Finding the Motivation to “Get Fit”

Fitness is a journey as many people may say. It doesn’t just happen overnight.  You have to really work at it to see results. I soon realized that fitness was like my therapy. Every time I was having a crappy day and everything seemed to go wrong I would put on my sneakers and sweat it all out at the gym. It was such a great feeling knowing that exercise was actually fun! When I first really started hardcore hitting the gym I found out there are a ton of amazing, fun classes you can take depending on what your interests of improvement are. For me, I enjoy high-intensity workouts so I chose boot camps and spin classes ranging from an hour to an hour and a half. In no way am I saying you have to do what I’m doing I just am giving suggestions.

My love of fitness later boosted my confidence knowing that I was giving it my all when I stepped into the gym, having all my problems melt away. When I left every night I had a sense of accomplishment knowing that I just dominated that workout! I felt badass! Always remember as hard as you work you always deserve a treat every once in a while. Once I would finish a workout I would remember my mind saying you have to do more! It’s not good because once you get in that mindset it begins to get extreme. That’s exactly what happened. I was so hell-bent on achieving an image that was unattainable that I drove myself deeper and deeper into a hole. It was not healthy. Every day I would come home and look at the newest issues of Muscle and Fitness Women’s and see all these amazing athletes who were so “perfect” in my mind. I wanted to be just like them, so I began cutting healthy things out of my diet that were considered healthy foods just to gain muscle and lose fat. I was down to 125 even though I looked much smaller. At that point, it was around Christmas break and I just lost it. Every cookie and cake in sight I ate. I just kept eating and eating until it was again out of control. I thought that for working hard over the past year I deserved every cookie I put in my mouth. I’m completely starting over. Not worrying about the number on the scale and exercising because it makes me happy!

Right now I’ve been reading Khloe Kardashian’s new book Strong Looks Better Naked. She tells her fans how her journey began when she was in a very dark place in her life, and how she overcame her struggles. It took her 3 years to have to silhouette she had dreamed of but she tells readers it was well worth all the pain. “There is no elevator to success you have to take the stairs.”- Zig Ziglar

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