Jersey Girl, Texan Heart shares her story with Why Start Monday
Top: WSM // Yoga Pants: TJ Maxx // Sneakers: Adidas
As some of you know, over a year ago I started my health and fitness journey. Since then I’ve decided that my goals have changed. I have not stopped working out or stopped eating healthy. However, I have become a little more lax about it. My goals are to no longer be a 100% strict all the time. Was I feeling great and achieving my goals? Yes, absolutely! The only thing was that I was spending my entire Saturday morning and afternoon meal prepping, because I ALWAYS had to be trying a new recipe for all 5 of my small meals in a day. I was being religious about my workouts that sometimes I was even working out three times a day, and would beat myself up if I missed one workout or couldn’t finish because I was just that tired. I had a lot of energy, but when I would go out I wouldn’t eat at the thought of something not being 21 day fix approved even if it was by a little bit, so most of the time I wouldn’t eat at all, I would bring my Shakeology with me. I wouldn’t have cheat days at the scared thought of getting fat. If I didn’t measure everything in my containers I would freak out thinking I have too much food. The only goal that I did not hit was having 6 pack abs. I achieved everything else. And you want to know a little secret? I’m actually ok with that. In order to get 6 pack abs you have to be really strict with your food intake. Abs are mostly diet. And I’m sorry, but I love my cheat days too much haha.
So, what is my solution? I will continue to eat healthy most of the time and will continue to work out 1-2 times a day, 5 days a week. I will no longer have only 1 rest day, but I will have 2. I will eat healthy Monday-Friday, and if I want to indulge or be a little more lenient with my food intake on the weekends, I will allow myself to. If I’m only going to be working out to remain consistent with my size, I’m actually ok with that. The reason why I am ok with this decision is because I met so many health and fitness goals (more than ever in my life), all because I asked myself “Why start Monday?” For the past 8 months I’ve been looking for goals (because I met all of the major ones) to meet besides just staying consistent with my health.
The shirt I’m wearing is the perfect motivation. A lot of people see me indulge (especially with my mom’s pierogi hehe) more than I did a year ago and what they don’t know is that it took me time, blood, sweat, and tears (literally) to get to my goal weight last year. I wanted to give up, but I didn’t. I didn’t start my health and fitness lifestyle on a Monday. I started it every single day. Every day was a new day. A new day to try a new healthy recipe, a new day to set myself back and eat Taco Bell, a new day to last one more minute on the treadmill, or a new day to lift more weight than I did the week prior. These people always say “Oh I wish I could eat that much and still be your size.” What they don’t know is I was able to change my metabolism, at least that’s what it feels like. I can indulge because I eat healthy the rest of the week. You want to know the reason why a lot of people say why start Monday? It’s because how many times have you told yourself you’re going to lose weight and every time it’s “ok well I’ll start Monday,” and then it never happens? That’s why people say start whenever you are dead set on starting your health and fitness journey. Stop making excuses. I highly recommend being strict in the beginning and indulging when you’ve already hit your target weight. When I did the 21 day fix I didn’t indulge until I got to my first goal weight which was after 2 rounds of it. I had so much momentum that I didn’t want to stop. There’s no reason for you to start Monday. If you’ve wanted to get healthy whether it be by diet or exercise or both, now’s the time. Don’t wait any longer. The only person that you are hurting is yourself.
You know how many times I told myself that oh I’ll just start going to the gym Monday. Actually, after vacation back in August, I had such a hard time getting back on track. The reason why is because I kept saying oh I’ll try again Monday. This is actually the first week that I’ve been sticking to my routine. Since vacation I’ve meal prepped, but not as great as usual, and I didn’t work out as much. I was working out maybe 3-4 times per week. You really have no idea how many times my mom asked me if we were going to the gym and I said eh I don’t feel like it today. Well, this week was different. I reminded myself of the holidays coming up and that was enough motivation for me haha! I want to make sure my routine is back to normal so that if I indulge on Halloween candy, Thanksgiving, and Christmas I won’t feel as guilty knowing that the months prior I was still on track.
For those of you wanting to start your health and fitness journey but keep putting it off just ask yourself “Why start Monday?” If you don’t have a good response then you should just throw in the towel and DO IT! Also, as a nice little treat, this shirt is 10% off with code SALE10 so make sure when you take a look at this shirt or the other apparel WSM has to offer, that you type in that code at checkout!
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