I never would have guessed that magazine four years ago would have brought me to where I am today. Eating whole foods, working out consistently, and enjoying life more fully. If A+B=C this magazine was a catalyst to this very blog.
I would be delusional to say it is all roses and sunshine. I will be the first to raise my hand and say I am my own worst critic. I cringe during this time of the year. Goal setting and carryout is not my forte. It is one of my biggest struggles. It is much easier to exist day to day and go about life fulfilling daily obligations. I am driving down this highway called life. My eyes shut tightly my foot glued to the accelerator of the vehicle called my fitness journey. I didn't just eat that or skip this workout; did I?!
In the past the holiday season has been where I am reckless with my fitness and loose with my diet. It is this time of the year that can derail me from goals and set me back. I can see it now there goes all that hard earned muscle. From the beginning of November until the end of December I go to parties, host parties, cook and bake a ton of yummy food, travel, sleep less, and barely hold onto a fitness routine. That is two whole months of not being focused on my goals. I stumbled upon this YouTube from Coach Jill of the Metabolic Effect. It resonated with me. The theme is fitness is practice not protocol. Talk about an extra helping of grace and loving kindness for yourself!
Yesterday I took an afternoon for some me time. I went shopping for some clothes for work. In and out of stores finding nothing that worked. God, you know I hate dressing room mirrors; the neon lighting is a killer. It was between the Limited and White House Black Market my inner critic raised her ugly head. I struggled. Then at Banana Republic I found some great tops and regained mental composure I started telling myself " You are fitter now then 4 years ago, you are stronger than four years ago, you even wear smaller sizes than 4 years ago!"
Four years ago I started making progress that stemmed from daily choices and decisions to be healthier.