A Look At My Fitness Journey is my personal story of how it all got started, and how I stay motivated. This Fitness feature is a collection of advice, recipes, motivation and of course, my progress.
The top question I get asked in some why shape or form is, “what made you decide to (lose weight, work out, etc.)?” My answer is always the same.
I had my Moment.
I’ve said it for years: I don’t like the way I look. I’ve always struggled with my weight (which, looking back to 5 years ago makes me want to shake 5 year ago me relentlessly). People would always call me skinny. Tiny. Say I didn’t NEED to lose weight. I disagreed. I would set a New Year’s resolution to lose weight (or in the Summer, work for that bikini bod), work out, get in shape, blah blah blah and like a lot of people, I wasn’t able to stick with it, for one reason or another. Or a few times, I made progress and then… stopped. I would be down, discouraged, and say FUCK IT and just go back to the way it had been. I’d pull whatever excuse I could muster and roll with it.
I think a lot of people follow in this never. ending. cycle.
For me, having that moment changed everything. It changed my perspective and whole thought process when it came to getting in shape, eating right, and just over all having a happier, healthier lifestyle. To being happier in general. It changed how I face challenges, insecurities, and my non supporters.
Are you thinking, “what do you MEAN by your moment, WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?”
YOUR MOMENT is when it just hits you
THIS IS WHAT I WANT. THIS IS WHAT I NEED. And THIS IS WHAT I AM GOING TO DO. Because in order to get to where you want to be, you HAVE to want it. Friends, family, TV, fitness instructors, mentors, your neighbor; none of them will motivate you enough to do it, if YOU don’t want it. YOU.HAVE.TO.WANT.IT. And you have to want it bad. You have to be in a mind-set that NOTHING will get in your way. Nothing can, or will, stop you. Those excuses from before? They will now be your motivators. That kind of motivation comes deep within you. But only you can find it. Only you can see it. Only you can feel it. And honestly, once it hits you? You will know.
I saw a picture of myself and I couldn’t believe it was me.
That, was my moment. I stared at it for I don’t know how long, then I thought, “what, the actual fuck. That cannot be me.” Well guess what honey? IT WAS. The numbers on the scale I saw that morning were still blaring in my mind, candy wrappers were still sitting next to me and it just HIT ME. I couldn’t do it anymore. I felt.. disgusted. Not because of what I was seeing, but because I let those excuses and challenges STOP ME so many times, for SO many years.
Pushing yourself without that deep motivation, relying on someone else to keep you going, and doing things without educating yourself first wont lead to success. Crash diets, not eating and poor workouts. It just wont work for the long haul. These are a few reasons I failed.
Some days are so hard I can’t even explain it. Some days, it’s a breeze. The difference between then and now is that once I had that moment, once I found that motivation, it really was/is easier to keep going. But YOU have to find what keeps you going. YOU have to have that moment. Until then, it’s just practice.The start to any journey isn't easy - for me, it took me having MY MOMENT. Click To Tweet
- Do you struggle with losing weight, getting in shape, and/or eating healthy? What makes it difficult for you?
- For my friends that had their moment, WHAT WAS YOURS!?
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Tonyalee is an avid reader, gym junkie, coffee addicted workaholic, and blogger. Be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for random shenanigans.