Have you ever worked so hard towards something only to be sideswiped and thrown off track?

That totally happened to me the last few months with my health. Last year, I was able to work off 31 pounds that had “stuck” with me after my last child’s birth. Before starting my Beachbody program, I was very discouraged about how I felt, my energy level, and my body. I didn’t recognize the person in the mirror and I felt my confidence fading fast.

After building my strength from the inside out, I discovered new ways to care for my “temple” that God gave me. I learned how to build a healthy routine and exercise at least 4-5 days a week. Then, a few months ago, I was hit with a major hormonal imbalance. I’m not talking a little PMS… I’m talking about feeling like a totally different person.

Mood swings like no other.

Hot flashes.

Crying all of the time.

Female issues.

You name it… it was happening. So the doctor decided I needed the dreaded hormones to help me get back on track. Unfortunately, I have a history with medication and I never respond well. I knew what was going to happen. Migraines, weight gain, irritability, and anxiety. It happened every time in the past. Why would it be different now?

So, literally within 3 days of starting the medication, I went from one extreme to the other. The tears didn’t stop. If anything, I cried more. Within 3 week, I had gained 12 pounds which was mostly water weight. I slept all of the time. I had no energy. I felt like the same person I was over a year ago.

I had to make a change. I couldn’t do this to myself again. I stopped the medication and it took WEEKS to feel myself again. My poor hubby tried to work with me, but he knew that it was out of my control until the medication was out of my system.

That brought me to the beginning of this year. When you feel like you’ve taken 10 steps back it is overwhelming. My motivation was gone. It was like I didn’t know how to start over.

One day I literally woke up and said “that’s enough Sam!” No more pity party! No more making excuses. It’s time to get serious again. You KNOW you can do it so just make it happen.

I decided to order a program that I always told myself I could not do. You know, we are the worst critics of ourselves. It was easy to say “that’s too hard for me” so that’s just what I always said. But, now I took a step in the right direction. I ordered Insanity Max 30. It’s a Tabata style workout program that has a complete modifier throughout. As intimidating as it seemed, I actually LOVE the program.

So, I want to share with you my results as I go and have more accountability with my online friends and followers. Here’s what’s going on so far:

Days 1-5: Lost 4 pounds and started to watch everything I eat. I’m back to high protein and low carbs since I tend to crave breads and sugars. I’m eating “clean” and drinking a gallon of water daily which has brought my energy back to normal. I have been replacing a meal a day with Shakeology which is my daily vitamin source. I don’t need a multivitamin with this natural shake.

I’ve found that I do better with my workouts later at night when everyone is asleep. I’ve never been a morning person and found that my endurance is better in the evenings.

I am excited to share this journey with you. I know there are so many people who are just like me. You tell yourself all the time what you can’t do instead of pushing forward and going for a big goal. I know that I can do things that are hard. I know that I can push myself through these issues I’ve been having and prove not only to me, but to others that it is possible.

Can’t wait to share more results as we go through this 60 day program. If you want to join my accountability group, click HERE to fill out the application. Together, we can reach our big 2015 goals!

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