Oh boy, where do I begin?
When I started my "fitness journey" it was to simply lose weight and get skinny. I truly thought that if I was smaller, my life would be better.
Why did I get in this mindset? Because of diet culture, because I was bombarded by messages on the Internet that told me if I was smaller, I would be a better person. And at that time, I felt very out of control in my life, so I WANTED to be smaller because I WANTED my life to be better.
I made so many mistakes.
I thought the foundation of a strong body and being fit was draining myself on the treadmill for days. Well guess what? I f*cking HATE the treadmill... especially when I would make myself go on it for HOURS.
I should have got out of my comfort zone and stepped into the gym or even learned how to strength train at home. Building muscle not only makes your body healthier, but it makes you FEEL stronger mentally. And then you BECOME stronger.
Diets. Oh the diets I went on. I did everything to lose as much weight as possible. And when I did lose weight. It was never enough. I had to keep going. I HAD to continue to lose. It was like I was working for a goal that didn't exist.
You can be fit and healthy while eating ALL FOOD IN MODERATION. Today, I eat all foods. Carbs at night. A lot of carbs at night lol. My food intake as increased probably 3x. It wasn't easy at first increasing food because being stuck in the diet mentality for YEARS is something very hard to get out of. But it is worth it.
Fitness is not your life. Fitness is simply something in your life. It is something that enhance your life and make you feel good. The moment you are consumed by fitness - you have a problem. You become obsessed and you add too much stress to your body.
You don't have to do all the "cool" fitness/diet trends that are flooded all over the Internet simply because they are "COOL". Do what makes you happy. Do what makes you feel good. Ask yourself, are you doing it because you truly want to? Or are you doing it to be part of the group?
It is 100% OKAY to have physical goals. Yes, you can workout to have a goal to lose weight, or build muscle or WHATEVER, as long as it's done in a HEALTHY way. No obsession. NO extreme dieting. No guilt. No added stress to your life.
Your fitness journey is so damn personal. It is so true to you. You cannot and should NEVER compare it to someone else. We are all different and live different lives. It just doesn't make sense to compare what someone else is doing to what we are doing. Focus on YOU and your physical AND mental health.
At the end of the day, I do wish that I had done things "better" when I first started training. I wish I asked for help. I wish I didn't focus so much on weight. But I am also glad I went through what I did because it made me who I am today.
I learned. I lived. And today I get to help you NOT make the same mistakes I made.
Check out what I made for you!