In January of 2012, I had reached a point in my life where I was in a general slump. I had been battling postpartum depression. I hated the way I looked. I was notorious for going on junk food binges. I was a self-professed snackaholic, but in the worst way. I knew I had to do something about it. I needed to make a change going forward. I made a pact to start putting myself first. I can’t even begin to tell you how hard this was for me. I have never been one to put myself before the well-being of others. However in this particular scenario it needed to be done.
So that’s what pushed me to kick off my journey to start living a healthier lifestyle.
Once I had my heart set on my mission, I sat down and started writing out my goals. I used my blog as an outlet. I found writing openly about my journey helped keep me accountable.
I set goals and objectives for myself that were achievable. I knew if I set goals that were far fetched that I would just fall off the bandwagon. I focused on introducing a new fruit or vegetable to my diet slowly in place of a sweet treat. When it came to weight loss, I would set 5 to 10 pound mini weight loss goals.
It took about 4 weeks for me to start noticing changes to my body. 8 weeks for family and friends to start noticing, and 12 weeks for the world to start noticing. It was the first 4 weeks of the journey that I found it the hardest to stay motivated, and striving to push on. It took a lot of perseverance and cheerleading from my family.
To stay motivated and not get bored with my workouts, I made a point to switch up my workout schedule daily. I would never perform the same circuit or workout video two days in a row. If I did, I would easily grow bored. And well with boredom… you lose motivation.
I also sat down and wrote a list of reasons why I wanted to be fit. I would read this list whenever I would hit rock bottom or plateau.
Christmas of 2012, I found myself faced with a lot of personal struggles and a sprinkle of sadness. My Nana had lost her battle with ALS just 11 days before Christmas. After her loss, I found myself struggling to stay accountable and remain active. At the time I was a part of a challenge group. The challenge group was an online focus group of women with the same goals and objectives in mind. We all wanted to stay in shape over the holidays and continue to lead healthy lifestyles. Had it not been for this group I would have fallen straight off the bandwagon, but this challenge group motivated me to push on and not give up!
In January of 2013, I shared a transformation photo with my readers. I had lost 60 pounds since beginning my journey in January of 2012.
Here we are now in January 2014, and I am happy to say that I’m still on track. I may be 7 months pregnant, but I work out 5 to 6 times a week for 30 to 50 minutes each day.
A lot of people ask me why I continue to workout, especially now that I have achieved my goals. The answer is simple. I find it fun. I love the endorphin high that fuels my body after I kick every workout out of the park. It leaves me feeling like I can accomplish anything. I just feel stronger and happier. What better reason to etch aside 30 to 50 minutes a day to workout and enjoy a bit of me time.
Do you have a goal to get active in 2014? If so, don’t let anything hold you back! After all there is only one you in life. Make the most of it and give it all you got. Just make sure whatever you do along your journey that you just have fun and keep your head held high. Make your goals simple, practical and achievable! Remember the occasional cheat day is OK! We all deserve a treat or reward at minimum once weekly. Friday happens to be my cheat day. If you can find a workout buddy, you can support each other during your journey’s. If not, keep your eye out for local or online challenge groups. As I have found, challenge groups are a phenomenal way to stay motivated.
GoodLife Fitness and SportChek have joined forces to bring you the Your Better Starts Here Challenge. The month of January presents an opportunity to face challenges, make changes and work towards bettering yourself. The objective behind the Your Better Starts Here Challenge is help you achieve your goals and stay on track. All you have to do is keep it simple.
Each week participants of the challenge are provided with new challenges to complete.
Week 1 - Participants are asked to step into action. Making a list of goals and objectives that they would like to accomplish over the course of their journey.
Week 2 - Encourages participants to get social.
Each time a participant completes a challenge they are entered in to win a weekly draw and for the grand prize. There are 5 weekly prizes up for grabs.
If you are looking for a little inspiration and motivation, I encourage you to check out and begin week 2 of this FREE challenge!
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