I’m almost a little afraid to write this post because the last time I promised myself to commit to a 21 day challenge, something crappy happened to me and threw me off balance, so I never got around to actually starting the challenge.
Then work exploded and I couldn’t even find the time to breathe, let alone work out.
I’ve let excuses take up enough real estate. It’s time to stop moaning and buckle down.
The only person who loses out on my lack of commitment is me.
I decided I would just wait until after vacation and start fresh, so the beginning of April is signifying a whole world of change for me. A new blog, new eating habits, rebooting my fitness routine, work challenges (post to come) and a new emotional patterns (posts to come) are all kicking into high gear this month.
I’m ready for a change. Spring is in the air here and being uncomfortable in a bathing suit and summer clothes on vacation really helped me to regain the focus I only had tenuous hold on in February and March.
The good news is that by the time you read this, I will be almost one week into my new routine, so it’s no longer just smoke and mirrors.
What have I committed myself to?
Isagenix. There is no alternative for me. I know this program works for me and it’s hard core. But it’s 30 days and I can do anything for 30 days that I set my mind to.
What does it consist of? Basically shakes for 2 meals and then 1 healthy balanced meal each evening. 5 days on and then 2 days fasting. I enjoyed the fasting so much when I did it the first time. It’s not for everyone but it does give great results. I’m going to reduce my alcohol and coffee intake as well. You’re really supposed to eliminate them entirely but I don’t want to ruin my life. 😂😂😂
I found that one month of Isagenix really reminds me how good my body feels when it’s healthy.
The fact is, I lost a bunch of weight due to illness and I managed to put it all back on plus some. I have a clear weight goal in mind – but the fact that I am starting at a number I haven’t seen in a year is actually motivating because it’s nothing more than stupidity and laziness that put me here.
My first week I eased into the Isagenix routine because I was at home more than not. It’s very easy to conform to Isagenix when I’m working because the routine requires little to no thought.
My weigh in day will be Wednesdays so this is the first day to get weighed and Isagenix starts today full throttle. I still have to set my fast days as they cannot be exercise days and preferably not my free nights…so there is still some thought going into the days I will commit to fasting.
I also started taking vitamins. This has been a lifelong struggle for me as all vitamins make me nauseous. My friend introduced me to gummies and I can tolerate these well enough to get in some fish oil and a mega vitamin. My hair and nails could use the help.
I would like to start doing B12 injections, and will need to either do this myself or find a doctor who is willing to do them monthly.
Exercise is like getting on the strugglebus for me. Everyone claims that if you do something long enough it becomes a habit but I am living proof that’s a lie! I have worked out on and off with consistency for the past 2 years and it never becomes a habit. It never becomes something I want to spend time doing.
Yes, I feel great after I exercise. I sleep better, I feel better and my skin glows. Nothing really motivates me in the end to get my ass in gear. I just don’t like it. Period. Stop trying to convince me. I know I look better with exercise. Doesn’t change how I feel about it.
Further, the most stable routine requires me getting up at 4:45 am at least 3 days a week. Urgh. That’s the only way I can guarantee time to work out without my job or any attempt at a social life getting in the way.
Ok, enough complaining. I have committed to 3 days of morning walking/running and 2 days of strength routines. If all goes well with the breathing, I’m going to step it up by adding a class back into my routine.
And, if all goes well, my goal is to run a 5k in June with my workmates. I started the couch to 5k (and I hate it, just hate it) and hope that I can stick with it until I am running. I even hate the word running. I don’t want to run anywhere. Who needs to be in such a hurry anyways?
Emotional Well Being:
I plan to go to the Opera twice this month with a girlfriend. This entails fancy dress, dinner out and then a fun festive evening after the opera while we are all dolled up. The music and the companionship are good for the soul and it’s something I haven’t done since college.
I’m also going to a Depeche Mode night at a city club which should be tons of fun.
And, of course, I have therapy sessions scheduled. Continued therapy to explore family relationships, dating behaviors and ultimate acceptance of my heartbreak. Sorry to disappoint, but I am far from over him.
My biggest challenge this month will be work. There are massive layoffs expected again and this time around I’m quite worried. I’m trying to lie low, head down, do my job well and hope for the best.
Self-guided meditation: I’m going to give this a try and just downloaded an app.
Lunch with an old work contact to brush up on the resume and networking. I am terrible at networking and I know I need to do this.
A dating break. Yep. You read that right. Finally. I haven’t actually been out on a date or focusing all my time on the dating apps for 3 weeks. Imagine that. Just for clarification, as I have mentioned before, a break to me means dating does not drive me…yes, I look at the apps and start some conversations, but it’s quite limited – limited enough not to have been on a date in 3 weeks.
So there it is – my official plan of action. 28 days, and 1 week down already.
I got this.