Start!

I have a secret to getting fit and healthy….you have to START!

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You’re probably thinking that’s obvious but it’s true, all you have to do is START! I know getting started is hard.  Taking the first step towards health can seem daunting.  But I promise, the first step always looks harder than it actually is.  Let me say it again,  the first step ALWAYS looks harder than it actually is.

Before I got pregnant with my 3rd child I was living an active lifestyle.  I was running all the time and loving life.  I had ran in several half marathons and felt so proud of the person I had become. I got pregnant and struggled through awful morning sickness and didn’t workout during my entire pregnancy.  Then I gave birth to my son and had amazing plans to get right back to where I left off.  But I got scared and I let a million excuses talk me out of it.  The first step looked too hard.  Instead of going for it I sat back and did nothing because I was afraid.  I let my fear ruin the thing that I once loved.

Right before my son turned one and I was so miserable with how I felt about myself physically and mentally, I started.  After my first few workouts the first thing I realized was that I should have started sooner.  The workouts where hard and very challenging but I felt a small fire being to burn inside of myself again.  I looked back and realized that starting wasn’t as hard as I had convinced myself it was.

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You might be thinking, yeah I can start but I have a really long way to go.  It seems too hard and my goals seem out of reach, why bother?  Don’t believe that lie.  A small step in the right direction is better than taking no steps at all.  Your goal might seem out of reach but you’ll get there one step at a time.  There is no secret path that will take you to your goal faster.  But with small steps you will get there.

I challenge you to write down some goals for yourself.  Write down a big goal; where you’d like to be in a year.  Once you have that, make up some monthly and weekly goals that will help you get there.  If you only have one big goal it seems out of reach.  But if your weekly goal is to walk 3 times…you can do that.  That will help get you to your big goal.  Setting small goals along the way to your big goal is a great way to build confidence in yourself.  If you’re up for an even bigger challenge I encourage you to share your goals with someone you trust.  Tell someone what you’re trying to do so they can help keep you accountable.

“You don’t need to go back in time to be awesome; you just have to start right now.  Regretting that you didn’t start earlier is a great distraction from moving on your dream today, and the reality is that today is earlier than tomorrow” Jon Acuff

If you have questions about starting, I’d love to encourage you and help you on your journey.  Everything you need to get started is inside of you right now.  I have faith in your ability to start.  What are you waiting for?

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