So it’s no surprise to many people that I have always tried to live a healthier life. That being said I have also learned a lot recently. Mainly that 2 weeks of straight travel can pack on 12 pounds pretty quickly. I’ve also been struggling with fatigue issues, sleep, motivation, depression, and a host of other things. What that’s turned into is a new view on things. To be honest, that view is now more about focussing on myself above all else.
One big thing I have learned is I can never expect nor force people to join me. Wait….what? Yes I am being honest here. I have tried for years to motivate others into thinking more about their well-being. In the process I have let myself hit new lows. Just about four weeks ago I was tipping the scale at almost 175 pounds and 27% body fat. This is some of the worst numbers I’ve seen in a long time. I decided enough was enough and I have pulled back from trying to convince others to better themselves to work on myself for many reasons.
I am not getting any younger and the older you get the harder it is to do things. My knees hurt, my back aches, I sit all day long behind a god forsaken computer. I stopped hiking, biking, and getting out to do things. Honestly enough was enough. I hated how I felt and that was the bottom line. It needs to be about me, my life, and my happiness.
I was getting frustrated with many other people. There was a lot and still is a lot of people that I have helped who continue to stay healthy even while I fell off the wagon…..HARD. However there was a lot more people that I was spending time trying to “Convince” that this was the right thing. In the process, I spent more time trying to convince others, than taking care of myself. That’s never a good recipe for success. I’ve decided that if people want help, they need to commit to themselves first before I will commit to helping them. It’s a two way street and I was putting in way more effort frankly than others.
I needed to try something new and along came 22 Minute Hard Corps. We all bitch and complain about how little time we have and I am no exception. I’ve done hours at the gym, I’ve done P90X and every other thing. What I can say is I don’t care who you are….you have 22 minutes a day myself included. However one thing I will admit to is I have never really followed a food plan by the book. This time I am and I am even trying the portion container system and it’s working.
I can say that in the last 4 weeks (3 weeks of the ultimate reset and 1 week of 22 minute Hard Corps), I am making strides. It takes time but it is working. I am below 23% body fat from the starting 27% and pants already fit better. My weight has stayed steady at about 165, down from the starting numbers over 170. I am excited to work out again and maybe, just maybe I can re-inspire a few people that will stick with it long term.