If you have been reading this blog for long, you know that I struggle with commitments. I often start things enthusiastically, only to totally give up on them a few days later. My fitness and weight loss experience demonstrate this. I’ve tried Jazzercise. I went twice but just didn’t feel like it “fit” me. I tried doing Weight Watchers but it was just all too overwhelming to keep track of the points and figure out the points when I didn’t have them, etc. I tried to do Beachbody and the meal planning and colored containers was just too much. I signed up for Flipping Fifty and didn’t even start it, perhaps because I am trying to dismiss my fifty-year landmark. I have tried online fitness trackers, apps, etc. Nothing works. But, I’m not giving up. I recently stumbled upon a mention of Terrafit on a blog and read up on it and here are five reasons I’m choosing to give it a try:
- I get points, but I don’t have to calculate them for every meal. I love the idea of getting points for doing good (and deleting points for doing bad). Weight Watchers was fun that way, but I got overwhelmed with having to do each meal, broken into its components to figure out the points. This one allows me to just give myself points for eating healthy foods and take away points for eating not-so-healthy-foods. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. I get points for all sorts of things and they are easy to track.
- It uses Doterra Oils and products, but you don’t HAVE to buy them to participate. I have fallen in love with Doterra Oils, but I don’t want to get a bunch of supplements, shakes, etc. This program allows me to use some oils, but not necessarily do shakes, etc. You CAN do them, but you don’t HAVE to do them. It focuses more on eating and exercising than the products related.
- You can win money! Yeah. Weight Watchers never offered me that. In each Terrafit challenge, there is a pot of money that is divided between coach and participants to recognize the top performers (point-wise). It probably won’t end up being a ton of money, but I bought a whole year for $99 and that allows me to do unlimited challenges. Usually, they are $25 each. So, I need to do more than four in a year to get my money back. I think I can do that. And, there is the possibility of winning some money back. It is like playing the lottery, but with healthy food and exercise instead of scratching.
- You get a coach. I need accountability and help and a swift kick in the tush sometimes. So, getting a personal coach sounds really good.
- You get to be on a team. See #4. I need all the help I can get!
So, there you have it. I start my first challenge in two days. I am the heaviest I have ever been in my life – hovering around 190, sometimes slightly under, sometimes slightly over. That is a lot of weight on my frame. I remember when I hit 160 in graduate school and thought I was heavy. I haven’t grown in height since then, but I have 30 more pounds on me. It isn’t surprising that I am tired most days, my feet hurt, my back often hurts and I just don’t feel like doing really strenuous exercise.
That has to change. I want to be active with my daughter and my girl scouts. I want to do fun things and go on adventures. I want to feel good, be healthy and set a good example. So, here goes nothing. In six weeks, I hope to be lighter in both weight and mood.