What, you may ask, is it that has inspired my return? Originally I was going to answer that question with some negative words, like anger and frustration. But I decided those aren't the reasons and backspaced all that out. The real answer is "a desire to finally do things right". WHOA! Heady stuff, right? Nah, not really. In real words, that you are used to me using:
My ass is huge and I have finally decided to do something about it.
Not a difficult concept, but I have put it off for too long, feeling like the distance between where I am and where I want to be was too large to overcome. But I have learned recently (for $150 and hour) that perspective can make a huge difference in even the smallest things. So I looked back at where I was last happy with my body and my fitness level. About seven years ago, I was running and/or working out about an hour a day, 5 days a week. I looked great, felt great - I was finally comfortable in my own skin. And I realized the distance between here and there is really not that big. The key was realizing that where I WANT to be and where I SHOULD be are not the same thing.
Right there, I reduced my situation from Mt. Everest to Forest Park.
Enter Downtown Chelsea Brown - a super-fit, healthy-eating, glowing-skin bundle of all that is good in the world. She noticed that I have been making some changes and seeing some small progress and suggested I do a 21 Day Quick Trim Diet - she did it earlier in the year, and although to look at her before pictures you never would have thought she had room for improvement, it made a noticeable difference. I was pretty unsure - what do you eat, how much time do the exercises take....how much do I have to give up?? After Chelsea explained the ins and outs of the plan, I really didn't have any more excuses. You eat pretty clean - I have been working toward that already. Exercises take max 40 minutes a day...that's an episode of Supernatural on Netflix. Drink a lot of water...I already do. And it's only for three weeks - not exactly a long term commitment.
Now I am getting down to brass tacks and following the diet plan - today is Day One, and I now know for a fact that I suck at planning ahead. Meals will take some forethought, but the personal discipline will be good for me.
And I am going to blog every single day to encourage all of you to encourage me!!
Just think of it - you will be right here by my side while I give up dairy and struggle to get used to black coffee! Oh, the FUN we will have!
Apologies in advance for the inevitable crankiness, and huge thanks in advance for finding as much joy in not being bloated or wanting to take a nap after lunch as I will.
Until tomorrow then.
(For more info on the 21 Day Quick Trim Diet, go to BeatsPerMinuteFitness.com. And no, I am not getting paid in any way, shape or form for blogging about this. I purchased the plan through Portland Perks, and you can too at www.getmyperks.com/deal/portland/beatsperminute-fitness)