Over the past few years (through a breakup, multiple foot breaks, foot surgery, work stress, school, family and just life in general) I lost myself. I forgot who I was, why I existed and what I was [supposed to be] working towards in life. Who new that the start of a fitness program and a healthy life style would have the impact that its had. Not just in finding my old self…but in finding an even better me that I never knew existed.
So for almost a year now I’ve been on an incredible fitness journey. This experience has been so uplifting and life-changing. I’m honestly scared to even think about where I’d be now if I hadn’t made a change…and believe me, there’s NO turning back! I’m pushing through towards a better, healthier ME.
What I’ve lost in weight (almost 60 pounds…I was 232 at my heaviest weight) doesn’t even start to compare to what I’ve gained from this experience. My confidence and self-worth have improved, I feel empowered and more in control of my life and I have a better understanding of how to take care of my body and mental health. I’ve also discovered a more diverse selection of foods that I now like to eat, gained appreciation for natural taste and now find myself opting to skip many added seasonings/salts, sauces, and condiments that I used to eat with every meal.
In addition to a proper diet, hard work, sacrifice and getting educated on health and fitness, I attribute much of my success to the guidance, expertise and support of my trainer – Terry of TP Fitness. Having a support system that took the time to make sure I had a comprehensive understanding of not just what I was doing (in regards to my adopted diet and workouts) but why I was doing it made all the difference. Without proper understanding of how to do things and why things should be a certain way makes it easy for us to do just keep doing the wrong things.
What does it take to achieve change and dedication to your change? DESIRE. Ability, money, time…these things mean nothing if they are not backed by DESIRE. Without desire you lack:
- motivation and the ability to be motivated
That underlying desire gives you the ability to push past the current challenges and look forward to what is waiting for you in the future. Tell yourself: My goal is at the finish line. With each workout, each healthy meal consumed, each unhealthy meal/snack skipped, each pound lost, each inch lost, etc…you are taking another step towards reaching your personal finish line. To be continued…