5 Things I’ve Learned on my Health & Fitness Journey

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Here’s to hoping these takeaways from my journey can help you avoid a few bumps in the road on your journey! Happy reading!

  1. It’s a p r o c e s s. 
    • Seriously though, if it was that easy, would it really be something to be proud of?! When I let go of looking for excuses and easy fixes and started putting in the work, I realized that I could do this. I could build a body and a lifestyle that I was proud of, and it would be all me – sweat, discipline, tears, failures, successes, and all.
    • OK SO, there is no quick fix, but I bet you’d be surprised at how a few quick and simple changes can kickstart the process [this one might help ya get started – 20 {Simple} Healthy Habits].
  2. Eventually, “I can’t have that” will turn into “I don’t want that.”
    • I didn’t believe it either, but just trust me on this. This has been a long process for me, too, but as I gradually became more active, I had this desire to fuel my body with whole foods that would work with the work I was putting in – not against it [weird, right? haha]. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy all of the burgers and pasta and sweets! But, 80% of the time I [and this is the weird part] would rather have foods that I know will fuel my body and leave me feeling satisfied.
    • PSA: This will probably happen naturally! Don’t force yourself to eat foods that you don’t enjoy, or you risk over-indulging and backtracking [yuck – not worth it]. Just let it happen, friends!
  3. If it’s important to you, you will find the time.
    • TRUTH. This one really needs no explanation. But, I will tell you that when I first began to notice even the smallest changes in the way I looked and felt, I was hooked. My health and fitness suddenly jumped WAY up on my priority list, and I was making time to better myself!
  4. Comparing yourself to others only leads to unnecessary pressure [not worth it].
    • Just don’t do it, friends. I spent months wanting to look like the latest trending fitness models on Instagram, and I don’t want that for you! Every body is different, and most every picture you see is posed or edited. Love yourself enough to spare yourself the pressure.
  5. Non-scale victories are way more meaningful. 
    • If you’re anything like me, when you began your health and fitness journey your goal probably was/is weight loss [duh, Kristen]. OK SO, I did some research and consulted some professionals, and I found that what I was really looking for was fat loss, not weight loss. Hear me out…weight loss encompasses your total body weight – muscle included [and lean muscle is easier to lose than that stubborn body fat]. That means the drop on the scale could very well be lean muscle you’ve worked so hard to grow instead of body fat [thumbs down, for sure]. I haven’t gotten on a scale in over a year, and I couldn’t even tell you my exact weight. But, I can tell you that I have never felt so strong and confident, and I’ve lost 4 pant sizes in the process!
    • Here are a few non-scale victories – clothes fitting better, increased energy, better sleep quality, fewer cravings, improved muscular endurance, etc…

Here’s the bottom line, friends: live the lifestyle, and trust the process – the progress will come naturally!

XO, Kristen


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