I used to be an avid runner. I was that girl who’d lace up and get out there in the middle of January – not because I was super into being fit, but because I needed running to release stress. And then a few years ago, I stopped. No real injuries, no real reason, I just lost the drive to get out there. And for any of you who’ve stopped a fitness regimen, you know the toll it can take on your body! Obviously there are the physical signs, like weight gain, but there are so many more mental factors like being tired all the time and just feeling down. It was a pretty miserable time in my life, not going to lie!
And then I started dating an amazing man who helped me re-ignite my passion for fitness! He’d encourage me to come to the gym with him, to do mini workouts at home… he even started doing yoga with me! It’s been over a year since I got back into the fitness swing, and it feels great. Another great invention that has helped me get back on track is Pinterest. Thank God for Pinterest! It’s like the mecca for finding amazing healthy recipes and new workouts!
Over the past year I’ve found a new passion in weight lifting (thanks to the boyfriend!). I’ll admit, I was extremely hesitant at first because I didn’t want to gain a bunch of bulky muscle – it’s just not my thing. However, he convinced me to give weight lifting a one-month trial, and if I didn’t like the results, I’d never have to lift another weight ever again. So, I agreed. And one month later I LOVED the results! Was I completely toned? No! Actually, I thought I looked pretty much the same in clothes, but I could definitely tell that my body was getting tighter, and I was on my way to having an amazing (and not at all bulky) figure.
Throughout this process, I’ve learned that when you first start lifting heavy, you still have a bunch of fat on top, underneath, and in between your muscles (which is great, because you’re muscles can use this fat to rebuild). So, if you’re trying to get that toned look, you have to rev up your cardio routine. And for me that meant to start running again! I’ve also been incorporating new cardio workouts, changing it up every week. Switching it up like this has helped my body to not get used to one specific cardio workout, and also helps keep me from getting bored! Win-Win!
If you’re at that point where you realize you need a change in your lifestyle, but are hesitant to get back out there or to start for the first time, all I can say is just do it! Give yourself that one-month trial and start making the change today. You know where you want to be, so start by putting one foot in front of the other, and get there!