Getting started

Hey it’s Chelsea from Middays on The River. As you have probably have guessed from the title, I’m starting my health and fitness journey. If you’ve been thinking about starting your own journey here soon, I hope we can push and motivate each other! Here’s a little of my story…
Growing up I was pretty active, from being on my high school swim team, playing softball, track, and basketball. I was also involved with dance, which I LOVE. But as the years go by, we get busier and have less time to dedicate to being active, which is what happened to me (Oh, and also college #Freshman15).
A few years ago I started going to my local gym with some friends, and got involved with group classes. To say this was a life changer would be an understatement. Not only did I lose about 40 pounds, but more importantly it changed my outlook on eating, and it gave me more energy and a more positive outlook on everything. Not only was it a time to see my friends and new friends I’d made at the gym, but it was also a huge stress releaser. I also ended up running a half marathon, which is something I thought I would never be able to do.
Fast forward to now. Unfortunately I stopped having as much free time, and in return was not able to work out as much (I was going about 5 days a week) and my eating habits kind of went down the tube. But the good news is that that’s about to change!
There could be a number of reasons why you want to start your journey. For me, I’m happiest when I’m active. I’m less lethargic, and have more creativity. Also, I’m engaged and am planning a wedding, so of course I would like look my best at the wedding.
One thing I am not interested in is diets. I’m looking for something sustainable, not something that will be really awesome for a month but then get me to where I was before. Clean eating and exercise helped me lose the pounds last time, so that’s what I plan to do this time around.
One of the hardest things about starting a healthier lifestyle is not seeing progress as fast as you would like. Unfortunately I am one of those people that like instant gratification. But the cool thing is that you DO get instant gratification from working out; it’s called ENDORPHINS. So instead of obsessing over the number on the scale, focus on how the workout made you feel. Soon enough weight loss will follow.
If you’ve been thinking about starting a new healthier lifestyle, there’s no better time than now to start! I can’t even count the number of times I’ve told myself “I’ll start on Monday” or “I’ll start January 1st.” The best time to start is NOW!


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