Well, I’m back. I wasn’t sure if I was going to come back, but I did. Sometimes I’m so gung-ho on this whole blogging thing, and then other times I don’t want to do it anymore. I think that’s just a reflection of me. I’m so indecisive and change my mind constantly. I guess we just deal with it and move on.
So what have I been up to? Trying to figure out life. The last couple of months have really gone by in a blur. Part of that is because work has been so busy, and part of that is because I’ve been sort of depressed and unsure of myself. I made a stupid mistake back in August that has drastically changed parts of my life, and I haven’t dealt with it so well. I’m an emotional roller coaster. Some days are just awesome, and I feel like I am making some headway. Other days I just want to give up and lay on my couch all day. There have been a lot of the latter. Now I’m trying to make more of the former.
Great segway into what I’m starting in the near future (Monday). It’s called Stop.Challenge.Choose, and it’s a 12 week health transformation. How to explain it all to you? Let’s start from the beginning.
I follow Jennifer Rush Jacobs on Instagram. If you don’t know who that is, she was on season 14 of The Biggest Loser with her dad. I follow a few Biggest Loser people. Anyway, one day a long while back Jennifer posted about her struggles with continuing to lose weight and live a normal life post Biggest Loser. She then went on to describe how her parents are health coaches and have seen results with Take Shape for Life, so she joined it too. She was finally able to actually live (i.e. not obsess and count calories) and continue to lose weight. At the time I looked at the website, and thought it cost money for a health coach, so I didn’t take any action. This past Monday, I remembered the e-book that is available through the website. I had started reading it way back when I first heard about this, but I never finished. I decided I needed something to get me back on a healthy journey, so I should check it out. Guess what I noticed this time when I went back to the website? The Stop.Challenge.Choose 12 week transformation with a health coach doesn’t cost any money. It’s free! You better believe I signed up.
The actual journey starts on Monday, although my health coach, Cynthia, has already called and touched base with me. I’ll get daily emails that will help me create healthy habits to override my current unhealthy habits, plus the use of a health coach to help me along the journey. I’m very excited! I honestly signed up for this just to lose weight, but after reading most of the e-book, I need it to regain my health and happiness. Seriously, I highly recommend at least downloading the e-book. There are some quizzes in there that are kind of eye opening. The first are a set of three that rate where you feel you are in the areas of physical health, mental health, and financial health. How you measure these shows you how you rate your overall wellbeing. Mine is in between surviving and above average. I think I’m doing okay! However, there are also thriving and optimum categories, so I have room to improve.
That first set of questions really just reaffirmed what I already knew – I have some major upgrades to make, specifically in the areas of physical and mental health. The second quiz was what was truly eye opening to me. It’s this health assessment from Dr. Wayne Andersen, the creator of this program. My score on the health assessment? –3… yes negative. That ranked me in the sick category. I’m sick, people! And it makes total sense to me. I eat unhealthy (the stuff you don’t see on Instagram :)), I don’t get as much activity as I should, I drink too much, and on and on. I need to make some changes! I’m so glad I signed up for this health transformation.
So now I am patiently waiting for Monday. I’ve already started trying to improve my habits though. I’ve eaten at least one healthy meal that includes fruits or veggies every day this week (yes, this is actually a vast improvement from what I’ve been eating lately), and I am making a pact to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. That could be something as easy as yoga or walking… just moving for 30 minutes. I need that after sitting the rest of the day at work.
I’ll try to come back more often and let you know how things are going. Have a great weekend!