I began my fitness journey the Summer of 2013. I was living in Virginia Beach for the summer with my sister. Her husband was deployed at the time and my niece and nephew were just babies: two years and six months old. I had just finished my second year of college. While I would exercise sporadically depending on my mood, nothing was consistent and it wasn’t a big part of my lifestyle.
In exchange for leaving home that summer to be with my sister and her family, I was offered a personal trainer for the summer. Both my sister and I went to the trainer for six weeks: two sessions a week, thirty minutes each. In addition to my personal trainer, I would do cardio before or after my sessions and a few other times throughout the week. I don’t remember what my starting weight was, but I had lost four pounds by the end of my training, which equated to six percent of my body fat. We also competed in three 5k’s that summer, and before returning to my junior year of college, I began training for my first 10k. The following year I turned twenty-one and it was the most stressful year I had experienced in college. I had every excuse to gain back the weight, but exercising had become my outlet. I don’t mean that in an unhealthy way; my life was 80/20. Even though I found the time most days to go to the gym, I also remembered to have fun and didn’t let it consume me. I remember one day seeing the scale read 124 pounds. That is the smallest I’ve seen myself since. However, I vividly remember the foreign feeling of looking in the mirror with pride and satisfaction; I don’t remember many times feeling comfortable in my own skin.
Since my junior year of college, which is already three years ago, I have competed in FOUR half-marathons. I worked my butt off for the first, which ended up being my personal record. Your time is supposed to get better each race, but each of mine has gone the opposite direction … OOPS. Perhaps this was the start of my lack of motivation. If you want to run a half marathon, please reach out because I’d love to help you with creating a schedule; there truly is no better feeling than the runners high after competing. Also, a Fun Fact: after my first half marathon, my sister and I got “13.1″ tattoos. Someday, I hope I can add “26.2″ to the other foot.
Before my first half marathon, my sister became a Beachbody Coach. She informed me of the 21 Day Fix, so I used that and my schedule to keep me on track. I am not here to sell you Beachbody, but I am a firm believer in it. If you’d like details, I know the perfect person, but for now, I’ll tell you my experience with it. I have done 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Insanity Max, T25, Piyo, 22 Minute Hardcore and various other workouts available on Beachbody on Demand. I have followed many people who have had incredible results with so many of the programs. Their CEO is amazing, Tony Horton is hot for an old(er) man, and Autumn Calabrese will forever be my girl crush. It’s safe to say that I thoroughly enjoy the programs.
Like anything else though, Beachbody requires 100% dedication and effort to achieve results. You have to live the 80/20 and give the workouts your full attention and energy. It is so beautifully mapped out, and yet I can admit that I haven’t given it my all … like ever … hence, my little-to-no-results (my sister would probably beg to differ that I haven’t had results … I’m hard on myself remember?).
As I’ve become an adult, I don’t want to be at the gym for more than an hour. Don’t get me wrong though, being able to workout at Coach’s college is amazing and convenient; I am totally taking advantage! If going to the gym works for you, amazing! If Cross Fit is your gig, great! You’re into BBG? Sweet! Seriously, whatever you are in to can produce great results and a happy mindset.
Football season can be tough when it comes to health and fitness, but I know how important it is to make it a priority. Between tailgating food and drinks, late night dinners due to Coach’s work schedule, get togethers, late night chats with early morning meetings, etc. … it is so easy to get off track. However, last football season, I can proudly pat myself on the back and say I did complete T25 and had some great results! It is possible, and I need to stop letting everything hold me back.
What have I been trying to get at this whole time? Basically, I have watched myself transform. I have seen myself do hard things. I know what it takes to live a happy and healthy lifestyle. But my current issue: I just have seriously stopped doing it. I lack motivation in all areas. I currently am waiting to start my new job since the move, so I have all of the time in the world to get my butt in gear, and yet here I sit watching Dexter and eating pretzels and peanut butter out of the jar! I have had friends reach out to me while on their journey, and I have given them all of the tips to get started and finally start loving themselves like I love them, but I am not even doing those things for myself anymore.
I have named every excuse in the book to not get back on track. I think a lot of it also has a lot to do with “burning out.” I took something that I loved to another level and instead of doing it because it made me feel good or I enjoyed it, I did it to look a different way; thus, anytime I didn’t get the results I wanted (100% my fault because of my lack of giving it my all), I gave up and waited until the next Monday. “Next Monday” has now continued for over six months. That being said, I know that getting back on track is necessary for my sanity and satisfaction. I had posted on Facebook several weeks ago that I was going to start the 3 Week Yoga Retreat on Beachbody on Demand while incorporating cardio. I am determined to do this and complete it! I want this to be the last Monday that I say “I’ll start next Monday.”
So …who wants to be my accountability partner?! What do you do to motivate yourself? Where are you on your journey? I’d love to chat it up with you!