Tuesday morning I have a fitness photo shoot with a photography student who is trying to build her portfolio and it's making me reflect on a time when I avoided the camera like the plague. 🚫 This photo on the left is one of only a handful I have from my unhealthy, unhappy days. It's embarrassing as hell to post it here now but I feel it's important to not just share where I am today, but where I started and how far I've come.
If you see my bathroom selfies, workout videos, and photos from this shoot I'm about to do and think it all came easily to me you would be DEAD WRONG. Like I tell my challengers all the time, a healthy lifestyle doesn't happen overnight, and as I found out, there are no shortcuts. I was in denial for a long time that if I wanted LASTING change I was going to have to go through the hard shit to get there.
I used to hate working out and eating healthy felt like a necessary evil to meet a short-term goal and as soon as I reached my goal weight I stopped and gained it all back. It wasn't until I found my coaching community & surrounded myself with support & motivation that I stuck with it long enough to learn to LOVE the feeling I get from being healthy. ❤️
Then I started helping others do what I had done by setting them up with the same tools and support I had used and my personal accountability increased TEN-FOLD. How could I let these people down?? How could I encourage them on their journey if I wasn't committed to mine? And the bigger my coaching business has grown, the more passionate I become because I get to see first-hand the real, positive, and incredibly powerful impact getting healthy has on your life. 🙌🏼 When my clients share their success stories, I know that I had to go through that hard journey myself so that I could help others go on theirs. 💕
Today, I LOVE working out AND eating healthy. Don't get me wrong, I still love treats and have plenty, and I still have days where I don't feel like doing my work out. But I've stuck with it long enough that it's become a habit like brushing my teeth and because of that I've experienced the amazing side effects that keep me coming back for more.
So if you think you are just not that type of person, or you just "can't" do it, I'm here to tell you I was that person and you CAN do it. I look back all the time and know that my former self wouldn't believe the things I do today. But my former self was insecure, uncomfortable, anxious, and tired and my current self is confident, happy, fit, and pursuing my passion. 💁🏻 If that's something you want, you can have it but you have to do the hard shit. I've got the tools & support for you. All you have to do is one simple action: send me a note to get started.