I want this to be me. My form. My back. My muscles. My leanness. Alas, I'm not there... YET. I AM proud to say that over the last 4 weeks I have lost 10 pounds! I'll be honest, it really hit me after shedding these 10 pounds that I really let myself get out of control. I know I am simply not as lean as what I know I could be. I feel shame. I feel guilt. I feel like a joke, being an expert in this field, and I let my guard down to all the temptations I warn against.
In response to this realization, I have come to some even bigger conclusions about how to be successful in improving my health. After all, I'm not on this path of self-improvement and discovery just for the fun of it. This path is painful. It's hard. It would be easier to close my computer right now and not face the demons before me. But that is not what we are meant to do. We are intended to come alongside each other in journey, arm in arm, vulnerable face to vulnerable face, and guide each other along the path of life. How selfish would it be of me to keep it all to myself? I hope just one thing I say can help one person who reads this to better themselves.
Most of you have probably heard the acronym KISS - Keep It Simple Silly. So we are going to KISS our health goals with A KISS - Accountability, Kick up the nutrition, Intensify our workouts, Sleep well, and Supplement as needed.
ACCOUNTABILITY. This is the most vulnerable step in the process, which ultimately makes it the most crucial. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” - Brene Brown - When I hung my head, admitted my shortcomings, asked for my husband's support, and put myself before you all, there was a complete shift. I know there are people out there watching me, seeing what I will do. Would I give up? Did I truly want to make the "lifestyle change" I so desperately needed? Simply knowing there is someone I have to answer to, well that is a crucial change. If you do not have anyone you can ask to be this person for you, feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KICK UP THE NUTRITION. I was healthy. I posted up my blood work numbers a few months ago. I was strong. I jerked the 70# bell over head. I ate my fruits and veggies. But I also ate processed and acidic foods. I fudged when there were special events, like eating the chips and dips or the biscuits and pasta. I told myself that it was "my cheat day" or that "I deserved a day to enjoy myself". Looking back on it, admittedly, those cheat meals left me hormonally imbalanced and cranky (sorry Bob) as well as back on the addiction train. I also ate too many of the "healthy" treats, like Paleo desserts and too much well-raised meats. What I have discovered for myself, and many clients, is that it is an absolute must to reset the body to break these vicious cycles, whether it's with a strict veggie and fruit diet for a duration of time, through a 3 Day Cleanse (found on our Member's Only page), or a 10 day Clean Burn Shape Detox.
INTENSIFY YOUR WORKOUTS. "It's my light day"..."I'm listening to my body"..."I'm recovering from an injury"... ok ok ok... so some of these are valid, BUT a lot of times they are excuses we tell ourselves so we don't need to push ourselves. There have been about 3 days over the last month that I fully had it in my schedule to go workout or run, but I decided against it because I was hardly able to keep my eyelids open! But, there were probably about 5 days that I just didn't want to go. But. I. Went. And I conquered. Hardly will you regret going for that heavier weight or going that extra half mile or just showing up, and often that is where you will see your biggest changes.
SLEEP WELL. Get your 7-8 hours of sleep. It's a must. I could link you to a dozen sites which tout the importance of this, but I think you get the idea. If you have problems sleeping, look into some dried cherries or tart cherry juice, (available at Fruitful Yeild) which has natural melatonin to assist in falling asleep.
SUPPLEMENT AS NEEDED. While supplementation is not always needed long term, and each person may not need the same thing, it's important to know what your body is needing. For me, there were two key supplements I found which helped me HUGE!!! The first is the Burn product. This product helps me to keep my blood glucose levels balanced, thus minimizing my cravings for breadlike products, pastas, and other high grain products. The second is the Raw Code Healthy Blood Iron supplement. I was craving beef BIG TIME, which is known to be a sign of low iron, and I have been known to have low iron in the past. By supplementing this essential mineral, my craving for beef has dissipated greatly! It is very important that this piece is the last in the puzzle, because if the other parts are in disarray, you'll be wasting your money.
These are just some of the key factors I have really brought into my life this last month. Over the next few months, you can look forward to some more in depth looks at these areas, as well as some of my new struggles I am looking to overcome! When it comes to A KISS, what area do you need the most support in? Where do you need the biggest support from us, your community?