So you say you're making a lifestyle change??

5 days of eating well and exercising 30 minutes. Many more progress photos to come.

The first time I proclaimed I was making a lifestyle change was mid-January 2013. I had been working out with a trainer with a few other women since the previous summer. This trainer was AMAZING. She made working out fun: I was flipping giant tires, jumping on boxes, doing a million squats, running after frisbees, lifting weights- you name it, we did it. This was way better than me pretending to workout on a treadmill or elliptical. Every workout was different. I was pushing myself harder in these sessions and getting stronger than I had ever been. 

But in January, I looked back on the previous year, as a lot of people do, and I was disappointed. Why had I been working out for an hour for 4 days a week for 5 months but still hadn’t lost any weight?

I talked to another girl in our class. “Yeah, I’m getting stronger. I can keep increasing the weights I am lifting. That’s cool and all, but I started this because I wanted to lose weight. I haven’t lost any weight.” To which she replied, “Well, I think that has more to do with what you’re eating.”


What is she even talking about?

If I am pushing myself to the limit every time I come here, if I leave and can barely walk down the stairs or sit the next day, if it hurts to lift my arms to wash my hair, well then I am working out hard. Exercise is what makes you lose weight, right? I haven’t lost any, so now I am mad at my trainer because she’s not helping me lose weight like I signed up for.

Sigh. Jaclyn, calm down! That’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works! Losing weight really is about what you are putting in your body.  If you are eating half of a pizza plus 2 donuts every few days, drinking every weekend, and skipping breakfast to counter your meals, well, your body is going to be really mad at you. You need to eat food to fuel your body. You need a lifestyle change.

So January 2013 is when I decided enough is enough.  I told my boyfriend: I am going to start a blog, eat healthy, work out, and LOSE WEIGHT!! Writing the blog will help me stay accountable, and I will be where I want to be by the summer. I found a bunch of recipes on Pinterest and pinned some 1 month squat challenges and daily morning exercises to do. AWESOME!! I was ready for a great 2013.

This was all a really, really great plan, but I never started it. Any of it. Teaching got busy, and I stopped working out. I didn’t know what foods to eat so I continued eating what I was always eating. And the blog never happened.

Life gets in the way of the things we actually want to do in life. 

So now what? Get back on the horse.


A lot of stuff happened in the past 3 years, but for now, let's fast forward to February 12, 2016. I am on a 75 day running streak and working towards 100 days, I am on month 2, day 12 of PiYo, and I FINALLY started a blog.

I am working on being the best version of myself. It is a work in progress and will always be.

Why am I successful now? Why is my lifestyle change real now?

1.       I have a strong WHY and I actually wrote it on paper. That makes it real! I want to prove to myself that I can do something without quitting. My WHY will change as I go, but saying it, writing it, and constantly reading and reflecting on it helps me keep going.

2.       I learned how to eat. I know what foods fuel my body and what foods leave me sluggish. I drink Shakeology and at least 80oz of water every day, and I eat plenty of vegetables, protein, carbs, and healthy fats in my meals. I love the 21 Day Fix portion containers to help structure my day. I am amazed at how much energy I have now. 

3.       I have a coach. Her name is Anna Locke, and I can go to her when I need help. I actually have a whole team of peer coaches I go to for accountability and support- Team Inspire Joy and it does just that. 

4.       I am a coach! I help others with their goals. I help women get from where they are to where they want to be. I have the motivation to stick to my goals because I support others doing the same. I can’t talk the talk without walking the walk, so this girl is running the walk.

5.       I decided to start. I. JUST. HAD. TO. START. I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do, I didn’t wait until I was completely ready or confident or perfect. I took a risk. I made a leap. 

6.       I am tired of starting over. My girl Autumn Calabrese will tell you, “If you are tired of starting over, stop giving up.”

Some amazing coaches on Team Inspire Joy, MY awesome coach Anna in the zip-up, and 21 Day Fix Trainer Autumn Calabrese in the Train Gain hoodie.

Some amazing coaches on Team Inspire Joy, MY awesome coach Anna in the zip-up, and 21 Day Fix Trainer Autumn Calabrese in the Train Gain hoodie.

I am sharing my story because I hope it helps you or someone you know. Please share it!

You can share your story too: Have you ever tried to make a lifestyle change? How is it going? What do you find to be the most difficult part? What positive changes have you seen in your life?


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