Monday, December 8, 2014

The Power of Accountability

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Have you ever been in such a slump with not exercising that it almost felt like you'd never get back into shape again? Or maybe you have never been in shape to begin with and you feel like there is no use in trying anymore because you haven't been successful no matter how hard you have tried in the past. Maybe you are someone who hits the gym everyday but aren't seeing results. Do you sabotage your hard work by overeating or eating crap? Or maybe you're a sugar junkie. Or an emotional eater. Or how about a mom who who just cant seem to lose the baby weight?

Can you relate to any of those?

I certainly do! In fact, over the course of my life I have fallen into many of those categories. Let me be real with you here for a minute and let you in on secret of mine. Body image was something I really struggled with internally for many, many years. I think a lot of you can probably relate, but it's just not a topic that many people want to open up about. For most of my life, I was constantly comparing myself with the girls around me and I never felt truly happy with the body that I had. You might be thinking, "Doesn't every girl struggle with that?" Maybe. Probably to some degree. So yes, that might be true, but let me tell you something: that mindset of constant comparison is extremely poisonous. Not only does it rob you of your joy, but that negative self-talk is an addiction that is so hard to break. I hit a point shortly after graduating from college where I was sick and tired of constantly comparing myself to my peers and feeling like I wasn't good enough. I was tired of feeling guilty every time I ate a bowl of ice cream or didn't go to the gym. I was exhausted from always beating myself up. I had decided that enough was enough! I knew that this was not how God had intended for me to live my life. And I think that was kind of the time when my "healing process" began.

From that point, I started these ups and downs where I would workout everyday for six months straight and then not do a single exercise for the next six. I trained for and ran a marathon, and then I sat on my butt for eight months afterwards. I would eat super healthy for a little while, and then pig out and eat whatever sounded good. Emotionally, after learning to lift myself up rather than put myself down, I had finally reached a point where I was content with who I was and I wasn't trying to be like anyone else. It was empowering. However, I slowly kind of swung from one side of the spectrum to the other because I came to a point where I just didn't care anymore. I didn't care if I didn't workout. I didn't care if I ate crappy food. I got lazy with my health AND my fitness and I found out that this wasn't a happy place to dwell either. I needed good nutrition and exercise. I needed balance. I wanted to be healthy and fit but for the RIGHT reasons, not ever to compare with or to try and outshine anyone else. I wanted to have more energy, and feel strong, and more than anything I was thinking about the kids that will soon come into our family and how one of the most important things to me is that I be an example of HEALTH to them. About a year ago I started investing in my health by transitioning to a vegetarian diet. I started feeling proud of my food choices and even allowed myself the guilt-free pleasure of enjoying a non-healthy treat every once in awhile. I loved this new lifestyle I was creating for myself but I just couldn't find the motivation to workout. No matter how hard I was trying, I couldn't stay consistent. They say, "If you hate getting started, quit giving up", but this is exactly what I kept doing. I made excuses like, "Well...if I could afford a gym membership I would workout", or "If I had a running partner over here I would do it". I needed something to get me motivated and stick with it, but I felt like I had tried everything.

And then I discovered Team Beachbody. I watched a couple of my Facebook friends transform their lives over the course of about a year with this company, and I reached out to learn more. What I came to find out about all of this is that the workout programs themselves are just the icing on the cake. The real key to why Team Beachbody WORKS is because they combine nutrition, fitness and ACCOUNTABILITY. I'm telling you guys, if you can relate to anything I talked about above, accountability is the key to your success and it can help you escape the habit of quitting on yourself over and over again, just like it has helped me. It is your missing link to reaching your goals. Find it in your local community or join us right here online and get plugged in. It doesn't matter how or where, JUST DO IT! The results you will find will extend far beyond your physical transformation. If you struggle with a healthy, balanced lifestyle, don't give up! You likely just need an extra strong dose of accountability (and if you want more information on how I can help you, click here)! There are very few things in this life that are more important to invest your time, energy, and money into than your health and well-being.

This lifestyle is a constant work in progress and I know that I will never reach perfection, but I am proud to say that I have finally found the tools that I needed to live the healthy and truly HAPPY lifestyle I have always wanted. The support network inspires, encourages, and motivates me on a daily basis and I feel happier and healthier than ever before!

EMBRACE the woman that God made you into and strive everyday to be the best YOU that you can be!

XOXO,
Aleena

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