I decided to take the plunge, feet first, into Rally28.
Within the past year I gained 45 pounds (thanks to fried okra and French fries). I felt tired, heavy and depressed. I just couldn’t keep trudging along feeling out of shape, even a bit out of control. I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t believe in diets or weight loss programs, but Rally28 is different. It’s about “Whole Health”. I promised myself that I wouldn’t concentrate on the weight loss, rather I would focus on living as healthy as I could moment by moment.
At first my mind (ego) tried to make the system more complicated than it had to be. After I read the guide and talked to my team captains, I realized how simple it was — a system that I could follow even after the 28 days. Through this process, I discovered that my eating, exercising and sleeping was less than “perfect”. Some days I exercised over an hour and other days I barely made it 30 minutes. I knew if I wanted to complete the 28 days and actually make a lifestyle change, I would have to listen to my body. I trusted when I was sore, tired and not feeling 100 percent. That feeling of being off-beat would eventually pass.
The vegan challenge
As a vegan, I had to adjust what Genesis PURE products I could take. The Rally28 system is flexible enough that even the pickiest eater, such as myself, can find something they like. Even though the system suggests to eat six small meals daily, I never found myself hungry. I took advantage of the unlimited vegetables tip in the guide. Taste is important to me, so if I didn’t like the way something tasted, I knew the plan would not stay in place. To eat healthy, I had to find new recipes online; Rally28 participants also post healthy recipes on the Rally28 Facebook page (we’re in this together).
The one thing I love about working here at Genesis PURE is that I can try all the products. I did take Metabolic Boost (now Metabolic ONE) and had positive results. During the 28 days, I lost 20 pounds and the extra weight is still melting away (fingers crossed). I took HealthTrim® Cleanse at the beginning, as recommended. I also took Daily Build and the superfruit juices and throughout the 28 days and counted those toward my fruit intake. I added Mila to my cereal for extra protein. I also drank water daily and took Organic Sulfur which seemed to help with achiness, especially after a tough workout.
Before Rally28, I slowly started to condition my body, since I haven’t exercised in a while. I stretched well and warmed up because I’m not a spring chicken. This helped me ward off any pulls or strains. After a couple of weeks I was increasing the intensity of my exercise and I started do more interval-type training. I began to see results and felt better physically. My body started to crave the workouts, just as I was craving vegetables. I promise you, if I can survive and thrive with Rally28, anyone can!
I focused on getting better sleep, too. I noticed the closer I got to eight hours of sleep a night, my days seemed to go more smoothly and the less I seemed drag during the day and while exercising. The better my workout, the better sleep I would get.
Whole Health, diet, exercise and sleep had an obvious effect on each other. For me, balance plays a major part in living a healthier lifestyle for the long haul. To achieve Whole Health is a daily practice. I know that my routine is not always perfect, but when I slip I just get right back in the saddle. I just focus on the simple daily actions and the results seem to come naturally without needing to obsess over them.
Rally28’s guide and Facebook group encouraged me to stay accountable and responsible for my daily habits. Recording my daily food, water, supplement intake, and sleep was eye-opening. The guide gave me targets to shoot for and inspiration to keep me going. Having a community of people around me also helped. They supported my efforts as I did of theirs.
I am very grateful for Rally28. This system really has helped me practice a more healthy and prosperous way of life. Every day I practice this healthier way of life. My hope is that everyone who participates in Rally28 sees positive changes with their health one step at a time. You can improve your health, I truly believe that!
Are you ready to rally?
Aaron is a Sales Support Representative at Genesis PURE. He has dedicated himself in the last eight years to being healthy, expressing joy and improving himself since losing more than 200 pounds. He enjoys vegan food, skateboarding, reading self-help books (applying that knowledge), making people laugh until they cry, and collecting gemstones everywhere he goes.