December 7, 2018
Written by: Monica Hilton, KAHA & Together We Rise CrossFit Owner
I saw an Instagram post the other day that said, “Over the past year, I’ve taken so many ‘before’ pictures of my body while telling myself I’m going to start working out, I basically just have a slideshow of me getting fatter.”
The post was supposed to be funny. I kind of laughed. But it got me thinking… ‘What if we each had a slide show in our phone that went: Middle school, high school, college, first post-grad job, late 20s, early 30s, late 30s, and so on? What would that physical transformation look like for YOU?’
Take a realistic look at your journey and break it down. Does it look like an extra 20lbs? 50lbs? More? Just an extra 100 calories per day on five days per week is 26,000 extra calories per year. That’s 7.43 lbs. Over 10 years, that’s 74.3 lbs. Welp, that escalated quickly.
But did it? Because if it took you ten years to gain 50+ pounds, why are you expecting to lose it in ten days?
As a counter measure, you could eat nothing for awhile. I don’t recommend it.
Instead, just two simple steps. All I want for Christmas is my two simple steps.
TAKE OWNERSHIP. This is your life, your journey, and it’s unique to you. To truly understand what your body needs to lose weight, have energy and perform optimally, stop asking MyFitnessPal for the one-size-fits-all equation on how much you should be eating, and stop asking your friend (who’s been skinny since you were both five years old) how the Shake Weight is the only thing she’s ever needed to look “toned.” It’s not about the person next to you, or their workouts or how they lost 15lbs in three hours on the keto diet. You need to know what amount of calories and macros will help you to be able to be physically better than you were yesterday. You also need to find something that motivates you to start, and continue, being physically active. Not into hot yoga? Cool. There are other options.
STOP WAITING. It’s December. If your plan is to “start in January,” how did that work for you last year? Did you know that more than 70% of people who start a fitness program don’t stick with it? Did you know that 99% of those waited to start in January? (I just made that last statistic up. But it’s logical.) Why? Why are you waiting? “Because I want to eat the Christmas cookies.” Cool. We all do. And no one is stopping you from the Yuletide glee that comes from a cutout cookie with icing and sprinkles. But what if you worked for that cookie? What if you were making strides and gaining strength every day so that when that plate of cookies was in front of you, you could confidently say, “I’ll just have one because I don’t want to undo my hard work?” Also under things you might say: “Watch out… 2019 is the year of me. Because I’m worth it.”
So that’s it, take ownership and stop waiting. Easy, right? Nope. I didn’t say it would be easy but it damn sure will be worth it. The good (great, incredibly awesome) news is that you don’t have to do it alone, and you don’t have to have a clue what you’re doing (read: if you’re someone who uses the ‘I don’t know’ emoji A LOT, I’m talking to you).
No idea what workouts might interest you? No worries.
No idea how many calories or what foods to eat? I’m here for you.
No idea where you can even find a friend to find your stronger tomorrow with? It’s all good.
If you’re done waiting and ready to take ownership, email me. Seriously. Don’t wait for that damn ball to drop. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “I’m not waiting until January” and I’ll help you find YOUR plan.