Fitness as a Lifestyle

I wanted to chat about fitness and how to be successful. I see so many people starting programs, not being committed, doing fad diets, and everything under the sun yet they still can’t make the necessary changes. I’ve been through it. I was that girl who went to the gym but then ate whatever I wanted. I would eat healthy for three months, and then go back to my old ways. It was a cycle I couldn’t escape. Don’t get me wrong, I’m nowhere near perfect now. But I’ve learned a lot over the past few months and I wanted to share some (hopefully) helpful tips.

The number one thing that I think is helpful is to find your why. When you’re trying to workout and eat healthy with no real reason behind it, you’re setting yourself up for failure. You need to figure out why you’re working towards these goals. We all want to lose a little bit of weight, get stronger, eat better, but why? For what? What is that going to do for us in the long run? When you find your WHY, you will constantly be reminded of why you’re working towards these goals, and it will be easier to stay motivated.

I also want to say that fitness doesn’t have to be a change of your whole life overnight. Granted, mine was, because I was so tired of my own excuses. I was too busy. I didn’t have the time. I didn’t have the money. Excuses, excuses, excuses. I went all in, but you don’t necessarily have to. You can start small. Start by walking a mile, doing one workout, eating one healthy meal, drinking one gallon of water. We all start somewhere.

That being said, I really think it’s the small things that make all the difference. I implemented a bunch of small changes which lead to big changes overall. I always enjoyed working out, I just made it a priority to do every single day. One hour is only 4% of your day. I dedicated one hour to myself each day. I started making it a priority to do 10,000 steps a day. I started drinking a gallon of water everyday.

The hardest thing for me was to change my diet. I never ate right because I didn’t think I had the time, I didn’t think I had the money, and I am a super picky eater. But at the end of the day, if you want it bad enough, you’ll make it happen. This goes back to finding your why. Why do you want to make these sacrifices? I’m picky, but I wanted to feel more confident in my photos, so I stuck to it. I eat super basic and mostly whole foods. I don’t do anything fancy. But it works. And I made it work for me.

Fitness is a lifestyle. You can’t eat one healthy meal and be in shape, but you can focus on one healthy meal at a time. After a while, your habits become your lifestyle, and it gets easier.

If you’e looking for a sign to get started, this is it. If you struggle to stay motivated, I hope this helped you. It’s a journey and I’m just starting. Be sure to check out my “fitness” highlight on my Instagram to see my progress over the past few months!

xo, Allison