One year ago I started working out at the gym. A first for me… ever. I’m proud to say I’ve stuck with it all year.
Here’s what I’ve learned along the way:
Results Take Longer Than Expected
My first three months I focused on eating healthy eating, cardio and strength training. Initial results came fast, then became more difficult. The next nine months were a battle, but I stuck with it. I learned to measure success differently, beyond just weight loss. I measured success by lifting heavier weights, by doing more repetitions, and increasing cardio endurance.
Changing how I measured success enabled me to continue to see results.
It’s Still Not Easy
Waking up at 6 am is both a habit and a struggle. I often wake up sore and fatigued. I thought that would pass. It doesn’t. In the beginning, I was sore beyond imagination. Now it’s a good sore, but it’s soreness nonetheless. Furthermore, I’ve dealt with various injuries: plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, and a sore shoulder rotator cuff. Muscles heal, injuries pass, but new ones arise.
Bottom line, it’s still not easy.
“Easy” was never the goal.
It’s a Journey, not a Destination
Every fitness goal achieved come with a deep sense of accomplishment. Which is not the same as feeling like I’ve “arrived”. There is almost more to achieve. While I focus on reaching milestones, I learned to enjoy the journal.
The destination is merely another level, that leads to a curve in the road and another challenge to conquer.
Support is Crucial
Surrounding myself with supportive people has been extremely beneficial. Alienate yourself from detractors and negative people.
Some days I couldn’t have done it without great friends and family cheering me on!
It all Depends on You
Yes, this seems contradictory to the Support point. While support is vital, your success is 100% dependent on you – your attitude, your drive, and your efforts.
It’s all on you!