80 Days, 8 Lessons

On Monday, I finished a huge 80 day fitness and nutrition program. It was scary, amazing, daunting, and, at the end of it all, empowering.

It’s not like I haven’t made huge commitments to a training plan in the past. I trained for, and ran, a marathon last October. But this felt different. I really was into cardio, but not really into lifting. I had to change my thinking… and fast.

But, two days of reflection post-program has shown me:

1. A little sweat never hurt anyone

2. No, lifting heavier didn’t make me bulky. But I do love seeing biceps. I’m not worried about tank tops this summer

3. Sometimes, I ate things that definitely weren’t on the meal plan. I felt bad about it at first, but, I’m human. If I spend 90% of my time eating well, that other 10% is far more special (and delicious)

4. My son thinks it’s hilarious when I do squats while holding him (and I do, too!)

5. While it may have been about fitness and nutrition, it also made me mentally more capable. I always knew there was a mind-body connection, but this program made it real

6. The support of an online group made all the difference on the days I did NOT feel like working out. Seeing other people post their workouts was incredibly motivating

7. Celebrating non-scale victories feels just as good as seeing numbers on the scale (sometimes better because who doesn’t love starting with five pound weights, and realizing by the end, you can lift double that, right?!)

8. I can do hard things

I truly believe, after this program, that fitness is more than just about building muscle, or going after a number on the scale. It becomes a lifestyle. It becomes a time of self-care in our busy lives.

Let me know if you want to learn more, or join me to make fitness a part of your life. I love helping people on their health and wellness journeys.

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