It’s amazing what can be done in a year. How many times have we put something off for a later date? Then we start it, we think to ourselves, man, I could have done this a long time ago. In starting a healthy lifestyle, the goals I was choosing seemed so far away a year ago. I am within a week of the day I decided I needed to change. I am pretty excited about making my plan for the next year. I am going to dust off my Fit Mind Fit Body Manual and assess the year. I want to go to my calendar for next year and mark the days where I took pictures. I want to note the outfit I was wearing and schedule to take a picture on that day. Myfitnesspal app has a way to take pictures and log them with your weight on that day to track your progress. It didn’t seem so important when I started, but when I look back and see the side by side, it does make a difference. My goal at the beginning of 2016 was to lose 50 pounds. I really couldn’t see how I would do that. I have had the most fun and met the greatest people over this last year. My work out buddies are awesome, my friends and family are supportive and my instructors are the best. Shout out to my personal trainer Shawnta Wright of Mindful Bodies and Nikia Person-Pittman my Mixxed Fit instructor. These ladies bring the fire and keep work outs interesting. I have been motivated, pushed, shown new ways to move my body and been encouraged to keep going. Along the way, I have lost 43 pounds! With only 7 pounds left to reach my goal, I am more pumped than ever to see if I can buckle down and ring in the New Year 50 pounds lighter than how I rung it in last year. I even have a friend that said she would try to lose that 7 pounds with me. How awesome is that? That’s when I break out singing a little Dionne Warwick “that’s what friends are fooooorrrrrr”. Regardless of actually reaching that goal, I am very proud that I have made it this far. So as I reflect on what this moment means to me, I encourage you to start something new or get back on track with a goal. It is one day at a time. It will lead to new places, present challenges, test your resolve, make you question yourself, give you hope, show your strength and give you the opportunity to say “well I tried that”. Thanks for taking that journey with me. I appreciate all the kind and inspiring comments. It has been a phenomenal year and I am looking forward to putting a bow on 2016 and going to the next level in 2017. Ride along with me and feel free to follow my progress.
Written by PurplePearls