Saturday, February 14, 2015

Introducing... ME! :)

Well, I guess if I'm going to be starting a blog it'd probably be best to introduce myself! :)   My name is Brigit Blank, I am a wife and stay at home mom of 2  kids who is trying to work on my own health and fitness and welcome ANYONE to join me!! :) 
That being said, I've been trying to find a way for people to follow my progress and get ideas to help them get started on their own fitness journey while raising a family.... Well
what better way to do that than a BLOG! :) As you can probably already tell,  I am totally NOT a writer, so as long as you're okay with possible grammar and spelling errors and the occasional exclamation mark overuse, we should be good to go! :)

In May 2013, I made the decision to become a stay at home mom.  When I quit my job, I thought "FINALLY now I will have the time to workout and plan my meals so I can eat healthy". My plan was to wake up early and exercise before the kids woke up and have the rest of the day to do house work and spend time with the kids. My sister had purchased P90X when I was pregnant with my second child and, while she was doing it, got great results so I thought I'd give it a try. I started the workouts but thought the meal plan was just too time consuming and honestly wasn't ready to "give up" the junk food. I did the workouts for 3 weeks and starting seeing results, then we went on vacation and I decided to give myself a break for a week... BAD idea. Several weeks past and I never got myself back into a routine. I'd start exercising and eating right for a few days but some how I always came up with an excuse ("I'm too tired to wake up early", "I can't exercise before bed I'll never be able to sleep", "I've got too much to do today", "I will start tomorrow... Or next week"). Before I knew it 10 months had past and I had gained almost 25lbs in less than a year!  Needless to say I was ashamed and very disappointed with myself. That brings us to May 2014!
In May 2014, I finally decided I had enough, I was sick of being miserable and overweight.   At 27, I was in the absolute worst shape of my life. I have struggled with my weight all my life but had let it go on far too long. I  I decided I was going to finally do it, start working out and eating clean, and stick with it so I could reach my fitness goals, which meant I needed to lose 63lbs. Over the years I had researched so much health and fitness info, that I knew what I needed to do to get the body I'd always wanted, I just didn't have the motivation to stick with it long enough to get it! I also had enough equipment to get started (Between my mom, sister, and I, we have purchased a lot of workout videos, including Insanity, Brazil Butt Lift, P90X {my sisters}, and Rockin' Body{my mom}), but again every time I(we) would start a program I would never stay motivated long enough to start seeing results. This time, is going to be different, this time I am going to stay motivated. That is the main reason why, on May 9 2014, I decided to become a Team Beachbody coach. I NEEDED something/someone to keep me accountable EVERYDAY no matter what and Team Beachbody coaching was the answer, for me. If I knew other people were "watching me" and expecting me to succeed I would have no other option but to stick with it and show them that if I could do it, anyone could do it!!

When I signed up to become a coach, I purchased the Focus T25 Challenge pack (that includes T25 and Shakeology), I created my own motivation/accountability group, and started asking people if they'd like to join to help keep each other motivated! I was able to stick to the full 10 weeks of T25 and lost 22lbs and 22inches!!  Since then I've done PiYo, P90, some of Body Beast, 21 Day Fix, and tested out a couple other programs!! I am down 38lbs so far and don't plan on stopping anytime soon! :) So, along with my other mom/wife posts, I plan on using this blog to keep everyone updated on my fitness progress and hope that it will inspire/motivate others to start working on their fitness too! :)  Trust me if I can do this YOU can too! :)

The next program I plan on starting is 21 Day Fix Extreme! The hardest part of this "fitness stuff" is eating healthy.... I KNOW it needs to be done, but I can't seem to make myself do it for a very long period of time.  That's why I'm not getting faster results.  BUT I am so excited about this program and plan on being very strict with the meal plan. I can't wait to see what results I can get in just 21 Days!  This is also the first program I plan to blog about from start to finish.  I plan on doing 1 post a week for 3 weeks, focusing on my progress/experience only and at the end I will share my results!!  I'm going to start Monday, so be on the look out for my first official 21 Day Fix Extreme post Monday or Tuesday! :)
Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!  Thanks so much for reading and please let me know if you have any questions!

Brigit

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