3 Weeks to Transformation!!!
Can it be true? Can you really have an amazing transformation in just 3 weeks?
My answer is absolutely yes! The question is, what transformation will you really see in those three weeks?
Physical Transformation is Only a Part
Now, I don't know about you, but when I'm trying to lose weight or get in shape, I want to start to see results pretty quick. Not that I expect to reach my goal weight in just a few days or anything like that, but when I start to see progress - measurable progress - it really helps me to stay on track longer so I can actually reach some amazing health and fitness goals. Are you with me on this one?
But how many times have we all started that 3-week program, maybe even finished it, only to return to old habits within the next month? Those kinds of transformation results are fleeting and unfulfilling.
The type of transformation I am talking about here is actually a little deeper. It can take less than 3 weeks, even! But it needs consistent effort to take hold.
In these photos I'm sharing here, you can see my physical transformation from finishing a program called 21 Day Fix back in early 2016. It was the first time I had finished a program that I recall. I'd gotten close with others, but never had I ever really finished one with such excitement that I had to share it with the world. Until this workout.
How did this program change it all for me?
First, I had a support system set up, so I was able to rely on the excitement of others when it was tougher for me to put the effort into it. We ALL lag on motivation at times, so we tend to do a lot better when we have a support group to work with.
Also, it was only 30 minutes a day for 3 weeks. It was DOABLE! That made it short enough for me to finish before I got distracted. Plus, it was a total solution plan, so I had my workouts, a simple nutrition plan that I was actually able to stick to... which, if you know me, you know that was an accomplishment in and of itself. And it had a shake that provided me with the nutrition and energy I really needed.
All of that working together helped me reach my physical transformation you see here. And it really was so cool to see!
Shift of Perspectives
But the deeper transformation I'm talking about here was actually a shift in how I viewed myself. This shift has allowed me to continue on this path to a healthy lifestyle for 6 years now.
When I finished this program, I BECAME that girl who finishes workout programs. And that realization has stuck with me to this day! Since then, I have only not finished 1 program. And that was because it had a lot of jumping and was causing my IT band some serious discomfort.
And maybe I didn't finish the program I was in the middle of when I had my 6th baby? That's likely, but we won't worry about that, because, you know - baby.
When I started to see myself as the girl who works out every day and the girl who commits to a program and finishes it, it made getting up every morning to workout just a given. Even though it's tough to climb out of bed at 5 AM most mornings, it's so much easier to do since it's so engrained in my habits now.
Recently, I started listening to a book on Audible called "Atomic Habits." This book is amazing so far! It talks about BECOMING the person you need to be in order to reach your goals instead of pushing through, tooth and nail, to reach a goal only to give up your positive habits you're building because you didn't enjoy it in the first place. When those habits that will get you to your goal are just a part of who you ARE, you'll reach your goals without feeling like you're sacrificing everything to do it. And the thing is, it's really just a little tweak in the way you think of things each day. SIMPLE!
Daily Affirmations for a Reminder
So now that I've realized this is what it takes to reach my goals, I've started to remind myself each morning that I love to choose healthier options with my food because it makes me feel amazing! AND I also remind myself that I enjoy eating fruits and veggies every day because that's just part of who I am now. (It totally works, I promise you!)
Take your journey to the next level
If you are struggling with becoming consistent enough with your fitness and nutrition goals to be able to achieve the results you want, be sure to reach out to me. Let's chat about options to work with me to get you on a path to your goals to get in shape and feel great in a way that doesn't feel like pulling teeth. Click on the link in my blog header to "Get Started Now," fill out the form, and I'll be in touch so we can develop a plan that will work for you!