Let me begin by explaining my reason for starting this 90-Day Challenge. I had completed my original 90-Day Challenge in the fall. The problem was that I was not satisfied with the way that it had turned out. I had half-heartedly went through the motions for 90 days, all the while making excuses about not having enough time to get to the gym or to make good food choices. This seems to be a common theme for the average person. I work a challenging job that requires me being there 50-60 hours a week. I have a family and a home that I have to take care of. I only have time for food on the run. Does this sound familiar? These were some of the excuses that I used. I began to question myself after the first challenge. Was this true? Was this the best I could do? The answer I came up with was a very big NO!
I started this challenge with a few different ideas in mind. I needed to find areas of my life that I could consolidate to allow me time for me. After all, that is exactly what this challenge is, a challenge for yourself. I realized that I was wasting precious time everyday on the Internet, watching television or other random activities that added no quality to my life.
I made it a priority to get to the gym 5 days a week for 45 min. It didn't sound like a lot, but I started to see improvements after the first week. These improvements were in all aspects of my life, both mentally and physically. I started preparing meals for 3-4 days in advance. This allowed me to eat healthy and not give into the fast food machine that I had been a part of for so long. The dietary changes that I made weren't that difficult. I cut out fried food and simple sugars. I started eating leaner cuts of meat (fish, chicken, pork loin). I made sure to eat 5-6 different veggies everyday. If I didn't have enough food prepped, the Life Time cafe had a great selections of meals and shakes. They even help guide you to the different areas of the menu if you have different food requirements (I changed to a vegan diet 4 weeks in). The changes in my overall health, not just my appearance, were astonishing. I began to have more energy during all times of the day. I didn't have issues with that bloated feeling that you get after eating heavy fatty foods. I simply felt GREAT.
These were not things that I learned on my own. These were things that were taught on different Try-It Tuesdays (food, nutrition, exercises, etc.). I would implore everyone to take part in these amazing learning classes that are part of the 90-Day. I was also taught about HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). Regardless of how great of shape you think you are in, these sessions will rock your world. I have many sweat laden shirts to prove it. It's a workout in 20-30 minutes for busy schedules. This is all included with the Challenge. I can honestly say that the trainers who take their time to assist with these classes are special individuals who deserve a BIG THANK YOU from all the participants.
I have NEVER been in better shape in my entire life. I owe a lot to the staff at Life Time Sugarloaf. I have come a long way and plan to continue my path. I was just like everybody else. I made excuses, and then I crushed them. I challenge everybody to challenge yourself everyday. You will be glad you did. You don't have to believe me to believe in yourself.
I have forever changed my thinking about the gym. It is more than a gym. It is definitely a lifestyle. That is what Life Time Fitness is all about. They help you create a healthy lifestyle for a lifetime. I was skeptical of big gyms before, but never again.
Thank you to everybody at Life Time.