Eight weeks ago I made a decision to change. I was not happy at where I was physically and mentally. When my friend Jenni asked if I would participate in the her January Body Back Transformation Challenge and share it on my blog, I jumped at the opportunity. The only caveat was that it started the day after I returned from Key West, but I figured why not???? This was the push I needed to make a change.
Key West opened my eyes, or maybe turning 39 in Key West opened my eyes, all I know is that I now refer to life as pre Key West and post Key West. Pre, I was not happy with myself. Post, I am the most happy with myself than I have been in a long time, possible ever.
Last week was the 8-week check-in. Here are my results:
I also made significant improvements in my strength:
The outside changes are awesome, but the inside changes mean more. I am happy and confident again. I have many upcoming goals that I now feel confident in attempting again. Goals I had let slip away. The biggest being a 1:45 Half. I will be chasing that goal again and plan to achieve it at the 2018 Key West Half. I will share all my other goals with you in a different post.
I was not the only one in the Body Back group that made amazing changes:
I fully committed to the 8 weeks of Body Back and attended every session. We met up every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 am for the hour long class. In addition there were online workouts to supplement the classes. I personally supplemented with running (for the first 2 weeks), biking, rowing, rollerblading and kickboxing.
There is also a nutritional component to the program. My approach to nutrition was eating more whole foods and eating less. I ate smaller portions overall and barely snacked. I also cut down on the carbs like bread, rice and pasta. I am a total carb addict and when I eat them, I tend to overeat them. I have reduced my coffee intake from like 5-6 cups to 1-2 and have added in green tea. The last part was less alcohol. For the first two weeks after Key West I could barely look at alcohol anyway, but overall I have definitely cut down. My energy levels have been through the roof and I know my diet has made the difference.
Was it easy to make these changes???? No, absolutely not. It was fu*&ing hard.
Was it worth it???? Absofu%&inglutely.
What’s next???? I have Echo Half Training which starts today. I will be following the program I created for me and my friends with the exception of running. My injury is 90% better and I am pretty sure I will be back to running in a week or two, but I don’t want to rush it. Today is 12 weeks until the half, but I know I can train with only 8 weeks if I have to, so I am not getting myself crazy. I want to be fully healed before I start running, because I am not getting injured again.
I am ready for an injury free rest of 2016.
What have you worked hard for?