Today I achieved my first fitness goal, and I want to share my story in hopes of encouraging others out there!
This past summer a lot of big changes happened in my life that were out of my control. It sucked, and I didn’t really know what to do with myself or my life. Initially, I didn’t handle it all as gracefully as I would have hoped, but after a few weeks of being absolutely miserable I decided to do something about it. When all these big changes and events happened, I was in the worst shape of my life. This was the result of terrible eating habits and not working out regularly. I had gained a unhealthy amount of weight and didn’t feel great about it. We all have different body shapes and sizes, but for me specifically I was at an unhealthy weight for my height and shape. I really hadn’t noticed how bad it had gotten until I saw a picture of me in a swimsuit that was taken of me on vacation. Even my doctor mentioned her concern about my weight gain. Instead of dwelling on all the problems and changes around me, I decided to control the controllables. I was tired of letting outside circumstances determine how I felt and how my life was going. It was my life after all, so why was I sitting there allowing these things affect me?
It came to a point where I just couldn’t take it anymore. I decided to make the changes that needed to happen. Some were in my life, some were in my career, but the main one was my health. So I decided to start doing what I love and live a healthier lifestyle. I have always tried to eat healthy and work out when I can, but I never fully dedicated myself to it because I always had outside distractions and other priorities. I finally decided to make myself and my health a priority.
I started focusing my time and energy on people, habits, and things that bettered me. I stopped eating out so much, and if I do- I try ordering healthier options. I also stopped drinking beer, which was HUGE for me. I try avoiding dairy and gluten, because my body just doesn’t love the two of those things for some reason! I focus on eating Whole Foods. Foods that I’ve come to love! Foods that are untouched and free of additives. Now I still don’t eat perfectly, but I can say my diets at least 75% better- and it makes a world of a difference. These are just a few of the changes I have made.
Keep in mind- this also took me at least 4 months to get into the habit of all this. It wasn’t easy by any means. I have days where I just want to have a DAS Boot and some buff chick mac n cheese and thats OKAY. We are all human! It’s not the end of the world. One prime example of this is a few Sundays ago. I had a long weekend of working and just wanted to “treat” myself. I decided to order Pizza Hut. In addition to a pizza, I got wings. I ate almost half of the pizza and the entire box of wings. Did I feel great after it? No. Was it delicious? Yes. Whatever! It happens, but I learned to not let the small things set me back. We have to cut ourselves some slack every once in awhile, and not be so hard on ourselves. Find what works for YOU. Some things work for others that don’t work for me, and some things work for me that don’t work for others. You just have to go with it, and listen to your body.
I also joined a gym and actually started going on a consistent basis. I had always held a gym membership wherever I lived, but barely managed to go once a week. And when I did go, I would walk around the gym trying to find a machine I could possibly figure out how to use. LOL. So instead of doing that, I started going to group classes with friends, and even started BBG again. BBG has been a life changer for me. It provides easy to follow step by step workouts. That literally anyone can do. I love it because I don’t have to go to the gym to get a workout in.
I just got to Week 6 of #bbg and that’s the furthest I have ever gotten in the program. It’s been quite the journey, but I can honestly say I’ve never been healthier and happier! I feel great and I’m enjoying myself. I’ve learned a lot about myself and my body. It’s only been four months, but I am excited about what’s to come! It can only get better from here. I wanted to share my story, because it’s not perfect and it’s genuine. I hope it can be encouraging. Just do you, and learn what works for you and your body. We are all different, and all struggle with different stuff. Just know you aren’t alone.