Pop Challenge

Happy Hump Day everyone! Last night I was feeling rather insightful about myself and I got to thinking about what my year ahead looks like and everything I want to accomplish. As I’ve mentioned before I want to focus this year on becoming healthier all around, but after Monday night’s dance class I spent yesterday thinking about what’s on my plate this year and whether or not where I am currently sitting is going to allow me to be successful. The current items I have on my plate are a pole video shoot, my roommates wedding, a trip to Costa Rica and another pole show. I know not much will change for the first 2 items because both of those are within a month, but the last two items are 4-8 months from now. When I go to Costa Rica I will be eating vegetarian/vegan for 6 days. I was joking with my friends the other day that I’m going to miss processed food, but lets be real here, it will be best thing for me. So I want to focus the next 4 months on cutting out the processed food I currently eat so it’s not a drastic shift for me. Cutting out processed food will make my body feel better and I’ll be able to fuel it properly to build strength. Having a stronger and healthier body is going to make my pole performance in October even better than what I did this past December. 

There are many positives to eating healthier and cutting out processed foods, but I can’t just go cold turkey. I’ve decided that I’m going to take one thing at a time, and for the next 4 weeks I am going to cut pop out of my diet. This is probably going to be the hardest hurdle to get over for me. I have an addiction to pop and I drink it every day for breakfast (I successfully had water for breakfast today, woohoo!). Often times I can drink it up to 3 times in a day, but I have cut back on that. I had gotten away from drinking pop for a while, but when I started going out dancing every night it became my source of caffeine. I don’t drink coffee or tea, so I resorted to the sugary, carbonated beverage. It’s obviously not healthy for me and it has contributed to my weight gain. So for the next 28 days I am going to see what not drinking pop does for my body. Below are my current weight and measurements as of 5:45 am this morning. It’s a bit embarrassing, but one thing I’ve learned is not to be embarrassed by where you are in life. This is exactly where I need to be and I am making the changes to lead an even greater life. Here’s to making small changes that will last a lifetime!

Weight: 188.8 lbs
Right Calf: 14 ½”  

Right Thigh: 26 ⅛”
Hips: 46 ¼”
Waist: 37 ¾”
Chest: 37 ⅞”
Right Forearm: 9 ⅞”
Right Bicep: 13 ½”
Neck: 14 ½”

Love always,

Jess


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