How Fitness Changed My Life
I want to talk a little bit about my fitness journey. I didn't always take care of myself. Nor did I always have muscle or even know how to lift weights. It can be so intimidating to pick up a gym routine that isn't just cardio. I remember one time, I tried new equipment for the first time and a guy nearby pointed out how I was using it wrong. I was so embarrassed, but I corrected my form and kept going. It was a great learning experience, and I didn't let the embarrassment overcome my desire to keep learning and lifting.
Maybe the previous example sounds exaggerated however, I have always been super-introverted and have social anxiety. In the past, I also suffered from depression and low self-esteem. And to be quite honest, going to the gym was purely for aesthetic reasons. And so began my journey…
In the beginning, I was NOT consistent. I didn't know what arm, leg, or chest day meant. I thought I could just lift weights randomly and see improvement. I did see a little bit of improvement, as anyone who was sedentary most of their lives would, but then nothing else happened. I plateaued.
Then I found Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide and an entire fitness community on Instagram. I started researching how weights change your body and how important consistency and a proper diet is. As I started putting what I learned into practice, I started changing both physically and mentally. I felt great about the way I looked, and I felt accomplished for sticking to a routine! And for the first time ever, I truly felt great about myself.
I have no medical background and can't speak about the mental benefits of exercise and diet for anyone else, but I can confidently say that it helped ME. I no longer woke up feeling depressed and listless. I felt like channeling my energy into fitness and having a better diet improved my overall mood. Looking back at my former self now, I realize that I had low self-esteem from being underweight most of my life and suddenly gaining weight after college and not loving my body at all. I had a poor diet that left me feeling drained of energy or bloated.
Working on my fitness has helped me learn to care for my mind and my body. I am more in tune with myself and have more energy to get things done, which has helped me to improve in all areas of life, whether it is my career, side business, or even in my time for loved ones. Best of all, I was also helping other people.
As I posted more about my fitness journey, other girls started to ask for help; and then we created fitness Instagrams together to stay accountable. It was amazing finding a community where women empowered each other instead of judging. We all encourage each other to live our best lives! I'm so proud to be a woman, and I love that fitness has changed my life.