Readers, meet Jessi.
Jessi is an active, health-conscious working female who loves all of the beautiful things this life has to offer. She's single, not currently dating and has found all of the happiness that she needs within herself through personal development and some self "housekeeping". She finds happiness in sharing herself with those who want to hear her story because she's found that it gives others the comfort to reach out to her to seek that same happiness. She can do anything as long as she believes and decides to succeed.
Okay, so you caught me - I am Jessi (hi!!)
That exercise to describe myself in the third person was a mind-check to see where my head was at. Usually when I embark on a fitness journey and don't wake up with my dream body after Day 5 I can get a little discouraged. Don't you?
I mean you're putting in all of this time, doing all of the right things like meal planning, drinking your water, working out every single day when you'd rather not and you see the sweat. It's real. You are seeing results - but not the kind you want to see. Not the sexy victories you want to scream from your Facebook status like "I lost 10 pounds!" or "I dropped a pants size!".
I know because I've been there. I want tangible results, too! I want real metrics that other people understand to mean success. I could spew all day about how I have become strong enough to do ten slow and quality push ups consecutively - but people don't see that as success because they don't know that I started from only two.
The reason why this fitness journey is different is that I'm working on my mind in tandem with my body. I'm reading personal development books about goal setting, habit forming, relationship building and loving yourself enough to make a difference in your life. I'm setting realistic goals and working backwards on what I need to do day by day to achieve those goals.
I'm reaching out to people who I see doing good in their life that I want to get to know better. I'm even getting approached by these people on their own desires because they're sharing that incredible moment of peace with themselves and see that I'm doing something that brings me genuine happiness.
Focus on your mind over your measurements. If you're getting discouraged I'd like to recommend the book "Push" by Chalene Johnson into your reading list. Find it at your local library and get your head in the right place so that you can appreciate the body that you're working so hard to achieve.
I'd also like to mention that it felt pretty damn amazing to be able to sit out in my driveway in a lawn chair - sleeveless and in shorts.
And I'm not talking about the weather.