Put in the work and you will be rewarded!

Along this journey I have learned another thing about eating and exercise and how that pertains to achieving your goals.  It is pretty obvious, if you put in the hard work you will be rewarded through reaching your goal.  Sounds easy right!?  Well it is always easier said than done, but it is VERY true.

My goal is to compete in a Figure Competition.  I will need to push myself through exercise and diet.  My workout have definitely gotten harder, but I love working out, so most of the time it feels very doable and energizing.  I feel stronger everyday and it has been fun to watch my body change.  The “diet” on the other hand is a bit more difficult.  I have to ALWAYS be focused on my goal or I run the risk of eating the crust off the kids pizza or eating my son’s leftover pieces of pancake.  I have realized in a short amount of time that if I stick to it and eat everything I’m supposed to and don’t eat the things that I’m not allowed to eat I will make big gains!!  Since I began this process about 8 week ago (the first week of which I was not totally committed) I have lost almost 20 pounds.  I lost 5 pounds right away and the rest has come off  + or – a 2 pounds a week.

Has it been easy?  No, but the progress I have made towards reaching my goal far exceeds my expectations.  So, what keeps me on track?  I feel amazing!  The first couple of weeks were hard, I was tired, didn’t feel like eating all the food, spent time planning and cooking.  Did I mention I was tired?  I was very tired, but my reward for sticking with it is my current energy level.  I have a ton of energy to accomplish what I need to in my day and then some.  Don’t get me wrong, by the time I put the kids to bed I’m ready for bed!

Sometimes I say “this is easy” and other times I say “this is not so easy.”  In the grand scheme of things this is a blip in time and if I stay engaged and follow the course my rewards will far outweigh my sacrifices.  And really, what are my sacrifices?  Not eating pizza with the kids, not having bread, not eating any sugar and eating very little fat.  When I think about it, none of those things feel good to me in the long run.  Pizza and bread don’t have a whole lot of nutritional value (when I refer to bread really what I’m referring to is the butter I put on bread!), sugar is flat out awful for my body (makes me tired later and the next day) and fat, well you know where that goes!  :)  So really, I’m rewarding my body by eating whole food that have great nutritional value.

I guarantee, if you put in the work you will be rewarded in more ways then you can imagine!

Until later!


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