Hello there! I hope you all had a great holiday weekend! This was my second Black Friday not work in retail since I’ve been old enough to work, and I don’t think I can ever go back! It even made Thanksgiving day more relaxing – knowing I don’t have to deal with the stress the next day.
Now is the time when a lot of people are thinking of their New Years resolutions, the goals they have and commitments they want to make for the next year. I did this for a long time, and sometimes I followed through, and sometimes they fizzled out. I think this is the case for a lot of people, and in my experience its because I never held myself accountable to putting in the work to making the things happen. I had these big goals and dreams and desires, but when it came down to making plans and following through it didn’t happen. Of course I made excuses and justified why it didn’t happen to myself, but it really was that I just didn’t want to put in the work.
A couple years ago I decided to make a commitment to my physical health. At that point I had become comfortable with the uncomfortable feeling of making changes to myself mentally and emotionally, but hadn’t done much for the physical yet. Sure I’ve always been tall and skinny, but that doesn’t mean healthy. I have always been an emotional eater, and didn’t move enough to balance it out.
So I got a personal trainer, and I have to say it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Yes, it cost money, and yes it was hard, but I needed that person that knew what I needed, and kicked my ass to get me there. I needed someone to help teach me how to hold myself accountable, and to show me the progress I can see if I learn how to do so. I also greatly disliked going to the gym on my own with no clue of what to do. He taught me proper form, explained how different moved impacted my muscles and posture, and the correct way to move to get the right results. Going up in weights on my own always scared me, because I didn’t want to injure myself, but at the same time using lighter weights wasn’t doing me any good!
But then life got in the way. I really wasn’t making enough money to afford it. Not that I didn’t WANT to afford it, but I was living too close to paycheck-to-paycheck for comfort. It was way out of my means, and of the bills I had to be paying every month, it was the one thing with some wiggle room… But, I was given an opportunity to try out a program that was 21 days of working out for about 30 minutes a day, at home, with guidance. Each day the workouts were a bit different so by the end of each week I had worked out literally every muscle group! I felt more comfortable doing this as I had been learning proper form, and keeping my body from injury while doing the workouts on my own.
After the 21 day program I dove right into a 100 day! It is called the MM100 (Morning Meltdown 100) and WOW! I don’t think I’d ever held myself accountable to something like that for that many days in a row ever in my life. I got myself up and out of bed between 5:30-5:45 every morning (yes even weekends), drank my pre-workout, did my workout, and got on with the rest of my day before 7am. Who am I?! It was this odd feeling of being completely comfortable with myself, but also recognizing that I was growing and changing in ways I wasn’t expecting to! My body changed, my mindset changed, my food cravings changed, and overtime it all just became easier! Now I’m not saying that everyday I woke up completely ready and motivated to do this. There were plenty of days when I didn’t want to leave my bed and get sweaty, or have to shower and wash my hair before going out in the cold. But I still did it, because I knew my future self would appreciate it. And that’s what I did! I did the thing!
I learned a lot in these 100 days. I learned that I am capable of whatever I set out to do, that my body is capable of so much more than I ever thought it was, and that it really is all about mindset. If I think “Yes!” then that’s what I’ll do! I’ll say yes! I won’t say no, give up, and not try again. I won’t think that it’s impossible, because it most definitely is possible. They say it takes 21 days to make a habit. I believe this, and just imagine what 100 days can do!
I’m thinking about doing this program again! I was going between another 21 day and an 80 day, but I think I’m going to invest in heavier weights and dive in to the 100 day! It’ll get me through the holidays and well into the new year.
Circling back around to my resolutions intro up there – what I’m learning is that there’s absolutely no reason to wait for a date to start making changes. Why spend another month waiting to start when I’m perfectly capable of starting now? There’s no realistic answer to that question! I’m going to be making plans for my goals coming up now, and get started on them now. Its exciting, I’m a little nervous, and there are a lot of unknowns, but I know that nothing will change if I’m stagnant, and nothing will happen if I don’t move myself forward. So that’s what I’m going to do. That’s what I’m doing. Plus I still want to do some amazing things to wrap up my 20’s 🙂