just done something truly amazing and life changing but I felt horrible about myself.  I felt off, fat and uncomfortable in my skin.  I knew I needed to do something but wanted it to be lasting.  I didn’t want another fad diet but I also did not have the time to spend hours at the gym away from my home and family.  Unless I wanted to be getting up even earlier than I was already or heading out at 7/8pm to workout, I needed to find another way.

That is when Beachbody entered my life.  The plethora of workout programs has something for everyone, no matter what your goals are – losing weight, toning up, gaining muscle, simply sweating it out, etc.  But it is so much more than this.  It is a community of people, supporting and encouraging one another.  Being there for you no matter what.  What initially got me was that I could workout from the comfort of my home, anytime I wanted and most workouts are only 30 minutes – score.  I didn’t need to be away from the house or my new little one for hours a day.  I could workout in my living room, during naptimes.  Why wouldn’t you give it a try?!  And that is exactly what I did.  I, like most people, started out on this journey of mine on January 2nd.  By May, I had lost my baby weight, had more energy and felt great!  So why not pay it forward, become a Beachbody Coach myself, continue on this journey of mine and get to help others at the same time.  We’re now into June, I’m nearing a 30 pound weight loss, I feel better than ever and have no plans of stopping anytime soon.

Don’t be fooled by the gimmicks!  The results you see from any of the Beachbody programs – P90X, Insanity Max, PiYo, 21 Day Fix, to just name a few – are all real results, from real people.  Trust me, I recently completed 1 round of 21 Day Fix Extreme – lost 6 pounds and 8.5 inches.  I didn’t starve. I didn’t spend a ridiculous amount of time at the gym.  If it can happen to me then why can’t it happen to you?  Give it a try and see transformation happen to YOU!

For the first time in my life, I feel like I am truly in a good place.  My overall happiness and confidence is much greater than it has been in a long time.  My marriage is in a great place, I am absolutely loving being a mom to my crazy adorable little man and I’m finally feeling good about myself.  Have I been fitter in my life – yes, have I weighed less in my life – yes, have I been healthier in my life – that ones up for debate.  But right now, in this moment, I have never been more confidant and felt genuinely positive about my body and who I am.  I am on a journey to become stronger, in myself and my relationships. I have realized this journey I am on is so much greater than simply wanting to lose weight but to become a better, stronger version of myself. It’s not simply about creating a healthy lifestyle but about following your passions.  I just wish it hadn’t taken me 5+ months postpartum to figure out!

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