100 Days of Eating Clean – Week 9
Week 9! I’ve found my second wind. Thank goodness! I knew I was slacking off way too much and I was starting to feel like crap. I’m happy that my body tells me when I don’t take care of it. I’ve spent enough time consistently working out and eating clean over the last few years that my body pitches a fit when I don’t treat it right and I am grateful for this.
When you don’t take care of your body, you don’t workout, your diet isn’t great…you get used to a certain way of feeling, a certain level of well-being and you don’t even realize that it’s not that great. It’s just normal. You don’t realize how good your body could feel everyday.
I used to live that way, but now I know…and there’s no turning back. It’s work to have that higher level of well-being. It takes consistent long-term effort to feel good all the time. But it’s worth it.
So, feeling crappy was one thing that helped to inspire me to stop slacking off. The other thing was an invitation I got to join a 4 week challenge on dietbet.com. For this bet there was a $30 buy in and the goal is to lose at least 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks. If you hit the goal then you get your money back and you can even win money from the pool of those who didn’t make it.
As tempted as I was to join the challenge I ended up deciding not to. As a Beachbody coach, I host challenges all the time. I realized that I haven’t been giving those challenges the commitment, the energy and the attention they deserve. In other words I wasn’t giving or getting everything I could with the groups I’m already doing and I have more starting up soon.
However, being invited to that diet bet sparked some serious motivation in me to recommit to my existing challenge groups and to recommit to my own health and fitness. I didn’t officially join the group, but I’m taking on the challenge to lose 4% of my body weight in the next 4 weeks. Stay tuned!
No matter how long I’m at this whole fitness thing (it’s been a looong time) there are still struggles and the motivation ebbs and flows. I’m full steam ahead for a while. Then I’m off track again. I could beat myself up over this, but that would be silly. Because, this is the path to success. It’s crazy and crooked. There are ups and down and sometimes major steps backwards. It’s all normal. The important thing is that there is also a continuous underlying trend in the right direction.
Keep making more good choices than bad and just keep going. You WILL get there…and so will I. 🙂