As we speak, I’ve just stepped off the neglected treadmill where I jogged (to say running would be pushing it) for 25 minutes STRAIGHT, increasing my incline every 2 minutes and then worked back down the same way. I’m a little on a high today because that plateau I talked about last post? I broke it today! Ya, baby!!! I literally weighed myself about 6 times today to make sure that my scale wasn’t broken or somehow fooling with me. I’m down 2 lbs!!! Okay, so that’s 2 lbs in a whole MONTH, but you know what? I feel like I won the lottery!
It kind of starts a cycle doesn’t it? I haven’t felt much like doing more than my 2 bootcamp workouts a week, and my diet has been less than stellar more often than I’d like to admit over the last month. Consequently, my losses slowed. The last week I decided to get serious again, and while it still needs a lot more work, I saw a loss. That loss today made me feel like pushing myself, hence the treadmill run followed by a 10 minute bootycamp style circuit. The losses spur the workouts and clean eating, and the clean eating and workouts churn out losses. It’s not rocket science and yet….I seem to keep needing the reminder!
That brings me to an epiphany I’ve been having as of late. I’ve always looked at women who went from not working out to running marathons, or from being overweight to super fit as anomalies. I mean, they are the exception, not the norm, know what I mean? I kind of always figured they had all discovered some sort of secret that I wasn’t privy to or they just had much more willpower and drive than I’d ever muster.
I don’t think that anymore.
These are all normal people, plugging away, doing their thing, day in and day out. It took them a long time to get where they are, a lot of sweat, and a lot of hard work. They made changes, some big and some small, and despite setbacks, plateaus (!) and gains-they kept going.
That’s the difference to any time I’ve attempted to get to the best me before. I’ve given up when I got “some” results or when it hasn’t been going fast enough for me. I’ve talked before about how this time my mindset is different. I’m in this to win this, for the long haul, however long it takes.
I’ve looked at those women and admired all that they’ve managed to achieve, never dreaming it was possible for me to do the same. I have a vision of what I’d like to look like, goals I’d like to accomplish, where I’d like to see this fitness and healthy lifestyle going long-term. It may not look anything like YOUR vision or even what others think I should look like or should be doing. That’s okay. This is all about me, and my thinking nowadays is WHY NOT ME??
I wasn’t born this stubborn and temperamental for nothing! It’s time to put those traits to good use! There’s no good reason why I can’t keep pushing, picking myself up and pushing again until I get to where “I” want to be, for myself. There’s no million dollar patented potion to success. There’s sweat and tears and hard work, coupled with successes and encouragement and pride.
I’m definitely feeling like I’m on the right path this time, and I’m certain that I’ll get there. If any of you out there reading are feeling like you just aren’t capable of being “like one of those success testimonies” or just aren’t strong enough or just don’t have the stamina, I’m here to say YOU DO, YOU WILL and YOU CAN.
Each of us just needs to “win each day.” That’s it. Each day is a new opportunity to do something, anything, that is good for our health. Bit by bit, day by day, pound by pound, muscle by muscle, we’ll get there. All of us.
Those women aren’t “special.” We all have it in us-so let’s make it happen, together!
WHY NOT ME? WHY NOT YOU?