42 days, 6 weeks, 1 program

I can officially say that I have successfully completed The Shift Shop…..2 rounds of it! Let me just tell you that round 2 as nothing shy of brutal, but I loved every minute of it. Why?!? Because my mind and my body made The Shift and I couldn’t be more excited to share my final results with you!

Just like I said in the previous post about my round 1 results, it’s not about the numbers on the scale or how many inches I lost. For me the pictures show it all…well maybe not all of it. Pictures don’t show the mental shift that was made during these 6 weeks. They can definitely show you the physical shift that was made.

Let me just start off by saying that there was a point in time where I didn’t think that I was seeing any results. I felt better in my clothes, but the number on the scale wasn’t changing and in my eyes my pictures didn’t look like there was a huge difference in them. But now that I’ve completed both rounds and I’ve seen all of my pictures side by side…..I can tell you that I did see results, and they were the bomb-dot-com!!!

Without further-a-do….let’s get on to those pictures!!!

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1 Program…3 weeks…the results are in…

Well friends…the results from Round 1 of the Shift Shop are in and to say that I’m excited about them is definitely an understatement.

If I’m being completely honest, I wish that I could physically show you how much my MENTALITY has changed…because yes there are physical changes…but the shift that my mind has made…is beyond amazing.

I’m not gonna lie the 3 weeks in round one were brutal. The workouts were hard, especially week 2 and week 3. But I pushed through and I made the shift and I loved the program so much that I committed to Round 2! Yes I just said I committed to 3 more weeks of this…and these next 3 weeks get even tougher! I am currently at the end of the second week of this second round and I am feeling amazing!

I could sit here and talk more about more about round 2 BUT that will be in a later post once round 2 is complete and I have officially GRADUATED The Shift Shop Program! (Holy crap that is crazy to think about!!!) To be honest, the only other program I have “graduated” from with Beachbody is the 21 day fix. I am so excited to add this to my list of programs I have successfully completed!

Okay, okay I know you’re thinking “I just want to see your results” I’m getting there I promise!!

I’m not gonna lie I was a little embarrassed taking these “before” pictures. Let me tell you why….there was a time a few years ago when I weighed 174 lbs…and I can 100% promise you that starting this challenge I was NO WHERE near that…and I’m still not anywhere near that number. I’m not saying that the number on the scale matters, because it doesn’t. The scale does not define me and it does not define you either! Before I go off on a tangent, let me get back to my point….I was embarrassed because I didn’t realize how much I had let myself go. I knew that I wasn’t in the right place, but I honestly didn’t think that it was as bad as it was. Looking back at those before pictures I know that I will not let myself get to that point again.

I can confidently share my results with all of you because like I said earlier, I have made an amazing Mental Shift…and guess what that shift has helped me to realize that I don’t care about who I was 3+ weeks ago. I care about who I am NOW and where I am NOW.

Now I could sit here and tell you my weight at the beginning and the end, and I could tell you all of my measurements, and my body fat percentage and all of those other boring numbers, but I think I will just let the pictures speak for themselves! So the moment you’ve all be waiting for…

 

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Am I where I want to be? No, not by any means. But I am still working on getting there and this program is helping me so much! As you can see in these pictures 3 weeks made for some great results! Like I said before…pictures speak for themselves! I cannot wait to share my overall results with you in the next few weeks!

XoXo Shelby

5 Reasons I Chose to Start the Shift Shop Program

Okay real talk here….

Who willingly signs up for a fitness program that you know is going to be hard and is going to push your limits?? Well I did, and I know 26 or more amazing women who took the plunge with me!

Back in July I made a huge decision to take part in this crazy and amazing new fitness program called Shift Shop from Beachbody thanks to my amazing friend and coach Danielle! I followed her through her journey in the test group and I immediately fell in love with the program. I knew it was exactly what I needed in my life.

If you know anything about me at all you’re probably thinking to yourself “Ummm Shelby what do you mean you needed a fitness program?? You workout at the gym 5 days a week and teach 1 day a week so what more could you need??” WELL let me tell you the 5 reasons I decided to start this program…

 

 

1. I was in a major funk: I had a lot going on in my life this past year. I had several very important people to me pass away in a very short period of time. I hit a major slump in my life and I wasn’t willing to admit it to myself, even though people (and by people I mean my mom…sorry mom!) were trying to tell me that I was in a funk. I was still going to the gym but I was just there…I wasn’t really putting in the effort I usually did. I was just going through the motions and getting some type of workout in…and blowing that work in the kitchen…which leads me to my next reason for joining this challenge….

2. My eating was not on point: Let me just start off by saying I’m not perfect by any means when it comes to my eating habits. I am 100% down with a treat meal (yes I said TREAT not CHEAT…that’s another blog post though!) I was snacking at work, which I normally never did. A cookie here, some pretzels there, a piece of candy, or whatever it may be, and I had an excuse for doing it. My excuses were mostly “I’m working out later so I can totally have that” and I was OKAY with that! NO!! You can’t out run a bad diet! I knew that…but I didn’t care. To me that was not a good thing….

3. I needed a major change in my life: Once I was willing to recognize that I was in a major funk….(again sorry mom for not listening sooner….friends your parents are always right, listen to what they say!) I knew that I needed to do something majorly different in my life or I was going to continue on this downward spiral. I knew that was not an option for me because I promised myself a long time ago that I wouldn’t let myself get back to where I was 6 years ago. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about check out my blog titled “6 years and 43 lbs later”)

4. I needed to change my mindset: Did you know that how you think is connected to everything else that happens in your life? I mean yeah I’ve heard that your mind can either hinder you or help you to reach your full potential but I never connected that to my health and fitness. The more I followed Danielle through her journey in the Shift Shop test group, I kept hearing her say that she was making this “mental shift” and I kept thinking to myself what in the world is she talking about? Then when we began this challenge group and I started reading the book I Am That Girl (book review will be coming once we finish the book so keep your eye out for that because I am loving this book and I already highly recommend it!), and I began to realize what she meant. I kept looking in the mirror and instead of focusing on the things I loved about myself, I would immediately jump to the things that I hated and that was so unhealthy! If your mind is not in the right place, you are just holding yourself back from reaching your goals. Positive thoughts render positive actions, negative thoughts render negative actions.

5. I needed motivation and accountability: For someone who genuinely likes working out, I never would’ve thought that I would need motivation. But after months of just going through the motions and not eating the right foods to fuel my body, I was finding it difficult to find my motivation on my own. A friend of mine recently told me “Sometimes a trainer need a trainer” (Thanks Tamiko!!) –> I couldn’t agree more with that statement. I realized that I needed some guidance. In the past I could bounce myself out of whatever funk I was in, but this one was different and I knew that I would need more than my normal motivation to get me going. For me, I can say “I’m gonna follow this meal plan and eat healthier foods” then I see French fries and that all goes out the door (hey I’m human and I like fries!). But when I have someone (or in this case a wonderful group of ladies keeping me accountable for following the meal plan and doing my exercises, well then things are different. I hate letting people down, so knowing that if I messed up or didn’t follow the plan that I would be letting other people down…that’s not okay with me. Now I’m not saying that I’m perfect, I still crave things that I shouldn’t but I am getting better at resisting those temptations and that is what counts! If you need motivation I highly recommend getting an accountability partner!

And guess what…I have a BONUS reason as to why I wanted to join this challenge…and I can say it all in one picture because we all know that pictures say 1,000 words! I mean just look at Danielle’s results…who wouldn’t want to see what their body could do after that! Shift Shop

 

Here’s to making the shift, both mentally and physically!

Xo’s Shelby

6 Years and 43 Pounds Later

Have you ever been so comfortable with yourself and where you are in your life that you just didn’t really notice certain things that you probably should have?

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That was me back in 2011, I weighed about 220 pounds. I was in a relationship at the time, I was comfortable with who I was, I was happy (or so I thought) and I didn’t see the need to change anything about myself. At this point in my life I worked out occasionally, and when I did go to the gym, I hated it. It was honestly just not something I enjoyed doing. Until one day, something snapped inside of me, and I couldn’t stand the way I was feeling. I felt uncomfortable, I felt sluggish and I didn’t feel like myself. So with the help of my wonderful mom, and a gym membership, I began exercising regularly. The first 10 lbs or so came off relatively easy and I was super excited and encouraged. Then I started to realize that the pounds weren’t coming off as fast anymore and I didn’t feel like my body was changing. At this point I can honestly say I felt like giving up. But I started to slowly change my eating habits and slowly things started to change again.

Then one day at the gym there as a new fitness class going on, called Zumba. Little did I know how much this class would change my life. It easily became my favorite class. Why was it my favorite?? Because for exactly 1 hour I didn’t feel like I was working out! I was burning calories and I was sweating but I was having fun! At the gym!!! Who knew?!?! I was so glad that I had found an amazing class that I could take that would help me to motivate myself to become a healthier version of me, without actually feeling like I was working out!

I slowly started to incorporate other classes as well; like bootcamp, turbo kick, piyo, and yoga. Slowly over the course of time the pounds just started to melt away. I felt more energetic, I was a much happier person in general and I didn’t dread to look at myself in pictures. It took me about 3 years to lose 43 lbs pounds. During those 3 years I had ups and downs, I wanted to give up, but I didn’t.

I’m not going to lie, there have been times over these past six years that I have still wanted to give up. In fact this past year I was in a major funk. I had a lot of things happen in my life that made me just feel….blah. I didn’t feel like myself but I wasn’t willing to admit that either. I may not have stopped going to the gym, but my eating habits were not on point and to be completely honest when I was at the gym I was just there. I wasn’t putting my heart and soul into my workouts.

What did I do to fix that?? I joined a challenge group. I joined this group for a few reasons…

Accountability…I needed someone to help me be accountable for doing my workouts and for making good decisions in the kitchen.

Motivation…this group that I joined is not only helping me get back into the swing of things but we’re working on making a mental shift. If your mind isn’t in the right place you are holding your body back from getting optimal results. I never knew that until recently.

Change…I needed a major change in my life. I needed to get out of my comfort zone.

 

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This is me now. I honestly can’t tell you how much I weigh because I try to stay away from the scale…but we’ll talk about that more another time.

I’m not where I want to be, but I am also not where I was either. When I look at myself now, I still see things that I would love to change. But I also see a happier, healthier version of the girl that was in the first photograph.

My fitness journey has been going on for six yeas…but I can promise you that it’s not over yet! Health and fitness doesn’t have an end date. I will always strive to be better than the person that I was yesterday.

Follow me along this journey! I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

Xo’s Shelby