2.5 years worth of #transformationtuesday
In the photo on the left, I had just finished running FIVE miles. Umm, I hate running 🏃🏽♀️ . But I thought it was what I was "supposed" to do to be an active, in shape person. So I did it. Hated it the whole time, and I guess felt kind of proud of myself after. But I just felt kind of bleh about it afterwards. For me, running conditions need to be IDEAL for me to want to run. It's gotta be cool, but not cold, sunny, but not too sunny, and low humidity. Oh and not in the dark because I like true crime too much and know what goes down when you run in the dark.
So it just wasn't quite right for me. I didn't have that proud/accomplished/hell yea! attitude after a run. I typically just felt burnt out, tired, and way too sweaty with terribly frizzy hair. Plus, I never felt like I could call myself a "runner" since I really didn't like it, didn't do it much, and had no desire to ever run a marathon. So my confidence about running was pretty low, and I was NOT consistent enough with it to see results (because I didn’t like it enough!)
The photo on the right was at my coach retreat this year, and I LOVE how much my confidence has come through in these photos! Yes, it's nice to see those cheeks get a little smaller (round face girls, you feel my pain? ☺️), but what I'm truly proud of is the confidence I've seen in myself change over the years. In my accountability groups, we're always talking about focusing on what YOU are proud of about your journey, how you've been improving (physically, mentally, whatever!), and finding a way to be your absolute best self.
Now, I rarely run. No shame in that, I'm just NOT a fan of it. But I stay active in ways that work for ME. I need a little bit of space, my computer or phone, and some light equipment, and I'm able to make HUGE changes in my body!! And only using about half the time I used to take for workouts. I use the accountability and support from my fitness community to keep me motivated, excited, and trying new things. They push me in way I never thought internet friends could. And I love that we focus SO much more than just the number on the scale.