Today is going to get really honest, y’all, and it’s going to be long. I know everyone is spouting off about eating healthy and exercising in the new year and that’s not what today is about. I just wanted to get really, well, real, with you all about what I’ve been going through and how I’m approaching my health in 2018.
First, a quick backstory. I have always been decently healthy and maintain a generally normal weight. I was quite thin growing up with one of those metabolisms where I could eat anything and everything and never gain an ounce (and believe me I did!!) As I entered my twenties and then married and started having children my metabolism slowed down. It wasn’t awful but I had to learn how to work out regularly and eat somewhat healthy in order to maintain an ideal weight. I wasn’t perfect by any means but I was happy with my body and enjoyed the way I felt being moderately active.
So where does that leave me? I’ll be 39 this year and, more than the weight gain, I feel awful. I’m tired, I don’t sleep well, my stomach hurts almost everytime I eat anything at all, and I’m heavier than I’ve ever been other than my 3 pregnancies. The feeling of sluggishness and overall lack of wellbeing I have is miserable. So over the past few months, I turned to my mom’s cousin, who had made an incredible transformation.
Meet my Mom’s cousin Liz.
Liz is currently rocking 59 years young, living an active lifestyle and feeling great. But a few years ago she was in the same place I am, sluggish and not so healthy feeling.
She started focusing on her nutrition, added weight training along with being active and got amazing results. (Just two years between the photo above and below!)
I’m so inspired by Liz, she’s active and has maintained her weight loss for years now. She also found a new calling helping other Baby Boomers enjoy healthy aging and founded a website to inspire and educate called BOOMbaby.
I know in my heart that it’s time for me to make a big change like Liz did. I already work out and weight train so I know that nutrition is where I need to focus so I’m following her path with Isagenix. Isagenix is a wellness company that, among other things, has a simple 30-day system involving high-quality nutritional shakes and snacks along with cleansing routines to help jump-start your metabolism and lose weight.
In all honesty, I tried to hop 100% on board with the plan in the fall and I struggled. The plan calls for 2 shakes a day along with two healthy snacks and one reasonable meal. It also has one day a week where you “cleanse” by alternating hourly between low-calorie, high protein snacks and a cleansing drink (which I LOVE!)
The big reason I struggled was that I just wasn’t used to the shakes and I wasn’t motivated enough yet to make that big change. After all the overeating I was used to it was hard to feel satisfied with a shake. I did love the cleansing days though surprisingly, I felt great! For the first time, I would go days without getting an upset, bloated stomach. It was like my body was craving that rests the cleanse days gave my system. Despite that, I ended up giving up and then eating even worse at the holidays approached.
So now I’m giving you all my full accountability. I’m easing back into the plan this year. I have to. I felt better than ever and I’m tired of feeling quite literally weighed down.
Here’s my plan:
- 1 shake a day for the coming weeks along with a scoop of Isagenix Greens for a nutrient boost
- work my way up to two shakes a day as I feel ready
- Once a week do a cleanse day. I have done the cleanses from PM to PM, so after dinner one night I start then I continue the cleanse until the following dinner. This works well for me and really does feel amazing on my poor aggravated digestive system. Working from PM to PM also helps me not be so hungry during the cleanse as does following the schedule of hourly alternating snacks above.
- Four workouts a week. I have found an amazing Piloxing workout studio after our move from the UK last year with an amazing instructor that’s more like a personal trainer. She pushes me just enough and I’ve gotten so much stronger since starting to work out with her last autumn. However, without me gaining control of the nutrition side of the equation, none of that muscle-building hard work is visible!
- Drop the red wine other than special occasions. This one hurts y’all. I’ve almost always had my nightly glass or two of wine, mostly because I suffer from insane insomnia and it helps me nod off. But I know that my sleep quality isn’t as great when I’ve had a glass of wine and that’s contributing to my feeling tired all the time. So I’m dropping it and using this supplement to help me sleep. I’ve tried prescriptions, melatonin supplements, anything and everything and this is the only thing ever that has helped me sleep. It’s gold to me. So buh-bye red wine, hello good night’s sleep!
So that’s where I’m at. I’ll be sure to keep you updated because I know many of you suffer from the same feelings I’m having. If you want to join me with my little self-challenge, please comment below or drop me a note…if there is enough interest I can set up a Facebook group for us for accountability!