Hello fellow boot campers! My name is Erin Bieker and like you, I have chosen to embark on this journey of a hot bod. I asked to write a blog post because I felt like I had that “oh, now I get it” moment this past weekend. Hopefully my story helps some of you.
I am no stranger to the healthy living world. I’ve run 4 half marathons, numerous 5Ks and lift weights like the best of them. I understand the eating clean mentality – more protein, less C.R.A.P. (carbonated drinks, refined sugar, artificial flavors and coloring, processed foods) and more F.O.O.D. (fruits & veggies, organic protein, omega 3s, drink water)…(p.s. I didn’t come up with these and I’m not sure who did). However, the one aspect of weight loss I hadn’t figured out was the mental aspect. I *know* all of the things I need to do, it’s just implementing them. That was before I had my “ah-ha!” moment this past weekend. Let me explain…
With summer fast approaching, I did what we all do – the dreaded bathing suit shopping. I was in Target on Sunday and moseyed down by the clothes, looking for some lake shorts. Since I was going to be trying clothes on, I figured why not…grab a new suit as well. So, I go into the dressing room, shimmy out of my clothes and put on the first suit. It was like a snake eating a small rabbit. When and how did that back cleavage get there (and can a girl get a little of that to go up front…please and thank you)? I stood there for a moment, thankful for those two mirrors that allowed for the full 360. Note I said “thankful.” This is the “ah-ha!” moment I’ve been waiting for. I *know* I’ve been carrying the extra “baby fat” (not sure if it is mine from 27 years ago and I never outgrew it, or if it was from the two babies I gave birth to 5 and 2-½ years ago). It wasn’t until that day that I realized if I truly want a change in my body, its time to let go of the comfort food I’ve had a death grip on. I knew I had two choices – head directly to my beloved Cheddar Cheez-its and cookies OR head to the fruits and vegetable section. I could continue to feed those feelings of “I already have the back cleavage, might as well make it a B cup,” or, I could DO something.
So, I have decided that I am going to take it one day at a time. One meal, one workout at a time. I not only have to work hard at the workouts, but I also have to work hard at the mental game. I am not going to look at the next 11 weeks, living in fear and doubt that I can do this. I am looking at my next meal – what are my options and how am I going to CHOOSE to make a good one. I have a friend who tells her 5 year old daughter to “make good choices” everyday before she leaves for school. I am adapting that mantra when it comes to my new lifestyle. Make good choices with food. Make good choices with extra time. Stop comparing myself to the awesome women on this site who can do 25 burpees in a minute while I was dying at 18. Instead, look to them for inspiration.
I am turning to my fitmixer community to help me reach this new goal. If you would like to become friends on myfitnesspal.com, I’m ErinBieker721, or if you want to email me, you can reach me at email@example.com (no spam please ). Let’s unite as the beautiful group we are and celebrate our successes together.