As a soon-to-be bride, my fitness and diet are in the forefront of my mind. All brides want to look their best on their special day, and I’m no exception. I know that I’m not overweight or am having any medical issues due to my diet or [lack of] exercise, but I want to live a life that allows me to live to my optimal health. When I think about what kind of lifestyle that Sam and I will create together, what kind of parents we will be, and what habits we will model for our kids someday, it really makes me take a step back and think about my current choices. What better time in my life to start making health a priority than with my wedding day around the corner!
A couple months ago, I joined this fitness support group called the Meltdown Challenge. I’ve always been interested in learning about healthy habits and nutrition. I’ve done lots of reading on various diets and exercise methods from various magazines, blogs, etc. I even did the Shamrock Run in 2014 as a way to motivate me towards a more active lifestyle. But a lot of times my problem is justification. Just ask my roommates. I’m great at coming up with excuses as to why today isn’t the best day for me to go on a run or why I deserve to eat a brownie [us Perry’s love our brownies and don’t forget the ice cream].
I feel like I’m not the only one that struggles with this.
But this group has allowed me access to an online accountability group of individuals all with the goal of creating optimal health for their lives. It’s not a diet. It’s about portion control, eating the right foods, eating smaller, more frequent meals, water consumption, relaxation, sleep and exercise. That may sound like a lot of things to focus on, but it’s amazing the difference each one of those aspects makes in my life and especially during this season that tends to lean towards very busy and stressful. Accountability is so key for me. I’m excited about the things that I’m learning, being reminded about, and the progress to a healthy lifestyle I’m making. For me, I want this journey to be about living a better lifestyle and not about a number on a scale [but that is exciting too].
And for the record, I am by no means doing this journey perfectly, but it’s a process. Of course there are days that I want to give up and throw in the towel. And yes there are days that I don’t give it 100%. But I know that the choices I’m making today, I won’t regret years down the road. I’m making habits today that will improve my health and lifestyle tomorrow. It just takes small steps. And each day is a step in the right direction. If that’s not progress, I’m not sure what is.
Wanna join me and be apart of my accountability group? I’ll be joining the same group for another 4 weeks starting April 1! Contact me for more details. The more the merrier!