FASTER WAY TO FAT LOSS || PREP WEEK + OUR WHY'S
Hi friends! If you caught our Instagram stories last Friday then you know that we started our second round of an amazing wellness program called Faster Way To Fat Loss on September 11th. We are so thrilled to take y'all along for the journey with us this time around. Today we are sharing with you our "why"s for doing the program + then next week we'll be diving into explaining the program a little deeper so you're not totally clueless about what all this is about. So WELCOME to this journey towards cultivating realistic wellness in our lives!
I am an emotional eater. I always have been. If I’ve had a bad day…I want comfort food. If I’ve had a great day…I want to go out and celebrate and eat (and drink) lots of yummy food! In my younger years that lifestyle was easier to keep up, but now that I’m in my later 30s and have two little one, it makes it much harder.
Also, let’s talk about throwing kids into the mix of trying to find time to work out, meal plan and cook healthy meals. It. Is. Not. Easy. I always take little bites of whatever they are eating and find myself justifying treats with them all of the time.
I took the first step to getting healthier last November by starting classes at SWEAT in Lexington, a boutique fitness studio featuring cycle, barre cardio and yoga. I have never been a girl that loves to workout. I pretty much find an excuse to not go (it’s raining, my big toe hurts, I want to go drink margaritas instead), but Sweat has genuinely made me excited to go to class and give it my all for one hour. When I set goals for myself in 2017 one of them was to take more time for self-care. Sweat has been one of those items on my checklist and I am so glad I got over the intimidation factor and joined!
Now enter FASTer Way to Fat Loss (cheesy name, but great program). My best friend had been participating in the program and saw tremendous results. She and I are total opposites in that she loves to work out and be healthy. I immediately brushed it off that it would be too strict for me. I mean, what the heck are macros anyway? I had other friends that also joined and participated with SmoFitness and she also raved about the program. I knew I needed to do something to take control over the number that kept creeping up on the scale, so I decided to try it. Oh my gosh, I am so glad that I did! Through these next few posts we will outline exactly why we love this program so much. My main reasons are that it doesn’t tell me that I can’t ever have a particular food item. You make the program work for your lifestyle. It helps give you a team to cheer you on and celebrate your successes and that tells you it’s ok if you fell off the wagon for a day.
I’ll share more about my first round and why I decided to continue with the program and share it with you next time!
Things to know about me: I am a FABULOUS initiator of things but TERRIBLE at follow through. I started a running club with friends in college and quit two weeks in when mother nature struck. I've done two rounds of Whole 30 + one round of Advocare but never fully completed any of them. I ran a little over half of a half marathon. Seeing the pattern here? Ha! Having good health + wellness has always been a desire for me but actually creating sustaining habits + routines has never been a success. I also love a good glass of wine or a cold beer and if a program/diet tells me I can't have those things.. I'm not a happy camper. #InnerRebel?? ;) I started round one of FWTWL and didn't do well with it. Not because the program isn't awesome (because it is!) but because I had some really tough life stuff happen in the midst of it and that just totally threw me off and I never really got back up. This time around, I'm going into it at the heaviest I've ever weighed in my life (I blame eating my feelings during deep grief) and am more motivated than ever to get back to a place where I feel confident + happy in my own skin. I want to cultivate healthy rhythms in my life that cause me to take care of myself well. I turned 26 in August and although I know I'm still "young" I can tell that my body doesn't maintain or shed weight like it used to so I'm really ready to start taking care of myself in a way that will sustain me in the long run. FWTFL has been the first program I've ever done that makes me believe that I can live a normal life + still make significant changes to my health. I'm excited for y'all to be on this journey with us.. plus I need this little blog series to be my accountability because again... terrible at follow through. Ha!
Hearing a little bit of yourself in either of our why's?! If so, share with us below where you find yourself in your fitness/wellness journey and let us encourage you + cheer you on! This journey towards wholeness is a tough one but it is so worth it. It's worth it because when you look at it through the lens of how you're cultivating your legacy then it adds a significant + beautiful weight to it all. Taking care of ourselves is important + meaningful and we want to cheer y'all on in that truth as we preserver in believing it for ourselves as well. We want to live long, meaningful lives (Lord willing!) and we've got to take care of ourselves in order to do so.
So thanks for stopping by + listening to bits of our hearts. We're really looking forward to sharing this journey with you guys. We'll be back next week with more details about the program and why it's been so great for us. We hope y'all will tune in then!
Until then, have a great weekend!
Ty + Liz