They say every journey begins with a single step. And whether that journey is one towards better health, or more mental clarity — you need to take that first step if you want to hit your goals.
I wanted to make todays post for all of the people who made fitness goals in January. Many did not hit their goals and are now feeling discouraged, disappointed and defeated.
Know this: the message and goal has always been progress, not perfection.
In health class we were taught the dangers of smoking, but that if you were to quit, your body immediately notices and starts to heal itself.
Working towards a healthier you is the same. You don’t have to do all of the things at the same time to make substantial change.
Sometimes the biggest change really starts with the smallest of tasks: being consistent.
Show up for yourself.
Stop reading guides on how to get the perfect this or that. Just focus on gradually improving yourself each and every day to be closer to who you want to be, and how you want to feel.
When it comes to fitness, if you’re not already in shape, it can be intimidating. But don’t be afraid or ashamed. There is such strength is taking that first leap to self improvement.
When I started my fitness journey, it was for one simple reason: be able to lift my 5 gallon water jug at Whole Foods and not be out of breath by the time I got to the cash register.
Of course I also wanted to improve my cardiovascular health. And if some pounds happened to go away during this time, then I was all the happier — but that was never my primary focus.
If you compare where I am today to where I was a year or so ago, I might not look too different, but I feel different. I can run more than one mile without being winded, and I don’t binge drink like I used to.
I also knew when to ask for help. I worked with a metabolic doctor and my gynecologist to figure out what foods were causing me inflammation, and which hormones needed boosting. Sometimes when you’re tired but eating what you think are the right things, it’s because your body might find them inflammatory. But if you don’t ask for help from an expert, how are you to know? So ask for help from someone who knows what they’re doing.
All in all, you deserve the best in life. And that starts with being the best. The road won’t always be easy, but it will be worth it.