More than just a selfie

This is my first gym selfie – maybe even my first full body selfie to the world and to me it is a lot more than just a picture. For the past six months I have been working hard in the gym to improve my body and lifestyle to become a healthier and more fit person.

Surgery at the beginning of last year had me out of commission for a few months, and once I was cleared to exercise again, I had a really hard time getting back at it. Some of it was physical, a lot of it was mental. Unfortunately (and fortunately) I needed the help from others. I have had amazing guidance, support and motivation from two special people in my life (you know who you are) and those are some of the best traits you can ask for in a friend or partner. With their help, I have been sticking to a consistent workout program for six months now. In the past, I remember having a hard time sticking with something – spending 4-6 weeks working hard, then go on a hiatus only to start back at square one a few weeks or months later. A lot of people don’t realize how this kind of thing can be just as much mental as it is physical.

I won’t dwell on this all day, but bottom line is, you can accomplish anything you set your heart and mind to. I am nowhere near where I would like to be and it has been extremely difficult to realize that patience is key because this is all a huge process. I am not seeing the numbers on the scale or in the dumbbells I pick up. I still jiggle. I can see my body changing some places, and not changing in others. Over the past six months I have been able to watch my mind, body and workouts transform and on Saturday, it was all three. Most importantly to me is that I had the confidence to take and post this photo to show the world I am proud of my progress (although not always what I want it to be) and how far I have come.

Sometimes you have to sit back and look at where you started, to notice how far you have come. And although we all may be working towards a better body or just a healthier lifestyle, embrace who you are now, because you are beautiful both ways and the world should know that too.


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