Category: Challenges

Tired of Wishing for “IT”

Looking back at the posts in this blog I realized that I have done A LOT OF WISHING FOR IT to happen and very little of actually doing something to make IT happen. Is if like putting down on paper – or online rather – will magically happen.

Oh, wishful thinking!

The problem is that I don’t know how to get started. I know that people say “just do it” (very much like Nike) or “one day you’ll get up and say this is it, I’m doing it.” I see other people that have found their groove meanwhile I’m here trying to figure it out. I tend to overthink things, and for sure I’ve given this “working out” and “eating right” thing a great deal of thought but then again, it stays in there nothing else happens.

Recently in a visit to my doctor for a physical, she freaked out because of my weight and how much this is affecting my health, in particular. my heart’s health. You would think that this will kick me into action but it hasn’t. To add to this, I’m about to turn 40 a huge milestone, and I still don’t get motivated to do anything.

I’m aware of my shortcomings and where I’m standing, I’m not delusional. I look at myself in the mirror, and I don’t always like what I see. I know I must do something. I know I must get into action, but how!? I have a gym membership, but I don’t use it. Why you ask? Embarrassment? Laziness? Wishful thinking?

Who knows!

My biggest opponent is my mind. I’m WAY too into my head to the point that sometimes I need to get out and take some fresh air. As I mentioned above, I’m aware of my shortcomings I just don’t know how to tackle them. I want to lose weight, I want to be healthy, I want to get back to where I was mentally 10 years ago. Where I felt happy and motivated. I want to enter my 40s healthy and with a pep in my step. I want to enjoy my 40s and be strong, but where do I start?

I look to the future and I see a healthy and lean me. Then I look at me today and what I see is all the work that is ahead and I get discourage before starting. I know this is NOT A SPRINT it is a MARATHON and as such, I should approach it but at some point, if I don’t the path towards the destination, I give up.

I don’t want to wish for IT,
I want to be IT!
I want to be IT!
I want to be IT!
I want to be IT!
I want to be IT!

I want to be IT! 

So with that in mind, I’m giving ME another chance! I’m doing like Taylor Swift, and Shake it Off and start over. After all, “it doesn’t matter how many times you fall .. what matters is how many times you stand up, shake it off, and moving forward.”

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60 Day Challenge Lifetime Fitness: Results

As you might remember, last June I jumped onto the opportunity to participate in the 60 Day Challenge with Lifetime Fitness – a gym that I had recently joined -. I was really excited about having an incentive to get motivated and into the habit of going to the gym at least 4 times a week. Today I “weigh-out”, to conclude the Challenge.

What Happened?

Like I said, I was really excited. I made workout plans, meal plans, I went shopping, I was ready. In June I went to 3 out 4 “Try It Tuesdays”. These are workshops are designed to give you guidance and support your weight loss efforts during and after the challenge. I really enjoyed these, my favorite was the one about grocery shopping, where we went to Whole Foods and learned how to shop for a successful weight loss.

I also frequent the gym – not as much as I should have – but I did. I made an effort to go during lunch or in the afternoon. I also made an extra effort to cook more at home.

In July, all that went out the window, as it was a really crazy – and exciting month -. Traveled most of the month and to that, add an increase in my workload and that makes for a crazy time. Granted, I could have made more of an effort to go to the gym, but I didn’t. The only major thing in terms of activity that I did was walking a 5K and a half marathon the same weekend.

In August, we are done with the 60 day challenge, and as a participant we needed to “weigh-out”. I didn’t want to go. My performance was poor and I didn’t want to see the number going up and since technically, June was the only month in which I did anything related to the challenge. Regardless, I went…

What? I did not see that coming!

Probably you guessed it… I did lose weight! I was really surprised and excited. It was the push I needed to continue moving forward even when I don’t see the results I want to see.

Here are the results!
Here are the results!

Needless to say, I’m pleased with the results. So much so, that I’m going to sign up for a second round. This time, I will use what I learn to improve my performance and see even more pounds go away!

Yay me!

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60 Day Challenge Lifetime Fitness

About two months ago, I joined Lifetime Fitness in the hopes to get into the habit of exercise on a regular basis and be more active. To be honest, I haven’t been successful. I’ve gone to the gym about 5 to 6 times in two months… So I decided to do challenge myself to go to the gym at least 10 to 15 times in June. Then I saw that Life Time had a 60 Day Challenge and I decided to sign-up.

I’m the first one to recognize that even when I signed up for challenges, I don’t follow through, however, this time, I’m pushing myself to do it because I’m clear of the reasons why I want to do this. I’m going to be connected with my Why. Doing this will keep me focus and engage.

60 Day Challenge Lifetime Fitness
Game On!

The Challenge

Provides the tools and resources to keep yo motivated to crush your fitness goals and also it doesn’t hurt that the grand prize is $10,000 and a trip to Hawaii,and more! How amazing is that? The 60 Day Challenge provide the participants with a timeline to give them an idea as to what can they expect. At the same time, it includes recipes, workout ideas, workshops, support and more.

This weekend was the “Weigh-in” weekend, that serves as the Challenge Kick-off. During this phase, you get your starting weight and other stats about your body. You have to take your before picture with a bracelet they give you and once the challenge is over, you have to submit the pictures and an essay. This is really exciting!

I’m really excited that I decided to join the challenge and I’m looking forward to crush my weight loss goal! This will also get me a step closer to have a good performance during the upcoming races.

My goals in joining this challenge are:

  • To develop the habit of working out on a regular basis
  • To develop better eating habits
  • To be more of my excuses and find ways to remove them
  • To get stronger
  • To be healthy
  • And ultimately, to lose weight and hey – why not – win! 😀

Let’s keep in touch. I’ll be sharing things I learn during the process and much more!

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