January 2017 happened fast!
I decided to participate in Mannatech’s 90 Days to a New You Challenge…which I started it officially on Wednesday, Jan. 4.
I have a team of three women who live in Phoenix area, and we make up TeamPhoenix. There are certain requirements for the Challenge. We have to take measurements, photos and submit them to a particular website. We have to commit to following the protocol with three Mannatech TruHealth products (TruPlenish meal replacement, TruPure cleanse sticks, and TruShape fat metabolism capsule), exercise and eating low glycemic meals. Another interesting requirement is to submit by the end of each month a 250-word essay about your experience.
What I Learned This Month
First, I learned about the word ‘decide.’ It comes from two Latin words: ‘caedere’ that means cut or kill…and de: from. You certainly could interpret this to mean that when you decide to do something, you are cutting yourself off from other options. You are burning the ships. I decided that I was going to play ‘full in’ with this challenge for 90 days- no options, no excuses!
Second, I had to be clear about why I was doing this: I knew that there would be a measure of accountability involved and plain and simple, I avoid that. If I was going to hold others accountable, I had to be accountable to them and to myself.
Third, yes, I wanted to change my body composition: my percentages of fat, muscle and water were reflected in too much weight. My clothes were not fitting. I knew I had gotten casual about my eating: it seemed that when we went to the grocery store, a bag of chips would end up in the cart! That would happen regardless of who went to the store! We were in real trouble when one day we went shopping independently and BOTH ended up bringing a bag of chips home!
Cash rewards for both individuals and teams are part of the challenge, up to $20,000! Although this wasn’t a major motivation for me, I certainly wanted to help my teammates to have their best outcome.
The Intangible Results
The intangible benefits, though, of getting body composition right are what stand out:
getting rid of fat means getting rid of toxins and that lets my immune system fight the bad stuff better;
getting rid of fat means my lean to fat ratio is better and that means I am healthier and simply feel better about life;
getting rid of fat means my clothes fit better (and I don’t have to invest in bigger sized clothes);
getting rid of fat means I’m tapping in to the energy-producing benefit of burning the fat.
following the program has reduced my sugar-cravings- and I know that’s a good thing!
The Tangible Results
At 3 weeks, here is the report: down 1″ overall and 3 pounds. Not bad.
My activity level was low for the first two weeks and has become daily this past week. I have done two meal replacements almost every day. What this pattern confirmed for me is that I have not been eating enough! That is a topic for another blog, but if you are having trouble getting to your ideal size, consider how much you are actually eating…and how often.
It’s not too late to join in with us on this Challenge. Actually, I will say that it is never too late to decide to make positive lifestyle changes. If you’ve been thinking about this…if you started something on January 1 and the plan went haywire quickly…give me a call, 480.382.8255.
The month went by very quickly. This program isn’t hard…and it works…
OK, enough for now…Stay tuned for more.