I just finished 3 weeks of this new program, and I’m pretty psyched about the results. Besides the physical results (9 lbs and 7 inches, woohoo!), the biggest benefits that I’ve seen are breaking some bad cycles. The worst cycle is my “all the way on and all the way off my diet” cycle. I’m a pretty clean eater when I’m in control of my food. However, I’ve been in this terrible pattern for months (who am I kidding, I’ve been in this pattern for YEARS), where I am super disciplined Monday-Thursday around 5pm. Then, Thursday happy hour rolls around and I make bad choices until Sunday. Because why not? I’ve already blown it…might as well blow it out, right? I’ll have a few glasses of wine and then end up elbow deep in my toddler’s gummy snacks and all the sudden have eaten 6 packs…oops. PLEASE TELL ME I’M NOT ALONE! Then Monday rolls around and I spend the next 4 days eating super clean, working out like a maniac and trying desperately to make up for all the bad things I ate and drank over the weekend and beating myself up for blowing it. Then, after a few days of clean eating, Thursday comes back around and it starts the cycle all over again. It’s like it has to be all or nothing. I’ve been sabotaging myself like this for as long as I can remember. This new program just doesn’t seem that strict. I was even out of town for the last week, and I still managed to make it work. It doesn’t have to be ALL OR NOTHING. I can have some wine, I can have some cheese, I can have some chocolate…I’m not totally restricting myself (which is what leads to my crazy binges). I have been consistent for 3 weeks straight (even though there have been a few slip ups), and I really think that this is what it’s all about. If you mess up, get back on the program the next chance you can. Don’t let one little bad choice spiral into 3 days of bad choices. I’ve always been an all or nothing person, and working on moderation is good for me when it comes to health and fitness and other aspects of my life, like relationships.
I just started another round of this program, and this time some of my former clients and close friends are doing it with me. The more the merrier, right? I’m a believer and I’m so excited for us to do this together and hold each other accountable.