Hello fellow 90 dayers!
In honor of our first check-in day (I hope you’ve all already emailed Jack with your progress), I thought I’d do a quick post about my success… and a few other little notes/ feelings of gratitude and excitement.
This week has been cray cray! I have to say that I’ve accomplished so much more than I anticipated, and in a week no less! Just by cutting back my beer consumption and counting my calories/ making healthier food choices, I’ve lost 7 lbs in one week! What I appreciate the most about this past week, is Jackie’s philosophy on getting your head straight before any change can truly become effective. You really do have to get in the right frame of mind before any of the changes will “stick”. Otherwise, you’re just going through the motions.
Why it’s working…
I loved our assignment this week. And I’m sure you’re all thinking I’m just saying that, but I’m not. We were asked to think about a situation that makes us the most uncomfortable; to really look at ourselves and the negative things we tell ourselves, and then reverse the curse! I know mine has a whole heck-of-a-lot to do with my new “baby body.” I kept telling myself that it wasn’t going to get better. I thought that I would just have to learn to live with myself the way I am now. Jackie told me otherwise. You can do anything you want and obtain anything you want… you just have to decide that it’s what you are going to do and STICK WITH IT.
What are we really doing by cutting ourselves down? A whole lotta bad, that’s what. How can you expect to succeed when you can’t even convince yourself that the change is worth making? ‘Buts’ and ‘I’ll-start-tomorrow’s’ are unacceptable. In 90 days, you’ll look back and say, I wish I would have stuck with this, because today I would be seeing some amazing results. I just don’t want anyone to let that happen… not only because I care about that person’s well-being, but because I want this program to succeed. We all need to work together to make this happen for ourselves. No one is going to do it for us, and we just have to decide that this is an important decision and we are not going to give up on it so easily. We’re lucky enough to have the support of the group and of an amazing personal trainer.
It’s been the most exciting, difficult experience of my life. Obviously, it’s the most wonderful thing to ever happen to me, but I have been so down about my reflection in the mirror, and that giant number on the scale. Having a chicklet has done a number on my body, and consequently, my self esteem. I’m not one of those girls that looks like she just ran a marathon a week after giving birth. I still have a hefty amount of extra poundage to shed, and that doesn’t come easy with a new baby in the house and another MN winter around the corner. Which brings me to my next point… I MAKE EXCUSES. Wah wah wah, no time… wah wah wah, too cold. Bull. Somewhere out there, someone who is ten times more busy than me with 3 times as many children as me is working out. I think I’m so afraid to fail, that I never even give myself the opportunity to do so. I cut myself down. It’s got to stop. I can’t ask other people to respect me if I can’t even respect myself. My mission is to stop struggling with my insecurities, and start succeeding with being comfortable with who I am, and what I look like. I have the power to change myself. No one forces me to eat a piece of pizza or drink a beer. That is my choice, and once I learn that I have the will power to say no to my cravings and vices, I WILL succeed. I can’t fail. I won’t give in to failure.
What we’ve committed to…
Can I just say that Jackie rocks my world? This type of support from a certified personal trainer would cost you a pretty large chunk of change in a professional setting. Jackie is doing it for FREE. She wants us to succeed. She wants us to be healthy… and she is working her rear off to help us with this (please don’t kill me for writing this Jax!). I just want us all to support Jackie in this. As much as we’d like to think she is working for us, she’s not… she’s working with us. This is completely voluntary. She’s put herself out there and we need to be appreciative of the hard work she’s put into this whole challenge. She does not benefit from this in any way. She is just doing it because she cares.
She’s fronted money for prizes, spent over 20 hours working on the blog and goal tracking sheets, created a website, and responds to all our questions and answers.
I know that when I have the choice between pasta and salad, I’m going to choose the salad. Not only because it helps me reach my goal, but because I owe it to Jackie to try. There is no greater accountability than that. She is a great person who is doing a huge favor for me, and I’m grateful.
I promise this is not a lecture. Just my spiel on why I will try so hard on those days when I think I can sneak one breakfast sandwich or donut. When I tell myself, well it’s Saturday or the game is on so I can have more than a few beers. We owe this to ourselves and we should do it for ourselves. But on those days when you think “just one more”, think of Jackie and all the hard work she’s put into this. You committed, she’s worked hard for you already, so you owe her!
I know I’m biased because she’s my sis-in-law and my bestie, but I promise, I’m not saying this because of my feelings for her as a friend and family member. I’m saying this because she’s a kick-arse person who deserves for us to work as hard for her as she’s working for us. :) I’m so proud of everyone partaking in the challenge. Jack has told me countless times that she’s blown away by the response and is so excited that there are so many people out there that want to better themselves. I completely agree with her. Week 1 and we’re all doing great! Let’s just keep up the good work, and ask for support if we need a little motivation!
Yay for us! Yay for Jackie! Yay for a better lifestyle! Here’s to week 2 being even more successful than week 1!
Jackie, please don’t kill me for writing that stuff lol
Julie, chicken chili recipe WILL be posted tonight!