It has been one year since I decided to make a change in my life. This time last year I was unahppy with how I was running my own life. I had bad eating habits, I hadn’t worked out in years and didnt’ even want to be social because I felt bad about myself. These thoughts hanging over my head on a daily basis forced me to do something about it.
My journey has not been just about me. There are so many people who have helped me along the way. For example, I was lucky enough to have worked with people who were health consious. Being surrounded by good habits helped me stick to my plan. I also befriended a co-worker whose husband owned a gym and was introduced to a great program that challenged me, brought me confidence and new friends.
My family has been at every race; even the New Years Eve run in 15 degree weather. My Aunt Rita who always said “Go Liz Go” on my Facebook posts never missed a beat. My friends I have met along the way who understand the struggle and the workouts have been a great support. It never occured to me that I would meet great people that are important to this change. And lastly, those of you who follow my blog. Most I know but a lot are strangers. How awesome is it that I get to share my story and not feel like I’m the only one? Amazing!
I am a better me than a year ago. I’ve learned so much from others and learned a lot about myself. I continue to set goals for myself and continue to learn. This is an ongoing process just like life.
If you decide you want to be better then create a goal and then a plan. If there is something in that plan that does not work for you, alter it but stick to your goals.
I feel as though people or experiences are brought into your life for a reason. They teach us something about others and ourselves. Sometimes learning about others makes us feel not so alone in the world.
When I started Zone 360 at Ultimate Fit Zone I was shy, unsure of what I was getting into but knew I wanted to do something for myself. Through that experience I gained new friends and made connections with people going through the same thing.
I met Lauryn who is my age and struggles with weight and eating. We met through class and pushed each other to go further. Eventually we started talking via Facebook complaining about our sugar cravings and how burpees are evil.
Tonight I let her know I’m happy to have met her. I think it’s important to show gratitude towards people who are part of your life in a positive way. I think we forget to appreciate those around us who are good for the soul because we focus too much on the negative.
I also think it’s good for us to show gratitude to ourselves. Thank yourself for choosing to do good things for your mind and body. Not many people have the luxury to make healthy choices so be thankful.
Every January 1st we re-evalute our lives and set resolutions for the year but who says we can’t start anew anytime we want? This past year I think I’ve re-evaluated areas of my life several times. Back in March I started working out and changed my eating habits. In May I left a job and started a new one. In July I started running for real and in December I fell off the healthy eating and workout wagon.
Looking back at how far I’ve come and where I want to go is forcing me to re-evaluate today. So, I’ve let go of some baggage recently and picked up what I love again. Focusing on my health and wellness is priority and I haven’t felt this good in a while.
If I want to change then I have to do something different and last night I certainly did! My friends and I did a spin class for the first time and leading up to the class we all had some fear of the unknown. My fear was, “how can I peddle at full speed for an hour?”
A girl next to me was kind enough to teach me a few tips before class started like the positions on the bike and how to turn the resistance up and down. I also learned how to turn down the resitance after the instructor came around and turned it up! Hehe
The instructor was very high energy, the music was motivating and there are many things I never expected. Who knew you could do push ups and squats on a spin bike? Whatever we were doing worked because I was dripping with sweat. Half way through the class I had this high like I could conquer anything until we had to turn the resistence all the way up like we were biking through mud. If I keep this up I’ll have the best ass in town!
Overall I am very happy that I did it. I felt great during, after and the morning after which is a very good sign. As I was getting ready for work this morning I had the music up and danced around. It was a great start to the day.
This past weekend I celebrated my 35th birthday with some really great people in my life. I had planned a night at a local cocktail lounge for my friends to gather, have some yummy cocktails and just hang out. The best gift of all was a reminder that I am surrounded by awesome people who support me, love me and know how to party!
I can recall thinking at 1:30am that I didn’t want the night to end because I was having so much fun. Luckily for me, I had made new friends with grand ideas like checking out the local strip club or the code word “Neptune Ballet”. It was quite an experience that I don’t plan on reliving!
On Monday (yes, it took 2 days), memories of the night started to come back to me such as commiting to do a mud run in July, what shots I took and planning a pool party. A commitment is a commitment!