I need to do a quick rant, y’all.
This is my girl Julie from high school. We weren’t besties or anything, but we were always nice to each other as far as girls and high school goes. She complimented my drama skills (and by “drama” I mean theatre, thank you very much), I complimented her incredible ability to wear anything, all lookin’ like an Abercrombie and Fitch model (which was a big deal in the 90’s). What I’m saying is: she was this pretty in high school and she was still nice to me.
Why am I showing you that she won $500 losing weight with Beachbody? It’s not to sell you something. In fact, it might even deter you from buying anything. It’s because I want you to see what hard work looks like.
In the past few weeks I have seen and heard more people whining about how they can’t stick to a work out routine or they don’t have time to work out. They don’t like their bodies and they “can’t” do anything to change that. They can’t because there’s no time and no money and no willpower or, like Julie, someone told you there’s just nothing you can do about a baby belly after a c-section.
How many success-stories do you need to watch on Youtube before you realize you can be one of them? You ARE one of them on Day 1 right now, if you choose to be.
So you start a work out program and on Day 3 your kid starts throwing up, or you get sick, or your body needs a break…
You start a work out program and you don’t like the “upper body” video part of it or you don’t like the cardio days or the trainer annoys you…
You don’t see the results you were hoping for in the first month of working out…
That doesn’t mean you get to quit. Doing anything in life, even the stuff you enjoy doing, it’s just not going to be the most fun all the time. And all your old habits aren’t going to magically change overnight, nor are your thighs.
Working out ISN’T FUN EVERY DAY!
Eating well ISN’T FUN EVERY DAY!
Raiding kids ISN’T FUN EVERY DAY!
Going to work ISN’T FUN EVERY DAY!
But I’ll bet you find a way to do half of those things every day.
I go to yoga almost every day. I am able to go to yoga because I work to make money for things like taking care of my body AND because my son goes to school every morning.
Your kids don’t go to school and you can’t afford a membership to a yoga studio or gym? Then buy a Beachbody DVD, find a workout video on Youtube, get a DVD from the library, find a healthy magazine article online that spells out a routine for you, hell even cable has workout channels. It takes 30 minutes at home and you don’t even have to put on cute gym clothes. You CAN and you SHOULD care about this one body God gave you before you even consider complaining about how your abs don’t ripple after 20 crunches.
What I’m saying is this: Julie was TOLD by doctors and nurses that her body after baby was just what it was, and there was no changing it. SHE decided to do the work, the HARD work, and she proved them wrong. Sure, she had to miss workouts or her workouts were interrupted by her newborn daughter, but she still showed up. There was no magic pill. There was no “easy” way. And I’m pretty sure if you’re looking at the same pictures I’m looking at, you’re seeing the abs that I want, too.
But I’m working for those abs. Are you?
If you want to change your circumstances, do it. Make a plan. Stick to it. It will be hard a lot of the time, and you won’t like it a lot of the time. You’ll want to quit and you’ll find lots and lots of reasons to give up. But if you don’t change your circumstances, you don’t get to complain anymore.
I’m more than happy to help anyone wanting to get healthier and stop complaining. I can’t make you do it and I can’t hold your hand through it, but I can be a cheerleader on the side lines for every day you take charge of your life.
And now, a cheesy life message.