A Lifestyle Shift

A few posts ago I mentioned that I was starting the 21 Day Fix, which is offered through Team Beachbody. Well, my 21 days are up and in those 21 days I have made a lot of lifestyle shifts, which I’d like to share here.

First of all, I feel amazing. I didn’t lose the poundage I wanted to (only 5 pounds) but I’m a petite gal so maybe that has something to do with it. I did lose inches, though, and when I look in the mirror I see a more toned body. I’m sleeping better, and my skin is glowing. Food tastes better, and I’m making more informed choices about what I eat. I like red wine, now. I enjoy my meal prep Sundays where I spend the bulk of the day trying new recipes and experimenting in the kitchen.

I’ve embraced a few new mantras in my life. Once of them is that slow progress is better than no progress. In every aspect of my life, when I start something or have an idea I want it done now, now, yesterday, now! If that doesn’t happen, I’m done and I move on. What ended up happening is I did a lot of things half-assed. Over the past few weeks, I’ve started reminding myself to take my time. I don’t have to clean the entire 3rd bedroom in one day. I can do one box at a time. I don’t have to repaint the chair in one day. Let the paint dry. To quote my favorite artist, Ben Folds, “Time takes time, you know.”

Another idea that I’ve embraced is to focus on only that which I need. I’m not going full out KonMari by any means. What I mean by this is that I want to fill my life with only the stuff that I need to be happy. Food is one. Having a comfortable home is another. That sweater and sweatpants that I want only because they’re on sale? Nope. Put ’em back. This really pretty cookbook? Nope, the Internet has recipes.

Money plays a big part in being able to do what makes me happy. I’ve realized these past few months that I’m living literally paycheck to paycheck. I can afford to do things I want to, but things are pretty tight by the end of the month. I’ve been wondering if I should get a second job, but I never felt that it would be worth my time or energy. I mean, if I worked a 4 hour shift for 8.75 an hour, I would only be bringing home maybe $100 a week. If this were retail, they would expect me to give up my nights and weekends though. I don’t want to work to live. So this idea never sat well with me.

I enjoyed doing the 21 Day Fix so much that I decided my next big adventure is to be an Independent Team Beachbody Coach. I really loved being part of the Challenge Group and hearing the stories of all these amazing people who were all working towards a common goal: be healthy. I loved how user friendly the program was: I could still eat what I loved; the daily 30 minute workouts were fun and effective; there was a ton of support. I was called to a career helping kids – why wouldn’t I enjoy a side gig helping people reach their health goals. Plus, we get to talk about food!!!

So, with my lifestyle shift, the focus of my blog is going to shift slightly as well. I am still going to talk about all my little house projects. When spring hits, I’m starting my veggie and herb gardens so there’s a lot to look forward to! But I’m also going to talk about lifestyle, review recipes that I find on the Internet, talk about products I like, and so forth. I promise, I’m not going to use this place to sell you stuff.

(However, if you have any questions or are interested in learning more about Team Beachbody and its products, please contact me! Either send me a message here, or if you’re a Facebook friend, contact me there :).)

 

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