Are you a mom like me who had a baby a few months (or years) ago, who is still hanging on to 15 or 20 pounds, and just generally needs to shape up?
Do you have less energy than you’d like to have?
Are you not as fit and toned as you’d like to be, but lack the motivation you think it would take to get you there quickly?
If so, this is the series for you…I mean us.
No, I haven’t started ahead of you. Well, actually, I have. I mean, I did this years ago after the birth of one of our babies, and let me tell you, it works! But I haven’t done it yet after the birth of our 8th boy.
I am seriously. out. of. shape.
Like, I’m so out of shape that I am embarrassed to tell you about it. But not only am I going to tell you about it, I’m going to journal my six weeks to fitness right here. I’m going to tell you how I do it, maybe even show you videos, and let you in on the fitness routines and eating habits that have melted the weight off of me in the past.
That’s right, y’all. I’m so done with this extra weight hanging around. And it’s no one’s fault but my own for gaining 65, yes SIXTY-FIVE pounds with my last pregnancy. No wonder I feel (and look) so out of shape. I know what I’ve done and not done to end up this way and although it wasn’t overnight, I know that by changing just a few key things in my lifestyle, I can get back to the fit, healthy, energetic body that God designed for me to have.
And you can, too! Would you? Will you come along with me?
Oh, good! I’m so glad to have you!!! Who likes to diet and exercise alone!?! Not me!
Before we get started (next Monday, August 20th!), here are a few things we need to remember:
We’re still going to eat.
In fact, if you’re exclusively nursing a baby, like I am, we’ll be eating plenty enough to continue. I purposely waited this long to begin ANY sort of diet restrictions so that my milk was well established and my baby was old enough and predictable enough to feel confident about moving forward.
Sure, what we eat (unless you’re already eating a whole foods diet) will change. But we’re going to go slow, making changes each week, and I promise to give you plenty of warning.
The goal is optimal health, and this is a tool to get us on the right road to fitness.
Like I said, I didn’t get OUT of shape overnight, so I won’t achieve optimal fitness overnight, either. In fact, I may not be as fit as I’d like to be at the end of this 42 day challenge. Because it’s about a lifestyle. It’s about creating habits. If I can set myself on the right path, which is the point of this challenge, I WILL achieve my fitness goals in due time. Who knows? Maybe I can lose ALL the pounds I need to shed over the next six weeks. Maybe I will have a few left. But they’ll melt off soon if I continue on in my endeavors. And if I make these habits my lifestyle, then ultimately, I will stay healthy and fit.
It WILL be a challenge, but it will be worth it.
I didn’t say this was going to be easy. But what I will say is that the efforts pay off. It took a lot of brownies and a lot of butter to gain this weight, and it’s going to take a lot of sweat and a lot of eating other foods to get it off. Not that I won’t eat brownies during this challenge. They just might be black bean brownies or coconut flour brownies, I’m not sure. And not that I won’t eat butter. I will still eat butter. But it will probably be raw butter and it will probably be covering steamed veggies instead of noodles.
What this challenge is NOT:
42 Days to Fit is NOT the “paleo” diet. It isn’t necessarily gluten-free, although I am convinced that consuming WAY less bread is a good idea and that many people could benefit from gluten-free. It’s not a 1/2 a grapefruit a day or a cabbage soup diet. It’s not a detox or a cleanse (although those might help). And it’s not P90X. It’s not jazzercise, kickboxing, yoga, or Buns of Steel.
Who this challenge is NOT for:
The super-fit moms who have already achieved general fitness and are already living the “fit” lifestyle. Tag along if you feel so inclined, just promise not to make fun of any of the “rest of us”.
It’s probably not for pregnant moms, either. Sorry if you were hoping not to read that. It’s up to you (and your medical professional) if you think you can handle some of the exercises and dietary recommendations, but I would say that this is generally easier when you’re not growing a person.
And last, 42 Days to Fit is not intended to help those who would like to lose a large amount of weight in a very short amount of time. If your goal is to lose ALL of 50 pounds in just 42 days, you will be disappointed. If you do have more than the 15 or 20 pounds to lose, you can still start here, and continue on in your efforts. It just may take you a bit longer to lose the weight. (But you probably already knew that.)
What to Expect in 42 Days to Fit
There will be weekly challenges. These will most often include the elimination of one food, with advice on what to replace it with (if needed) and one challenging set of exercises to add to your daily or weekly routine.
If you currently exercise none, with the exception of chasing your eight sons around the house and to and from soccer and football and church and school, then you will definitely go through a week or two of adjusting. Not just physically. It’s a mental shift, too. Honestly, I don’t LIKE to work out….until I’m doing it. And then I’m glad I did it. Especially when I see how it pays off.
If you’re already exercising a little, then … high-five! And get ready to exercise some more.
Yep. I said the dreaded word. But remember when I said this isn’t the paleo diet? Well, it’s not South Beach of Atkins or any other diet, either. It’s what I call the Common Sense Diet. And guess what? You get to eat using this diet. A lot! No, no cheeseburgers. Sorry to disappoint. (I do love an occasional cheeseburger, y’all.) And yes, I’m saying goodbye to my most favorite chocolate chip cookies (at least for a while, so that I can get a grip on my eating habits). But on the Common Sense Diet, you get to eat all you want of smart foods. Whole foods. Foods that God made. I can’t promise you won’t ever be hungry on this diet, but that part will be mostly up to you. We’ll talk about this more soon.
So, that’s it.
Who’s in? I need to hear from you if you plan to participate.
Make some noise, would you?
And be on the look-out for a post in which I describe the three things that are going to be the hardest for me to let go of during 42 Days to Fit.