New Beginning….

I started this blog part of the way through my first challenge. At the time, I thought taking part in the Barre N9ne 60 Day Challenge would be a “set” way for me to shed some weight and tone. Now that I’ve completed 2 challenges, I realize that this wasn’t a temporary program that has come to an end. Instead, this is only the beginning for me.

Over the last 120 (or so) days, I feel like my life has changed. I’ve always been Type A. I’ve always been stressed (hey- I am only PARTIALLY to blame. I honestly believe the pressure of law school would destroy even the most zen personality). However now, now I have found my release. I thought working out more and eating better would simply change the way I looked. I couldn’t possibly have grasped the emotional impact.

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Barre Challenge Weigh-in and Slow Carb Kidney Bean Salad

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I know I’ve been neglecting my poor blog the last few days- so soon into it’s short life too! I promise I have a few new recipes on the way! I’ve had a whirlwind few days with a trip to New Hampshire to visit my parents (complete with a nice long walk around a snowy blueberry field), followed by a few very busy days at work.

One big thing this week was the 30 day check in for my second Barre N9ne fitness challenge. I’ve said it before, you can honestly make a huge change in a short period of time with a a lot of commitment and support. Since I started my first 60 day challenge on December 1, I am officially down 11 pounds and get this- 14 inches. To me, this is proof positive that the program works- THANK YOU BARRE N9NE!!!

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ME, ME, ME, I, I, I!

Motivation… it doesn’t come in a bottle or and it’s not something you can download online. It’s really not something you can find outside yourself. I somewhat touched upon this in my last post, but it is truly something that you have to find within yourself.

I’ve had several conversations with friends this week about making changes and the theme has been the same with everyone. Change- at least when it comes to health- is extremely personal. It is a decision that you have to make for YOU, not your spouse, your parents, your friends. It’s perhaps something you have to be a little selfish about. Because when you make the change for you, it is a change that is more likely to stick.

It is so easy to feel pressure to get “skinny” and follow a trendy diet- it’s impossible not to feel it if you watch any television or ever stand waiting in line in front of a magazine rack at the grocery store, but for me, whenever I acted out of pressure, I failed.

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