FROM READERS: Not getting a beach body before spring is OK

Friday, April 4, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:53 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 4, 2014

Amy Davidson is a junior at MU, where she studies Fisheries and Wildlife.

My roommate and I went on a quest to get the perfect beach body in time for spring break. We did not succeed.

It all started when we decided not eating bread would be a good idea. Neither my roommate nor I particularly need to lose weight, but we figured there was always room for improvement. Why not try? We stuck with this diet for about two weeks and lived off fish and vegetables, basically. Our bodies got used to it, but it was so bland we had to modify our rules to allow for small amounts of rice or wheat pasta with dinner only. We did this for another two or three weeks until we were both just really tired of not doing things we used to enjoy, namely late night Steak 'n Shake, so we made weekends our cheat days. Eventually every day became our cheat day, and we decided the diet was over.

It wasn't all for nothing, though. I felt much cleaner and overall better once my roommate and I decided to eat healthier, so though we didn't lose any noticeable weight, at least we don't eat meals straight from a can anymore.

Part two of our beach body plan was to complete Insanity, a video workout routine that you do at home. Each video only lasts 40 minutes, but they really work you, especially if you do them properly. After day one, the walk up our small flight of stairs to the bedrooms was nothing short of mountain climbing. The soreness I felt the next day, or days really, should never be put into words. We thought we'd definitely start seeing results in probably a week and a half. After all, the rule is after about two weeks of working out regularly, you start to see changes. How else would all these people be going from holiday stuffing-your-face body to beach body in under three months? Two weeks later, my roommate and I talked, and we didn't see any noticeable change in either of us. We could, however, walk up the stairs with ease immediately following a workout, which was a win in our books.

Despite the lack of shocking results, by the time spring break began, we were pretty happy with where we had gotten. So we still haven't given up, which, I think, is key. Our endurance during workouts has improved drastically. We make meals that are much healthier, and even after a long day, we still make it a point to cook our dinners, not just microwave some pizza rolls. I'm more awake and alert throughout the day, and I have noticed slight changes in how I look, as well.

I still don't know if I would say I've lost weight, but I feel happier. I've made being healthy a habit in a way that works for me, and I'm not quitting just because spring break is over.

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