Progress Not Perfection

For years I have had this goal to finally start working out and creating a healthier lifestyle, BUT I always end up doing it for TWO days and then making excuses of why I can’t keep doing it! My excuses were…

  1. I work to much
  2. I am not a morning person
  3. I am just tired
  4. I love binge watching Netflix
  5. The gym is intimidating

Those are just a few! The list could go on! Like, what am I thinking! Working out for a half hour is literally like 2% of your day! I spend triple that some days just watching Netflix, or sleeping in!  Talk about wanting to kick myself in the butt!

I have so many bad habits when it comes to my health. I love Diet Mt. Dew, I don’t eat breakfast, I eat a lot of pizza, I don’t drink water like I should, and I love candy! And thats only a hand full of my bad habits! I finally said ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

I want to be in good health, not only for me but for my family!

So here is my fitness journey from the last two weeks. ( I know not that long, but let me tell you it has been life changing so far!)

A few months ago a friend of mine I grew up with asked me one simple question… Is this your month?img_0425

And I made excuses of why I couldn’t do it that month. So after a new month started she followed up and asked me again. Hey Amanda, is this your month? And once again I said NO, and made some more excuses! So after her third time asking me I said. You know what! YES! I was done being that person who made excuses of why I couldn’t put myself first! So I finally told her to send me her link so I could sign up with BeachBody!! The best part was she gave me the PERFECT challenge package called Morning Melt Down 100! This is a program where you workout for 100 days (with rest days included)! Like seriously how perfect! It takes 88 days to create a new habit in your life so this program was perfect for me because I needed to create a habit of working out and eating healthier!

After I got all signed up and was waiting for my challenge package to come in the mail, I started doing other workouts that BeachBody offered. They are amazing! There are so many great challenges! And you want to know the best part?


For me one of my biggest excuses was, I am intimidated by the people at the gym. I see them just in there going full blast! And then there is little me, with no clue on where to even start even though Dayton was right there walking me through everything I needed to know! Putting workouts together for me, encouraging me, supporting me, not judging me! But even though I was comfortable around him, I was still intimidated. Bless his patient heart for trying to help me! I truly appreciated it babe! Even if it didn’t seem like it!

I’m a perfectionist when it comes to certain things in my life. I want to be the best at everything I do. I didn’t want to fail in front of others and look like a fool. (something I have to work on) Then I saw this quote “Progress NOT Perfection”. No matter what, when you do anything that is progress. Once you do it the next time you will be that much better because you build yourself each time you do it! I will never be perfect at anything! And that is okay! Because the progress you make each day will give you results you strive for!

After four days of doing some warm up workouts before my BeachBody stuff came in, I was hooked. I wanted to get up and workout! It started to give me so much motivation for the day, just doing a small 30 min workout!

To keep me going and pushing myself, I decided to start journaling everyday, making daily goals, and tracking my progress so I can see my success! To see that I am hitting the goals I am setting for myself!  And I make myself accountable with Dayton, my friends, and my two coaches! That makes a world of a difference. I am starting to understand that I am not on this journey alone. I have people who are cheering me on and want to see me succeed! Game Changer!

Six days later my BeachBody Challenge Pack finally comes in! I can’t tell you how excited I was when I got the email about my BeachBody being at my front door! I got home from work and immediately opened my package and saw all the goodies inside!

Now there is  really NO going back! I am doing this! I have all the resources I need, so there is literally no excuse why I can’t! Every time I have a negative thought come to mind, I shut it down and think PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION!

On July 29th, 2019 it was Day 1 of Morning Melt Down 100! I got up early, I was pumped, and I crushed it. I wanted to stop and take a break but I pushed myself. I told myself I had to keep going, progress equals results!! I am now on Day 3 and really in love with this program! I just want to keep going, I have even added and extra workout in on top of my challenge. Even just adding a run in has been amazing! Getting my heart pumping, sweating my booty off, eating healthier is becoming so much easier because I am getting stronger! I am seeing that progress because I am not worrying about making sure I am doing my workouts perfectly or making sure I look cute while doing it. And I am not stressing out about other people watching me and judging me! I am focused on building myself!

One morning when I was doing my workout Dayton was actually home! Usually he is off at work when I workout! But one morning he wasn’t. When he walked out of our room, I instantly got butterflies in my stomach! Not because I was nervous or anything like that! I was like a little school girl thinking oh there is a super cute guy watching me! haha! I looked at him and just smiled and he said ” Keep going babe, you look cute working out!” Hello confidence booster. My number one fan encouraging me, supporting me, and just being him! His encouragement really makes me want to strive even more!


Mornings for me are a struggle because I LOVE SLEEP! Especially since I am a total night owl! So all my motivation comes to me at 9pm! But I have been forcing myself to get up at 6:30am to drink my energizer (pre-workout), jam some music to get pumped up for the workout before work! I tell myself I will slowly become a morning person one day at a time! (I laughed when I typed that!)

Don’t limit yourself, Don’t make excuses, Don’t look for perfection!

SAY YES! Find your people to encourage you, inspire you, cheer you on, and make you accountable!

A healthier you will change your life! And I am so excited to see all the progress I am going to make while I crush the Morning Melt Down 100 Challenge!

Do you need a person like that? Well, look no farther! I AM RIGHT HERE! I AM YOUR PERSON! Join me on this journey! Let’s team together and crush goals together!

Follow me on my Instagram @_progress.not.perfection_   I would love to help you! And answer any questions about taking this step! If you do follow me send a little Hello! I love connecting with my readers!


What are your excuses? Do you have someone to keep you accountable? Who encourages you to crush your goals? Comment below, or send me a message if you would like to join together to hit the goals you set for yourself!


Lots of Love, Manda!

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