I almost didn’t write this post because I so want to be seen as….well, I guess as someone who doesn’t use the word “chafe” in the title of her blog post.  But I just have to set pride aside and be honest.  I tend to over-share and while I really fight the urge to do so, I have to accept that I am just THAT person (which also means I occasionally stick my foot in my mouth).  So welcome to me over-sharing about my own health and fitness journey.

Let me just preface this entire post by proclaiming that I am not a health and fitness expert by any means.  I’m just a girl who used to rock a six-pack, then had three kids (two of which were back to back), started a business while having kids, got crazy busy, and now rocks stretch marks and mom jiggle in a way that makes me both proud and sad.  I think it’s important to talk about h&f , especially when you are in such a visual and physically demanding industry that requires so much stamina and confidence. Because being and feeling unhealthy limits our ability to shine.  I figure if this is something I’ve struggled with (and still do), this might be something you’re struggling with as well.  Lets cheer each other on as we improve!

Alison HowardI was chatting with a friend the other day about some summer h&f goals and she asked me why I wanted to get as healthy as possible.  Without so much as an analytical or discretionary thought I blurted out, Because I am just so sick of my thighs chaffing together when I wear dresses and shorts! and then I proceeded to show her what I meant.  (See, I’m THAT person.)  But honestly, that actual physical discomfort in my own skin is my “why”.  Simple as that.  I felt better after I shared it with her especially when she responded by squealing, Meeeee Toooooo! and we proceeded to talk about how we used to be able to eat anything we wanted and how Bandelettes are making a killing – too bad we didn’t think of that – and how it’s not about being skinny, it’s about being healthy and comfortable in your own skin.

I had a full physical last summer and to my absolute shock my then doctor told me that I was nearly obese.  Like, REALLY??!  Obese???  I don’t LOOK obese!!  I don’t feel obese.  I’m a size 8 – a size 10 during the holidays (lets keep it real) – but apparently I have high body fat for my height and that’s a problem.  I’ve sat on this info for almost a year vowing to make a real change (and definitely have made strides) but couldn’t completely, totally, willingly surrender.  Mainly because I just love food.  And not crappy food.  Real good delicious gourmet food.  I love to cook.  I love to eat my way through a city at the best restaurants.  And I think that I thought I’d have to give up my deep passionate love for food.  I obviously was wrong.  It’s all about moderation and discipline.

It’s funny how things that you’ve always known in theory all of a sudden click in reality.  Like I’ve always known that I should move more, eat a more plant-based diet, limit saturated fats, etc., but now I GET IT. This is my year of AH-HA’s and understanding so much about myself and God’s will for me because I just get it now.

So as a result, my summer fitness goals are super simple and I’m sharing them with you because I’d love for you to keep me accountable:

ONE // MOVE MORE
Today I started Beachbody’s T-25.  I’ve had it for a while but never completed it mainly because I’m a rebel and hate being told what to do.  Ha!  I would LOVE an accountability partner who’s willing to start T-25 today so if you happen to be that person, let me know!  :)   In addition to that I’m swimming, biking, running and lifting weights at the gym a few times a week.  Sunday is my rest day.

TWO // EAT LESS
By “eat less” I mean I’m eating differently than what I used to.  I’m a week in to eating a vegetarian diet – well pescatarian since I am eating fish.  I plan to do 30 days no meat (to start) only because I’m trying to reduce my body fat.  Oddly enough, I don’t miss it all all.  Well, except for when I fried bacon for the fam yesterday for breakfast.  OMG. That took so much will-power.  I am not following a particular meal plan.   I’ve been eating when I’m hungry, about 5 times a day, as many colors as possible, limiting fruit after 1pm.  I’ve also cut out gluten and dairy.  I buy only fresh organic food and make everything at home.

THREE // NO SCALE 
I decided not to weigh myself or take my measurements for the next 60 days.  I don’t know about you, but when I don’t see results quickly I get discouraged. I’m impatient when it comes to this sort of thing so I have to do everything I can to succeed.  Also, I can get obsessive about the scale.  I’m done with it.  I weighed myself last week and I took my measurements, so I know where I’m at.  I don’t want to obsess over numbers.  I want to eat well and move more daily.  I’m keeping it simple this time around.

I’ll post progress pics on Insta and updates here.  Wish me luck!  And good luck to YOU if you’re in the same boat as me.

Shine On!