First: I'm one whole day late with this post! Sorry!
Second: I'd like to share that this summer has been a testament to my fitness journey and resilience. I've proven to myself that I am certainly capable of anything I put my mind to and that excuses truly have no room in my life.
On Saturday July 25th, I participated in NYC's first ever Urban Mudder (cousin to Tough Mudder). This was such a rewarding experience for me because it summed up this past year of"giving my body a try." If you don't know what Urban Mudder is: http://urbanmudder.com/ (you're welcome :) ). This was a perfect opportunity for me to reflect on how far I have come, primarily because I can be so hard on myself. In my reflection, I considered where I was, physically, this time last year. I would have NEVER envisioned myself pushing my body to the limit and participating in one quarter of the obstacles that I endured on that day. At the start of my journey, I had very specific body goals (building up my cardio endurance and ABS). While I have certainly met my cardio goal, I have yet to achieve my ab goal. As a result, I have had plenty of discouraging moments but at no point did I loose complete courage. Instead, I proved myself resilient because I obviously believe in the importance of betting on myself. I'm not where I want to be, yet, I'm certainly not where I used to be and that is more than enough to be grateful for. Instead of achieving those ab goals, I've built up much endurance for a wide range of exercises, my arms are sculpted and my diet has significantly shifted so much so that when I consume unhealthily, it does not go unnoticed. This means that I have branded myself and am doing it right.
Something else I have done to prove how far I have come is I have successfully completed my first challenge! Sometime last month, I made an instagram post about the Simple Green Smoothie Challenge which I was participating in. It was a FREE 30-day challenge, which provided FREE weekly smoothie recipes along with FREE shopping lists. Did I mention that everything about this challenge was FREE? (The only part that wasn't free was the actual fruits and veggies I had to purchase.) The hardest part about this challenge was smoothie prep, which I committed to doing every Monday. Once I had that in place, I was blending greens and fruits all week long. I tried new combinations and was persistent in my daily smoothie consumption. While I admit, that there were days I skipped, it NEVER occurred to me to quit. I even continued the challenge after it was over because I had committed to completing it. Prior to this challenge, I had embarked on quite a few different challenges, never completing one. My success with the smoothie challenge was my encouragement to keep going.
I hope my story has blessed you and even further than that, I pray that you would be encouraged to be persistent in whatever it is that you are currently pursuing. Quitting isn't an option. Make no room for excuses. I'm rooting for you!! Ready? Set. GO!