Happy Friday! This is TMO's last installment for the Women of 818 blog. Today she writes about what it took to make a lasting, meaningful change in her life and how she plans to stick with it. Check it out!
Looking forward, overcoming fear, finding your drive… your “why”, self-motivation, and most importantly never become complacent. These are some of the things required for us to achieve our goals. For many, our goal is to be in great physical shape. One of the things this entails is living a healthy lifestyle. To eat well. To understand the food we should be to fueling our bodies with. To splurge and have that yummy pizza or cheeseburger when the time is right. The saying, “You are what you eat” couldn’t hold more truth. When it comes to our diet there are certain foods that shouldn't be in our houses because they perpetuate eating unhealthy. For most, committing to being healthy is not something that happens over night. It's a gradual process of learning and doing. But you must start the process in order to get somewhere. Find a health coach, use Google, buy a cookbook, educate yourself, and lastly set some goals.
I've experimented with my body to see what it likes/what it doesn't and how certain foods affect my body. I've lived the "eat whatever the hell you want lifestyle," the "eat clean" lifestyle, the low-carb/keto lifestyle, the Paleo lifestyle, and more recently the Herbalife-style. The "eat whatever the hell you want" lifestyle was the only one that contributed to me being in the worst shape of my life. Now I’m not here to advocate which lifestyle you should live but I do advocate one that revolves around eating healthy. Just be conscious!!
So, right around the time my mindset shifted from skinny to healthy I made a commitment to myself to live an active lifestyle. The commitment was if I wasn’t sick, immobile, or dead there's no reason I shouldn't consistently workout. Before I committed to this I had a history of working out, achieving the goals I wanted, getting comfortable... too comfortable… and then reversing a lot of the hard work I’d achieved. After doing this a few times I decided enough was enough. My new mindset: I want to be active because I can. I want to workout because I'm physically capable and I want a strong heart and muscles. I want to workout and sweat because my body releases these crazy endorphins... the kind of endorphins you can only get from an intense workout - exacty like the ones at Crossfit 818. I want to workout because it makes me feel good mentally and physically.
My best friend Danny has had a huge impact on my initial transition to living a healthy and active lifestyle. Not only have we experimented with different healthy eating styles together but we’ve also been workout partners for the last few years. If there is someone in your life that you can connect with find that person and start your journeys together. If you don't have that someone YOU have to become your own motivation. How badly do you want to change? How badly do you want to reach your goals? Stop making excusing, figure out why you want it and go after it. Let nothing stop you. Be stronger than any excuse you could possibly come up with. There is no better time than now to make yourself better! What are you waiting for?! GO!!!!
TMO dishing out a frisbee at the beach (and showing off her guns!)
"Fatal Friday 2: The Quickening"
AKA, "2 Fatal 2 Friday"
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