10 YEARS. ZERO REGRETS.
Do you ever have an idea of something you “should” do for yourself because you know it will make a positive impact on your life, but you still don’t commit? Then that ideas starts gnawing at you and becomes bigger, and bigger…and then you sweep it under the rug to try to ignore it because you’re scared. Sound familiar?
Making my health a top priority was something I knew I needed to do, but I was too scared, for too long, to make the commitment. I was scared of it being too hard. Scared that I wasn’t good enough and I would fail. Scared that I would be judged by the people around me who were in better shape. Scared that it just wouldn’t work. But, there was a point during all of the madness that was occurring inside my brain, when I asked myself “What will I miss out on if I choose to hide? It doesn’t hurt to commit and just see what happens, right?”
I remember the day that I decided to commit to myself and whatever that journey was going to look like. I was choosing to take just one single step down a path that was dark, destination unknown. I knew that if I took one step, then another and then another, I would find a light that would guide me in the direction I wanted to go. I made the leap not having any idea where I would end up, but I trusted myself enough to just go for it even if it was going to be hard.
The reality is that it will be hard. It will be really damn hard and it should be, because pushing through, anyway, is where your strength and resiliency comes from. If it was easy, our country wouldn’t be battling an obesity epidemic. The motivation is in the decision to commit to yourself, especially when it is hard.
I made that decision over 10 years ago and I have zero regrets. The journey I’ve taken in those 10 years as been really hard, but I’ve accomplished things I never, ever thought I would. To name just a few…I’ve lost 35 pounds, run 4 half marathons and countless 5k’s despite being someone who used to “hate” running and learned that I actually really enjoy lifting weights and feeling how strong I am.
I expected to have physical accomplishments when I made the commitment, but it’s what happened inside my brain that has been the most amazing part of the journey. Through the medicine of movement, I found myself. I found self-love, happiness, worthiness, strength, courage…the list could go on and on. I have learned how to empower myself to be the best version of me I can possibly be and all it took was choosing to commit to the process, hard stuff and all.
That light I talked about, I found it through movement. Movement was my vehicle for getting to that light and you know who was carrying that light? I was. I had the light inside me the whole time. For years, I chose to keep the light off and go through the motions and be unhappy, but as I got stronger and more powerful physically, I learned that I could light my own way and overcome any obstacle I’ve encountered along the way. I am stronger than I’ve ever been before and am so grateful I chose to take the leap and commit.
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