I truly believe that is the first step to health: you need to want it. BAD. You need to commit to the entire process: the good, the bad and the ugly. And so I began with baby steps. I knew I'd never stick with it if I made radical changes all at once, so I started small and went from there. One week, my only goal was "Drink more water". Really! Another week I tried to eat something green everyday. Small, attainable changes that weren't intimidating.
As the weeks went on, I grew more courageous in both my exercise and my eating. I started Insanity in March and completed seven weeks before I quit due to the stress in my knees. I trained for a 5K and completed my very first race in May. I soon grew to love fitness and wanted to try a little bit of everything! Weight training, pilates and lots of running filled most of my summer. I frequently varied my exercise to avoid boredom and burnout and there is so much you can do!
A few of the websites and apps I've used:
+ Tone it Up!
+ Nike Training Club app
+ Runkeeper app
+ Fitness Blender
In June, I spontaneously decided to complete a Whole30 before going on vacation. While my original intention was just to lose a few extra pounds, the benefits of Paleo eating were amazing. I have since adopted an 80%/20% mentality and it has really changed my world. Look for a separate post about that soon!
Fast forward to today. I am 30 pounds lighter and have learned to love this amazing body of mine. For the first time in a long time, I am proud of myself and what I've accomplished. And that feels good.
P.S. If you are on your way to health and need some encouragement, I would love to hear from you. The support I received from family, friends and even Instagram "strangers" was so helpful and appreciated and I would love to pay it forward.