Each winter or right around the new year, I make a promise to myself to be in the best shape of my life. I buy a planner, pin recipes and workout regimens, but I have yet to be any other shape than round. I grew up an athlete, playing soccer, basketball, running track, and…yes I was a cheerleader as well. Since I was 8 years old sports were my workout. It was just part of my normal day everyday. I wasn’t skinny or super toned, but I had a flat stomach and no stretch marks. My weight fluctuated here and there, but always snapped back without much effort. I managed to maintain the weight for much of my adult life with a couple visits to the gym each week, but now I feel like the more I workout the more rolls I start to see. How does that even happen? I will work out so hard and have all my muscles aching in a good way, but see my stomach inching over my pants or my thighs hurting if I sit down too long. What the heck has happened? I’ve never tried any extreme dieting plans, taken any weight loss pills or supplements, but more and more I get an itch to try these instant magical solutions. I don’t want to look back a decade from now and say how I miss those days when I was thin. I am determined not to be that person.
When I started looking back over the last several months and really analyzed the situation, it all boiled down to inconsistency. Eating well was not consistent, working out was not consistent, I had more cheat days than not, and my workout routines weren’t structured in a way to…well they weren’t structured at all! Thinking back to when I was younger, and as I stated above, sports were incorporated into my everyday lifestyle. I didn’t think about going to practice I just went. I didn’t skip a game when I didn’t feel like it, I HAD to go. Practice times and game times weren’t optional or rearranged according to any one particular players personal schedule. If you wanted to be on the team you had to show up. Now I truly understand when you hear people say being fit is a lifestyle change. Thinking a pill or powder is going to provide any healthy or lasting results is out of the question. What I have to do is change my thought process.
Yes I want to lose 10lbs and yes I want to be so toned all the heads are turning at the beach, j/k not really, but my focus should be on flushing out those bad habits. Not allowing myself to skip so many days at the gym, drinking another glass of water in the morning, including healthy snacks throughout the day so I’m not starving and ready to eat whatever is in sight is the approach I am going to take. Sometimes when we focus on the results too much we forget about the process. We want so bad to be billionaires, but haven’t laid out a road map to get there. My thought is once I slowly (but not too slow) change a few things, they will be become the norm. Going to the gym should not be to lose those 10lbs, it should be to lose them, keep them off, and continually maintain health and wellness. It is a life long process. If I want results I have to start by showing up…there is no other option.
So what’s next for me? I am going to take a day or two to write out my road map for a successful week. Once I have it down I will share it with you guys…maybe some “before” pictures as well (there is a lot going on unda all these clothes trust me) 🙂