Ever since having my third baby, I feel like I have been on a journey to get back to not only a weight, but a look, that would make me happy. I have tried almost everything out there but here are the 3 things that have made the most difference in my life.
Weight Watchers-I have joined WW three times in my life and each time I had success. WW is a great way to learn about food and to really learn what is balanced. I love that they push drinking water and exercising. I also love that if you want to splurge, it is OK . . . just realize that you can't eat like that all of the time. I'm a big proponent of balance and I think that WW is definitely a tool to teach you balance.
Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred (and other videos)-If you go back and read through my blog, you will see that I am a huge advocate of JM. I love her dvd's (most of them) and her books, as well. The 30 Day Shred was the first at-home workout system in which I could physically see results and felt proud of myself for finishing it. I actually quit the gym during JM 30 Day Shred.
Jillian's books also taught me about the important of eating clean and organic and the dangers (and disgusting crap) that is added in our foods that we don't even realize. Jillian Michaels has definitely been a life-changer for me.
Shaun T and INSANITY-Wow! That is all I can say. INSANITY proved to me that I still had it. It proved to me that the hard core Army officer was still somewhere deep inside of me . . . even after having 3 babies. I honestly cried on the last day of the 3 month series. I felt so proud and accomplished and I knew I had finished something that so many others couldn't. My family was proud of me, too, because they saw how hard I worked and they saw the results.
The Big Leagues
CrossFit-As much as I loved WW, JM, and INSANITY, I honestly don't know if I can put into words what CrossFit has done for me. CrossFit has, by far, proven to me that I am the person that I thought I was. It has given me confidence, it has made me proud, it has improved nearly every facet of my life. It is the hardest, yet most rewarding, workout that I have ever been a part of.
I have people say all of the time, "You have to be really in shape to do CrossFit" . . . my answer is always, "No, you just have to want to do it." I workout with everyone from elite athletes to a grandma to a 5 month pregnant woman. You do what you can do, the best you can do it. Period.
If you have even thought about trying CrossFit, do it. You won't regret it!