One thing that you should know about me is that I am a SKEPTIC. I am a person who questions or doubts something (such as a claim or statement) : a person who often questions or doubts things… (thanks Merriam-Webster.com).
When a perfect stranger comes to my door and I peek through my window, my first reaction is a sigh with the thought, “oh great, what are they trying to sell me?” and before I even open the door I know I will be wasting their time…because I WILL NOT BUY!
When I see a claim about some miracle pill that will make me ready for swimsuit season with before and after pictures, I doubt their authenticity.
When I see a claim that someone can teach me to speak french in a ridiculously short amount of time, i think, “they just want my money!”
I’m just a doubter, by nature. I need the proof. I’m not a “fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants” kinda girl. I need time to really look at the evidence and figure it out and piece things together. I’m a thinker before a feeler. I need to do my homework and research before I can jump on board with anything!
So, this brings me to the journey that I embarked on exactly one week ago. Our twin boys were born 3 years and 6 months ago. Since their cuteness infected our lives over 3 years ago, my body has never been the same!
Photo: taken November 2013
When I saw this picture of my oldest daughter and I on my in-laws Christmas card last year, it was a wake up call and I knew that I had to do something more to change my body. I was disgusted by how I looked! I know that is a pretty strong word, but we are our worst critics, right?! The two things that stood out to me when I first saw this picture, 1) my upper arm is huge and squishy, without any definition or sign of muscles tone, and 2) my stomach is bigger than my chest! Okay, granted it doesn’t take much for my stomach to be bigger than my chest ;), i realize that, but my stomach should be smaller than my chest! Oh, and one more thing, 3) where is my okole (the hawaiian word for “bum/bottom”)? I have a mommy bum, flat with no lift! This picture was the reality check that I needed!
I have run, I have swam, I have hot yoga-ed, I have high intensity interval trained (HIIT), I have lifted weight. I have been careful about what foods I put into my body.
I mean, I am a Health Promotion college graduate. I was a personal trainer before I took on motherhood. I know all about energy in-energy out. I know the importance of weight training. I know about what foods to avoid and what foods to consume! I know all of that, but no matter what I did my muffin-top had no interest in being evicted! I began to accept that it had taken permanent residence on my body, while my muscles were choosing to stay hidden.
Then, by chance, I stumbled upon my friends blog. She wrote this:
“I decided to put the right nutrition into my body. And guess what? It works, it absolutely 100%works. Everything I have done in these short months has been a result of 4 VERY important factors:
1. Nutrition – rather – Diet. Clean eating.
3. Consistent, hard work weight lifting. (For you it might be Crossfit, Yoga, Running…etc. For me it is weight lifting.)
4. Belief in myself.”
This peaked my interest. After putting the right nutrition into her body she realized her goals for transforming her body… and that is exactly what I wanted to do, TRANSFORM my body. I have very little actual weight to lose, besides weight is just a number, what I am interested in is the transformation of what my body looks like and its composition, fat vs. muscle. I know I am not fat by any means, but I have more fat on my body than I am comfortable having and I want to change that.
Photo: taken April 2014 (5 months after the above picture was taken and no positive change)
After speaking with her, I found out that she didn’t change the way she ate, she didn’t change the way she exercised because she was already doing those things right, (just like me) all she did was put the correct nutrition in the form of supplements into her body. However, as I spoke with her, the skeptic inside of me began to rear its ugly head. I thought, “ok, so it worked for her, but who’s to say it will work for me? Muffin-top hasn’t showed any interest in leaving before now, so why would this be any different?”
It took me about 2 or so weeks of research before I decided that this just might be the answer to my many years of struggle with transforming my body. I ordered my products, but, i must admit, that I still was a bit skeptical.
A week ago today I started my 24 day challenge and by about day 3, the skeptic in me was long gone!! In fact, by day 4, Mitch said, “I wanna do what your doing! Can you order me a 24 day challenge?”
I decided that I would not reweigh or remeasure until day 10 and day 24, but I don’t need to do either to know that my body is changing! On day 6, I put jeans on for the first time since beginning the challenge and I was shocked, SHOCKED at how easily they went on and how they fit! These are jeans that I bought when I only had 3 kids, over 6 years ago. I have been forcing my body into these jeans for the past 3 years, and 2 days ago they slid right on and fit like the day I bought them!
I know the skeptic in you might be talking in your head, I get it, I was there just a couple weeks ago, but it is what it is!
I echo the words of my dear friend, for that is what she has become in this short month because she has changed my life, “I decided to put the right nutrition into my body. And guess what? It works, it absolutely 100%works.”
It absolutely does!! 100%!