5 Lessons I’ve Learned on My Fitness Journey

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

Lesson One

This is a P R O C E S S.

. . . and, if it comes easily, are you really all that proud of what you accomplish? 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 – grit, grace, determination, discipline, ups and downs…all me.

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].

Lesson Two

“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. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy all of the burgers and pasta and sweets! But, 80% of the time I would rather have foods that I know will fuel my body and leave me feeling satisfied.

NOTE: This will likely happen naturally! Don’t force yourself to eat foods that you don’t enjoy, or you’ll risk over-indulging and backtracking [yuck – not worth it]. Just let it happen, friends!

Lesson Three

If it’s important to you, you WILL find the time.

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. Good nutrition and exercise instantly became greater priorities, and was making time to better myself.

Lesson Four

Comparing yourself to others only leads to unnecessary pressure. Bottom line: it’s NOT worth it.

Just don’t do it. I spent months wanting to look like the latest trending fitness models on IG, and it took away the joy I should have been feeling from what I had achieved. Are you putting in the work? Are you making better choices for yourself? If you can answer “yes!” to both of these questions, GREAT — you’re rocking it! The best thing you can do to keep going is to spare yourself the pressures of the little square world.

Lesson Five

Look for non-scale victories, and pay less attention to the number on the scale.

If you’re anything like me, when you began your fitness journey your goal probably was/is weight loss. Turns out, what I was really looking for was fat loss. Weight loss encompasses your total body weight – muscle included [and lean muscle is easier to lose than stubborn body fat]. That means the drop on the scale could very well be lean muscle you’ve worked so hard to gain, instead of body fat. 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 6 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!

5 Lessons I've Learned on My Fitness Journey

XO, Kristen

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