When I kicked started my little blog a few short weeks ago, it was to hopefully, share, encourage and motivate those who stumbled across me in the vast cyber world of blogville.
It’s a big place out there boys and girls. And wow, ya’ll have been so…. nice……
I wanted to take my voice into the world to do what I’ve been doing in real life and through my Facebook page, motivating and encouraging people to pursue a lifestyle of health and fitness.
As you know, and as I’ve shared in other posts, I’m a runner and love running and will talk a lot about it ( as in, I have a half marathon this weekend, so spoiler alert, you know what’s coming 😉 however, there’s a lot more to me, a person, and much more to our lives we deal with so I will also venture into other topics and ideas to share with you as we move along.
I think when people are setting out to do something as (big) as get on their health and fitness journey, they really need a cheerleader, a mentor, and someone who’s plowed the road in front of them to say “hey, I got through this, you can too!”
It can be hard…. frustrating… overwhelming. As one reader commented to me the other day on my post, they hadn’t “thrown in the towel yet”…..
That means a lot … if you can press on taking one day at a time and just focusing on it…. and not the rest of your life….or that you feel like you’ll be fat/out of shape/ unmotivated whatever… you WILL make progress.
There will be days you’ll look at yourself in the mirror in that self-loathing way (don’t… do … that… or I will…come beat you) and you think there’s no progress going on… but there is…. you must give your body time to adapt and adjust to what you are doing. Remember part of the process is knowing that there’s a lot of changes going on…. not just physically inside and out ……but mentally and emotionally as well….
Our bodies really are this cool science experiment. Work them, feed them good foods, be consistent in that process and in this slow steady way…. stuff happens….
Honestly, I’ve been at this for 7 years now. I’ve kept my weight off, built muscle, gotten stronger, leaner, have more energy and can physically do more than I did half my age ago. I realllllyy l that 😉
Did you notice something ?
I’ve made forward progress by being consistent and letting changes happen in the way they need to……over time.
Are my fitness goals different now, than when I started this process? You bet they are ( and that, boys and girls will be another post)
The important thing is this. I just lived my life each day…. purposefully and intentionally with forward progress. This is not something you can manhandle out quickly. You’re living your life, settle back and enjoy the journey.
I still have people who will see me and say “when did you get like that??” and my response is “I’ve just been working at it for awhile”.
May I offer some suggestions if you are thinking of starting your journey or maybe you’re on it and need encouragement.
Ready ? Take notes 😉
Be kind to yourself when you start the process. Firm, but kind.
Don’t tolerate excuses from yourself (you can read more on that in my “No Excuses” post)
Set reasonable goals.
Make a vision board of ideas or goals you want to achieve. My closet door is littered with ideas/quotes/goals.
If you’re serious… tell people! My Facebook page has been a place where I post what I will be doing and I know at least one person is going to ask about what I’m doing and if I did it. Not only that, you are also going to motivate someone else… win/win!
Educate yourself in what you are doing… read and learn.
Finally, make it fun! You are doing this as a “lifestyle” enjoy what you’re doing!
With consistent daily progress you will hit your goals.
But no matter what….. don’t you give up and throw in the towel. You will never reach your goals by doing that!
Have you thrown in the towel before? How many times before it “stuck”? What things helped you ? Share =)