So let’s talk about this 30 Days of Healthy Living I’m doing. I’ve just passed the halfway marker at Day 18 (!!) and can’t believe I haven’t shared it on the blog yet. Then again, I can’t believe we’re already in the middle of March….
If you follow me on Instagram (@lexbelivin) or you’re friends with me on Facebook, you’re probably aware that I’m participating in this 30 Days of Healthy Living. I’ve been documenting
each most days on Instagram with abnormally long captions and emojis—partly because it helps hold me accountable for following through, and also because I want to share that even people like me (aka lover of cheese, wine and Netflix binging) can successfully complete the challenge and, what’s more, see real results toward a healthier lifestyle.
I’ll be honest…
Within a month of moving to Sacramento last year, I gained more than 10 pounds. Oh, I found all sorts of reasons why I was suddenly heavier than toothpick-skinny Lexi ever imagined! My boyfriend’s mom’s delicious cooking (always helping myself to seconds), fast food and sweets galore at my workplace, combined with going out on the town in celebration of being reunited with my boyfriend.
The first time I truly noticed the weight gain was when I looked at a photo of myself and several prominent media professionals behind the scenes of a news station. I felt embarrassed of how I looked and did not want to post this photo to our agency’s social media platforms like I originally intended. A week later I had access to a weight scale again and I just couldn’t believe what it read—but then again, I already knew it showed.
I immediately told myself I would eat healthier, exercise more and take charge to lose that weight. But then the boss said Chick-fil-a was on him and I caved. Then the weather wasn’t nice enough so I couldn’t take that walk outside. I worked too late to even think about healthy meal planning. The list of excuses went on and on, and next thing I knew it was summer and the last thing I wanted was to be in a bikini.
Sure, I motivated myself to live a healthier lifestyle multiple times. I’d be good about healthy eating or exercise (or even both!) for a week or two, then something came up. Something always came up, whatever it was.
Flash forward to October 2016: I made a real commitment with establishing healthy habits and started seeing gradual change. It felt amazing to have more energy, be more active and lose a few pounds. I did yoga every day, started jogging, limited my daily dairy intake, made sure to stop eating 3 hours before bed, etc.
And then… the holidays. Need I say more?
Right before the move in mid-January, I cleaned out my closet and sorted clothing items into categories, including “Wear when you’ve lost 10 pounds.” I told myself that if I could not fit into those clothes by the time we had a spring garage sale, then they’d get sold with the rest. And guys, I’m not joking when I say it is over half my wardrobe and 90% of my summer clothes. I literally couldn’t afford to say goodbye to all those clothes. However, I also didn’t have enough storage space to haul too-small clothes from one residence to another in hopes that someday I’d fit back into them.
My girl friend introduced me to this particular 30 day challenge and after dragging my feet for a month, I finally asked myself why I was making excuses not to seize this opportunity. I genuinely wanted to commit to a health plan that offered summer confidence—and my wardrobe back. Well… time was ticking!
So here we are, 13 months after I originally told myself I needed to take charge and establish a healthy lifestyle. All of those important excuses highlighting why I shouldn’t or can’t or don’t want to seem so silly now. I realize how feeble my previous efforts were, and how important it truly is for me to do a program.
Because after 18 days, this is what I’ve accomplished so far:
- I’m back to a weight I haven’t seen since October 2015 when I lived in Colorado.
- I have half my wardrobe back—and just in time for warm weather! That’s right, no garage sale for these cute clothes!
- My skin is unbelievably clear. Jake even mistook me for wearing makeup when I wasn’t (that’s a big deal).
- My stomach cramps feel like a bad memory. This may be the longest I’ve ever gone without terrible stomach pain.
- My bank account is happier because there’s no alcohol tabs and produce is actually inexpensive if you shop weekly deals (I highly recommend Flipp!).
Day 16 of #30DaystoHealthyLiving: Here we are a little more than halfway and it feels so good 😁 Nothing like reaching the midpoint at the lightest I've been since 2015 💪🏻 I'm on up to the best shape I've been in since moving to California! Can't wait to keep improving in the second half of this challenge 🥗☕️☀️
Have I had set backs? Yes, absolutely. Instead of postponing the 30 day challenge, I took a 3-day hiatus for my cousin’s bachelorette celebration one week in. Hey, if I plan the weekend and fly across the country, I will drink Asheville craft beer and eat cheesy hashbrowns. But you know what? It turned out to only be a minor bump and I picked the healthy living program right back up the day I returned.
There may have also been a Girl Scout cookie incident… they’re now in the top cabinet where I can’t reach because I apparently can’t be trusted near them.
Day 1 of #30DaystoHealthyLiving ✔️And so it begins! I’m happy to report I stuck with the diet ALL day, even when I met friends at my favorite sandwich spot 🥙 and there was champagne cheesecake at work 🍾🎂 But I stayed strong with kale and quinoa (subbed the feta for grape tomatoes and tossed in balsamic vinegar and olive oil 😉) and whipped up mixed veggies with shredded chicken and brown rice for dinner. Starting the challenge with success! 🙌🏻 #letsbelivin
Day 3 of #30DaystoHealthyLiving: Shopping at @sprouts for the first full week of great eating! 🥒🍓🍠 Stocking up on fruits, veggies, quinoa and even made my first ever almond milk purchase 😯 I know, crazy changes around these parts… #healthyliving #letsbelivin #arbonnelife
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However, I’ve been really good for the most part, considering I never dreamed of giving up dairy, gluten, coffee, alcohol, sugar, soy, pork, corn, and more favorite foods. Our whole household is losing weight because the boys eat what I cook, and lately I’ve only been cooking a lot of quinoa or brown rice, vegetables, chicken or ground turkey, and all kinds of salads.
Ollie is a happy dog because I’m taking him on much longer walks and we’re slowly but surely getting back into jogging. I’m not much of an active person and honestly haven’t been in years, but I make it a point to reach my 8,000 Fitbit step goal (almost) every day and do yoga or stretch, even if it’s only 10 minutes before I go to sleep.
Day 13 of #30DaystoHealthyLiving: Aside from 3 days of my cousin’s bachelorette weekend in Asheville and a few Girl Scout cookies last night (I was too weak to resist!), the challenge is going really well! But it’s time to pick it up with the exercise 🏃🏼♀️#OllietheDog and I soaked up the Saturday sunshine with 2 long walks and a trip to the dog park! We’re both crushin’ our #Fitbit step goals 💪🏻🎉
I’m really excited about what’s happening, can you tell? I’ve never stuck with healthy eating and overall healthy living for so long (two and a half weeks, oh geeze). I love to share my experiences of this month-long journey, whether they are the successes, struggles or tips I’m learning along the way.
Please let me know if you have any questions or feedback! Keep an eye out for upcoming posts about 1) simple, inexpensive and healthy recipes; 2) Fitbit step hacks when working a desk job; and 3) all about the 30 Days to Healthy Living program itself.
This is not a sponsored post—just my personal experience with the Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living program 🙂