“Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself."
- Charlie Chaplin
When I originally started this “BOOMer’s Nutrition Journey” blog, it was only supposed to last the duration of the 90-Day Transformation Challenge. It was going to be a brief glimpse into my life and we were going to find out if Coach Lance’s LG1 Nutrition Program really worked. By the way, boy does it work!
When it came time to potentially bring this series to an end, it felt premature. Upon further reflection, we have decided to keep it going. Yes, the challenge has ended but I have no intention of stopping now, nor should you. I’m not throwing the towel in and grabbing a pint of Halo Top Red Velvet ice cream (because it’s the best one). Ok, did I eat a pint of Halo Top Red Velvet ice cream as soon as the challenge was over? Maybe. And by maybe I mean yes. Yes, I did. But that’s not the point.
The point is, I am not done now. I will not be done EVER. Neither should you! The goal wasn’t to get healthy for 90 days and then stop. The goal was to create new habits over the course of 90 days so you could continue to apply them and be healthy for life. So let’s keep this party going!
With this new found momentum, this series will now be known as the “BOOM Huddle”. Will it still be about my journey? Sure! But it will mainly be a resource for you to continue on your own journey. The BOOM Huddle will be the place we come together to reflect, to find inspiration and motivation, and to discuss challenges and failures. It will be the place where we can get real, share stories and find strength together.
So come in a little closer (yeah you) and let’s have our first virtual BOOM Huddle.
First, I want to take this opportunity to digress and say something that I think many of you need to hear. I am incredibly proud of the top 10 winners of the 90-DTC. Your hard work paid off and you are all inspirations. However, this is for every single one of you who started and finished the 90-DTC and didn’t place.
Do not be discouraged if you didn’t make the top ten. Do not be discouraged if you didn’t receive an extra acknowledgement certificate. We see the effort put forth by each and every one of you. If you aren’t already, you should be extremely proud of yourselves! Do you know how many people ran for the hills when they heard they had to do before/after pictures?? Some of them are still running. You put your heart on a platter, let yourselves be vulnerable and showed yourselves to the world. You are amazing for that. I saw wonderful results in every single 90-DTC before/after photo. Every single one. Maybe you didn’t have a lot of weight to lose or muscle to gain but you all evolved in those three months. Many of you gained positive habits and a new sense of confidence. Many of you started going to the gym a little more often and watched your nutrition a little more closely. You are amazing for that. Many of you are inspiring those around you and you don’t even realize it. Many of you are the reason someone made a change in their life. You are amazing for that.
So keep it up 90-DTC BOOMers. You are all amazing.
LG1 Nutrition Update
Now that I have sufficiently loved on all of you let me give a quick LG1 Nutrition update. Here are my before/after pics and measurements. Do I keep posting these as my journey continues? I suppose I will, as long as it makes sense. I was so impressed by Coach Lance’s program that I am continuing with it. In fact, I’ve requested that he and his lovely wife Katherine move into my house and live in my closet so I can ask them for advice and/or hugs at a moments notice. They said they’ll think about it.
What was Lance’s plan for me when once the challenge ended? I felt a little lost, but of course Coach Lance knew what to do. He had me increase my calories for a “diet break” so that my metabolism wouldn’t slow. Was that a little nerve-wracking? Yep. Did I gain weight over that two week period? I’m pleased and surprised to say no!
Waist: 28 1/2
Body Fat %: 19% (according to body fat caliper)
What are the next steps? Lance has me back in a “cutting phase” with slightly lowered calories and adjusted macros (though still plenty to fuel my workouts). I’ve written all new goals and when I achieve one I always replace it with something new. My list has everything from learning to walk on my hands to being on my phone less often. Have you written your new goals yet? (This blog I wrote a few months ago can help)
Let’s talk about failure and excuses
Allow me to wear my heart on my sleeve for a minute. As many of you know, during this 90-DTC I also transformed from a BOOMer into a coach. Why didn’t I write about that journey on the blog? Well, frankly I wasn’t sure I was going to make the cut. Becoming a coach at LFT was the hardest I have ever had to work to get a job. No joke. The standard is high. Putting yourself out there is hard. There were days I was convinced I couldn’t do it. Hell, there were days I flat out failed.
One day I cried on my drive home because I was sure I would never become a coach. My head was flooded with negative thoughts. Every thought trying to reinforce why I should quit. The standard was too high. I would never have the right energy. I’m too laid back and introverted. I was too afraid to be on the mic in front of others. I would mess it all up. I would disappoint the other coaches. I would make a fool of myself.
Everything was telling me to quit. Even my husband asked, “Why are you putting yourself through this?”
But did I quit?
You’re damn right I didn’t.
Every time I screwed up on the mic I tried again. And again. And again. Every time I encountered those negative thoughts that told me to quit and that I sucked, I smashed them with my metaphorical baseball bat. My bat was my mantra…I don’t quit, ever. I don’t quit, ever. I don’t quit, EVER.
I acknowledged the progress I was making instead of worrying about crashing and burning. Something many people don’t know about me is that in my twenties I used to get daily panic attacks. Yes, every single day. I took Xanax like they were tic tacs just to keep them at bay. It was so bad at one point that I couldn’t even order a sandwich at a counter without having a full-fledged panic attack. It crippled me.
That is, it used to cripple me.
The fact that I was even attempting to strap a mic to my head and bring energy while instructing a crowd of people through a workout is un-friggin-believable. Loni 10 years ago would have had a panic attack even thinking about it.
But here I am. I haven’t taken a Xanax in over 9 years.
I’ve learned over the years that the only way to disarm your fears is to face them. Do what you are scared of. I learned new coping mechanisms in therapy. I made sure that I did as many terrifying things as possible and it worked! Ever fear I faced became smaller and smaller. I became braver and braver.
I’m sharing this because I need you all to realize that failing is necessary in order to succeed. It’s normal to feel scared when trying something new. We all struggle. We have all made fools of ourselves. We have all been told we weren’t good enough. There is no straight line to success. It is a damn mess of tears and failures and self-doubts and fighting and pushing and growing. That is the normal road to success.
What is the difference between people who achieve their dreams and goals and people who don’t? They don’t quit, ever. They don’t quit, ever. They don’t quit, EVER.
Don’t let your negative thoughts talk you out of your dreams. Don’t accept your excuses as truth. Let me remind you, your excuses are negative thoughts. Here is the list of excuses I had at the beginning of the year before I started this journey.
These were just some of many excuses that I was allowing to hold me back. I stopped believing them. I changed my behavior and what do you know…I changed. I still have a lifetime of growth ahead of me but I will no longer let excuses stop me from trying new methods.
What are your excuses? How long are you going to allow them to hold you back?
We have one life. One nice full life, if we’re lucky. I don’t want to be a debbie downer but do you realize this all comes to an end? Do you ever stop and let that sink in? This life is a privilege. What would you do tomorrow if you knew it was your last day? Would you let your excuses hold you back then? Would all your passions and priorities shift and maybe everything that really mattered would be all that mattered? Live that way today damn it! Live that way every day!
Celebrate those beautiful bodies you have. See what they can do. Appreciate that you are able-bodied unlike so many others.
Cherish that beautiful heart and mind. Take care of yourself. Acknowledge your progress and smash those negative thoughts with a baseball bat.
Most importantly don’t quit, ever. Don’t quit, ever. Don’t quit, EVER.
Good talk BOOMers! Now come on in, fists together….1, 2, 3 BOOM! Go conquer the world!
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