I want to give you all an update on my progress in my personal wellness journey. A lot has happened the past few weeks and that is why I have been MIA… But here I am! As imperfect as ever, trying to get the hang of this whole blog writing business.
First of all, I started a new job so I am trying to get used to the new schedule, while also making time for my personal wellness regimen. On my next post I get into how I have formatted my schedule to make time for everything that is important to me. For now I want to mention the progress that I have made so far. Because it is definitely worth mentioning!
Since I began this journey (which if you are new to the blog I want you to stop reading this post right now, go back to the first blog post so you can see the goals that I originally made for myself and understand a little better what the purpose of my blog is) I have pretty much entirely cut out processed food, grains, legumes, refined sugar and dairy. This was very challenging at first, but once my body got used to it, it has made the world of a difference. When eating a diet this strict, balance is absolutely crucial if you plan to keep up with it for the long haul. So I have been allowing myself two cheat meals per week. Notice that I said cheat meal and not day. That means two meals, anything that I want to eat, per week. And now that I have been sticking to this for about two months, I can honestly say that the result has been that I have hardly any bad cravings, zero blood sugar crashes, twice as much energy, more mental clarity, no bloating, gone down a belt loop size and have an overall great outlook on life. That’s progress my friends!!
A second huge component has been getting regular exercise. And one thing I know for sure is that when I am feeling low energy it’s because I haven’t worked out that day and it’s my body’s way of telling me to get off my ass and go get those endorphins pumping. So, at least 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week is typically the sweet spot for me. And now that I have been eating so well, the fat is disappearing literally before my eyes. Because I am the type of person who gets bored easily, I mix up the workout daily. For example; Monday I may do a HIIT workout focusing on my butt and thighs, Tuesday total body yoga, Wednesday create my own arm and abs focused workout, Thursday go on a 2-3 mile jog, Friday cardio HIIT workout or go on a vigorous hike. Engaging in something everyday that is slightly different not only helps with the boredom, but works out different muscles in different ways and is amazing for weight loss and strength building.
A couple of things I need to mention about eating right and exercising… First, is that it takes motivation and discipline every day especially in the beginning to get myself to stick with it. Second, is that I wouldn’t of been able to get as far as I have if it wasn’t for my beautiful fiancé doing this with me and holding me accountable. Everyone needs an accountability partner on their wellness journey because sticking to it alone is HARD. If you need an accountability partner then I want you to reach out to me. We can discuss what you should and shouldn’t eat and come up with a way for you to exercise everyday that you will enjoy. If you have a busy schedule then we will find a way to squeeze everything in and have it feel balanced.
According to the American Society of Training and Development, we are 65% more likely to complete a goal if we commit to someone. And if you make a specific accountability appointment with the person you committed to, then you will increase your chances of success by up to 95%. That’s almost 100% more likely to achieve YOUR goal!!
The third thing that I want to mention is that a month ago I was under a huge amount of financial stress and even though I was eating really well and exercising regularly, I didn’t lose a single pound of weight. If you are reading this and are already eating really well and exercising regularly but you are not seeing the weight loss results that you would like then I can almost guarantee that it has something to do with stress. Read this article How Stress Can Cause Fat Gain to understand why.
Wellness isn’t just a physical journey. In order to have everlasting success your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body systems all need to be in balance. I specialize in helping you discover where there are imbalances and then together we create a wellness plan to get you back on track. Once we have the plan, I will check in with you daily as your personal accountability coach. If this sounds like something you need in your life I am encouraging you to reach out to me right now.
Stay tuned for my next post about fitting my wellness routine into my new busy schedule!
And as always thank you for taking the time to follow me on this amazing journey.
In love and wellness,
Imperfect LC Krystle