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Change Your Body.. Change your Life
As many of you know, I’ve been working on gaining muscle and now losing body fat since last fall.
I’ve decided to share some of my progress with you all. Hopefully, this will motivate you to get in the gym, start lifting, try to eat a health diet, and commit to the healthy lifestyle.. for life.
I realized last year that in order to get the physique I desired, I needed to do something different. I’d tried running a half marathon, attending exercise classes, spent hours upon hours on the elliptical, bought P90x, Yoga Booty Ballet, Hip Hop Abs, Turbo Jam- you name it, I’ve probably done it!
All throughout this time (4 years of undergrad), I always believed restricting calories (plus endless cardio) were the best means of losing weight. After all, if my calories out were greater than calories in, eventually I’d get to where I wanted to be on the scale. Right? Wrong.
So I started lifting. The scale didn’t change, but I was changing. My clothes felt different, and people were noticing. It’s hard not to use the scale as a measure of success, but I realized that number is such a small (and insignificant) part of the equation.
I researched the best foods to support my new mission to build muscle, and reduce body fat. I realized cardio should never be used as a means of checks and balances- eat 300 extra calories of ice cream? It’s ok - I’ll go on the elliptical for 30 minutes. That speaks to “weight” not health. Health is so much more than that.
I’m so proud of how far I’ve come. I’ve learned so much about myself- how to keep myself motivated, how disciplined I am, how strong I am, how to appreciate my daily accomplishments, and how I can inspire others to make small changes that truly add up over time.
I changed my workouts, and I changed my mind- how I view exercise, health, nutrition, and my body. I changed it all and that is how I stay intrinsically motivated to push myself each and every day. That’s how you can motivate others to reflect on their own lives in health. Yes, we all have extrinsic motivation to exercise and eat healthy- we all want to look good! But health is so much more than external appearance.
I don’t just “have good genetics” and don’t call me “lucky.” I worked hard to get to where I am today, and I’m not done yet! Ask my friends, family, boyfriend, classmates, & coworkers- they see how I live my life, how hard I work, how often I say “no” ..and I’ve seen how my discipline has inspired people. That in itself is a great accomplishment!
Ask yourself this question right now:
If you could choose to have a great body immediately, or take the journey to attain the body, which would you choose?
Odds are, most of you would choose the body, right?
Let me give you some advice: Take the journey!
You’ll realize it’s about a lot more than exercising and eating right.
It’s about the journey, not the destination.