I have been trying and trying to get back into working out, but I've been having such a hard time. For about a month, I was doing the Zumba almost every day. I was motivated by a photo shoot I was doing for Jeremy's birthday. I was losing inches, sleeping better, feeling more energized and really starting to like the way I looked. However, as soon as the photo shoot was over, I stopped. Now, I am constantly making excuses to not work out: I don't want to drive to the gym, parking sucks, I have a headache, etc. Last week, I did go to the gym and I was pretty proud of myself for spending an hour/4.5 miles on the treadmill alternating walking and running. But... the next day I was kicking myself for pushing myself so hard on the very first day. I should have just eased into it. So, it's been almost a week and I have not been back to the gym. I don't know why I'm lacking the motivation, I just am!
Yesterday, I was on facebook and saw a before and after picture of a friend who had just completed a 30 day challenge. She looked great to begin with, but after this 30 day challenge she looked AMAZING, a little thinner and a lot more toned. I had to know what she had done to look so great after only 30 days. She said diet wise that she just cut back on soda (limited herself to 2 per day) and stopped eating so much chocolate. Just those simple things helped her shed a few pounds. For exercise, she did a quick 20 minute workout she found on Pinterest at least 5 times per week.
After I saw this, I thought how hard can this be? Sounds super easy right?! And only 20 minutes! So... I decided that I would start this 30 day challenge. I'm only allowing myself one diet soda per day and only having dessert 3 times per week. I'm also going to try (keyword try) to drink 100 oz of water per day. After setting my goals, I started the mini workout. First set, super simple. Second set, a little harder. Third set, I could barely hold myself up on that last wall sit. I pushed myself and made it through! I finished feeling like I had hit all the key muscles I want to tone. Today, I am super sore! I did not expect to be so sore from what seemed to be a simple 20 minute workout. The soreness combined with my friends results actually really motivates me and excites me to see how my body will change from these simple changes.
Anyone want to take this 30 day challenge with me?! Come on... we can help keep each other motivated!