Let me preface this by saying this is a personal post. And it’s long. But, if you know me at all, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. In order to do my best to not overwhelm you with boring details and information I’m going to split my thoughts into three posts. Today’s post is the WHAT. Later I will explain the WHY and finally the HOW.
Many of you have probably seen me post #35×35 a lot lately through Twitter and Facebook and wondered what it meant – I know because many of you have texted me asking. So – here’s the skinny (pun intended): This year I turn 35 (gasp!). And this year I am determined to finally lose the 35lbs I’ve been talking about losing for the last 10 years. And when I say determined, I mean absolutely set on it. Losing 35lbs by my 35th birthday = 35×35. That’s it. Pretty catchy, eh? I thought so.
Luckily, my birthday isn’t until November so this gives me some time. In fact, it gives me 45 weeks to be exact. With 45 weeks to reach my goal, I need to lose less than ONE pound per week (.77 precisely). When you break it down like that, it doesn’t sound so ridiculous does it? Nope. I didn’t think so either.
BUT, there is a catch. It will take me ALL 45 weeks to reach my goal. This will not happen in 1 week or even a month. This will require a consistent approach that I have to be fully dedicated to. Losing a pound one week only to gain two the next week isn’t going to cut it. I have to maintain focus. So, what’s it going to take? CHANGE and ACCOUNTABILITY.
The CHANGE : I know that I have a huge goal ahead of me, but it’s achievable if I make serious changes to my diet. I had started these changes last fall and it has been a learning process for me. The whole concept of eating clean was just a buzzword (or so I thought) and it wasn’t until these past few months that I truly began to understand what it even meant. Over the holidays I fell short of my personal goals and slipped into some old habits. I’ll admit it. But, on January 1st I decided it was time to refocus and get serious once and for all about getting healthy for both myself and my family. Last October, I started a program called Isagenix and I quickly learned just how much I needed to change. I knew it was going to take me starting Isagenix again to help me reach my goal. The Isagenix program gives me the tools I need to make the healthy changes to my eating habits that are necessary for my transformation. Isagenix gives me the ability to start my day with pure nutrition without the preservatives, chemicals and toxins you get with a lot of other programs. Isagenix gives me the ability to curb the cravings that will quickly derail my efforts. Finally, Isagenix has given me the confidence that I can do this. Am I an Isagenix fan? Yep, I sure am. In my HOW post I’ll tell you why I doubted it, why I fell in love with it, and why you should start the program too. (And no, it’s not just another diet program, I promise.)
The ACCOUNTABILITY: I have realized over the past few months that when you don’t feel like making the right food choices or you want to get down on yourself about something, it’s easier to do this in private. We sulk, we make excuses…and then we eat those cookies. We tend to keep this to ourselves because after all, who is proud when they finish a box of girl scout cookies, right? The best way to fight this (for me) has been making my efforts public. The more I post about going to the gym, or eating a new healthy recipe, or losing weight, the more I’m driven to stay on track. It isn’t bragging or saying ‘look how good I am’. Nope. It isn’t for any of you at all. Those posts are for ME. If I tell the world that I’m eating clean, I’m less likely to make the wrong choices at the next work luncheon. If I haven’t posted in two days that I’m at the gym, that’s motivation to get my butt in the gym. Those posts keep me going. Those posts keep me ACCOUNTABLE to myself and if anyone knows me you know that once I’ve made up my mind, it’s pretty hard to change it.
So, that’s it. This is what I’m working on this year. Later, I will post about why this is so important to me and my family. And finally, I will post more specifics on how the Isagenix program works, how I convinced my husband to join me and how you can get healthy with me too.
And if anyone has any healthy recipes they would love to share, PLEASE feel free to share the link below or email me, or message me, or text me or forward to my Pinterest. Let’s make 2014 the best year yet!