So you ask – “WHY SHANNON?? Why did you do this? I’ve literally unfollowed all of those BB Coaches, Rodan & Fields, Plexus, etc on Facebook…and now…that’s going to have to include you!”
Well peeps – in September 2017 – I was on the struggle bus. I LOVED going to CrossFit in the mornings, but with a 4-month-old and other priorities, wasting 40 minutes of my morning driving to and from was not the best option anymore. I was giving myself excuses to eat like an idiot and not workout. I just didn’t feel good about myself. I mean – c’mon! I was going to be that mom the bounced right back! HA!
Then I see Gayle was over here…about to have another babe…quittin’ her job…rockin’ her workouts…and posting a ton of shit about it. Finally, I reached out and said “OK – tell me about this Beachbody stuff!” So she told me all about it!!! And I totally ghosted her!! Even after she followed up a few times. “OK,” I finally told myself, “I need something, so let’s do this.”
I was hesitant because I thought this “accountability group” she spoke of was on Facebook. I pretty much hate Facebook notifications. Facebook is NOT my preferred method of contact or accountability. I just didn’t see how this was going to do anything for me. But I learned that the challenge was NOT through Facebook – but rather – another app.
Because I’m a questioner – I don’t necessarily NEED accountability. But I loved the messages that Gayle was getting across.
PUT YOURSELF FIRST. THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF IS THE BEST VERSION FOR YOUR FAMILY. BE A BETTER PERSON. DON’T QUIT! TRUST THE PROCESS!! IF YOU WORK AT IT – YOU WILL REACH YOUR GOALS. SOMETIMES THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS SHOW UP!
These are all things I NEEDED to hear at that time in my life… and let’s be honest…do you ever NOT need to hear them over and over and over again? (and over and over and over)
And meal prep? Come onnnnnnn. You expect me to plan a whole week’s worth of meals? I can barely think about tomorrow. Plus, all of these fancy-ass recipes have shit in them that I’m going to go to the grocery store and ask about and get a ‘deer in the headlights’ look from the employees. Tempeh? What the eff is that? But whatever…I did it. My mom helped me the first go around. And guess what? Just like anything else – it gets easier and easier. And now – I frickin’ love it. I don’t do anything fancy – but it’s nice to not have to use up any willpower thinking about what the hell I’m going to eat. And I literally eat a chicken salad every day for lunch. And will continue to do so until I get sick of it. But I just really like that!
You want me to spend how much on a frickin’ protein shake? Gayle – I’m NOT out of debt yet! No way in HELL I’m going to continue to spend 130 bucks on that. But whatever – I’ll try it because the challenge pack comes with all of that shit – containers, year’s access to workouts, the book & shake. Yah Yah – that’s a good deal. Seriously – the best protein shake I’ve ever tasted – mixed with water!! Yes…WATER. While I was breastfeeding, I was a hungry monster! It actually filled me up and kept me full for hours. And say whaaaa? I can magically turn it into brownie batter? Hellz yea. I also LOVE the vanilla flavor and my cravings are much less often with it!
I HATE working out at home. I’d so much rather go to the gym where there are no distractions and I don’t have to stop mid-workout to a crying baby. But whatever – I’ll try it. Even if that means I do have to stop mid-workout and go back to it. Which really didn’t happen as often as I’d envisioned. My false belief of “I don’t want to disturb my husband.” turned into “Whatever…he can deal with 30 minutes of me doing this.” Which turned into me convincing him to do it with me this month – something I thought WOULD NEVER HAPPEN. Turns out it’s a helluva lot easier to convince myself to press play than to convince myself to wake up, start my car, get dressed, think about if that tank top is too tight to wear to the gym, get in my cold-ass car and drive to the gym and then wonder what the hell I’m going to do when I get there. I press play and Autumn tells me what to do. And when I’m done, I take a half-assed shower and go about my day.
So this is my story, friends. Unfollow me if you wish – know that the posts are coming. Reach out to me if you’re intrigued. I’m not going to sell you any shit you don’t want, but if you want to drink the kool-aid (or Shakeology, I guess), I’m here and I’m ready to rock!