There is nothing particularly easy about change. Whether we are striving to make personal, physical, professional or spiritual changes, taking the steps and seeing our end goal of where we would like to be is an extensive process. Transformation in any area of our lives requires a few steps that can be difficult but well worth it. I am 25-years-old and have gone through so many changes in the past few years that can be very overwhelming when I stop and really think about it all. In the past year I have lived in three different cities which to some can seem like an extremely fun and wild adventure. It truly has been an adventure, but also comes with its challenges as well. I have never considered myself to be a person that enthusiastically welcomes change especially when it comes to my living environment and very personal aspects of my life. But through all of the change, there is immense growth, beauty and life.
One of the changes I am constantly learning, researching and striving toward is physical change. Today, I consider myself to be a healthy person that lives an active lifestyle. Whether I'm climbing the StairMaster, lifting weights, stretching in a yoga class or going on a hike, I love staying active and challenging my body to new forms of fitness. When I was 17-years-old I weighed 211 pounds and was in serious need of physical improvement and change in my life. Since then, I have been blessed to have great family and friends, influences and tools to help me on my never-ending journey of living a healthy lifestyle. I believe being physically active and living a healthy lifestyle contributes to success in every other area of our lives. Personally, I feel prepared and ready for the day when I've had a healthy breakfast and good workout. Whether that’s spin, yoga or a jog around the block, getting my heart rate up and sweating once a day clears my mind and gives me confidence in every other area of my life. When I was 211 pounds at 17, I decided I needed to change. I wasn't looking for a quick fix but knew that in order to see the results I wanted to see, I needed to do something that would change the way I live my life on a day to day. I began to learn from the people around me that ate well, worked out daily and cut out foods that weren't making me feel good. I lost 60 pounds and it completely changed my life.
To be honest, getting healthy and working out were commitments I made to myself and God and I truly believe that made all of the difference. Of course, I shared my new commitment to working out with the people closest to me but I knew that this change was a promise I made to myself. We live in a world where we seek the approval of people on social media, post constantly about daily decisions and resolutions and look at our newsfeed and compare ourselves so quickly to others. This kind of comparison and self-judgment that we allow in our minds and in our hearts is damaging and can make striving for our own personal goals nearly impossible! Seeing our desired change from the eyes of others and not allowing ourselves the proper time to make that change can be very difficult and cause us to be easily derailed.
Remember that when we are seeking to make a personal life change, it's important to ask God for help, share with the people you trust for support and remember why you wanted the change in the first place. There were days I would show up to the gym, run two minutes on the treadmill and walk 28 minutes because that was all I could do. It took me months to be able to run for a solid 30 minutes, but I eventually got there. When I wanted to quit, when I was too tired to push myself to get to the gym or when I wanted to eat chocolate cake, I reminded myself of why I wanted the change in the first place and pushed through.
This insanely huge physical change I went through almost eight years ago was the catalyst to the healthy lifestyle I strive to live today. If it weren't for that moment of complete desperation of knowing that I wasn't going to be able to change on my own I would most likely still be 211 pounds and unhappy with my physical state. Through reliance on God, support from my closest family and friends, and the desire to see the results I always wanted the change became possible.
Remember these 3 things during your fitness journey:
- God - To this day, before I go into the gym I pray that God will give me the strength, endurance and resolve to challenge myself and finish strong. I remember when I started my workout journey I committed each workout to God and wanted to achieve my goals so that I could inspire others that were facing similar challenges.
- Family & Friends- My family knew that I was adamant about losing weight so I talked about it A LOT. I think it's important that those close to us know our goals in order to keep us accountable and true to what we really want in life. Let's be real, it's easy to give up when we don't share our intentions with the people closest to us.
- Google- RESEARCH is key. From fitness blogs, exercises and information about what foods to eat more or less of- it’s available and at our fingertips. The Internet was such a huge resource for me during my weight loss journey and still is. Here are a couple of the websites I go to for fitness and food info and inspo. (WellandGood.com & Bodybuilding.com)
I hope this helps anyone looking to make a change and remember to keep striving and lean hard on God. You got this!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Camille Moultrie is 25-years-old and loves writing, blogging, yoga, fitness, cooking and reading. She was born and raised in Fresno, CA where she also studied Public Relations at Fresno State. After working over two years in professional sports, Camille ventured off to the east coast for a new career opportunity. She is a true California girl at heart and currently resides in the Bay Area. When not working, she spends time experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, writing personal development blogs and spending time with loved ones.