So, early in May, eighteen days after beginning 2B Mindset, I sang its praises in a post about food (Food, Glorious Food). I mentioned it again in early June when I wrote “So, what the heck do you mean you’re a coach?” At that time, I’d been doing 2B Mindset for a solid month (actually, almost five weeks) and I had lost 11.9 pounds.
Now, we’re eleven weeks in and…I’ve lost 12.2 pounds.
Yeah, I know.
Now, let me start by saying this: this is NOT the fault of the program. The program is simple. The program is sustainable. And if you actually do the work, it works.
I…did not do the work.
Take a look at my eleven weeks:
You’ll notice that right before July started, I actually hit my lowest weight since starting the program. At that point, I’d lost 16.8 pounds. And then July hit, and suddenly, I was my “old self” again.
I blame it on the “newness” of the program wearing off a bit, and also on the fact that I just quit doing the things I was supposed to be doing. As I told some of my teammates and clients, the following started to happen…
“We never get together! We should totally have another glass of wine and not get enough sleep tonight!”
“Donuts? I mean, I don’t really like donuts, but Of COURSE I will eat donuts with you!”
“We’re at a bowling alley. Why wouldn’t I eat waffle fries and jalapeno poppers?”
“It’s hot. All I want for dinner is ice cream.”
And so on, and so on, and so on. Hell, yesterday, I went bowling and got waffle fries, jalapeno poppers, and beer. And then I got mad this morning that the scale was up. WHAT DID I THINK WAS GOING TO HAPPEN?!
Now, I’ve been doing a lot of the things that I should be doing right now — eating good food, drinking water, working out…
…but I’ve definitely been doing a lot of other things too. More than necessary. More than I even really ENJOYED, but fell into, out of habit. Things like…
Now, don’t get me wrong! It’s fine to have pizza and beer and donuts and a crazy indulgent brunch with a Bloody Mary (or two). The problem is, I’ve been doing this sorta stuff not just weekly, but daily. And I’ve been pairing one treat with three or four more.
Like, that pizza? I had that after going wine tasting (treat) and before having beer floats (double treat – ice cream AND beer!). Was there any reason/need/desire for all three in one day? Absolutely not. That’s really the problem — if you don’t fully enjoy a treat, then what’s the point of having it?
So why would I, as a Beachbody Coach, sit here and say to you “Hey. Look. I’ve messed up. I was down nearly seventeen pounds and then I went and gained five of it back, and I’m only three months into a new program.”
Because there’s absolutely ZERO BENEFIT in me not being honest right now.
When I do a program, I want you to know the truth – my truth, and the truth of others. Now, there are others who started on May 2 with me who HAVEN’T backslid. There are others who have lost more than 20 pounds! There are others who have hit their goal weight! And there are others still who signed up but haven’t really started, or who have stories similar to mine. That’s just the way it goes sometimes.
But the other reason I’m blogging about this is because I need to put it out there. I need it in writing, in front of an audience, that I made choices I’m not proud of, and I’m seeing the results of those choices. Because this morning, when I got on the scale, I said to myself: Ugh. Forget it. At this point, I might as well just start over on August 1.
THAT IS EXACTLY THE MINDSET I AM WORKING TO CHANGE.
So, I told my teammates. I told my clients. I told everyone who follows me on Facebook. Then I did a 47 minute workout (which felt AMAZING), got dressed, and started planning what I would eat for lunch. And now I’m sitting down and telling you.
Because I don’t need to wait until a Monday or the 1st or after a celebration (my birthday is coming up, after all…) to have a good enough reason to get started again. I don’t need to wait until after the weekend to decide to sweat it out and then go fuel up with veggies and water as the cornerstones of every meal I’m eating. I don’t need to gain ANOTHER five pounds back to decide that the scale can and will start moving in a different direction.
I can decide all of that right now.
And that’s what I’m doing.