“Focus and commit,” is what I told the personal trainer my goal was when I hired her in mid-February. I had to learn to trust the process to make fitness and activity part of my life. I felt if I focused on weight loss and didn’t see immediate results, I would quit.
We live in a society that thrives on instant gratification, and when we don’t get or see the results we want, it is common to change course. For me, I just wanted to focus on showing up for each scheduled workout and doing the best I could with each exercise. I wanted to move and feel stronger and not make excuses.
Valentine’s Day was my first workout with Gina. I met her a few weeks earlier at a business event and we hit it off. I later scheduled a meet-and-greet at her boutique-style gym, Find Your Fitness with Gina, in Downtown Melbourne. I fell in love. It was clean, comfortable and not intimidating. Gina listened to my concerns about my fitness and diabetes, she calmed my fears and made me feel like I could do this.
My first commitment was eight training sessions. And it was hard. I had no idea how out-of-shape I really was. Simple things like sit-ups and push-ups kicked my butt, and balancing was even difficult! Everything was sore but in a good way. I began to feel like I was accomplishing something, and when Gina and I discussed progress, we celebrated my commitment.
I am now up to three training sessions per week and I have incorporated additional cardio activities outside of those sessions. Gina keeps pushing and building my personal fitness program. I am feeling stronger than ever, reaching milestones and losing inches. Gina has a quote in the gym “Don’t be upset with the results you didn’t get from the work you didn’t do,” and this is so true. Lifestyle and fitness changes are a process that you must trust. Just do the work. You will be glad you did.
I am now starting to incorporate food changes into my routine, and although I have a pretty healthy diet, I know there is room for improvement and tweaking. My first step with food modification is working with a registered dietitian. My goal is not just to lose weight, but rather equip myself with the knowledge to make the right choices for my body that will lead to living a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.
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