My Fresh Start: This is the Year I’m Finally Going to Get in Shape

It’s finally happened. I’ve finally turned a corner in terms of my health and my desire to get in shape. This year is the year I’m finally going to make it happen.

I’ve started and stopped dieting and exercising too many times to count. So why do I think this time will be different? Because this time, I’ve FINALLY made the necessary mental shift to stay on track.

The First Big Change

I used to eat cookies, ice cream, and all manner of other sweet snacks all day long. I admit, this addiction to sugar is my biggest struggle. However, I refuse to let it stop me. The key point here is that I want to be healthy more than I want sugar, and that is a BIG change for me.

The Second Big Change

When it comes to exercise, I have to enjoy it, or I just won’t do it. Situps, pushups, running laps, and all the other typical exercises? Not gonna happen. However, I do LOVE dance. So one day when I was in Game Stop, I bought the Zumba game for my Wii, having heard lots of good things about it. I couldn’t wait to try it, and for good reason! I love it! My daughter does it with me and occasionally my husband will too, so it’s really fun for us. We have a great time, so even when I’m worn out halfway through, I want to keep going.

I also got Just Dance 2 for Christmas, and I can’t believe how much I sweat and get my heart rate up while I’m playing! I lose myself in the music, and because I’m doing it in my own living room, I don’t feel self conscious. And let me tell you — both Just Dance and Zumba are excellent workout! These two things — along with Wii Fit Plus — have helped me make exercise a priority, and I wake up looking forward to it.

The Fresh Start Challenge

Believe it or not, I started writing this post back in December a few weeks after I started doing Zumba. I never got around to finishing it, and it just so happens that Walmart has issued a challenge to the Walmart Moms that’s right in line with what I’m doing. The Fresh Start challenge is exactly what it sounds like: A chance to live a more healthy life in some way.

For some moms, it’s eating less processed food and more fresh produce and organics. For others it’s losing weight or firming up their bodies. For me, it’s all of the above! Re-learning to eat right and break myself of my admitted addiction to sugar is a struggle I’ve been fighting for a long time. I still have no idea how I’m going to do it, but this challenge will keep me on task.

Each week for 4 weeks, I’ll post here about what I’m doing, how much weight I’ve lost, what I’m eating, products and foods I’m trying to help me on my journey, etc. If all goes well, I plan to continue posting about this every week for the rest of the year.

And since the only way I’m going to keep this up is if I do something bold to hold myself accountable, each week, I’m going to post my weight. I’m tempted to back out now even as I type this, but that’s a good sign that it’s a good way to keep myself in check. So here goes nothing:

My Starting Weight: 235 lbs.

I don’t have my camera with me at the moment, but next week, I’ll also post a photo. Wish me luck, and feel free to share stories about your journey to healthy living in the comments below. I need all the motivation I can get!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation to share my journey to healthier living with you as part of the Fresh Start Challenge. Participation is voluntary and as usual, all opinions are my own.

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!

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