Running & Fitness

Beachbody’s 80 Day Obsession: The Start!

Confession: I didn’t feel good about myself during the Princess Half Marathon Weekend. I felt out of shape, overwhelmed, overweight and downright crappy. How was that possible considering I had just completed the 48.6 Dopey Challenge only six weeks ago? I’ll tell you why: because there is a thin line between taking the time to properly recover and slacking.

I slacked and I wasn’t the only one.My roommates also felt rotten about themselves. Oh, there were quite a few tales of self-loathing being passed around on arrival day until we made a group decision to postpone all negativity during our trip. But continuing with my own mental beat down, I was also upset at myself for having little control over my personal and business life. For most of 2017, I lived in a constant state of catch up, scrambling to finish tasks, trying to keep up with Joyful Miles content, putting out fires right and left while telling myself things like, “once I plow through this massive to-do list, I’ll start writing again and finish my book.”


We all know how that story ends, right? The to-do list never ends, tasks regenerate as soon as they’re checked off, and there’s always a new fire to put out. This is why I made the decision that THIS YEAR, I would learn how to control my life, rather than be controlled by a to-do list. I would give my personal and business goals priority rather than Joyful Miles … which does sound horrible, yes, but in order to inspire others, you have to inspire yourself, something I have not been doing lately.

Despite these good intentions, however, I’ve continued to allow work, travel, Dopey content, Princess Half prep, and that dang to-do list to take center stage during January and February, which is why I went to Florida feeling out of shape, overwhelmed, and overweight, same as my roommates.

But rather than continuing to dwell in self-loathing, we’re doing something about it.

We’ve each committed ourselves to different workout programs. Stephanie and Shannon are taking on the Bikini Body Mommy program. Sara is considering Beach Body’s PiYo from start to finish. And me? I’m taking on Day 80 Obsession by Autumn Calabrese. I stumbled upon this new program on Beachbody on Demand and knew it’d be the perfect fit once I heard Autumn say:

This is all about being obsessed with the best version of you, that’s what we’re working to create. So, obsessed with your nutrition, obsessed with your workouts, obsessed with getting enough rest and taking care of yourself and seeing just how far you can take yourself in the next 80 days.

Oh my gosh, yes, YES, I need to take some time to be obsession with ME, to focus on my own health, fitness, and personal goals and by doing so, I’ll be a much stronger blogger, vlogger, and content creator.

So today … Day 1. All I can say is OUCH!!!!

Beach Body's 80 Day Obsession: Day 1!

Since I’m jumping in blind in order to start on March 1st, I didn’t have the required resistance loops or strength slides, but thanks to Amazon Prime, they’ll be here soon. I also haven’t taken the time to thoroughly study the meal plan and buy groceries. I must admit, this is an area I’ve slacked in with previous workout program attempts. But this time, THIS TIME, I’m going full-force and following her meal plan. Now, the Shakeology and Beach Body supplements? Yeah, I haven’t quite made up my mind about those since they seem rather pricey.

But I’m excited. And ready to take on this new challenge. And a bit sore since I decided to do an easy three-mile run as well. I’ve yet to take before pictures, however, since I’ll need my husband for that.

Maybe I’ll even post them here.

I don’t know yet, that’s going to take some thought. But what I do plan on doing is writing about my Beach Body 80 Day Challenge adventure, giving all the nitty-gritty and a full review. Because that’s another thing: I’ve been scanning through our recent posts and while we’ve been writing a lot of race recaps and sharing podcast episodes … I’m not seeing enough heart, casual posts about our fitness quests and struggles. That is also going to change.

Enough for one day, however. This gal needs to get her sore, tired rear to bed and get ready to hit it hard again tomorrow.

Until then, what about you?

QOTD: What are your goals for March? Are you following a new training or workout program or sticking with the familiar?

Thanks for reading this rather rambling post and as always, have a joyful day!

Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger, vlogger, wife to an amazing guy for 26 years, mom of two wonderful boys, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that plus she can quote most lines from Talladega Nights. Shake and bake!

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