It’s been a minute and I’m so sorry. I’ve been so focused on my fitness journey lately that I’ve been neglecting other areas of my life such as my blog. I want to share the 4 lessons learned during my weight loss journey but I have some explaining to do first.
To be honest, I didn’t want to overwhelm you guys or have you leave because you were here for natural hair, fashion or beauty related posts, but this is where my life is right now. I still enjoy all of those things, but my health has taken the front seat in my life at the moment.
Please know that I will continue to share natural hair, fashion and beauty posts but I will also be including my fitness journey.
So, with that said my transformation has been a process. I’ve had lots of ups and down along this road but I’m proud that I’ve continued to push myself through this process. When I look over my journey so far, I realize that I’ve learned a lot and want to share some of the things that have helped me get to where I am now.
- It’s all about the mindset – I’ve tried to lose weight in the past and I think that was the issue. I was trying to reach a certain number on the scale. This time around, my mindset was different. It wasn’t about losing the weight, but about changing my lifestyle so I could live a longer healthier life. When my “Why” became about my health and living better, I was able to stay the course much better and even on days when I got side tracked, I was able to find my way back.
- Exercising cured my depression – No, really it did! Well, I’m not a doctor so don’t quote me on that but I’ve dealt with depression for a while now especially when my marriage ended and gained a lot of weight. It felt like I would never get out of that dark hole, even with the pills prescribed to me. Then, came exercise. I didn’t notice it at first but slowly I feel the fog lifting and I could see clearly. The more I worked out, the happier I became. It’s been over a year since I’ve felt depressed and to be honest on the days that I don’t move my body, I feel a little bit down. That could be because I Love working out now, but I think it’s my bodies way of saying, keep going. You got this, don’t stop now.
- My Purpose was revealed – For a very long time, I’ve felt lost, and unsure of what to do with my life. Creating a healthier life, as brought so much clarity to me. Perhaps it’s during the solitude of working out. Although I have on headphones, I’m always thinking, praying or listening and I believe that during those moments, I’m reminded of my purpose in life. You see, all I’ve ever wanted to do was to Empower and Encourage women to be their most authentic selves, but for a long time I felt like I wasn’t being my most authentic self so how could I help others. Through the process of changing, I started following my heart and making decisions not only for me but decisions that could and will affect others in a positive way. I’m so scared because I’m walking in unknown territory but I’m so excited because I’m walking in that purpose that I’ve always wanted.
- It’s all about the daily small wins – Every time that I’ve tried to lose weight it was about the number on the scale and nothing else. If I worked my ass off and only lost 1 pound, I was disappointed. If I lost 3 pounds this week and nothing the next, I was disappointed. It was literally a rollercoaster of emotions. This time around, I didn’t step foot on a scale for over a year, so I had no clue what that number said but the daily small wins were simply amazing. I remember not being able to fit comfortably in the visitor chairs at work. It was embarrassing and my thighs would hurt from the arm rest digging into them. Then one day, I had a meeting in my bosses office, sat down when through the meeting and went back to my office. Then it hit me…My thighs didn’t hurt, I didn’t struggle to get out of the chair. It was one of the most rewarding victories I had during this journey. So, now I focus on the small daily wins. My clothes fit differently, I don’t get as winded going up the stairs, putting on my seatbelt isn’t a struggle anymore. Those are just a few of the wins I’ve experienced and they keep me going everyday. So, celebrate the small wins.
Wherever you are on your own personal journey, remember it’s all about the process. The process is where you grow and get to know you better and during this process celebrate the daily wins. They may seem small now, but when you start adding them all together, you’ll see that they add up to you reaching your goals.
Where are you right now? Are you on a fitness journey? Building a company? Starting a family? Let me know in the comments so I can help you celebrate your small wins!