Jumping In and Landing Softly

Where does a girl start when she’s coming off of an injury (well, technically still injured), and wanting to get back to some healthy living?  Secret of Change QuoteShe starts at the beginning…by focusing on what she can do, and not what she can’t do.

It began with a trip to the grocery store.

I certainly haven’t been giving my health much thought over the last six weeks, at least that’s what the 10 lb I gained are telling me.  By filling myself with comfort food and laying around on the couch, I basically invited those 10 lb in and rented them a room in my apartment. But like any crazy, annoying roommate, I’m ready to kick them out.  Unfortunately, they won’t leave without a fight.

Over the weekend, still bogged down with pain in my leg from my sciatic nerve, I was thinking about how I could begin to get back into a healthy frame of mind.  I’m not able to do much in the exercise department right now, so my plan is to focus on food.  Without having to worry about fitting in workouts, or how many calories I’m burning, I can put all my attention on cleaning up my diet and learning to eat for energy and sustenance rather than pure pleasure.  Or because I’m sad.  Or lonely.  Or bored.  Or my shoe is untied.  Take your pick.

A couple of weeks ago I went out for coffee with my friend Christine, and we were discussing my blog.  She mentioned the 28-day Challenge I had completed back in May.  That was the Prevention Magazine Challenge in which I practiced clean eating clean and exercised for 28 days.  I mentioned to Christine that I lost 7 lb at the end of 28 days, and that it was the most weight I has lost since I started the blog.  Her response kind of stopped me in my tracks:

“If it was working so well, why did you stop?”

That’s a fantastic question!  Why did I stop?  I could have easily carried on with clean eating and kept the momentum going.  I keep thinking about going back to Weight Watchers, or joining Jenny Craig, or the doing the Southbeach Diet, or any one of a million different diets, hoping that one of them might work this time.  In the meantime I’ve been completely ignoring the one thing that DID work for me, which is eating clean.  The one thing that ISN’T as diet at all, but an overall way to eat for health and nutrition.

So, I went to the grocery store.  I stocked up on healthy foods I love and now I’m prepared to start moving towards learning more about eating clean.  I’ve got a couple of books to read, I’ve scoured the Internet for information, and I’m arming myself with all the information I need.  I’m making in my mission to educate myself about food and how it can help my body.

It’s Go Time!!

All right!!  Today is Thursday, May 1, 2014 – time to start my 28-day transformation challenge!!28-day challenge

I’m really excited to get started today, which is actually pretty surprising given that I’m going to be giving up junk and processed food and putting my body through daily workouts (geeze I’m exhausted just thinking about it).

To recap, I’m going to be participating in the Prevention Magazine 28-day transformation challenge.  From May 1 to May 28 I will do the following:

  • eat clean
  • 2.5 hours of cardio a week
  • 4 strength training workouts a week
  • set a weekly intention for each week

My intention for week one is this:  Show Up.

I am the master of talking myself out of doing things.  Eating what I’m suppose to, working out, taking the bus rather than walking home.  If there is an easier way to do something it’s pretty much a guarantee that I’m going to talk myself into the easy way.  So even though there are days when I’m not going to want to make the best eating choice or work out, I’m going to show up and try.  Feel like eating that chocolate bar?  Eat your snack of apple and peanut butter and see how you feel after that.  Don’t feel like walking 5 km today?  Go walk for 30 minutes and if you still don’t want to walk, head back to the house.  I’m going to at least show up.

I will do weekly weigh-ins starting this morning and every Thursday morning after that.  I’m not really sure what to expect so I don’t have a weight loss goal in mind for these four weeks.  I really just want to use these 28 days to be consistent and set up some good healthy habits.  Any weight loss will be icing on the cake 😉

Watch here for my daily updates, and I’ll post updates on Twitter as well.  I’m not a big twitterer (tweeter?), but I’m going to try.  Oh it’s going to be an interesting four weeks!  Wish me luck, kids!!

Are you joining me in the challenge?  Let me know how you’re doing in the comments section – we can support each other through the 28 days.

Courage at Life with Courage and Jenn at Pwning the Fat are both participating in the challenge with me…YAY!!  Make sure you head over to their blogs and check out their progress.