"Why do you continue to workout if you aren't seeing any physical progress?"
I've been asking myself this particular question for the last 6 months. Why do I keep making myself workout 5-6 days a week if I'm not seeing any results? Why bother? I've debated internally and with my husband and some close friends. Why should I continue?
I'm not losing weight or inches like I expected. Full disclosure, since January 1st of this year, I've lost less than 4 pounds and 5.75 inches overall. If that sounds pathetic to you, for over 9 months of regular exercise and healthy eating, just know that it sounds pretty pathetic to me too.
To add to my frustration, there was a 3 month period where I tracked literally every single item of food that I ate, no matter how small. Still, nothing visibly changed.
So why do I bother?
Honestly? I keep going because at this point, after nearly two straight years of having a regular fitness routine, it's habit and I feel off if I miss too many days.
I refuse to let myself stop because I know that quitting won't help me to achieve my goals. Instead, I will keep chugging along, Little-Engine-That-Could style, and try new things and new systems until I find one that works.
At the beginning of the month, I joined Beach Body and I'm going to see how much progress this new program will help me to achieve. I'm trying their 2B Mindset, along with the Shakeology, although so far every Shakeology recipe I've tried has tasted terrible and I can't even force myself to drink it. Feel free to comment or email me with your favorite Shakeology recipe. I need some help!
I've been walking this fitness path since Connor was born back in 2014. I have learned quite a bit about my body and living a healthy lifestyle, so if you are just starting out, here are some universal truths for beginning and maintaining your healthy life.
Keep your goals in mind. My goal is to be strong and healthy. Ideally, I'd like to have a smaller stomach as well, but I'm not sure if that's in the cards for me. Genetics don't seem to favor that in my family. I actually plan to talk to my doctor at my annual appointment this January to see if there's any medical explanation for why I'm not losing like I think I should be. Don't worry; I'll keep y'all posted on all of that as it comes. Until then, I'll keep chug-chug-chugging along!
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