So I have finished the “Burn” phase of Chalean Extreme, my newest DVD workout program I am following. In my “It’s a Job” post, you see all four weeks progression at the end of the blog post. I wanted to show you the results from just the beginning of week one and the end of week four. I have lost many inches through this program and I have built up quite a bit of strength and muscle.
So I’ve been told multiple times that I “work out too much,” or “I focus on what I eat too much, just have fun.” Usually these phrases are said pretty discouragingly and in a way that the speaker would like me to stop. Well recently, I have been told by quite a few people, that I workout like it’s my job! This has never been said as a put down or something to try to get me to not focus on it. It was said as a “good job,” and a “fantastic, way to go!” I love that quote! I workout like it’s my job!
Do you know what that phrase means to me? It means that I get up and I do what I’ve got to do to make a payout. Not only that, I told myself a long time ago that I would never partake in a job which I felt did nothing to help humanity in some way. I also made a pact with myself, that I would never take a job where I wasn’t happy with what I was doing.
Let’s break down those three things: payment, humanity, happiness.
My payment when I workout is a healthy body. My body is a temple to God, but it is also a carrier of me. It takes me places, it helps me do things, and it provides the only container I will ever have on this earth so I had better take care of it. So my payment is a longer lasting body, healthy looking body, and one that will hopefully let me do the things I want to do until I am not longer here on earth. I think the payment is pretty phenomenal, and this isn’t something you can get from any regular ordinary job, it takes hard work, patience, and the ability to keep it up day to day. My goal for my body is to stay in top shape and see many years of good use from it.
I love to volunteer time and energy towards things that make a difference. I believe that taking care of myself through working out and eating healthy helps others see that it is possible. Showing everyone that they don’t need desert every night and that they don’t need to drink soda or sweet tea will help them in the long run. Little steps can bring around a big change. I also feel better when I workout, so I know I am in a better mood to help others in my career and in my family and friends.
Yes, working out almost everyday and focusing on eating good for me foods, can be hard. Sometimes I fall, and I fall bad. I had vacation a few days ago, and ate a cupcake and drank when we went out with friends. These are things I don’t normally do. These are things that aren’t the best for my body. These are things that I splurge on once in awhile. But once I realize that I need to get back on my healthy lifestyle, that reality is hard. It takes a lot of willpower to get off the couch to put my workout DVD in, when I’ve been sitting there for a week. It takes a lot of stamina to walk away from the chocolate bar that is in front of me at the grocery store. It just take a lot out of you. Happiness doesn’t always come easy. I think, when I am doing those “not so good for me things” and sitting on the couch, that I am happy. I mean come on, what a life, sitting on the couch, feeling lazy, not having to do anything, and oh by the way pass me those potato chips.
But really, that’s not what true happiness is for me. I am truly happy when I have the energy to go out and explore the world, when I have the ability to run around with the little kids we babysit, and when I eat a strawberry and think it is the best thing in the world. Happiness is knowing I will live longer with a healthy body and have many great things to see and do in my life, and knowing if I hadn’t started my fitness journey three years ago I may not have had these chances. Happiness comes from all those endorphins coming from a good workout and the adrenaline one gets in a race. Happiness is knowing I will spend my lifetime with my husband and we will be healthy in old age together so we can enjoy it.
So yeah, my job is working out. And I love going to work everyday!
At “work” I’ve been working on strength training: here are some pics of progress through the first month of Chalean Extreme. I’ve lost a total of 5inches off my body since starting the program.
Hey You! Yeah, you over there! I’m talking to you! How are you doing today? I know that some people out there have some negative things to say about you, but you know what? I’ve got SO many more positive things to say that those negatives are all canceled out!
First off, I want you to look at yourself in the mirror. Don’t be going and putting on your make up now! Or putting gel in your hair! You look fine! Seriously! Without all the things that we are told make us look better, you look fine just the way you are! Take a look! I know, I know, that’s supposedly a wrinkle by your eye, I don’t see that, I see a laugh line from years of laughing at good jokes and fun times had with friends! I know that the blemish on your skin is something that you want to hide, but instead embrace it! It helps make you the amazing person you are! That person in the mirror is someone who is doing things in life, taking the bull by the horns and no longer looking with negative thoughts on themselves.
Have you ever been called fat? Ugly? Lazy? Stupid? Weird? I’ve been called, or thought of myself (which is worse) those things, all of those terms before. But, guess what…I’m not ANY of the above, and neither are you! Here’s how I take those negative and turn them into positives…it’s the first step in really loving who you are, because until you grasp what an amazing person you truly are anything you want to change won’t happen and anything you want to heighten (like reach a goal or something) won’t really happen without first accepting yourself!
Fat? Really? Seriously? Your body is a temple that you have been given to live a life that you love. Until you embrace your body and take a look at it as a vehicle to take on life that “fat” stigma will always hunt you. I’ve seen many beautiful girls tell me they think they are “fat” because so and so is skinnier then they are. Don’t ever compare yourself to any other person! You are unique and wonderful no matter if the other person is skinner then you, taller then you, more defined then you, or in your thoughts more successful. It’s all of our jobs as owners of our bodies to take a healthier view on how we live our lives and how we take care of our bodies, but everyone is going to look different, and that is alright!
Ugly? Come on! Look at those eyes, that hair, those cheeks! I don’t care who you are, there is a feature on your body that no one else has. This makes you unique, and being unique is beautiful! Look at yourself in that mirror again (and don’t be running off to put that makeup on now!) and just stare at your reflection. Each day, name at least one thing that you think is unique or beautiful on your body. I bet if you do that you will start loving yourself and understanding that no one is ugly!
Lazy, well that’s in the eye of the beholder. Someone who runs a 5K compared to someone who runs at 13.1K may seem lazy. Those who are on their feet all day on the job and go home to a couch may look lazy to those who sit at a desk all day and then workout once they get home. You are not lazy, you are just a different type of active.
Stupid? Do you know one thing more on a topic then I do? Well then you are not stupid. If you know how to do something that only a few people do, then you are not stupid. You may not be able to spell or do math, but neither can I, but we know other things! For example, some people look at me and think I’m uber smart because I have my Masters degree, but I am a person only specialized in one thing. Someone who knows how to count out money, fix a car, handle an unruly machine, hold a baby and make it stop crying, etc…are smarter than me in those areas. No one is stupid if they know how to do something.
Weird…well, we all are weird. We all have things that make us just slightly abnormal to the average human being. But then again if those average human beings have things that are slightly abnormal in them, then they are not average either. Then that means we are all weird, which makes us great assets to this world. I’ve been told that because I’m in to fitness and healthy foods now, that I’m weird. Well so be it! I embrace that! If that makes me weird I’ll take it! There are other people out there who are weird to me because they can do math in their head (my dad), look at a sentence and figure out the grammar mistakes (my husband), or look at a sick person and know exactly what they need to do to feel better (my mother and mother in-law). They embrace those things and their weirdness is wonderful to me! So take that weirdness, show it to the world, and embrace it!
So basically, this whole blog, is just to show that no matter who you are, what you have been told that is negative that you can switch those around to positives and use them to better yourself and your fellow man. Enjoy life! Love yourself! Don’t judge others because you don’t where they are on their journey and they may not know how to make a negative into a positive. And create a new way in the world!
So a few weeks ago hubby and I went to Chicago to visit one of my good friends. We went to many restaurants that we had seen on some shows on Food Network, and we drank a lot of martinis. I knew what this weekend would do to me, and I still went and enjoyed myself without thinking too much about what I was doing. I don’t recommend doing this, because it takes a while to undo the damage you do in just two days. I ate greasy food, didn’t workout, and drank more than I have drank the whole year combined probably (I don’t drink a lot – so I had like 8 drinks in two days). We had a lot of fun hanging out with my friend going to a concert and just enjoying Chicago.
Once we were home I decided to workout that evening. Looking at myself in the mirror I looked about 7 months pregnant I thought. I decided that instead of letting this bloated look get me down, because I knew this would happen when I was eating horribly, I would turn it into something for this blog.
I wanted to show that even if you do have a “mess up, don’t think about it, eat everything in sight” weekend, you can turn it around to where you were in a few weeks time, no problem. I probably consumed double if not triple the amount of calories I normally have on a day to day basis each day that weekend, so I gained a few pounds, plus bloating from the sodium added to the time it took to get all the extra pounds off.
I didn’t have a cheesecake baby, I had a pizza, pizza, pizza, pasta, hamburger, pancakes, waffles, cereal, alcohol, alcohol, alcohol, pizza, pizza baby. It was way beyond my usual food baby. My pants fit tightly, I felt tired, and I didn’t want to workout. It’s weird what a few days of being off a healthy schedule can do to someone.
So, after three weeks of eating right, drinking nothing but water (and one glass of milk in the morning), and working out properly, I got back down to the way I was before, flat tummy and all!
Don’t let one weekend get you down, if it’s one weekend every few months…it’s life, we are all supposed to live and have fun once in a while. One weekend won’t damage all you have done, it will just take you some time to get back to where you were. Three weeks is what it took me.
Was it worth all that hard work, to some extent it was. I had fun with my friend and husband, we eat at a ton of places that we wanted to experience and we saw some great things in Chicago. Would I have one of those kinds of weekends every week? No! Little indulgent days here or there are fine, but put some limits on how much of the indulgences you consume. I have learned to not let this happen too many times again, and I know that I can still have fun without all that pizza and alcohol. I am back to my healthy diet and tons of water.
Enjoy life and take it as it comes. I knew that weekend wasn’t going to be the greatest healthy wise, but I decided to indulge. Have I really indulged since that weekend? No, that was my indulgent days for those three weeks. I didn’t need any other indulgences after that weekend. Find the balance in your life to have fun but also to love your body.