Gearing Up for an Abworthy Christmas

I don’t like health and fitness accountability groups. I hate admitting weakness – especially to people I barely know. I don’t enjoy pumping up strangers. Mere hints of peer pressure frustrate me. And I have to pay money for all that? Nope. Nope. Nope.

However, I’ve been struggling with my weight since I moved to Chicago. Spending most of my day in my apartment, working five feet from my fridge has created near-constant temptation to overeat.

I’ve only gained 5 pounds, but I’ve lost some muscle. And muscle weighs more than fat. Translation: I’ve probably gained more than 5 pounds of fat. (Sidenote: this is why defining your health by the number on a scale is a completely worthless strategy.)

So when my friend, Bri, a health coach, told me she’s starting an accountability group for some friends just for fun, I reconsidered.

I love Bri, and I love free. So I joined.

I obviously need to try something new. And I couldn’t help but feel enthusiastic after reading her group name: “All I Want for Christmas is a Six-Pack.”

I’m only two days in, but here are a few of my goals:

  1. Daily nutrition: 40% carbs, 30% fat, and 30% protein – This is so much harder than I thought! Fruit shouldn’t be considered carbs.
  2. L-Sit – I thought this looked easy, so I casually tried it. I pulled 3 muscles. So there’s that. 7 weeks to ab domination.
  3. Deflate the spare tire – my pants still fit, but…I’m not the lean machine I once was. Time to take back my core.

With a lot of determination and a little bit of luck, hopefully I’ll create some healthy habits over the next few weeks to carry me through the holidays. Wish me luck!

If you are looking for a group to keep you accountable, my cousin, Lauren, is a fantastic Beach Body couch who runs incredible groups. Get in touch with me if you’d like her info!


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