I don't like discussing really personal issues in forums related to my business, but I was recently challenged to take on a new project (you know I love a good project), and the only natural way I can think to be accountable is to post about it.
So lets talk about my body shall we? I know you want to.
I've never cared to be a thin person, but since I had my daughter in 2009 (a pregnancy during which I gained a knee buckling 60lbs) I've had issues coming to terms with my...er...new physique.
I'm okay with natural changes that happen to your body after kids, I'm even kind of proud of some of them, but I'm just not totally comfortable in my skin lately.
It's holding me back.
I've accomplished so many goals in my career, but this healthy living thing?
Well it's shaping up (pun intended) to be my Everest.
Two years ago, I met Erin O'Reilly.
Erin is a local fitness trainer and all round nutritional guru who I never imagined myself becoming actual friends with.
How was I, a lover of all things dairy, to relate to a girl who thinks nutritional yeast is a perfectly acceptable (and delicious) substitute for Parmesan cheese?
How could I truly get to know a woman who combs the aisles of the LCBO looking for Organic wine labels while I'm scavenging for half way decent blends stickered at $10 or less?
But Erin is awesome, and funny, and an overall fantastic person who is really hard not to love.
Also, it's impossible not to be inspired by someone who truly prioritizes a healthy lifestyle. Girl's a walking testament to clean living.
I've been training with Erin essentially since we met.
She's given me countless hours of nutritional guidance and meal planning advice, and each time she spends any amount of time with me, I eagerly hop on that wagon and feel like I'm really heading somewhere great.
And then a kid gets sick, a deadline gets closer, a new project pops up, and I'm tucking and rolling right off that sucker.
I begin prioritizing everything else and slip slowly back to square one.
Despite being the huge cliche that I know I must be to her, Erin never gives up on trying to help me achieve my goals. (You should totally come to her workouts by the way. They're awesome, and she'll help you too.)
Last week she sat me down and told me that she thinks the only way I will actually be successful reaching my fitness goals is if I begin to treat my health like a marketing job.
She proposed that I share my struggles in a public forum, allow her to set me up on a good plan, and document my progress.
So here we are.
Current Weight: 168lbs (I'm 5'5")
Current Fitness Regime: Bootcamp 1x a week. Unless I miss it.
Current Diet: cereal, sandwiches, whatever the kids will eat for supper, followed by whatever they don't eat.
Goals over the next month:
1. Plan and prepare meals (aka save money and avoid starvation binging)
2. Find ways to make healthy eating sustainable for the whole family.
3. Exercise 3 times per week so that I can complete an "Erin" workout without walking like a cripple the next day.
4. Drink more water.
5. Slim down, tone up.
This is the beet smoothie that didn't taste like beets I had for breakfast. Delightful.
Many of Erin's best recipes can be found HERE.