Challenge Accepted

Challenge Accepted

New year, new fitness goals.  Lena started a few months ago with BeachBody and the results are amazing.  I started working out when we did a team challenge for Bodybuilding.com and then stopped over the holidays, but both of us have a challenge starting this week.  Hers is a 30 day fitness challenge.  I’m pretty excited about what she is doing for people.  She is passionate about helping people get fit and get healthy.  If you follow her on Facebook and Instagram you can see the results.

My challenge is with bodybuilding.com.  It’s a 12 week transformation challenge and I’m excited to finally get into the groove and stay there.  I’ve seen the difference, and I never want to go back to my old self.  The lack of sleep, the general sluggishness, constantly being out of breath.  When I was on the last challenge I felt so much better.  Due to circumstances in my life I didn’t do as well on that challenge as I wanted to, and I’ve spent the last month gearing up and waiting for this challenge.  My main goal this year (as it pertains to the topic) is not to lose weight or inches, but to lose excuses.  Stuff is going to happen, because it always does.  But I have to push through.  I can’t lose focus because of anything else that’s going on, or it’s just going to be an endless cycle of starting and stopping.  You know how painful it is when you start a workout routine?  When you start and stop you are perpetually in that state, and I don’t want to stay there.

If one of your goals is to be healthier this year, get rid of the excuses.  You don’t have to go from zero to 150 mph all at once.  Start small.  Cut out sugar.  Stop drinking soda and drink lots of water.  Cut 200 calories per day out of your diet.  Exercise for 30 minutes per day.  It may not be life changing at first, but you will start to see results.  As you see the results, you will probably be motivated to do more.  It becomes exponential.  The best thing to do is to join a challenge group.  I don’t say this to try to promote Lena or sell you on something.  I’ve just seen the amazing results when people are part of a challenge group and working together to help each other reach their goals.  A lot of people are reluctant because they don’t want to be chastised or told they suck when they miss a workout.  That’s not what these groups are about though.  They encourage one another when someone is feeling like a failure.  They share their own failures and get vulnerable.  When someone falls off of the horse, the rest of them help that person back up.

Americans in general are very unhealthy.  With the amount of genetically modified food out there and so few laws limiting what restaurants and fast food places can serve, we are not healthy as a whole.  This can enslave us.  I’m all about freedom.  One of the prisons that we live in is the effects that the way we eat has on our lives.  It doesn’t matter what body type you are either.  Some people think that because they have a good metabolism and are skinny they can eat whatever they want whenever they want, but junk is junk.  Putting all of that junk in our bodies makes our lives pretty limited, and puts us at risk of dying early.  I love what companies like BeachBody.com and Bodybuilding.com are doing for our country, and the following they have.  It gives me hope that we can come back from this.  People are more aware now of what the effects of lousy food and lack of exercise are having on their bodies.

I don’t like challenging people to do things.  It’s a little too in your face for me.  I like to encourage people.  I encourage all of you to make this the year that you take control of your health.  I know eating organic can get expensive, but if we all bought as much organic food as possible, soon the rest of the companies will have to follow suit.  Either way, learn about good nutrition and feed your body what it needs.  Both web sites that Lena and I use (we each use both for different things) have a lot of information on good nutrition, not just workouts and exercise.  Choose something and give your body what it needs this year.  I promise you will feel so much better and love the results.  I’ll keep you updated on our progress periodically, or you can follow Lena and I on Instagram or Facebook for more up to the minute updates.  Lena is on Instagram @yelenathomas.  You can find all of my information to the right of this post.

Have a great week and a great year everybody.  Be blessed and free.

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