The more I think about it, the more I like this long fitness journey of life that I'm on.
Sure, the amazing thing would be to have quick results and my dream body in less than a month. It's that which I've
unhealthily sought out several times in my life, and always paid for it with more pounds back and less confidence in my ability to really live a healthy life.
This time around my approach toward the whole "weight loss thing" is different.
I've chosen to work smarter, not harder. I've chosen to make lifestyle changes, not quick fixes. I've chosen to toss out what I used to think I knew about fitness (
run more, run farther!) and instead continue to find ways to enjoy sweating (dance class!) and how to build a stronger and more efficient body (weight lifting/T25!).
What's been so rewarding and satisfying about this approach has been the surprising things that happen while I haven't been concerned with the number on a scale.
Just a little over a month ago I remember sending a snapchat to some friends confessing that it was the first time I'd worn a tank top in public in my adult life. That feeling of success was unlike anything I'd felt in a long time because the symbolism of wearing something that revealed one of my more insecure spots gave me reassurance that my system was working.
The "process" has taught me patience.
The "process" has taught me that there's some places in life where you don't want to take short-cuts.
The "process" has taught me to not panic and fret over progress.
The "process" has taught me that a lot of little victories add up to big victories if you give them time.
On that note, this weekend had two big successes.
1. The loose waist fit on a form-fitting tank top.
2. Successful execution of a tricep push-up (just one, but it's a big step for me)
Yes, mom and dad - I took some selfies downstairs in your bathroom, the lighting was good.
What I'm saying is that I like being surprised by these results that I'm not really "searching" for. The results that come from working one day at a time doing things that I know make me a healthier and happier person. Eating right, drinking water and sweating because I love it - not because I have to do it.
What choices are you making toward being a healthier and happier you?