I am on a fitness journey. I haven’t been here very long. After several months of feeling somewhat depressed while the weather here in Idaho progressively got colder, I spent less time being active while caring less about what I consumed on a regular basis. The consequences weren’t good. I recognized that I was putting on weight, especially in my gut, my energy level was way down, and I often didn’t feel good inside and out! I knew what I had to do to get better, it surely had to do with my diet and not being very active, but I wasn’t motivated enough to do it. I settled for doing nothing about my current state of health. It was easy to postpone change for another day. Then one day, I had a discovery that propelled me to want to make those changes and I began. I started going down this fitness journey with a small tank of motivation, but after consistently sticking to my plan of walking daily for 15-30 minutes for over the period of a month, I’ve gained greater motivation to continue pressing forward with more diligence and determination! I was able to start running again and it felt great. Then my back pain returned due to something I did while at work. It was horrible. I couldn’t keep my back straight when I walked for two days. At first I felt like giving up. I didn’t want to go back to the beginning. I hated the fact that I had to revert back to where I started, stop running, and take it easy. I was doing so well until this happened. It was extremely disappointing because I wanted to keep going at a faster pace, but I needed to play it safe, and be smart in order for my back to heal. Looking back, I am thankful I didn’t give up like I have many times in the past. Instead of focusing on perfection, having things lined out perfectly, I focused on progress. I knew I had to keep going even if things didn’t turn out the way I wanted them to. This time around, I understood that although I may have been making progress slowly, progress is progress and I was a lot better off than I was a month ago!
On Instagram I’ve been following this guy living overseas who is a weight lifting coach and who often shares videos of himself working out or eating. He also creates videos on Youtube that contain inspiring and helpful messages concerning health and fitness. His example and his positive messages were the boost I needed to push hard and stay focused on my health and fitness goals. He is the reason why I decided to incorporate weight training into my fitness routine. I’ve always wanted to get into weight training, but knowing where to start has always been a problem for me. I’ve been spending a lot of my free time diving into reading materials online about weight training and nutrition. It has been tremendously helpful in keeping me on the right track and excited to be on this journey. I’ve been feeling so great physically and mentally as I continue down this path. I know this is just the beginning. I have ways to go before I get to where I want to be, and I’m excited about it! I’m looking forward to seeing where I’ll be in a few months and a year from now!
When I started this journey, I put more emphasis on exercise over diet because I knew that the important thing for me to do is just start and everything else would follow. I knew I couldn’t go cold turkey and remove all processed foods out of my diet and stick to only whole, raw foods, otherwise I would be setting myself up for failure. I increased my daily water intake by keeping count of how many cups I had per day, threw away what was left of my jar of Nutella, brought home more fruits and vegetables to eat for meals and to snack on throughout the day, started limiting how much processed foods I consumed, eliminating weekly sugary beverages, cooking more meals at home, and reserving one day in the weekend or special occasions to have something sweet. I had many experiences in life that has shown me that the beginning of starting something new and out of our comfort zones is usually the hardest. Like starting an essay or a new job. And certainly making changes for a healthier lifestyle! But once you get going, it will get easier because you already started and with consistency and familiarity comes ease. You may even start to love it! I used to say I don’t want to get up so early in the morning to work out. I used to skip breakfast or have something packed with a lot of sugar. Now I look forward to starting my day early with exercise and healthy foods. I’ve noticed with my past behaviors that the more I exercise, I am more conscious about what I eat and the less I exercise, I am less concerned about what I eat! I know that by making those small choices or baby steps you take will lead to big things you want to accomplish. So don't be discouraged if your journey is starting out or moving slowly. You will get there! Just keep making those efforts every day.
Last week I decided to create an instagram account as a space to document and share my journey with others in hopes of helping me and others stay motivated to reach our health and fitness goals. It is a place to find motivation and to give support. Through instragram stories, I share bits of my day and thoughts concerning health and fitness. I regularly post facts and information on all topics relating to health and fitness along with my experiences and thoughts about it. So far, it has been successful in helping me stay motivated and excited to be on this journey. I hope the same can be said for my handful of followers. I hope that what I am doing can be a guide or aid in helping you be successful in starting and completing what it is you want to accomplish. So follow along, join me, or invite others to check out @my_fitness_journey_cw on instagram to find strength in coming together with others who have similar goals as you do. We can do it! Keep on going, don’t stop! Think about how wonderful you will feel as you make these positive changes in your life and the feeling you will have when you have reached the top of your mountain!