My Fitness Inspiration
When I first started my fitness journey what motivated me the most was a photo that was taken of me just before I started, I was uncomfortable, I hated my body and the way I felt but I also didn’t have any energy and I terribly. This post is going to be all about the #lumiafitnessinspiration competition, when I was asked, I jumped at the chance to speak about what inspires me and to show a picture because it is something I talk very passionately about.
These 2 pictures literally made me feel terribly I definitely didn’t recognise the person that was staring me in the face, that was the point when I knew it was time to change my life and the way I felt about myself.
Be The Change You Wish To See
I have to admit the first 2 photos are not the greatest photos and I remember everything about when these photos were taken, I felt so uncomfortable, I would look around at everyone smiling, being happy, enjoying the moment, but all I could think about is how uncomfortable I was in my body. What didn’t help was the medication that I was on, at that point I was on different types of antidepressants and they were causing a lot of my eating habits to be out of tune, some days I’d eat nothing, other days I’d eat everything, it wasn’t out of choice it was just that when I didn’t feel hungry I couldn’t eat without being sick, which was horrid but I did want food, I knew my body needed it!
At every moment I felt like people were looking at me and thinking wow she needs to lose some weight, I had that happen to me picking up some fruit at the supermarket, someone turned round and said, that must be the first time she has had anything healthy, that was something that hurt so much.
I gave myself a pep talk, told myself that if I wanted things to change I had to change my eating habits, I had to get comfortable with being uncomfortable (love a bit of Jillian Michaels) and remind myself every day why I am doing this. I want to be able to walk up the stairs and not be out of breath, I want to be able to walk long distances on a summers day and enjoy the wildlife, cycle, swim, be happy and healthy and love my body.
It took a while, I’m 1½ years into my journey, I’ve lost 8 dress sizes (a lot of people have said you can tell the difference between the first 2 photos and the photo on the right, I workout 5 days a week, do yoga everyday for flexibility, I can run up stairs, I feel more confident, I feel happy, my depression has improved, I’ve gained so much from my fitness journey.
I believe my photo really inspires my fitness activity because it shows how far I have come on my journey, how difficult it has been for me, but overall shown that I’ve never given up. If you want something so much, then you need to fight for it, work hard at it every day, but overall keep going, because honestly when you take a step back and realise how far you’ve come, it’s all worth it.