When I think about fitness (i.e. all the time), my mind begins to wander very quickly. I dream about my perfect body, the ideal workout regimen, and healthy, quick and delicious meal options. In reality, I must admit that my approach to a fit and healthy life is more reactive than proactive. Work tends to overtake my life and causes stress, which leads to more comfort food and a lack of time for working out consistently. I think most of us have fallen into that trap a time or two, and might even be stuck in it currently.
In the past year, I've started and stopped and started again on the healthy eating train, and can't seem to find a workout regimen that really works for me. I've tried meal prepping, juicing and have just been more mindful of healthier choices when eating out. I've subjected myself to vigorous workout videos, self-guided exercise programs, and accepted assistance and guidance from my fitness-focused boyfriend. Some aspects have worked better than others, and while I've made progress, I've also erased some of it by going on vacation and eating with abandon, or just slipping due to busyness or lack of strong willpower.
Starting this blog marks a turning point in my life, and what better time than now to commit to achieving the body I deserve, while loving the body I have. I'm not looking for drastic changes, and I know many will feel there's nothing major I need to adjust. But we're usually our own worst critic, right? I'd like to put myself out there, be a little vulnerable and show all of you my journey to lasting healthy living!
So with that being said - I'd like to share a few "before" photos to document my starting point. I'll be sure to write update posts and keep everyone apprised of my progress. I'm sure there will be times that the changes won't be drastic, but I'm in no rush, no race against the clock to get to my final destination. I'll share anecdotes, stories, my triumphs, and my low points and take you along with me on this journey. You're not alone. We can do it together!
These photos weren't easy for me to take or share with all of you. In fact, once I was done taking them and reviewing my options to share here on the blog, I teared up a bit and was about ready to can this series altogether. But then I took a step back and realized, I'm not the only woman out there feeling this way right now. I'm not the only person wishing I wouldn't have let it get to this point, or wondering how I even wound up here in the first place. It really does sneak up on you if you aren't careful.
I'm going to go against my better judgment of hiding my body until it's in better shape, and share this raw, emotional and very personal journey and transformation. Hopefully it'll inspire a few of you out there to do the same, or maybe make a self-transformation of a different kind. Instead of putting on some "winter padding" I'm going to be busting my butt to get these extra lbs off and get back to my ideal body. It won't be easy, but it'll be worth it.