A HUGE THANKS to those of you who liked my FB page over that past couple of days! Stayed tuned because I have a fun little thing I want to do with my FB page followers, so if you haven’t already go and like the Sincerely Samanda FB page. If you’ve been following on the blog you know I joined a 30 Day Challenge with CSatt Fitness and if you follow me on snapchat you saw me meticulously counting the days to day 30! WELL I made it, haha!! I wanted to do a little re-cap for those of you who had been following along and for myself because I feel like I learned a lot along the way. It was probably the best “30 Day” type of challenge I’ve ever taken. Which I’ve talked about already…the really really positive and encouraging FitFam (private group on Facebook), the positive and motivating daily blog emails, awesome workouts with detailed YouTube videos, etc. Also the $5,000 dollar winner motivation! Someone who worked their ass off, literally, is going to get that and it wasn’t me! BUT here’s my experience 🙂
I gained TWO pounds.
I also gained more muscle and lost two inches overall.
I put in the work as far as work outs were concerned. I haven’t been that dedicated in a long long time!
I can do better food wise! Room for improvement.
All in all I feel empowered and inspired and this challenge didn’t burn me out or turn me off but left me wanting to strive for the best version of myself inside and out. I’m ready to keep going and working toward my goals.
So here’s 30 things I learned (AND AM STILL LEARNING AND PRACTICING) from the CSatt Fitness 30 Day Challenge and 30 things I’ll continue to use and remind myself of to reach my goals!
– 30 Things I Learned from a 30 Day Challenge –
- It all starts with you and the will to be better than you are right now and the decision to put in the work, dedication and effort to get there. NO MATTER WHAT. How badly do you want change/growth? Because what it boils down to is: you get out of it the work you put in. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. Believe that you have what it takes and then put that belief into action!
- The strongest muscle in your body is between your two ears!!! That’s right, so feed that brain positivity, encouragement, and inspiration. What you tell yourself effects how you perform. So make a decision to seize the day, seize your workouts, seize happiness and focus your mind on moving toward those things. Block out the negative and be NICE to yourself.
- Never let a bad day turn into a bad week, month, year, etc. So you have a bad day – you indulge in too many donuts or wine or shove a whole pizza in your face. Don’t carry the guilt from that with you. LET IT GO. You DECIDE what you eat, so if you’re going to eat a pizza for lunch ENJOY it and then move on! Dinner is a new meal and tomorrow is a new day!
- You have to CHOOSE YOUR HARD. Yeah it can be hard to put in the hours and the work that it takes to see results but it’s even harder to live a life where you constantly feel uncomfortable or unhappy in your own skin. It’s hard to turn away a slice of pizza or a piece of Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake, but how good would it feel to look in the mirror and feel healthy and proud of the body you’ve built? Not having to worry about being in a bikini in the summer or not pulling on your rolls when you’re in the fitting room at Target (they seriously have the worst lighting and mirrors though) trying to find something you actually think looks good on you, that sounds amazing!
- Consistency and Commitment bring the Change! KEEP AT IT. Don’t expect to see instant results because these things take time. Wherever you’re at, whether you’ve packed on 5, 10, 20lbs or more…it took time to gain the weight and it takes an even longer time to lose it (at least it usually feels that way). But if you are consistent with your diet and exercise you WILL see change. I mean take body builders for example. Sure they might already be in shape but it usually takes them at least 12 solid weeks to prepare for a competition, but even then most people would say it takes around 20 + weeks of hardcore dieting and exercising! BE CONSISTENT.
- Don’t let the scale rule you!! Honestly, this was an amazing freedom for me. I used to check my weight every single night and sweat over a pound or two gained! Your weight fluctuates ALOT throughout the day based on what you eat, your water intake, muscle gained, etc. Regardless, a silly number shouldn’t have that much influence over how you feel about yourself! Cody repeatedly told us to STAY OFF THE SCALE. We were to way ourselves day 1 and then put the scale away, and when day 15 rolled around he allowed us to weigh ourselves IF WE TRULY WANTED TO. Well, that was a huge lesson for me because of course I hopped on the scale to see what all the hard work had done so far and when I saw that I gained two pounds I flipped and cried my little eyes out. BUT that just went to show me how silly it was to let a number on a scale dictate how I felt. Sure, I’ll still weigh myself in the future, but not as often. And I’ll go off of the results and progress I’m SEEING and FEELING – in pictures, in how my clothes fit, etc.
- If you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done! Like maybe wake up at 5 if it’s the only time you can fit in a workout. Or meal prep for your week so you’ve got healthy meals ready!
- Have fun with the process! It becomes a lot easier to do once you start to enjoy it. Try new recipes, new exercises and mix things up! The process to getting healthy/fit doesn’t equal boring. Check out these Turkey Chili and Crazy Good Fish Tacos recipe’s I tried out during the challenge!
- A lot of things are out of your control in life, but two things you can control are your attitude and your effort!
- Fail to plan, plan to fail!! Follow a meal plan, follow a work out plan, meal prep, plan a block of time you will go and workout everyday.Plan plan plan and be equipped and prepared to reach our goals!
- Fit is a way of life! It’s gotta become a habit for it to stick. You’ve got to want it. buy into it and practice it everyday: making healthy choices, practicing moderation and self-control and making sacrifices. It’s not always easy. As Cody always says, IF IT WAS EASY EVERYONE WOULD DO IT. And if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you!
- Treat days are allowed! Heck, sometimes they even welcome themselves where they aren’t invited or planned for. ENJOY treat days, try not to go overboard like me 😉 and then MOVE ON. It’s called a treat for a reason. Treat’s wouldn’t be special if they happened every day and I think having one treat meal/treat day a week makes it MUCH more exciting!
- Trust the process! Quick fixes bring you quickly back to where you started.
- Don’t wait for a Monday! Chase your dreams and your passions and kick ass EVERY DAY! If you mess up and over-indulge, it doesn’t matter, every SECOND is a new chance.
- See failure as an opportunity to learn, to tweak and to improve! Don’t give up! Choose progress over excuses! And use those failures as the fuel to your motivation!
- Do what you know will make you happy and feel good! Look down the road five minutes from now or 3 months or a year. How do you want to look and feel? Now make decisions that move you in that direction!
- You gotta be patient with your body! Do the best that you can and be patient. Results will come if you’re doing your best and you’re focused!
- You’re always a work in progress! Perfection is not real! There is always room for growth and improvement, whether physically or mentally.
- Be confident in your ability to reach your goals! YOU have the strength if you have the will, the heart, the determination and the focus!
- HATER SHADES are a real thing! HAHA. I think we all need to realize that haters gonna hate. So don’t be a hater! Next time you really wanna see a bro at the gym and internally judge him – think twice. Everyone has something that struggle with or something they’ve been through and they deserve to be proud of the hard work they put in every single day for the body and life that they want. Don’t be jelly!
- Be honest with yourself! Ask yourself honestly how you’re doing, what you could do better, and put a plan into action! It helps to write everything down or keep a fitness/health journal!
- I learned a fun acronym for FEAR. Face Everything And Rise! Don’t let your fears rule you. Don’t stand in your own way! See the opportunity to learn, grow and LET GO of some of the lies about yourself that you keep beating into your head every day!
- It really is as simple as making it happen! Don’t wait for “when you’re ready” just START and be open to learning and growing as you go!
- Keep on keepin on! Don’t just do it when you feel like it or when it’s convenient or when it’s easy. Stay on the grind every day. Especially when its tough and when you don’t feel like it!
- Comparison is a big B****. Pardon the language but FOR REAL. Comparison is a joy killer. Focus on YOUR progress, YOUR goals and celebrate every little achievement! All you can do is try and be the best version of YOU and that’s what the world needs! We need YOU! In all your unique-ness.
- You really gotta buy into this lifestyle mindset and believe that you’re making these changes FOR THE BETTER. Don’t think of it as having to GIVE UP things you like to indulge in.That obviously hasn’t been working for you! Think of it as GAINING a new perspective! GAINING confidence. GAINING joy. GAINING discipline. GAINING a stronger body. GAINING for the better.
- Mind right, body tight! We’ve all heard that but it’s so true! What you think about you become. What is the life of your mind like? How can you clear out the negativity and bring about self-love and internal talk the builds up, instead of tearing down? Listen to a podcast! Read a good book, read your Bible, meditate and spend time with God, get outside! Place yourself around positive people!
- If at first you don’t succeed, try try again. CONSISTENT ACTION over TIME.
- The fit life really is easier with a big group of people after the same thing and there for support and encouragement! So find your people and rally each other on!
- Always remember why you started! Take a day off if you need to. Rest and reflect often on why you started this journey and be proud of how far you’ve come and then keep on grinding and putting those dreams and goals into action!
Hope you’re having a great THURSDAY and this can be encouraging to those of you trying to reach your goals! Bout to head to the gym and kick my butt!