(originally posted on 3 Oct 2017)
“Don’t give up on a goal just because of the amount of time it will take to accomplish, the time will pass anyway.”
This is a quote I read a few years back, and it’s something I’ve thought about often since then. I was just talking about this very same concept yesterday with my friend Ellie on our lunch date. We talked about how every year we want to get in shape for the summer so we can flaunt our hot summer bodies at the beach. But how every year the summer rolls around and we just aren’t quite there yet. And I was telling Ellie how I get so irritated with myself for never starting, because if I had started a year ago imagine where I could be today. This concept is something I am attempting to apply to my life for (at least) the next 21 days, but hopefully for much longer!
Most people who know me know I’ve been a long distance runner since I was 12/13 years old. I started running cross country in 6th grade and I ran off and on on my own after that. It wasn’t until recently (May of this year) that I really stopped running with no serious intentions of picking up again except for my yearly PT test. I stopped running due to excessive injury, and I’ve been searching for alternative exercises that don’t leave my legs aching relentlessly. I have heard a lot about Beach Body on Demand from family, friends, and social media. One person in particular comes to mind when I think beach body- Samantha Glonek also know as @shortgirlfitness on Instagram. She has been following workouts and an eating plan from this program for over three years and she looks amazing! I’ve been interested in trying it out due to the fact that it’s only 30 minute workouts and you can do them at home, but I never wanted to pay for it. Lucky for me, my mom ended up subscribing for a year through a friend of hers who is a coach. I started my first round of the 21 day fix back in August but I didn’t end up finishing the full 21 days. I could give a list of explanations as to why I didn’t finish, but really they’re just excuses so I’ll spare you the details.
This tends to be a trend in my life- quitting/excuses. And if I don’t quit then I’m usually not giving my full effort. Like I said, I’ve been running for years and (in my opinion) I’m a frequent gym go-er (although it does fluctuate ). And I get so frustrated because I feel like I NEVER see any results in my body. And when this goes on for years and years it’s very easy to get discouraged.
So I decided October 1st I was going to give it my all for 21 days. Three weeks can’t be THAT bad, can it? I’m pushing myself to complete the entire 30 minute workout every day (even the ones I don’t like). But simply completing the workout is not enough. I’m pushing myself to give it my all, my full potential, every single day in every single exercise. No quitting or slacking off and definitely no excuses. I also decided that I was going to keep myself on a strict “diet”. I don’t actually believe in diets, I’m just forcing myself to eat as clean as I possibly can. That means no Oreos and no popcorn with pickles in the evening with Andrew (sorry Andrew!).
And I’m actually really excited about taking on this challenge and pushing myself. I want to work on becoming the very best version of myself and for now, I’m focusing on my physical health. As I drove to work this morning I was really proud that I work up at 5am to cook my lunch for the day and that I brought my gym clothes for when I get off. I was thinking to myself, “maybe this wont be too bad after all”. And then I remembered this is only day THREE! Still, I’m excited. I can’t wait to see what happens over the next three weeks and I’m even more excited to share my results with you when I’m finished. I think pushing myself to my limits and challenging myself in all areas of my life is something I’m going to try and incorporate more in my everyday life. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”
No matter what your goal is, start now. Today. Don’t wait for a Monday or the first of the month, stop putting it off. It doesn’t matter if your goal is going to take 10 minutes or 10 years. THE TIME WILL PASS ANYWAY!! The sooner you start, the sooner you will reach your goal. And the feeling you get when you accomplish whatever it is you set out to do will be worth all the blood, sweat, and tears!
“Set your goals, and then demolish them.”
“If you don’t sacrifice for your goals, your goals will end up being your sacrifice.”
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
“Drown out the voice of uncertainty with the sound of your own heartbeat, burn away your self doubt with a fire lit beneath you.”
“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something in you that is greater than any obstacle.”
“You could see difficulty in every opportunity or you could see opportunity in every difficulty.”
P.s. Happy October and only 83 sleeps til Christmas!!