I finished Phase 1 of the BeachBody 80 Day Obsession. Truthfully I really enjoy the workouts and the ease of working out at home. I just made an investment in heavier weights so that I can keep going strong! In the meantime I wanted to share some things I’ve learned over the past month!
It’s about so much more than weight or measurements.
I haven’t lost any weight (maybe a pound but that could be any number of things). I’m down 3 inches in my arms and legs, but that’s not even the biggest success in my mind. I honestly don’t care much about these trackers. For me the goal was more energy. I have been so much more motivated to workout and cook dinner after work over the past month. It’s amazing what consistent exercise can do for your overall energy. As I’ve said before it’s about your health habits, not your weight!
And then there’s my confidence level! My muscles feels stronger and overall more toned so I walk taller. This translates into more confidence at work and in my daily life. Im also stronger which makes me more confident in my ability to keep going with the program. I’ve learned I actually like push ups.
Cardio can mean so many other things besides running.
I used to feel like I had to go run for a certain number of miles for my workout to count. But that’s so not true. These workouts mimic jump roping a lot or up and down exercises (like burpees). I’ve also seen first hand that strength training is just as important as cardio. I think the hardest part for me was trying to plan a strength workout, but now I don’t have to! I simply do the workout that’s on the plan, it’s so much less stressful.
It’s SO IMPORTANT to make small goals.
This is the most important lesson of them all. One of the biggest qualms I have with BeachBody is that it recommends a lot of changes all at once which sets people up for failure. Not only do you exercise 6 days a week but you also have to meal prep and “diet.” Some people may argue that it’s not a diet program but there is emphasis around portion control, counting macronutrients, and limiting or eliminating certain foods. That’s a diet. End of rant.
The key to success is small, measurable, and attainable goals. I’ve tried doing it all at once and it never works. So my mom gently reminded me to take my own advice of one goal at a time. A few months ago my main goal was to bring lunch to work 3-4 times per week. Sure I still worked out but I wasn’t trying to meet a goal so if I only sweat twice a week that was fine. My focus was on bringing more nutrient dense foods to work. After I found success with that, I worked at enjoying my evening treats (I love wine and chocolate). I don’t want to limit these items but when I want them I simply ask myself if this is what I really want or need. That way I am more aware of my choices which is all part of intuitive eating. And only then after I had worked on those two goals did I focus more on finding a workout routine that I enjoy and can do consistently.
If I can leave you with one message from this post it’s to make small goals that you feel are achievable to build your confidence. Don’t look at what other people are doing because you never know if they’re struggling or if they’ll be able to maintain their goals. This is about you and your journey towards overall health. Start with one goal and only when you feel successful should you add in another one. Baby steps.