I'd love to share a little bit about my progress with the Mama Shred!
Four weeks ago, I started a clean-eating and fitness program, and when it began I was totally out of my comfort zone. I hadn't lifted a weight in...ever. I ate sugar several times a day, and was pretty sure I had no self-discipline. In a nutshell, I am not the working out "type."
I'm so excited to say that it has been a hard, but really rewarding month. Have I eaten perfectly "clean"? No. Have I missed a work out or two? Yes. Have I sweated profusely and laid on my carpet feeling like I might die? Many times.
But the things I've learned and the progress I've seen so far have been good enough that I just signed up for a second round of the Mama Shred - and found out that if there is a third round, my mother-in-law is going to pay for it for me. (Thanks Mary!) I still think I might be crazy, but that's ok.
- Receiving weekly meal plans from my trainer has broadened the scope of what my family and I eat, and I love learning new recipes! I hopped on the kale train and I actually kind of like it.
- I've lost 3 lbs. Woot!
- For the first 3 weeks, I ate almost exclusively "clean" (no processed food, no white pasta/rice/grains, no sugar, no fried foods, or alcohol). This was SO HARD. for me. But in three weeks, my very acne-prone skin was completely clear. Week 4, I ate quite a few things I shouldn't have, and my acne is back. So I'm thinking there might be a correlation there :)
- I'm learning self-discipline. I'm learning to say no to foods, to get up earlier in the morning, and push myself. I have a LONG way to go in this though. Pretty much every morning my alarm goes off, I make up excuses for why I should skip my workout and then I pout through my stretching.
- Because Nicholas saw me lifting weights, he learned how to say "heavy." Sounds like "ha-vy!" And now every single time he picks up something that could be remotely heavy for an 18-month-old, he says "ha-vy" in a grunty voice. So that alone makes the working out worth it.
I still have moments every single day that I want to quit. It's a lot to fit into my schedule and I reallllly like chocolate. But this Mama Shred journey is also about my heart, not just my physical body. I'm an emotional eater, so by not allowing myself to go to the ice cream bowl when I'm stressed, maybe now I'll go to God.
So I'm going to keep going. I'm going to give myself grace to "cheat" every once in awhile, and to not freak out that my trusty love handles haven't gone away yet. Someday?