When I started on my fitness journey, I wanted to look like this:
That’s it. That was my goal.
I soon ran into problems though because:
a) My genetics will probably never allow me to look like that
b) It’s discouraging when you don’t look like that within 1 month
So I realised that I needed to set more realistic step-by-step goals and learn to notice each small change, whether anyone else can see it or not.
Having already lost 10lbs and run my first non-stop 5km, I’m feeling incredibly proud of how far I’ve come in terms of taking control of my weight but also of building my fitness and changing my lifestyle.
So proud in fact that I’m going to do something that I never thought I’d do. I’m going to post a ‘before and during’ photo of myself. Here goes…
Making comparisons like this help me to remember how far I’ve come and to motivate me to go the distance.
My 2014 goals are:
1) Lose 10lbs by June
2) Run 5km in 30 minutes by September
3) Build my upper body strength
4) Try a new exercise class every other week
5) Stick to the 80:20 rule (eat clean 80% of the time but have fun the other 20%!)
I’m determined to stay motivated, even if the scale is giving me a number I don’t like, or the mirror isn’t showing me any progress. True dedication is not seeing any progress and putting your trainers on and going for a run anyway.
Let’s do this!