It may be the end of the month, but it’s just the beginning of this new journey. I love trying out different things and new diets are no exception.
Some of you (especially you ladies) may have read about the Bikini Body Program that Jason and Jen Ferruggia were recruiting women for a few weeks ago. I happened to be browsing the Internet right when they posted about it on their Facebook page, and I didn’t even think – I popped open my e-mail, whipped up a paragraph about why I wanted to work with them, and I waited (not so) patiently to hear the verdict about whether or not I’d been accepted.
Well… needless to say, I was one of the lucky few ladies selected to work with them for the next 60 days. We spent the past week hammering out the eating rules, preparing our kitchens (ie. tearfully bidding adieu to any and all forms of junk), and generally settling into the groove of things.
There are a thousand and one different things that I could point out to you to illustrate how hard my life is right now. How everyday is so difficult and it all just sucks. How I wish I could have her life or be in his shoes right now. How you should pity me and shake your head at my sorry, sorry situation.
But I’m not a victim.
Let me put it in perspective for you.
I’m a huge advocate of establishing healthy, life-affirming habits. Not just related to fitness, but with respect to personal, spiritual, mental, emotional health – everything. From thinking positive thoughts (yes, that is a habit) to praying before each meal, there are a lot of behavior patterns that we can train ourselves to put on autopilot and consequently zap exactly zero of our willpower.
But I get it. Sometimes it’s much more enticing to try something out for a month or so just to see if we can do it. And yes, maybe that will require a healthy dose of discipline and sacrifice. But if it’s only a month, we can do just about anything, right?
30 days is a short enough period of time to engage in a new activity just for funsiez and be able to say at the end, “Hey, look what I did!”
When it comes to the gym, I’m all about efficiency. I do exactly what I need to do, make every minute of my time out on the training floor count, and then I move on with my day.
I don’t ever do 2-hour meathead sessions. One, because I’m not a meathead (nor will I ever be), and two, because two hours spent in the gym is a colossal waste of time. It’s been years since I’ve subscribed to the idea that more is better, and I instead opt for quality exercises performed in the least amount of time while still progressing toward my goals.
I’m a California girl at heart. I’m sorry, but I just have to say this: east coast weather blows. Especially in the winter. What kind of blasphemy is this? I guess you could say that I’ve been spoiled by 7 years in California, but man, I don’t know if this is something I could ever get used to. I’ve never done well with cold; some days, it’s taken me every ounce of willpower within me to get myself out the door to get to the gym and run errands. I’m looking forward to the day I get to move back to somewhere warmer.