“The only time you should look back is to see how how far you have come.”
My Bikini Experiment
I turned 37 this past weekend, and that gave me cause to think about my own bikini experiment and what it has meant for me. Flash back about 5 years ago, when I had a doctor tell me that without working out I would never get stronger or feel good. That was the moment when I made a commitment to myself. I signed up for a gym membership the next day. For once, I realized I had no excuses to not get to the gym. I could afford the monthly fee. I had no children. While my job was demanding, I did have my nights and weekends to do as I wished. In short, I had no valid reason to claim that I could not make this investment in myself.
Up to that point, I was skating by with my health. I was not healthy or strong and completely lacked muscle tone. I did not grow up as an athletic girl, and this trend continued through my 20s. For a young woman, I was in terrible shape. I could barely run down the street. Even the lightest weights at the gym felt heavy. I was thin because I was conscientious of calories and relied on a lot of processed foods which were easy and quick on the go. Artificially sweetened yogurts, frozen meals and cereal bars were frequently consumed in my work cubicle. Little did I know that this style of diet was doing nothing to help me in the long term. When I first started working out I had no idea how to fuel myself for energy. It was information I had to sort though along the way.
My bikini experiment has been a long journey to get to where I am now. It has all been 100% worth it. Why? I feel stronger and healthier than I ever have felt in my life.
Our 30s can be a pivotal time. I consider it a make it or break it period in our lives. We do not have the resilience of our 20s to rely upon. The older we get the harder we have to push to make physical gains. Can you get into the best shape of your life in your 40s or 50s? Of course. We always have the option to make a better choice.. I am fortunate that I grabbed on at 32 and realized that what I was doing was not working. Change, as uncomfortable as it may be, was an absolute necessity.
Fitness is for a lifetime. Not an upcoming trip or a summer season. It is about feeling well and having confidence in what you are portraying to the world. I was completely overwhelmed when I began this journey. As we all know, determination is a huge catalyst for change. My will to feel better helped me navigate some unchartered territory.
I hope that through what I share on this blog that I can be a helpful guide on your journey. I consider myself your partner in training, and am glad you are joining me for the ride.
There is no time like the present no matter your age, fitness level or your situation in life. Your health needs to be a priority. Today is a new day, and offers a new opportunity to take your first step in the right direction.
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