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Me & My Health

Me and my health...

This week as I’m navigating some irritating health issues, I’ve been thinking a lot about my body and taking care of myself to the best of my ability.

In the last four months I’ve made a lot of changes in my life to improve my overall health (mental and physical). I want to run through some of them in case you struggle with some of the same issues. Yesterday I shared about my pee problems and you all came out in droves with your own pee stories to try to help me (still no answer on that btw). So maybe I can help you with some of the things I have learned this last few months.

The three major changes I’ve made so far that have significantly affected my health for the better: daily exercise, daily writing, and I stopped drinking alcohol.

Today I’m going to talk to you about daily exercise. Tomorrow about daily writing. And then the following day about giving up alcohol (if you know me, you know I love me some wine, so stay tuned for that one...).

I work out every day. I know you’re like...Heather, get away from me with your “every single day” bullshit!

I get it! I hear you. I feel you. I was you.

I did ZERO exercise before I joined GRIT. And I didn’t join GRIT to exercise. I only joined so I could stay in the StoryAthlete community. After going through the 28 day challenge, GRIT was my only option to stay. I was not interested in exercising AT ALL. I was a self proclaimed non-athlete and I hated working out. HATED IT. So I didn’t do it.

Truth be told, some days (ok, a lot of days) I still hate it. BUT I always do it. How did I go from zero to every single day in four months? The parameters set up in GRIT forced me to.

In GRIT you have to work out every day and if you don’t, you get kicked out. I joined because of CJ and I would NEVER have embarrassed him in his home (once you become a StoryAthlete, you’ll understand why we all keep referring to it as our home). I showed up, every day for the first 28 days, on all the days I didn’t want to, because I didn’t want to let him down.

Once you get through the first 28 days, you’re hooked. Now I don’t question if I’m going to work out, the only question is when I’ll fit it in during my day.

After 28 days I felt and saw the results. See that picture on the left down there? That’s me before I started losing any weight at all (I lost 40 lbs on my own before GRIT with no exercise, just diet). Approximately 240 lbs. and miserable in my body. The right photo is my GRIT progress photo from today.

My body results beside weight loss:

I don’t have to go to the chiropractor twice a week anymore, my back pain is non existent.

I’m strong, I no longer have to rely on Chris to pick up or move things for me and he doesn’t have to ask the neighbor for help for things I can’t do. I’m strong enough now to help him myself.

I can run around with the kids without getting out of breath. Cooper is fast as hell and a runner. I can catch him now when he’s being bad and running away from me 😂.

I feel better in my clothes.

I’m much stronger and more confident in my horseback riding at Grit & Grace Ranch.

There’s no downside to working out every day other than some muscle soreness, which I’ve grown to appreciate. It means I worked hard.

Can you see results by working out 3-5 times a week? Sure you can. Then why do I think exercising every day is so important?

There’s no negotiation to happen with yourself about if it gets done. It gets done, every day, no matter what.

If I work out 3 days a week, I can say “oh, I’m too busy today, I’ll do it tomorrow. As long as I get my 3 days in this week, I’m good.” Then “do it tomorrow” turns into the next day and the next day and then you’ve missed a week and then 3 weeks and then you’ve stopped moving altogether.

There’s no negotiating with myself about my workouts anymore. I do it every day, end of story and the parameters set up in GRIT make sure I don’t slip.

I’m not strong enough to force myself to do it each day. I have to rely on outside accountability. GRIT gave me that and I’m forever grateful for it. Grateful beyond what I can express to you.


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