As I approach the weekend, I can’t help but to think about how far I have come to get where I am now. All of the sacrifices I’ve made and continue to make as we push forward into tomorrow completely blows my mind. Still in disbelief that I will be getting a spray tan within the next 24 hours, (which by the way is something I never thought I would do), let alone be judged as I stand on a stage in an itty bitty overpriced bikini for a fitness competition.
I know, it sounds nuts… I keep asking what the hell I got myself into over and over again. But yet, here I am. Getting ready to go for it and see what happens! It’s been a long and bumpy road from the start. But no matter how crazy it has been, I would not change a thing. I have learned so much and am so proud of everything I have accomplished in such a short amount of time.
If you know me, you know how much I love food. I mean, this girl can eat you out of a home! Pizza, chips, buttery noodles, anything carb related honestly is my go to delicious oasis. So needless to say, this whole experience has been super hard for me. Especially when the thought of having something tasty and delicious was all I could think about.
When things get tough, that’s when you need to push harder. Because life isn’t easy, and in order to achieve everything we want, we have to keep going. We owe it to ourselves that much. You need to push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you. Keeping your head in the game and listening to your heart instead of your mind is hard. But if you stick with it, you will be so proud when you finally reach your first goal you set out to do!
How many times have you started something only to give up when you don’t see results right away? Just because your brain tells you things are too hard, you’re not getting anywhere or that you can’t do something. Things take time, so switch those negative thoughts with positive ones and keep grinding towards your dreams!
From the beginning of this journey, I knew I wanted to be in better shape and live a healthier life, but I never really knew why I was doing it. Sure I wanted to look and feel good about myself, but that wasn’t enough to keep me focused on my daily goals of fitness and nutrition. Have you been in the same boat?
However, when I finally woke up and started to realize my why, the purpose behind this path I chose, I knew I was ready for great things. I knew that I want to travel the world, be able to enjoy hiking outdoors and become a model for companies that inspire people to live an active and healthy lifestyle. Having this vision engraved in the back of my mind was all I needed to keep chugging forward. Each day a little more than the last.
Don’t let your mind hold you back. Push all of your doubts aside and take a chance on yourself. You are worth it and the first step is only the beginning towards achieving even bigger dreams down the road. No matter what your chosen path may be, shut off the mental switch and follow your heart!
I hope that whatever journey you are on, you will dig deep to find out why you want whatever it is you are searching for in this life. And if you need a little extra motivation, I recently read that is absolutely amazing and would highly recommend to everyone (even if you’re not a runner)! The Ultra Marathon Man: Confessions Of An All Night Runner is absolutely wonderful, I could not put down for the life of me! Rent it at the library or if you get lucky and find it at a yard sale or thrift store, be sure to snatch it up quick! Or just go ahead and buy it online, that’s what I did. It will give you a completely whole new outlook on what it means to be dedicated and follow your heart. Check it out, it is worth every penny!